In Some Countries, Following the Hippocratic Oath Is a Crime

Since 1864, international law has guaranteed medical workers the ability to provide care without fear of persecution. Whether treating the wounds of enemy soldiers on the battlefield, or providing medical care to foreign nationals who may be considered suspicious, this freedom from prosecution has long been seen by human rights advocates as fundamental to ensuring the universal right […]

If a Prosecutor Breaks the Law in Secret, Does the Crime Exist? Not According to Texas Prosecutors.

If a Prosecutor Breaks the Law in Secret, Does the Crime Exist? Not According to Texas Prosecutors.

Shannon Edmonds and Stacey Soule looked confident sitting before a panel of lawmakers in the Texas Capitol late last month. Soule is the state’s prosecuting attorney, whose office litigates cases before the state’s highest criminal court, the Court of Criminal Appeals. Edmonds is a staff attorney and the government relations expert for the powerful Texas […]

Harvey Weinstein Finally Surrenders to Authorities on Sex Crime Charges

Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in Manhattan Friday morning to face charges of rape and sexual abuse stemming from an investigation launched by the Manhattan District Attorney and New York Police Department. The alleged incidents took place in 2013 and 2004 and involve two women.  WATCH: @NBCNews Special Report: Harvey Weinstein turns himself into police. […]

A White Man in a Truck Mowed Down a Young Native American Man. Was It a Hate Crime?

This story was originally published by ProPublica. The submissions from Native Americans have come into ProPublica’s Documenting Hate database with regularity: In Reno, Nevada, a truck was driven into a group of Native people protesting Columbus Day, injuring one; a Navajo woman in Flagstaff, Arizona, reported being told, “Go back to where you came from” by a […]

Trump’s War on Data Could Quietly Erase LGBT Crime Victims

The Department of Justice is looking to stop asking 16- and 17-year-olds about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Critics say the move is a way for legislators to leave LGBT teens out of policy decisions. The twice-a-year national survey asks about 135,000 households questions about the frequency and nature […]

When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability

When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability

District attorney races are rarely competitive. Roughly 85 percent of incumbents run unopposed in campaigns that draw little fanfare. The result, some criminal justice experts say, is that tough-on-crime DAs have reigned for decades, driving a nearly 30-year surge in jail and prison populations with their aggressive charging and sentencing policies. And while this inertia persists, a […]

Britain says Aeroflot plane was searched to protect UK from ‘organized crime & harmful substances’

Britain says Aeroflot plane was searched to protect UK from ‘organized crime & harmful substances’

The controversial search of a Russian plane by British officials at Heathrow Airport was conducted to protect the UK from organized crime and the smuggling of harmful substances, the UK security minister has said. Moscow had described the search of an Aeroflot plane as “illegal” and called for an explanation from British authorities. “It is […]