Thoughts on Mandatory Minimums, Violent Gangs, and Rehabilitation by a Federal Judge

This Judge Defends “Unredeemables” Even as He Sends Them to Prison: (“It seemed routine when Judge Jack B. Weinstein issued stiff prison sentences to three young men who had robbed a family at gunpoint in the Cypress Hills Houses in East New York last year. After all, when the men broke into the family’s apartment, there were, in addition to adults, five children inside — all of them 10 years old or younger. The robbers, moreover, had been accused of working with two violent street gangs, which New York law-enforcement officers have been cracking down on — especially in the city’s public housing projects.”)

Police Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison

Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence: (“Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.”)

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI and Will Cooperate in Russia Inquiry: (“President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to pledge cooperation in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry of election meddling.”)

ICE’s “Visa Lifestyle Vetting:” Extreme Vetting in Sheep’s Clothing

US Will Track Visa Holders Via Social Media: (“The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential threats posed by visa holders in the United States and conduct ongoing social media surveillance of those deemed high risk.”)

Trump’s Rapid Re-shaping of the Judiciary

Trump's Rapid Re-shaping of the JudiciaryTrump is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s how: (“In the weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, lawyers  joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges.”)