“For most people, pleading guilty to a felony means they will very likely land in prison, lose their job and forfeit their right to vote,” writes Dealbook at The New York Times.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.Instead of being a poor black kid, what if Travion Blount had been white and wealthy?
The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.I’m wondering if I’ve already lost some of my readers. Who cares about criminals? Some of the journalists I met last week said they get the same reaction from their editors.
Several states, including Minnesota, Iowa and Florida, are considering legislation that would make it a felony for activists and journalists to carry out undercover investigations of agribusiness operations (more).
It's now eminently clear that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's media blitz to gain sympathy after he was ousted from office in January hasn't helped his case, as he was charged with a whopping 16 felony counts on Thursday. However, Blagojevich wasn't in Chicago to receive the bad news in person -- he was vacationing near Disney World with his family.
The most recent stop in former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's book tour was Capitol Hill, where he testified about his own participation in the Valerie Plame affair and the involvement of both Bush and Cheney in attempting to cover up the treasonous tracks of 2007 felon of the year Scooter Libby.