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Links for 2010-03-20

  • Obsidian Wings: When the Power Runs Out, We’ll Just Hide
    "This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops ? dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter…."
    (tags:pol )
  • Simple Justice: Dying To Get Out of Buffalo
    "What's wrong with the Erie County Holding Center that people would rather kill themselves than remain there? Since December, there have been 5 suicide attempts, three of which were successful. That's an extraordinary number, both for the number of people trying to commit suicide as well as the correctional facility's inability to stop them. The problem is that no one can say what the cause of this is, because the sheriff won't let inspectors into the facility…"
    (tags:crime law project-m )
  • Simple Justice: The Defense Commitment
    "… those of us who practice criminal defense… are not welcome in their clubs. Our voices are not sought on issues of substance. When a new regime comes to power in our quadrennial peaceful coup, we are not invited to join their ranks. Indeed, when I once tried to offer my services during a fit of naive optimism to a new administration who claimed a sincere interest in justice, I was privately informed that, talking points aside, criminal defense lawyers were not wanted. We are the lepers of the legal system."
    (tags:crime law project-m )
  • Simple Justice: Information Left Behind
    "The travesty of New York City Police Department's "stop and frisk" practices and statistics are well known, with well over half a million people stopped for no good reason…"
    (tags:crime law project-m )

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