War on drugs

Is Kratom Legal in South Carolina? Should it Be?

Is Kratom Legal in South Carolina? Should it Be?

Kratom has been under fire from the federal government for some time now, but it is still sold legally in...

Justice in America – Who is Alice Johnson?

Justice in America – Who is Alice Johnson?

Here’s a sentence you probably never expected to read: Donald Trump did the right thing by rejecting – at least...

Narcan Saves Lives – SC Legislation Will Make it More Readily Available

Narcan Saves Lives – SC Legislation Will Make it More Readily Available

The SC Senate is considering a bill that would make Narcan, a drug used to prevent opioid overdose deaths, available...

License to Steal

License to Steal

South Carolina’s law enforcement has been addicted to forfeiture money for some time, and cooperation with federal agencies has only...

Am I Free to Go?

Am I Free to Go?

Last week in State v. Spears, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed a Lexington County conviction for trafficking crack cocaine...

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Judges are generally prohibited by ethics rules from commenting publicly on cases that they preside over. In Nashville, Tn., we...

Utah v. Strieff – can police now stop and search you without probable cause?

Utah v. Strieff – can police now stop and search you without probable cause?

In Utah v. Strieff, decided June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court apparently decided that incremental erosion of our Fourth...

New ideas

New ideas

The “war on drugs” has failed – we have managed to become the world’s leader in number of citizens that...

Portland, Maine legalizes marijuana

Portland, Maine legalizes marijuana

The city of Portland, Maine, passed an ordinance last week legalizing possession of up to 2 and a half ounces...

Prison nation – as seen on Sesame Street

Prison nation – as seen on Sesame Street

Here’s a wake up call about the rate at which we are incarcerating our citizens – Sesame Street has now...