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Saturday, October 30, 2010

California Voters, What about the Judges? How do you vote for Judges if you want Judicial Restraint and not Judicial Activism?

I recommend this site even though I don't share their recommendations on whom to vote for, whom not to vote for, and why. I appreciate the graphs ranking judicial candidates on their propensity to adhere to the letter of the law in their presiding and rulings. And equally helpful are the PDF documents with briefs on the background judicial opinions and rulings of each candidate. You can make up your own mind, but the resource is invaluable and is impossible to find in such a concentrated format anywhere else, to my knowledge. If you know of other sites that also give you unbiased information, even if it's couched in biased opinions and recommendations, please share! Click here to see Craig Huey's Election Forum Guide
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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