Category Archives: The Rule of Law

D.C.’s Crime Wave: Deadlier, But Not More Of It

Since D.C. is the nation’s capital, things that happen here have a disproportionate influence on the policy-making class (politicians, pundits, reporters, and policy wonks). While that’s an unfair burden for any city to bear, especially one that has limited control … Continue reading

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An Anti-Crime Plan: Well-Intentioned But Could End Badly

Consider this a case of genuinely good intentions that could–and probably will–go wrong. Also, I’ve never understood why an anti-crime plan is referred to as a ‘crime plan’, but the ANC commissioner for Logan Circle has a ten-point crime plan. … Continue reading

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Trauma and Our Law Enforcement System

In reading this article about a district attorney who is personally responsible for the U.S.’s highest per capita death penalty rate, it pretty clear he has seen some horrible stuff (boldface mine): And he has been willing to recount his … Continue reading

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The Non-Existent Ferguson Effect: The D.C. Edition

I’m old enough to remember when people talked about a supposed ‘Ferguson effect’–crime was rising since police were afraid of being viewed as overly aggressive. And then there’s the reality in Washington, D.C. (boldface mine): But is there a “Ferguson … Continue reading

Posted in DC, The Rule of Law

WACO Bikers Get TSA’ed

I’ve long suspected the reason why many white people get bent out of shape over the TSA airport security measures is that it’s one of the few times white people get treated like black and brown people–they are presumed to … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, The Rule of Law

On Duggars and Technicalities

One of the common cultural tropes of the late 1970s and 1980s was the idea that criminals were getting away with crime due to ‘technicalities.’ This notion permeated popular culture–it was essentially a mandatory plot line in any police or … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, The Rule of Law

When The Law Is Viewed As Unjust, Running From It Is A Rational Behavior

Regarding the killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, I noted: If you believe that the justice system is not just, then the decision to obey law enforcement simply becomes a cost-benefit analysis decision, not a moral or ethical one: running … Continue reading

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