David Love: 95 percent of the more than 2,400 elected prosecutors across the country are white — 85 percent of whom run unopposed — and 79 percent are white men. Meanwhile, only 4 percent are men of color, and 1 percent are women of color.
Bill Blum: Not only does it grant reprieves to the state’s 737 death row inmates, it repeals the state’s lethal-injection protocol and will close the infamous execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
Larry Wines: Some of the beneficiaries of the scheme—students in the elite schools whose way-in was bought—are fully aware of exactly how things were rigged in their behalf.
Kathy Kelly: Chelsea Manning has already paid an extraordinarily high price for educating the U.S. public about atrocities committed in the wars of choice the U.S. waged in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael T. Hertz: One could fairly interpret the First Amendment to deny providing any public funds to any religious institution on the grounds that this amounted to establishing religion.
Melina Abdullah and Dahlia Ferlito: Lacey has opposed all measures for reasonable criminal justice reform efforts in the county, even such widely supported measures as marijuana conviction resentencing.
Lance Simmens: An inconclusive verdict or outright exoneration will only feed an unhealthy cynicism that will continue to erode confidence in our experiment of republican democracy.
Letter protests his rehiring of deputy accused of domestic violence and his immigration and jails policies
Jamala Rogers: What the NFL and the white structure fail to understand is that the debate and protests around acts of racism and institutional racism are not going away.
Bill Blum: It hasn’t taken Kavanaugh long to show his true colors. The big reveal came on February 7, when he voted against a “stay” that will keep a draconian Louisiana abortion law from taking effect.
Lizzie Buchen: It is unacceptable that today in California police officers can legally kill someone even when they don’t have to.
Bill Blum: Unfortunately for both Stone and Trump, the indictment is a major milestone in the Mueller probe. It poses a substantial legal threat not only to Stone but to the president as well.
Bill Blum: Both Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski and Clinton-era independent counsel Ken Starr believed sitting Presidents could be indicted, although each opted not to do so.