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A Perspective on Crime and Punishment in America

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We offer a perspective on the criminal justice system in the USA. It does not promise to be complete or comprehensive, but it does frame the massive range of inequities involved.

VA Hostage-Taker

"He was really down on the government," [Hostage Jimmy] Oliver told The Associated Press [about hostage-taker Warren "Gator" Taylor] on Thursday in an interview at his mother's floral shop. "About the government taking over the right to bear arms ... he was angry at the government overtaxing us."

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Who instructed Walter Taylor on gun legislation? During 2009 the Congress passed no new laws on the subject.

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SC Police Charge 4 Men under Lynch Law

Ely Portillo | Charlotte Observer

Authorities have arrested four men in a Christmas night beating that left a Charlotte man dead in Indian Land, S.C.

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All four were charged Saturday with first-degree lynching in the killing of Ronnie Wallace, 42. Under S.C. law, first-degree lynching is defined as a mob attack by two or more people that results in the victim's death. It doesn't relate to the victim's race or actual hanging.

The men beat Wallace with 2-by-4s and sticks until he was unconscious, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. All four men were being held in the Lancaster County jail without bond.

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