The Last Vestige of ‘Jim Crow’ Justice

Louisiana leads the nation in incarceration rates, with most of those imprisoned African Americans. One reason is the state’s post-Civil War practice of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts—but some reformers are pressing for change.

Judge Orders Criminal Charge in PA Amtrak Derailment

In an unusual move, a judge ordered Philadelphia’s District Attorney to reverse course and charge Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in an 2015 Amtrak derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. The statute of limitations on one charge expires today,

Insurance Firms ‘Corrupt’ U.S. Bail System: Report

In a special report, the ACLU and Color of Change say just nine insurers underwrite the majority of bonds issued in the U.S. Another report from Texas A&M University , which compares pretrial strategies in two Texas counties, says “automated risk-assessment” tools are fairer for defendants, cost less and improve public safety.

Suicide, Aaron Hernandez and the Presumption of Innocence

The jail suicide of the former New England Patriots’ player triggered a judge’s ruling yesterday to vacate his murder conviction—which was under appeal when he died. That’s perfectly within the law, but does it represent justice for his victim?

Why Did South Carolina Punt on the Slager Case?

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager agreed last week to a civil-rights charge in exchange for avoiding a trial for the shooting death of Walter Scott. Was the state responding to signals from Washington?

Trump Moving Fast On Federal Court Nominees

The president will nominate ten to federal courts today, a far earlier pace for judicial nominations than was set by Barack Obama and other recent presidents. Michigan’s Joan Larsen and Minnesota’s David Stras were on Trump’s list as possible Supreme Court nominees.