Report: Oregon’s Public Defense System ‘Is Not Constitutional’

By Conrad Wilson, OPB -

State public defense systems are supposed to provide effective counsel for indigent clients — a requirement of the U.S. Constitution. But a draft report obtained by OPB concludes that Oregon’s [...]

Legalizing Tyranny

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com -

The students I teach in prison who have the longest sentences are, almost without exception, the ones who demanded a jury trial. If everyone charged with a crime had a jury trial, the court [...]

Cities Giving Free Legal Representation To Those Facing Deportation

By Aimée Lutkin, lifehacker.com -

By Aimée Lutkin for Life Hacker - To say that the current administration has been pushing extremely harsh immigration policies would be putting it mildly. Trump even went so far as to repeal the [...]

How US Legal System Prevents Community Self-Governance

By Staff, www.celdf.org -

By Staff of CELDF - In 2015, residents of several rural Ohio counties watched in shock as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted unilaterally removed citizen-sponsored initiatives from county [...]

Climate Scientist Wins Legal Battle In War on Science

By Lauren McCauley, www.commondreams.org -

By Lauren McCauley for Common Dreams - Michael Mann will now be able to proceed with defamation case against conservative writers who attempted to smear his work on global warming. Amid fears [...]

Zeese: The War On The War On Drugs

By Eleanor Goldfield, www.occupy.com -

By Eleanor Goldfield of Act Out for Occupy.com - The interview examines howending the drug war, especially the war on marijuana, has moved from being a third rail politicial issue to having [...]

Jurors Need To Know Their Power: “Jury Nullification” Prevents Injustice

By Kevin Mathews, www.truth-out.org -

Did you know that, no matter the evidence, if a jury feels a law is unjust, it is permitted to “nullify” the law rather than finding someone guilty? Basically, jury nullification is a jury’s way [...]