FIFA, Banks, and the Rule of Law

Fifa Bribes

Frank Fear: Why go after FIFA when, for years, bank cronies have gone unpunished? Institutional fines, not individual jail time, have been the penalties levied for wrongdoing—billions and billions in fines.

A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program


he morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations of Fourth Amendment rights. Later […]

Thank You, Nebraska Republicans!

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty

Tina Dupuy: It’s with great astonishment that Nebraska’s conservative majority legislature abolished the death penalty in their state this week.

Police Manhandle Pregnant Black Woman

Black Women Matter

Jessica Price: It’s important to note here that if you do exercise your right to refuse to show your ID, an officer might arrest you. It would be a wrongful arrest, but it would be an arrest.

How Data Can Stop Police Violence

Stopping Police Violence

Amy Roe: In 2014, Black people in the U.S. were nearly three times more likely than Whites to be killed by police, according to Mapping Police Violence, a data visualization website.

When Cops Are Immune from Law Enforcement

License Plate Anonymity

Jessica Price: We hear news of officers throughout our country speeding, stealing during arrests, and wrongfully arresting people for failure to provide identification, often without repercussion. These reports are, sadly, no longer shocking.

Capital Punishment’s Loyal Officer

Alito Defends Death Penalty

Jonathan Simon: The real guerilla war is being waged by death states that continue to pursue executions even as crime remains at historic lows and public opinion turns against this archaic ritual.