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FactCheck: Gun laws, deaths and crimes

President Barack Obama says “states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.” Carly Fiorina says those states have “the highest gun crime rates.” But both imply a causation that’s impossible to prove.... Read more»2

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Two convicted in murder of BP Agent Brian Terry

Two men were found guilty Thursday by a federal jury for their roles in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in a 2010 shooting incident just north of Nogales.... Read more»

FactCheck: More spin on Clinton emails

Hillary Clinton directly addressed questions in recent interviews about her exclusive use of a personal email account and server to conduct government business as secretary of state. But her answers only reveal part of the story.... Read more»

Feds now required to get warrants for Stingray surveillance

A new policy outlines the use of cell-phone surveillance equipment by federal agencies, including requiring investigators ask for warrants and outline the retention of data scooped up during investigations. Tucson police said they are no longer using the gear, citing training costs and privacy concerns. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton's email brag

Hillary Clinton gave an odd — and factually inaccurate — account of how the controversy over her email habits as secretary of state mushroomed into a public spectacle.... Read more»

Arizona woman was raped by ISIS leader before death

Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday.... Read more»

Tucson pushes to keep cell surveillance gear details secret

As part of an appeal to a December decision by a Pima County judge, an attorney for the city of Tucson argued that the release of documents detailing the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance equipment by Tucson police would compromise its use in investigations. ... Read more»

Court upholds 5-year bomb-possession sentence for Tucson man

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a Tucson man’s sentence for possession of 24 homemade bombs that were found in his house in 2011. Todd Fries had argued that the sentencing judge should not have considered his previous convictions on chemical weapons use and making false statements to the FBI.... Read more»

The FBI built a database to catch rapists — almost nobody uses it

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. ... Read more»

Evidence of police dishonesty leads to overturned convictions nationwide

Maybe Debra Jean Milke masterminded the murder of her son Christopher in Phoenix just before Christmas 1989 to collect the four-year-old's $5,000 life insurance policy. Or maybe – as Milke has insisted – she was just the innocent victim of a corrupt cop with a proven pattern of lying.... Read more»


Justice can be blind, but it also can be phony

Judges are reassuring figures. Their dispassionate approach, caution and knowledge of the law bolster our confidence in America’s cherished system of justice. Except when they point out why much of that confidence is misplaced. Or advise us that, as Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski puts it, “Although we pretend otherwise, much of what we do in the law is guesswork.”... Read more»

Phoenix mosque: Protesters’ message is being rejected

Critics are still calling for an investigation of the Phoenix mosque, but officials there say they have been getting "thousands of messages of support."... Read more»


ATF should be merged with FBI

Liberal think tank joins conservative calls to roll the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the FBI: After two years of research into ATF's history, work, and challenges, CAP recommends merging to create a federal law enforcement agency with the leadership, resources, and political support necessary to help reform the gun industry and reduce gun violence.... Read more»

FactCheck: Rand Paul wrong on the Texas shooters

Sen. Rand Paul said the attack in Garland, Texas, was “an example of how we do need to secure our border,” but neither of the attackers crossed the southern border to gain access to the U.S. Both were Americans.... Read more»

Analysis: A fierce war that isn't meant to turn violent

The sharper the speech — the harder it pokes at something dear to someone else — the greater the chance of a strong reaction. ... Read more»

Another startling verdict for forensic science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s... Read more»

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