Archive for the ‘Criminal Justice’ Category

How is it possible for the police to seize your money without even charging you for a crime?

Posted By Levi

May 12th, 2015 8:58pm

This is just unbelievable. But it happens all the time. In America, people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Yet the law allows police to take away your money or property without even charging you with a crime.  Here is how the Washington Post describes what happened to this guy. Joseph Rivers was hoping to hit it big. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the aspiring businessman from just outside of Detroit had pulled together $16,000 in seed money to fulfill a lifetime dream of starting a music video company. Last month, Rivers took the first step in that voyage, saying goodbye to the family and friends who had supported him at home and boarding an Amtrak train headed for Los Angeles. He never made it. From the Albuquerque Journal: A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to s Read More

Medical Marijuana Is Now legal In New York State

Posted By Levi

January 9th, 2014 7:26pm

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Research has shown that the drug has medical value and can be used to treat severe pain associated with cancer and other severe illness. In a recent survey, 76 percent of international doctors agreed that marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes. Besides, in the most recent Pew survey the majority of Americans now favor the legalization of marijuana. With the changing attitude of Americans towards marijuana, many states are now easing their restrictions toward the drug. Voters in Colorado and Washington State voted last year to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Yesterday, New York became the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In making the announcement, Governor Cuomo said the state will allow certain hospitals to distribute the drug to certain patients. Here is a map showing the various states that have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use.   Twitter: @Levian Read More

America’s Two-Tiered System of Justice – One for the Rich, One for the Poor.

Posted By Levi

November 17th, 2013 6:57pm

The United States has one of the most unequal societies in the world. Much of the writing on this topic has been, quite correctly, focused on the growing income inequality and the dangers it posed to all of us. But another important area in which inequality reared its ugly head is in our justice system. Over the years, America has developed a two-tiered system of justice; one that gives out harsh punishment to the poor and powerless and the other gives basically a slap on the wrist to  people of the wealthy class when they commit crimes, especially financial crimes. Case in point. Rarely a month goes by without reading about the outright fraud and corruption that the big Wall Street banks have been involved in that led to the collapse of the economy in 2008. Yet many the people that were responsible for this has paid very little for it. Usually, a hefty fine is imposed by the government but no one admits to any crime and no one goes to jail. It’s hard e.g. to keep up with how m Read More

No, Crime Is Not Going to Start Soaring Under Bill de Blasio

Posted By Levi

November 6th, 2013 8:19pm

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I voted for Bill de Blasio mainly because of some of the things he said during the campaign, especially his attacks on the growing income inequality in the City that has increased significantly over the past 12 years under the Bloomberg administration.  See here. I don’t know if Mr. De Blasio will keep his promise to deal with this problem but if he begins to act in the interest of those at the top I will not hesitate to criticize him. That said, I am a little amused  by the dire warnings  of some of his opponents that the city will see increase crime rates over the next four years. Here for example is the Economist warning the mayor-elect that he better not screw up: New York has been well run for 20 years. It used to be one of America’s most dangerous big cities; now it is one of the safest. Crime has fallen faster in the Big Apple than elsewhere, thanks to police reforms begun by Rudy Giuliani (the mayor from 1994 to 2001) and continued by Mike Bloomberg, his successor. Yes, Read More