The law is such a miraculous thing: all at once so malleable and so rigid. Prosecutors were willing to engineer sweetheart deals for rapists like Schneider and Anderson, and yet prosecutors were unwilling to acknowledge Brown’s humanity despite her being an abused 16-year-old girl being sold for sex.
The Hoover Police Department has been caught lying about Emantic Bradford Jr. on at least two separate occasions since having killed him. On Monday, it became clear that the HPD’s version of events remained seriously and intentionally wrong.
Amber Guyger has been indicted for murder.
Emantic Bradford Jr. had been a good guy with a gun. An officer with the Hoover Police Department shot him to death anyway.
Ricky Jay has died at age 72.
Yesterday was America’s Election Day. Several candidates are running for office. It is estimated that upwards of some, and perhaps several, people will cast their votes by the time the polls close. These votes will be cast for candidates, all of whom generally agree with one another and simply want to work together.
The University of Maryland’s Board Of Regents had a decision to make: retain a football coach accused of killing one of his players, nor not retaining a football coach accused of killing one of his players. They inexplicably chose the latter.
Michael Myers is back and basically the same.
Halloween is upon us. It is time for Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, and half a dozen sequels that just keep getting worse.
Steve Penny has been arrested for tampering with evidence. It is an odd thing to be charged with given how adamant he is about his own innocense.
USA Gymnastics has named Mary Bono as the organization’s newest CEO. In perhaps the least surprising news every published, her hiring was impossibly tone deaf, and the gymnasts she was proposing to lead less than thrilled with the organization’s decision. Bono has already stepped down.
Spooky Season is upon us, and what better place to start than with John Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” and its all-time great music.
Melania Trump demands that women be able to prove abuse they have claimed. She demands this as if proof matters.
This is a live thread about the arrival and impact of Hurricane Michael, a monstrous storm threatening Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Nassar would eventually assault more than 400 more women.
Donald Trump stayed silent for five days. Then he attacked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.
In the aftermath of his attempt to rehabilitate Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma is out as the editor of the New York Review Of Books. He will not be missed.
Hurricane Florence is an unfolding storm slamming into the North Carolina coast. This thread will allow for ongoing updates about the storm.
Should I buy a car from Larry’s Automobiles, a dealer known colloquially as Larry’s Lemons?
… and worse and worse…
Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean to death. She survived her subsequent encounters with the police.
As our own Em Carpenter ably wrote Wednesday, West Virginia’s (badly hobbled) Supreme Court refused to allow Don Blankenship to appear as a candidate on the state’s ballots for its Senate election this year. This post is about that decision.
When it comes to abuse, Michigan State University is just like everybody else.
UNC’s Silent Sam has come down, much to the consternation of the racists who wanted him to continue standing.
A Pennsylvania Grand Jury has found more than 300 abusive priests and more than 1,000 of those priests’ victims.
An appreciation of the long-running and beautifully weird The Chris Gethard Show, which ended this week.
Andrew Sullivan is outraged that somebody else on the internet is making wildly offensive claims about entire groups of people.
With the approval and the encouragement of Florida’s government, Michael Drejka shot and killed Michael McGlockton.
Those who defend the police insist that perceptions made in the moment matter most of all and should trump all other concerns and criticisms. They are onto something.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority makes a decision that happens to align perfectly with its own political preferences. It’s all just the damndest coincidence.
The NFL had to choose between its black players and its conservative white fans. It, very predictably, went with its conservative, white fans.
Back in 2015, in the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting, Memphis’s City Council decided that it wanted to rid itself of statues celebrating terrorists and traitors. The city’s council voted to get rid of one such statue before being immediately overruled by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Sam Wilkinson talks about what happened next.
A Republican has finally identified the real problem with gun violence: insufficiently respectful teenagers.
Stephon Clark wasn’t armed. The Sacramento Police Department ended his life anyway.
Sam’s most useful recipe, with photos.
Although Andrew Sullivan and Katie Roiphe would never acknowledge it, maybe the Shitty Media Men list was created not as an affront to the concept of due process, but because due process has so often ended up protecting abusers rather than the abused.