legal system


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

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

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

Four Former Blackwater Mercenaries Are Going to Prison for Slaughtering Iraqi Civilians

Mercenaries have been a trademark of American foreign policy since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but at least four of those guys are paying a price for treating Iraqis like something other than fellow humans.
Matt Taylor

A Judge Decided the Eric Garner Grand Jury Proceedings Should Stay Secret

State Supreme Court Justice William E. Garnett was unpersuaded by arguments that the public has a right to know how the grand jury came to its decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
John Surico

This Man Got Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Picking Up Trash Too Early

Due to a work-related noise violation in a posh, ultra-privatized Atlanta suburb, Kevin McGill is spending his next 14 weekends behind bars.
Spencer Woodman