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From Polizette:  On the June 17, 2011, email chain with senior State Department adviser Jake Sullivan, Clinton apparently asked Sullivan to change the marking on classified information so that it is no longer flagged as classified. “This makes it impossible for the bureau not to recommend charges,” (former federal prosecutor Joseph) diGenova said of the […]

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Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.47.40 AMAs I write this on Friday morning, the town of Versailles, Kentucky, near Lexington, is getting ready to say goodbye to Logan Tipton. Here’s why:

According to court documents, the intruder, later identified as 32-year-old Ronald Exantus wandered around the home before walking up the stairs and stabbing a sleeping six-year-old boy several times in the head “with a large kitchen knife that he obtained in the house.”

The boy was identified as Logan Tipton, a student at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles.

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I have written breathlessly, for my Ricochet audience, about the protests that led to the fall of the PM & his government, creatures of the party that nevertheless runs the bicameral legislature. There is great embarrassment in the country now. Again, there are thousands of people protesting in the streets of Bucharest, so rapidly successful […]

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shutterstock_307561823Pope Francis’s visit to the United States brought a tide of stories not directly associated with his address to Congress, but one matter he did discuss — and subsequently followed-up on — seems to have slipped past with little discussion. To wit, Francis found time between his surreptitious visit with Kim Davis and various other activities to have a curious letter be written on his behalf to a Georgia parole board requesting clemency to one Kelly Gissendaner, who had been sentenced to death for her involvement with the murder of her husband in 1997 by her lover. Regardless, Gissendaner was executed on Wednesday after various appeals were denied.

The pope’s position on the death penalty is, at the very minimum, consistent with his position on abortion. But foolish consistency can be the hobgoblin of small minds. It’s one thing to be consistent, but it’s another thing entirely to be morally consistent. That’s where my position on the death penalty comes in. It seems appropriate to draw distinctions between the taking of innocent versus guilty life.

Our system of criminal justice — and, thus, our use of the death penalty — is based upon retributive justice. This is distinct from “revenge,” which has a connotation of arbitrariness, disproportion, and emotionality. Under retributive justice, we punish wrongdoers in a fashion meant to be in proportion to their offense. In the case of property crime, offenders will frequently be imprisoned for some period of time in proportion to the severity of the damage suffered by their victims and, in some cases, face a financial penalty. In the case of murder, it should be obvious that nothing could replace that which was taken. What financial sum could replace a life? What term in prison could serve as just retribution equal to another person’s value to society? The answer, of course, is none but we attempt to do so by imprisoning people for the remainder of their natural life without the possibility of parole.

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A new law in Canada is making waves: the federal government has recently brought in the option to revoke the Canadian citizenship of some people convicted of terrorism and treason offences. Unfortunately, due to international law forbidding statelessness, this can only be applied to people with dual citizenship. This has led to criticism that the […]

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As the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s criminal behavior wags on so does her finger. Hillary’s wag is too reminiscent of the finger of her wayward pre-impeached president/husband who also feigned disgust and outrage at ever having to answer such ridiculous and baseless charges about having sex with a White House intern, Americans were scolded for […]

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Dale Pippin’s family is originally from North Carolina, but settled in Canada 110 years ago. He takes great pride in his Southern U.S. heritage and displays the Confederate flag on his vehicle, although he’s more reluctant to do so given the intense debate about the controversial symbol, he said.For Pippin, the flag represents his family […]

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Justice we think about mostly to blame someone for injustice. It’s not a pleasant topic of conversation, but our strong feelings about justice, especially anger, nevertheless make it impossible to put aside. An old liberalism, supposedly able to quell anger, required that polite conversation avoid religion & politics. But that opinion was abandoned & forward […]

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When I hear phrases like “justice for Freddie Gray” I get the feeling the liberals who use them a lot are talking about punishment for wrongdoers. Does that mean the Left has embraced the idea of justice as retribution? I’ve long thought of that notion of justice as a profoundly un-Leftist principle–one that would require the […]

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Did Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby overreach in quickly charging of the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray? Will a judge remove her from prosecuting the officers based on her additional politically-tinged activist comments at the end of her news conference?

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Sorry, the post’s title is something of joke, I really just wanted your attention. Rather than bicker back and forth over “virtue,” “liberty,” or any of the other myriad terms we use here, I put forward the following real world exercise in governing. The Real World is far more nuanced and complex than can be […]

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I’m burning out on the Ferguson coverage, but Bill O’Reilly made some interesting (and heated) points.

http://youtu.be/3Bnf-35fZeE

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What is your favorite part of the Declaration of Independence and why? http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html Preview Open

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In Denise’s very moving post about her experience in consideration of abortion, we see a clear example of justice without mercy. That is not to say that her former church community was actually being just, but rather that they concerned themselves (in this case) only with justice to the exclusion of mercy. Many Ricochetti expressed […]

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Three months after its creation, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its first report (PDF) this past Monday night. Titled “Not Alone,” and accompanied by a new website, NotAlone.gov, the report announces new recommended practices for colleges and universities nationwide. Unfortunately, the Task Force fails to answer—or even address—my organization’s, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)’s, grave and continuing concerns about campus civil liberties and the reliability, impartiality, and fundamental fairness of campus judicial proceedings for students accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Here is an excerpt from my official statement released yesterday:

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An email from a very wise friend:

It seems to me that inequality is a problem, unjust, wrong only when distribution is undertaken by an agent who should not be favoring one over another—e.g. the parent who favors one child over another. When inequality is the result of an impersonal process, I don’t see the argument. Isn’t justice a matter of getting what one deserves or is owed? How can one deserve anything or be owed anything by an impersonal process? Is it unjust that California has a better climate than New Hampshire? Is it unjust that Magic Johnson earns more from basketball than a fan in the stands?

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Welcome, at last, to the official book discussion of Fr. Robert J. Spitzer’s Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues. I’ll pose a question or two to get us started, but first, I’d like to restate the principles for reference throughout our discussion. Principles of Reason Preview Open

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