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Defendants Judge the Courts: More Courtesy, Please

When defendants in New York City were asked in a recent survey to evaluate how they were treated in court, some officials called it “coddling.” But the results suggest that court officers could take a few lessons in fostering respect for the law.

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Whistleblowers, Corporate Fraud, and Congress

The evisceration of the Dodd-Frank Act could make things tougher for employees who report financial misconduct in their firms. The Act’s “whistleblowing” provisions weren’t perfect, but they led in the right direction, writes a financial crimes specialist.

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Military Surplus for U.S. Cops ‘Saved Lives’ after Hurricane: Houston Chief

The so-called “1033” program providing free surplus defense equipment to police, revived by the Trump administration, has been the subject of fierce controversy. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says it was a lifesaver for residents trapped during Hurricane Harvey, but critics still question the program’s rationale.

Trump Backs Helping Prisoners Reenter Society

“We have a great interest in helping them turn their lives around, get a second chance, and make our community safe,” President Trump said at a roundtable Thursday. Conservative advocates for reform came away optimistic, but it’s not clear that the White House will support any changes in sentencing laws.

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Double Jeopardy, Sanctuary Cities, and the Kate Steinle Case

The feds want to prosecute José Garcia Zarate after he was already acquitted in a California court on a murder charge in the Steinle shooting, to underline their hardline immigration policies. But the Court, which is considering another case involving Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, may have the ultimate say.

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Opioids: Chronic Pain Sufferers Seek a Voice

A Las Vegas TV station takes a hard look at the impact of the opioid epidemic on chronic pain patients in Nevada in a special investigation called “The Other Side of Opioids.”