Robert Koehler: Both victim and defendant must choose to be a part of this process, which involves, in lieu of traditional court proceedings, the convening of a peace circle in which all those impacted by the crime are given the chance to talk about how the incident affected them.
David A. Love: Marilyn Mosby, the head prosecutor in Baltimore, faced blowback from police for having the audacity to go after officers accused of brutality.
Steve Hochstadt: Wells Fargo employees created 3.5 million fraudulent accounts in customers’ names without their knowledge. The bank signed up 500,000 customers for online bill payment services without their knowledge, some of which carried fees.
Robert Reich: As in Nixon’s case, a decision to support an “inquiry of impeachment” resolution in the House—to start an impeachment investigation—doesn’t depend on sufficient evidence to convict a person of obstruction of justice, but simply probable cause to believe a president may have obstructed justice.
Frank Fear: Institutions have much to lose when things go array. And that conclusion isn’t lost on university administrators as they evaluate how to proceed in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.
A. Gregory Wonderwheel: The bottom line is that a dismissal opinion of this kind is not an indictment against the courts, the judges, or our democracy, but shows the Court trying to educate the plaintiffs and their attorneys what is needed to make the lawsuit “have legs.”
Kary Love: Pardoning law enforcement officers who violate the Constitution undermines the very law enforcement that exists to preserve and protect the Constitution.
Marie De Santis: In 1999, after years of research and study, Sweden passed legislation that criminalizes the buying of sex, and decriminalizes the selling of sex.
Winslow Myers: My assent to the notion that marijuana can act as a gateway is not some retrograde right-wing cliché, but a haunting lifetime reminder of my inability to save either my son or my spouse.
David A. Love: In St. Anthony, Minnesota, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the man who was acquitted last month in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, has left the department under a separation agreement, with $48,500 in the bank.
Caroline Heldman: I didn’t cry at first when a mistrial was announced in the Bill Cosby case. The tears would come later, on the long plane ride home, when I was surrounded by strangers but too tired to care.
Bruce Reilly: Michelle Carter will take heat, possibly to the end of her days, for something she did at 17; and watchers of the nightly news will likely hold the same views years from now as they do in this very moment.
Kate Harveston: Although states are allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes, many of them aren’t making it easy for patients to secure the drug. For doctors and patients, there are often many hurdles both parties need to jump through.