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Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.
Life Inside April 12
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
News April 4
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
News March 15
Trump’s nominee to this panel called it “an overfed lemur.”
Commentary March 13
“The time has come to create some level of accountability for prosecutors.”
Case in Point January 29
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
Feature January 19
A visit to Trump’s immigration bedlam.
Case in Point December 4, 2017
A judge balks at a corporate plea deal he can’t see
News November 29, 2017
North Carolina’s plan to stymie judges who waive fines and fees.
Commentary October 25, 2017
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Case in Point September 11, 2017
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
Life Inside August 31, 2017
A judge explains how he decides whether to release a defendant before trial without bail — and how it can go bad.
Life Inside May 4, 2017
A judge examines the impact on those he sentences.
Analysis February 3, 2017
What to watch as the system prepares for mass deportations.
Case in Point August 15, 2016
Suppose a judge decides not to decide. For five years.
Life Inside August 11, 2016
“I was shocked at the ​casual racism emanating from the bench.​”
Q&A August 10, 2016
“All judges are human beings under that robe.”
Case in Point July 18, 2016
It’s more common than you think.
Case in Point June 19, 2016
Is that fair? The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide.
Analysis June 13, 2016
The oddest fallout from the Stanford sexual assault
News June 7, 2016
A high-profile sexual-assault case provokes demands for pulling the judge off the bench, but such a remedy is rare.
Case in Point May 3, 2016
In a notorious Louisiana case, a judge gets in a last kick.
Analysis April 26, 2016
84 federal vacancies, and a glacial confirmation rate, put extra stress on some districts
Feature July 29, 2015
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
News April 6, 2015
In time for closing arguments, ten pieces to catch you up.
The Lowdown March 31, 2015
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.
News March 13, 2015
Giving jurors a say in sentencing.
Feature February 2, 2015
Notes from a Boston courtroom.
Life Inside January 5, 2015
I was taught that judges reason, never feel. And yet …
Commentary December 26, 2014
It’s up to judges to restore balance
Feature December 11, 2014
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.
Looking Back November 20, 2014
The case he didn’t expect to lose. And why it mattered that he did.