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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»

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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»

Commentary

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»

Analysis

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»

Court upholds chemical weapons conviction for Tucson contractor

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction Monday of a Tucson contractor who set off a homemade chlorine bomb at a former customer’s home in 2009, creating a noxious cloud that forced a neighborhood evacuation.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?... Read more»

Hooked

Heroin’s road to Az tests police, feeds growing demand

Traffickers will use any means to smuggle heroin into the United States. Their routes and techniques are constantly adapting, and law enforcement agencies are forced to adapt as well.... Read more»

El Paso still safe despite murders, lawmakers say

After four years running as the safest city of its size in the nation, El Paso will close out 2014 with an 80 percent increase in murders. ... Read more»1

Judge: Tucson cops may keep cellphone surveillance docs secret

Arguing that the release of records relating to the use of cellphone tracking equipment could compromise its use as a law enforcement tool, a Pima County judge ruled that Tucson police may keep some documents about the Stingray device secret since release could "compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques."... Read more»2

Border agents catch sex offenders

Four men arrested in the past week by Border Patrol agents were previously convicted of sex crimes, and a fifth man had an outstanding warrant for a sex offense, the agency said in a release. All five men, who were detained in three separate incidents, were in the country illegally.... Read more»1

BP arrests 7 serious criminals IDed by digital fingerprint system

Digital fingerprint system turns up seven men with serious criminal histories, including sex crimes, robbery, and homicide in Border Patrol custody. ... Read more»1

Update: Man fatally shot by Border Patrol identified

A man killed last week in shooting southwest of Tucson by a Border Patrol agent has been identified. Edgar Amaro López, 23, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A truck he was in was pulled over Friday morning. Those riding in it "were smugglers and were armed," said an attorney representing one of the agents.... Read more»2

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