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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple University.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Police Seek To Censor College Commencement Ceremony National police union bashes Goddard College for not blocking the selection of "cop killer" Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker.

Monday, September 15, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lawless Law Enforcers: America's Terrorists Abuses by police, that authors persistently dismiss as isolated incidents, have an ugly history in America inclusive of persistent denial by the very authorities charged with correcting lawlessness by law enforcers.

Saturday, March 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pa Prosecutors Parry on Prejudice Two top prosecutors in Pennsylvania are engaged in a war-of-words over allegations that race prejudice tainted a political corruption probe forcing cancellation of that probe. Yet both of these prosecutors have track records of failing to fulfill a fundamental duty of prosecutors: seek justice not just convictions.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
U.S. Senate Uses Abu-Jamal to 'Tar' Obama Nominee The U.S. Senate vote to reject President Obama's nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department trashed the 'rule of law' and established a dangerous climate for lawyers contemplating handling contentious cases.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela America played a despicable role in helping white racists perpetuate apartheid rule in South Africa. That assistance included helping apartheid authorities arrest Nelson Mandela in 1962. When President Obama spoke at Mandela's memorial he missed an opportunity to right historic wrongs of America in South Africa.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
'High' hypocrisy on Capitol Hill -Congressional leaders ignore calls for Radel's resignation Cocaine convicted Congressman Trey Radel is just the latest in a long list of hypocrites claiming the mantle of righteous anti-drug warriors that includes congressional colleagues and Oval Office occupants.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Does Shaq Support Censorship - He Slam Dunks Film on Famed Inmate The Newark movie complex co-owned by famed basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal cancelled the screening of a documentary film prompting cries of censorship. This film examines imprisoned author/activist/journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, uniquely focusing on the 'who' of Abu-Jamal unlike the 'whodunit' crime focus of prior films on this contentious case.

Friday, March 1, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Philadelphia Judge Controversy: Cover-up of Bedroom Connection The failure of a Philadelphia judge presiding in a high-profile police abuse case to reveal he is married to a policewoman highlights the role of judges in the dynamic of lenient treatment that perpetuates police brutality.

Monday, February 11, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Light on the Dark Side of Dorner's Rampage The murderous rampage by a fired LAPD officer magnifies two persistent problems with news media coverage: mangling context regarding police brutality and missing the role prosecutors play in perpetuating the brutality problem.

Thursday, January 31, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Film Provides Rare Glimpse of the Real Mumia Abu-Jamal The new film "Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal" focuses on the 'Who' of this man at the center of an international movement to secure his release from prison. The focus on the 'Who' not the whodunit aspect of this controversial case is unique.

Friday, January 18, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American News Media Ignores Critical Media Scandal An epic David-besting-Goliath story involving the unraveling of billionaire media baron Rupert Murdoch's English newspaper empire is a story curiously ignored by an American corporate media.

Friday, December 14, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cop Corruption Blues: Red Flags & Black Marks Corruption within police departments is endemic not isolated. The failures of police officials and prosecutors to consistently crackdown on this misconduct spurs its continuance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
News Media Blind Again to GOP Racism Mainstream media coverage of the RNC always includes stories purportedly examining the issue of race prejudice practiced by the Republican Party. But that coverage consistently misses a prime example of RNC prejudice: the exclusion of black-owned businesses.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Kafkaesque Parole Practices Ruin Lives New Jersey State Parole personnel have place Daryl Brooks in a Kafkaesque predicament - admit guilt for a crime he denies committing or return to prison for that crime that already cost him three years in prison. The parole abuse of Brooks is not an isolated incident.

Friday, August 24, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Secret Scheme To Sabotage Abu-Jamal's Appeal Rights The formal resentencing of Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row to life-without-parole contained secrecy that both violated court rules and potentially sabotaged his future appeal rights.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pa Judge's Ruling Revives 'Taxation Without Representation' A Pennsylvania judge upheld that state's controversial Voter ID law setting the stage for an appeal to the PA Supreme Court in this case drawing national attention. Opponents term the new law 'voter suppression' a charge given credence by a top PA Republican legislator who said the law will help Romney win Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 6, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conservative English Officials Ignore Lessons of 2011 Riots The August 2011 riots rocked England body and soul. But Britain's conservative leaders have failed to heed lessons from those destructive outbursts. Officials refuse to reverse 'austerity' measures that are producing misery in living standards and crackdown on police abuse which triggered the riots.

Friday, July 27, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Games Played on Poor at London 2012 Olympics British leaders pledged to help that nation's poor, particularly in London, when winning the award for the London 2012 Olympics. But that disappeared as fast as an Olympic sprinter. The billions spent on Olympic preparations bypassed the poor.

Thursday, June 28, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Rights Wrong On Juvenile Lifers Sending children who commit crimes resulting in death to prison for the rest of their lives is a cruel punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled juvenile life without parole sentences are unconstitutional.

Monday, April 23, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Occupy The Justice Department Implicates Obama Administration Integrity Freeing political prisoners languishing in U.S. prisons plus ending deprivations like the death penalty, torture and mass incarceration are demands of the Occupy The Justice Department movement. Responding to these rightful demands is a key test of Obama Administration integrity.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Student Photographer's Arrest: Snapshot of Systemic Abuse The arrest of a student photographer in Philadelphia for simply photographing police in public again highlights disturbing issues of police abuse and prosecutors condoning that abuse -- also evident in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
White Sheets Surrounding Florida Teen's Slaying The suspicious fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a town watch operative with a checkered past raises twin issues of race and wrong-headed legislation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sadism in the Cell: Thanks to a Vindictive Prison System, Abu-Jamal is Still in 'The Hole' The punitive onslaught against prison journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal continues with authorities removing him from death row but placing him in disciplinary confinement of 'The Hole.' This onslaught proves Abu-Jamal is a political prisoner.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Republicans and America's Rancid Dance With Racism Republican presidential candidates utilizing race-tainted rhetoric is an old tactic...interestingly a tactic criticized by civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

Thursday, December 1, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
General Strike Rocks Nation: Workers Across Britain Confront Conservative Austerity Demands Two million public sector workers across Britain sent a message to the conservative led government through a general strike triggered by the government's plans to reduce pension benefits and raise the retirement age.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"occupy London" Starts Church Row Money issues of who-gets-what drives 'Occupy' movement worldwide and in London a unique money issue pits the "Occupy London Stock Exchange" effort against the historic St. Paul's Cathedral.

Friday, October 21, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Campaign To Flush Corporate Control From Congress A new direction in the 'Occupy' movement sweeping America seeks to occupy Congress with new members next year -- members beholding to 'the people' not wealthy corporations and individuals.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Family Feud: Blacks Battle Blacks over Criticism of Obama Criticism of Obama Administration policies among blacks is causing a nasty intra-family feud with Obama supporters seeking to silence his critics with claims that criticism of the beleaguered president aids his enemies.

Friday, May 27, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fed Wrist-slap for Wachovia Shows Drug War Farce Big banks getting big breaks from federal prosecutors when caught involved with drug dealing exposes a facet of the Drug War farce.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Terror War Misses Domestic Targets An insidious form of domestic terrorism ravishing thousands of governmental employees in America escapes targeting in the vaulted War on Terrorism because its as American as apple pie.

Monday, April 4, 2011 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mass Incarceration Creates Big Mess Across America Mass incarceration is a slow-death that slaughters inmates, their families and their communities yet this scourge is ignored by President Obama who justifies intervention in Libya on the grounds of stopping slaughter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Report Underscores Ticking Time Bomb Of US Nuke Power Plants Nuclear power plants once heralded as a panacea for producing pollution free electricity in America hold dangerous potentials for devastation across the United States according to a new report on 14 'near misses' at U.S. plants.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pa's Corbett Expands Conservative War on Middle-class Pa's first-term Republican Governor recently proposed draconian cuts in education funding from pre-K through college. Corbett's proposals continue the GOP's onslaught against the middle-class evident in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Surprisingly Bigots Back Black History Month Observance Recent offensive remarks from two Republicans positioning themselves for presidential campaigns in 2010 highlight the need for Black History Month that seeks to correct inaccurate accounts.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
'Alley Cat' Ethics and Other Antics Ethics reform looks good in news headlines but the true measure is protecting victims from abuse. The track record in Philadelphia of officials abusing the victims of municipal corruption undercuts claims of meaningful ethics reform.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Momma Grizzly Mauls Smokey The Bear Sarah Palin and other want the public to forget that playing with fire has destructive consequences. Outdoors enthusiast Palin should remember the message of Smokey The Bear: "Only you can prevent forest fires."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Not A Video Game: Grand Theft - The Constituion Misappropriating the U.S. Constitution for partisan posturing is the latest game being played by the GOP -- another stunt with debilitating consequences for American democracy.

Friday, December 31, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Righting an Ugly Wrong: Compassion or Crass Politics Credit Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for righting the horrific wrong of the Scott sisters serving double life sentences for an $11 robbery but question the real motive.

Friday, December 24, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prison Populism? Tea Party Populists Keep the Races Divided for the Benefit of the Rich Glen Beck and others engaged in race-baiting are blinding desperate people to the realities that are bashing them economically.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America Criticized For Human Rights Abuses Nations around the world recently criticized human rights abuses in America, mainly in the criminal justice system, during a United Nations human rights review.

Saturday, October 23, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Report: Racism Still Pollutes Tea Party Ranks The Tea Party movement, according to a new report, is a magnet for many of the nation's most hatred-spewing extremists, some of whom hold leadership posts in this movement according to the new report "Tea Party Nationalism."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Deception and Devastation: The Ignored Dark-Sides of Suffering Joblessness Loss of income isn't the only problem confronting the unemployed who endure mental depression and embarrassment -- life-wrenching weights that rarely receive any attention in examinations of the 'issue of joblessness.'

Friday, October 15, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Corporate Charters Get the Cash: Philadelphia Charter School Battle Casts Shadow Nationwide Public education reform advocates extol the benefits of charter schools but a battle in Philadelphia pitting a professed reform-minded schools superintendent against an innovative charter school exposes issues often ignored. This battle carries consequence nationwide.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American Justice on Trial: Gratuitous Police Violence, False Testimony by Police, and a Rush to Bad Judgment False arrests by police from either honest mistakes or malicious misconduct constitute an unspoken scandal in America's criminal justice system. A proposal in the GOP's recently release "Contract With America" would aggravate this false arrest scandal by making it easier for police to utilize illegally seized evidence in courts.

Saturday, October 2, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Insider Analysis: Predictions of Democatic Defeat Premature Third highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Congress dismisses news media/pollster predictions of Republican snatching control of Capitol Hill in the November elections.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Misery of Massive Unemployment Mocks Meaning of Labor Day While President Obama deserves criticism for failing to forcefully address the massive levels of unemployment ravishing America, credit his jobs creation in an overlooked sector: anti-Obama paraphernalia.

Monday, August 30, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Expat Sees Return of Scary Times Expat sees parallels between the Red Scare of the fifties -- which forced him to flee America -- and the intolerance against minorities and Muslim rampant today in American and around Western Europe.

Monday, July 26, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Philly Knows Better: Republican Scam Machine Again Tries to Smear Obama and Black Activists as Racists The right-wing attack on alleged intimidation of white voters in Philadelphia by the New Black Panther Party is another bogus attempt to morph a molehill into a mountain for political gain...and prejudicial impact.

Friday, June 25, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prosecutors Perpetuate Prejudice in Jury Selection Racial prejudice still pervades the jury selection practices of prosecutors in the U.S. according to a detailed examination contained a recent report released by the Equal Justice Initiative.

Friday, May 21, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For Biased Judges Even White Doesn't Make Judicial antics in a Philadelphia case highlight serious problems in American justice system.