Tom Hall: Knowing that Donald has ordered his attorneys general, first Jeff Sessions and now Billious Barr, to resolve any issues at federal lock-ups, and make them perfect prisons, what are we to make of the evolving series of stories being floated out of the Justice Department about the Epstein kill?
Jasmyne Cannick: We intend to vindicate this violation of her civil rights by filing a federal civil rights lawsuit and exposing a corrupt police officer who wanted to silence this strong voice of change.
Adrienna Wang: For decades, some politicians have tried to fill the state’s coffers using the criminal system in this way — with money made off the backs of the most vulnerable Californians.
Danny Sjursen: Officer Daniel Pantaleo has gone all but unpunished for killing Eric Garner. This is what happens when American imperialism comes home.
Glen Ford: The primary inspiration for Hitler and all the lesser exterminators was not a book, but a social system that grew out of the slave trade, colonial plunder and global white settler colonialism.
Thom Hartmann: While the Republican Party needs to repudiate the “Southern Strategy” that has animated their racist base since 1968, this isn’t a political issue.
Laura Finley: While gun control is a complex topic, one my daughter recognizes as such given the differences between mass shootings, accidental killings, suicides and other types of gun-related incidents, she cannot fathom why we would not have a ban on assault weapons.
W.D. Ehrhart: I really thought—or at least hoped—that the slaughter of six teachers along with twenty 6- and 7-year olds in Newtown, Connecticut, would finally have left most Americans horrified, disgusted, and sickened enough to force their cowardly state and federal elected representatives to put a stop to this slaughter.
Bill Blum: Chief Justice John Roberts rules the roost—and while he may be a swing vote, make no mistake: Roberts is no liberal.
Sarah Hinger & Sylvia Torres-Guillén: Instead of counselors or other school and community-based supports stepping in to support and help these kids, school staff would effectively turn students over to the criminal justice system.
Ted Vaill: I thought I would use my 50+ years as a lawyer, prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, to provide some guidance to our elected representatives in their moment of glory.
Dahlia Ferlito: Lacey’s conservative positions on criminal justice are more closely aligned with the old white guard, city and county real estate developers, and allies of Donald Trump.
Ted Vaill: This history is recounted as a possible predictor of what will happen if (and after) Donald Trump is impeached.