Crime

The Kyle Rittenhouse Case Is Putting the American Justice System on Trial

If this is what they do in a high-profile case, just imagine what goes on when they’ve got a poor defendant with a public defender who is juggling hundreds of cases.

Honesty and Trust

The fact that honesty and trust are so vital should make us rethink just how much tolerance we should have for criminals and dishonest people.

Profiling for Crime: Who Is Too Blame?

A law-abiding black person denied a taxi is rightfully angered, but to whom should his anger be directed, at the driver who’s trying to protect his life or at the people who’ve instilled fear by robbing and assaulting cabbies?

Why Illness Has Become a Crime

Recently, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer received a lot of media attention when she proposed fines and other financial punishment for overweight citizens and smokers on Medicaid. Others targeted by such programs include diabetics who fail to follow instructions from...

Alternatives to Incarceration and The Costs of Crime

For more than two centuries, the political left has been preoccupied with the fate of criminals, often while ignoring or downplaying the fate of the victims of those criminals. So it is hardly surprising that a recent New York Times editorial has returned to a...

Hiding Black Interracial Crimes

If you're like I am, you've heard scores of media reports about the 2006 Duke University rape case, in which three white lacrosse players were falsely accused of raping a black stripper at a wild party at the home of one of the team members. These guys, convicted by...

Crime and Rhetoric

Oakland, California, continues to suffer the high crime rate, and especially the high murder rate, which has long afflicted that city. Judging by a recent speech by its current mayor, long-time leftist Ron Dellums, it can look forward to a future all too much like its...

The Glorification of Violence

Gang wars, ethnic wars, religious wars, and now the “rampage”, are all tragic manifestations of the same root cause – the rejection of reason, individualism, and rational belief in the sanctity and inviolability of every human life.

Cut Federal Spending and Put Medicare Prescription Drugs on Hold

Republicans in Congress are now struggling to carve some spending cuts out of their recent vast increases in the Federal Budget. Democrats, while critical of deficit spending, are helpfully suggesting even more spending increases. The best quick fix would be to delay...

Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

"In the United States, there are now more than 318,000 people behind bars for violations of drug prohibition, more than the number of persons incarcerated for all crimes in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain combined," writes Jeffrey A. Miron,...

Judicial Activism and Crime: Half a Century After Brown, Part 3

Although Brown v. Board of Education dealt with race and with schools, its judicial philosophy spread rapidly to issues having nothing to do with race or schools. In the half century since Brown, judges at all levels have become unelected legislators imposing the...

John Hinckley: Allegedly Cured

John Hinckley Jr.'s former psychiatrist said the other day that the man who shot President Reagan hasn't shown "any evidence of psychosis in the last 16 years" and should be allowed to visit his parents without supervision. Isn't it relevant that Hinckley showed...

“Hate Crimes” Law Undermines Protection of Individual Rights

Leaders from both parties--Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ted Kennedy--have vowed to push through a new, wide-reaching federal "hate crimes" bill before the end of the current session. A "hate crimes" law would make crimes motivated by enmity toward...

Myth of the Muslim Hate Crime Epidemic

Do you believe that a "post-September 11 backlash" has resulted in a nationwide wave of violence and bigotry against Muslims in America? The hype artists and book-cookers at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) want you to think so. The group's report...

Drugs and Politics: Prescription Drug Benefits for the Elderly

In the midst of a bipartisan stampede toward "prescription drug benefits for the elderly," someone needs to ask the question: Why should seniors be singled out to be subsidized by the taxpayers, except that their votes are being sought by both parties? We have all...

War Crimes Trials

Baghdad has fallen. The war is nearly over now and the time will soon come to assess the actions of Iraq's former leaders. Coalition forces reportedly carry a "deck of cards" with the pictures of 55 Iraqi leaders of the regime and orders to pursue, capture, or kill...

“Hate Crime” Legislation is an Assault on Free Speech

If images of people being persecuted for "thought crimes" strike you as the stuff of science fiction -- or, at worst, something that happened when communism was at its height and jackboots were storming Europe -- get ready for a wake-up call. It comes from Britain....