Last fall, CR-CL highlighted the problematic history and application of the lesser known, but more-often used, counterpart to criminal forfeiture: civil asset forfeiture. As a mechanism that generally allows police to seize any personal property they suspect to have been used in the commission of
The following piece is a guest post by Alyssa Peterson and Arjun Mody. Alyssa and Arjun are law student interns within the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which serves as counsel to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – Connecticut Chapter.
In May of 2010, Amy Hughes stood in her backyard in Tuscon, Arizona and was shot four times by Police Cpl. Andrew Kisela. A 911 caller had reported seeing Hughes hacking at a tree with a kitchen knife in her own backyard. Three officers from
Last week, The Verge published an independent investigation into New Orleans’ system of predictive policing, which was developed by Palantir Technologies and implemented in secret in 2013, unbeknownst to the City Council.
Palantir, which is valued at over $20 billion, has always thrived on secrecy. It
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
Professor Jennifer Reynolds is an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, visiting this year at Harvard Law School. This spring, she is teaching “Advanced Negotiation: Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Criminal Context.”
This course is new for me and new for HLS.
As our nation around the world struggle with the threat of terrorist attacks and violence from both foreign and domestic sources, we will be forced to engage with the ever-present tension between security and civil liberties. In a 2001 article in the Atlantic, esteemed jurist
A week ago, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, of murder in the death of Kate Steinle, which took place on July 1, 2015. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate happened upon the gun, which accidentally fired while pointed
Courts should take responsibility for a fundamental question: whether current case law addressing the rights of homeless people rests upon fundamentally flawed assumptions.
It has long been observed that police departments can function to reinforce racial and class inequality. Regardless of whether their creators intended that organized police departments have this effect, this has sometimes been the result through selective enforcement of laws and brutal interrogation tactics. Examples