Justiceline: February 5, 2013

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  • Police officers testifying against criminal defendants have every incentive to lie, particularly as police departments have been “rewarded for the sheer number of stops, searches and arrests” — a phenomenon that feeds our “seemingly insatiable appetite for locking up and locking out the poorest and darkest among us,” writes Michelle Williams, author of the seminal book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  
  • A lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyers is challenging continued “widespread and intense” political surveillance of Muslims without evidence of crimes by the New York Police Department, including regular monitoring of places where Muslims, eat, shop and worship.
  • Supreme Court justices increasingly use words’ dictionary definitions in their opinions, according to a new study.
  • Even as more and more politicians and Americans indicate exasperation with the “War on Drugs,” the effort continues to expand in Latin America, according to a Huffington Post report.