Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
British authorities remove kids from parents because of one boy’s leg fractures that “could only have been caused by physical abuse.” Child later determined to have rare form of scurvy; no abuse. Court says, “Oops. Sorry. But it’s too late. We already gave your kids to someone else.”
Jackson, Mississippi’s Frank “Worst Mayor in America” Melton gets a hung jury in his federal civil rights case. To refresh your memory, the idiot sent a bunch of young boys armed with sledgehammers to tear down a house Melton says was the site of drug dealing. No warrant. He had no authority to do so. Oh, and it wasn’t actually the site of any drug dealing. But nothing sticks to the guy, despite the fact that he’s a raving lunatic. He has already been acquitted on state charges related to the raid.
Dear Redditors: Stop plagiarizing my damned headlines!
California state assemblyman introduces bill to legalize, tax marijuana.
How prosecutor elections fail us. Thing is, I’m not sure appointing them would work either. The problem is that not only is there no real punishment for misconduct, but that because prosecutors are generally measured on winning convictions, misconduct is often actually rewarded.
This local news article isn’t particularly well-written, and I have no idea who’s actually at fault. But it seems to me that the last paragraph ought to be moved up in the story quite a bit.
I feel like I should give this story more play than a “morning links” bullet, but there’s so much to it, I’d just end up excerpting the whole thing. Just read, especially if you live in the Philadelphia area. It’s infuriating. All the usual themes: militaristic drug raids, allegations of planted evidence, abuse of the informant system, asset forfeiture—it goes on like that.