Last night, Suicide Squad director David Ayer tweeted the first clear look at Jared Leto as the Joker. It's a dramatically different take on the character that should please those who have long found this psychotic clown too subtle. read more
Watching the coverage of these tragic deaths, a viewer would be left with the impression of a drone program that has had a stellar record of accuracy up until it unfortunately killed two innocent people. But, in fact, killing innocent people has been a central part of the drone program from the very beginning, and is in many ways an inescapable consequence. It's not that a perfect program finally slipped up. Rather, a program that has killed somewhere between 400 and 1000 civilians in Pakistan alone finally killed an American civilian, to whom no wrongdoing can be even tangentially attributed. read more
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country's largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. read more
Just after midnight in March 2012, a police officer pulled [Dennys] Rodriguez over for briefly veering onto the shoulder of the highway and wrote Rodriguez a warning. The stop should have ended there. Instead, the officer asked Rodriguez for permission to walk his dog around Rodriguez's Mercury Mountaineer. Rodriguez declined. The officer called for backup and, eight minutes later, did it anyway. On its second pass, the dog alerted the officer to the presence of drugs. He searched the car and found a bag of methamphetamine. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the drugs are inadmissible in court, because the officer had violated Rodriguez's Fourth Amendment rights by prolonging the traffic stop without reasonable suspicion.
Ever watch a movie based on the hype that doesn't really impress you while you're watching it, but then hours later it sinks in and you suddenly realize how great it actually is? I just had that experience last night with an Australian "horror" movie called "The Babadook." And I put horror in quotes because, while on the surface it is a horror movie, it is really a metaphor for a much deeper family drama of loss and grief and how we deal with it. NO SPOILERS. read more