Jasmyne Cannick: Society needs to come to a definitive conclusion on whether sex crimes are psychological or just plain criminal. Because if we truly believe that people who commit sex crimes are mentally ill and just can’t help themselves—prison isn’t where they belong.
Tara Culp-Ressler: It’s disconcerting that the myths about rape victims, as well as the high-profile coverage of false rape allegations, vastly outweigh the space for thoughtful, honest consideration of survivors’ personal stories.
RJ Eskow: The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling will be remembered as a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will.
Randy Shaw: By carefully serving the political agendas of both the left and right, Leland Yee enjoyed a remarkable political run. And having watched him get away with so much for decades, I was only surprised that he was finally caught.
Joshua Kim: What is truly remarkable is that this decade-long Ban the Box campaign has always been rooted in lived experiences of the formerly-incarcerated or convicted people—the very people that our society expects to remain silent as stigmatized outcasts.
Ruth Rosen: The military, with its macho culture and adherence to the chain of command, still tolerates sexual assault and violence. Think about it. How could it be different?
Wendy McElroy: A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.
Chauncey Bowers: The effect of abortion on crime is an example of an unintended consequence. Not all unintended consequences are bad.
Wendy McElroy: Why is it difficult to prosecute police officers for criminal misconduct even when the abuse is severe and unequivocal?
Fourth Amendment: A tidy defender of the NSA’s Orwellian programs, Feinstein went on the attack against Snowden from the outset.
Lt Gov Gavin Newsom boldly offered a blistering critique of the criminal justice system and the willingness of too many in California to simply abide by the status quo
It is absurdly ironic that Chairman Darrell Issa’s committee is technically identified as one devoted to government reform.
New York Times vs Sullivan: Is denying a Bar license to a man because he fabricated magazine articles really what we mean by Justice for All?