October 23

The Nation’s Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums

No one embodies the emerging consensus on the excessive cruelty of mandatory drug sentencing quite like Mark Osler. He’s currently a law professor, but back in the Nineties he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting crack cocaine cases in his native Detroit. Tough punishment was routine: Five years for crack rocks the weight of.

September 26

For Police, A Debate Over Force, Cop Culture And Confrontation

Protests in Ferguson and New York this summer rekindled an old debate about how American police use force. The perception that cops are too aggressive has been fed not just by the high-profile deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, but also by a stream of unflattering camera phone videos, such as the recent scene.

September 23

N.D. oil boom ignites cash-spending splurge

WILLISTON, N.D. ­– The workers sometimes come in with stacks of $100 bills, their jeans and boots still covered in oil field mud as they scour the glass jewelry counter looking for clean sparkle. One oil field worker plopped down $25,000 for a diamond for his girlfriend back home. Many others settle on $1,000 necklace.

September 3

DNA frees North Carolina’s longest-serving death row resident

(CNN) — A pair of siblings who served decades behind bars in the rape and murder of a North Carolina child will walk out of prison free men Wednesday after DNA evidence implicated someone else. Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were just teenagers when they were arrested in 1983 and charged with the rape and.

August 25

Charged as Adults, Children Are Abandoned When They Could Be Saved

A terrible tragedy has taken place in Michigan, with a 12-year-old boy accused of killing his 9-year-old companion. The decision to try such cases in adult court raises two fundamental questions. First, is this a reasonable course of action when the defendant is just a child, and second, what would the larger community gain by.

August 18

Bismarck police ID man killed after reportedly pointing gun at kids

BISMARCK – Police have identified a man who was shot to death during a struggle that ensued after he reportedly pointed a handgun at three young children Saturday in a south Bismarck apartment. Kelly Carrol Smith, 54, lived roughly one block south of the apartment building where the shooting took place, Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark.

August 8

Man killed at worksite near Stanley

STANLEY — An Arkansas man working in western North Dakota’s energy industry was killed on the job Tuesday. Stanley Police Chief Kris Halvorson said Alan Eberhard, 51, of Harrisburg, Ark., had been working on a payloader hose at Dalton Logistics in Stanley when the forklift collapsed, pinning him. He was transported to the Mountrail County.

August 1

Sober Driver Arrested for DUI After Deputy Crashes into Her

A 25-year-old woman, with nothing so much as a speeding ticket blemishing her record, is arrested for drunk driving after an officer rolls through a stop sign and hits her car. The woman was injured so seriously in the accident, she couldn’t blow into a breath-testing device or perform field sobriety tests. But she was.

July 29

Williston police still seeking answers in gunshot report

WILLISTON — Williston police can’t say with certainty that a gunshot was fired at a girl who was riding her bicycle in Williston last week.Police received a report that two men driving an older black Chevy Silverado fired a shot in the area where the 7-year-old girl was riding a bike in the 1900 block.

July 18

Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

WILLISTON, N.D. — A convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tennessee, businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicopter rentals and expensive gifts didn’t fare quite as well during a month in the North Dakota oil patch, investigators contend. Steven Goldmann’s attempt to pass himself off as an FBI agent netted him free.