Category Archives: Commentary

When Candidates Oppose the Right to Vote

“Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote,” Obama said.  But does he, and other politicians truly mean it?  At a recent forum featuring four candidates for the New Orleans sheriff election, I asked a question regarding voting rights … Continue reading

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Confession of a Drug Dealer

There is a whole lotta shaking going on in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay these days. And it’s all about weed. Even a conservative columnist had to chime in about the big bad scary weed, as if he can revive the … Continue reading

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Did Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Attack Him?

There he was, Standing his Ground again…  As has been reported, George Zimmerman was arrested for domestic violence charges.  Again.  The police are reporting that his girlfriend claims, “at one point during a verbal altercation he grabbed a shotgun and … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated Dog Part of World Series Honor (Seriously)

Today I got a call from a friend in prison, asking if I saw his old cellmate in Fenway Park during the 7th Inning Stretch.  You might have missed it, during the World Series tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing … Continue reading

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What Do Prosecutors Fail to Understand About Defense Counsel?

Around the nation there are prosecutors who are tasked with an overwhelming number of cases.  Occasionally they may have a serious felony, such as rape or murder, but what bogs them down is the immense number of simple possession charges … Continue reading

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Herman Wallace: “Get Me The F#@k Outta Here.”

Those are the timeless words reportedly uttered by Angola 3 member Herman Wallace, who was finally released from Angola State Penitentiary after over 40 years.  “Get me the f#@k outta here.”  Most of his time had been spent in solitary … Continue reading

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The Myth of Prison Slave Labor Camps in the U.S.

  A Displaced and Discarded Labor Force, originally appearing in Counterpunch, by JAMES KILGORE   As Adam Gopkin reminds us, “mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as … Continue reading

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