Dec 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who in August shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, would have generated widespread anger and disappointment in any case. But the county prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, who is widely viewed in the minority community as being in the pockets of the police, made matters infinitely worse . . . ” (“The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots,” New York Times, Nov. 25).
Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On August 15, a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, shocked the Lone Star State when it handed up an indictment of Governor Rick Perry, a likely candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. According to the grand jury, Perry abused his power in 2013 when he attempted to get the county’s elected district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, to resign by threatening to terminate an appropriation for her office.
An education in American citizenship Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution gave its name to the protection against self-incrimination, and it also contains three other famous (and these days somewhat battered) guarantees—against double jeopardy; against deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; and of just compensation when private property is taken for public use.
The abortionist’s house of horrors.Feb 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 20 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
Dr. Gosnell was a little befuddled at his arraignment on January 20. Indicted for eight murders, the Philadelphia abortionist told the court that he understood the first count, a charge of third-degree murder for the death of a woman on whom he had operated. He didn’t understand, however, the seven other counts—the first-degree charges for the deaths of seven babies delivered alive and then killed in his clinic.
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