legal system


Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam Was a Champion for the Poor and the Marginalized

Honoring the work of America's first Muslim woman judge.
Kimberly Lawson

When Your Lawyer Abandons You on Death Row

Another terrifying way the legal system screws the poor.
Casey Tolan
The VICE Guide to Right Now

'Making a Murderer' Subject's Confession Unlawfully Coerced, Judge Rules

A US District Court judge ruled that Brendan Dassey's confession was "involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments."
VICE Staff
Life Inside

Being a Black Prosecutor Is an Isolating, Important Job

Just like police officers should resemble the neighborhoods they patrol, it's critical that decision makers in the criminal justice system reflect the populations they serve.
Melba Pearson
sexual assault

The Stanford Rape Case Judge Has Been Taken off His Latest Sexual Assault Case

Judge Aaron Persky was widely condemned after sentencing Stanford rapist Brock Turner to six months in jail. As Persky is removed from a forthcoming sexual assault case, we ask legal experts what happens when a judge is accused of bias.
Sirin Kale

Did ​Canada’s First Twitter Harassment Verdict Set a Scary Precedent for Women?

Feminists are concerned that a court in Canada has given online harassers too much freedom in attacking women.
Sarah Ratchford

What if We All Went to Court Over Our Myki Fines?

As it turns out, the majority of people contesting fare-evasion fines win their cases.
Jonty Simmons

In Budapest, LGBT Pride Behind the Police Barricades

Budapest's 20th Pride Parade will take place today, and LGBT activists are out to make a statement.
Jennifer Walker

Hells Angels, Black Panthers, and Psychedelics: Criminal Defense Lawyer Tony Serra Is the Hippie Atticus Finch

Serra, who took a (probably LSD-inspired) vow of poverty and has been jailed twice for refusing to pay taxes, has been a go-to lawyer for what he calls "anti-government entities" since the 1960s.
Jocelyn Silver
jacked in

Our Brains on Trial

Brain scans have already been used as evidence in hundreds of court cases, often in life-or-death situations.
Jason Koebler

What I Saw While Spending 16 Hours in Manhattan Criminal Court

Every day, hundreds of disgruntled defendants, overworked lawyers, and indifferent cops and judges flow through the 17-floor concrete beast that squats in lower Manhattan.
John Surico

Baltimore's Criminal Justice System Is Seriously Overloaded Thanks to the Arrest of Protesters

"Courts are not supposed to shut down, especially when you're arresting hundreds of people in a moment of crisis," one legal expert told us.
Rachel M. Cohen