Friday, March 27, 2009
The unnecessary use of the death penalty in China - a more civil society in many ways than ours (they lack the 2d Amendment) distresses me. I want them to be better. But it doesn't matter as much to me as the sickening facts about ours. The waste of youth, the appalling statistics about more black men in jail than college, etc.
"America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace," said Senator Webb. "With five percent of the world's population, our country houses twenty-five percent of the world's prison population. Incarcerated drug offenders have soared 1200% since 1980. And four times as many mentally ill people are in prisons than in mental health hospitals. We should be devoting precious law enforcement capabilities toward making our communities safer. Our neighborhoods are at risk from gang violence, including transnational gang violence.
Webb continued: "There is great appreciation from most in this country that we are doing something drastically wrong. And, I am gratified that Senator Specter has joined me as the lead Republican cosponsor of this effort. We are committed to getting this legislation passed and enacted into law this year."
Here's the link to the information page about the measure The National Criminal Justice Act of 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Paul Krugman sounds the alarm about the Treasury plan in his Times blog. The Geithner plan is the message Ben Bernanke delivered on 60 minutes last week in his Uncle Ben's fireside chat: what we have is a crisis of confidence. We have saved the banks, we're going to print money - a lot of money - and lend it at low rates. People will borrow it and do things with it.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The New Mexico Legislature last week voted to replace the death penalty with life impriosnment without parole. Yesterday Gov. Bill Richardson signed House Bill 285, making New Mexico the second state to repeal the death penalty by vote of elected representatives. It shows that New Jersey's 2007 repeal earns it the title, as my forthcoming essay declares, "herald of change".
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The judge then said: “I find that the conflicts here are waivable. I find further that Mr. Madoff understands his right to conflict-free counsel and is waiving that right, and I find he is doing so knowingly.”
“Mr. Sorkin can continue to represent Mr. Madoff in this matter,” Judge Chin said.