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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."

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

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.

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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