Bruce Reilly: It is time to get past the controversy over who created the show and use it for advancing discussion on mass incarceration in ways that only mass media can accomplish.
David Love: Holder believes that federal prosecutors should not charge every defendant who is accused of breaking federal law, as states and localities are better positioned to handle certain issues.
Dave Zirin: Any serious discussion about performance enhancing drugs and baseball needs to deal with the fact of who is getting caught.
Joe Mathews: If Brown is criticized over the prisons and the possible human consequences of releases, all he’ll have to do is quote Scalia.
Jerry Drucker: In spite of what the NRA, the Tea Party or today’s Republican’s might say, the Founders never had the thought of overthrowing the United States government, nor the use of guns to protect us from ourselves.
Jonathan Simon: In the age of Bush and Obama, American punishments reflect a level of viciousness and degradation that no principled person should be willing to accept for themselves or others.
David Love: President Obama thinks Raymond Kelly would make a great choice to replace Janet Napolitano as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, but given Kelly’s record on race, African-Americans should be wary.
Kevin Zeese: For a whistleblower who exposed war crimes and unethical behavior in U.S. foreign policy to be facing a lengthy prison term, while the people exposed by government documents are not even investigated, shows how confused the United States has become.
Norman Solomon: On the surface, many differences protrude between those nine draft-files-burning radical Catholics and Bradley Manning. But I wonder. Ten souls saw cruelties of war and could no longer just watch.
David Love: With the ink on the George Zimmerman ‘not guilty’ verdict barely dry, another state appears ready to consider a Florida-style “Stand Your Ground” law.
Michael Haas: A larger implication of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is that anyone can become a vigilante, commit an unwitnessed crime with impunity, and never have to defend such actions personally in court.
Tom Degan: George Zimmerman is a free man. Marissa Alexander languishes in a prison cell. Do they even have air-conditioning in those jury rooms? You gotta wonder.
Brian Goldstein: In California, there are a number of state criminal justice bills that require support when the legislature returns from recess in early August.