Ernest Canning: At the bare minimum, the president would do well to impose the Sanders litmus test. After all, 80% of the American people agree with Bernie Sanders’s insistence that the disastrous Citizens United decision be overturned. The president is faced with a generational choice. He should seek a legal giant. Next Thurgood Marshall
Cheryl Dorsey: Based on my experience, I would guess that LAUSD administrators consider themselves above the law and not required to follow or enforce whistleblower complaints with mandated investigations.
David Love: As people remember the newly deceased Antonin Scalia and reflect on his life and career, there will be the temptation among Scalia’s supporters to rewrite history and give his legacy a makeover. Justice Scalia Passed
Steve Hochstadt: The armed stand-off between the occupiers of a federal reserve and everyone else turns on a fundamental disagreement about democratic government and public property in America.
Ruth Dawson: These hospitals repeatedly and illegally impose private morality on their patients, regardless of a patient’s religious beliefs.
Sandra Hernandez and Bethany Woolman: A formerly incarcerated woman told the ACLU that in her county jail, people in solitary confinement weren’t given any sanitary products and were forced to bleed on the dirty floor.
Laura Finley: Officials in many precincts have said that if it’s not a stranger-rape case or if it’s a case in which the victim doesn’t want to participate they won’t exert any effort to analyze the rape kits.
Janet C. Phelan: The scars from the abuses that Family Court refuses to address, refuses to protect them from, will be carried throughout the rest of their lives.
Gun Safety regulations have been made nearly impossible for reasons that have nothing to do with the reality of public safety, but everything to do with partisan politics
Steven Singer: What a bunch of cowards we are if we don’t demand police publicly explain themselves when they kill another human being – especially someone who posed them no bodily harm!
Randall Shelden: Among sociologists and criminologists, it has always been obvious that even a cursory look at the nature of crime and the criminal justice system reveal that class and race play important, if not the most important, roles.
Michael T. Hertz: The fact that some parts of our government (e.g., the NSA) seem to know everything about the citizenry while another part (Fresno County) cannot even check the records of its own related agency shows that we have a very inefficient system.
Andy Love: Apart from the barbarity of the death penalty, the absence of meaningful safeguards to ensure that death sentences are not unreliably and arbitrarily imposed and carried out should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about fairness and justice.