PM Stories

US judge puts Justice Department’s move to drop charges against Michael Flynn on hold Spencer S. Hsu and Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post

Why the DOJ’s Dropping Charges Against Michael Flynn Is So Insidious Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Will the Supreme Court rectify its qualified immunity mistake? George F. Will, Washington Post

How Supreme Court Doctrine Protects Cops Who Kill (or Otherwise Use Excessive Force) Jonathan H. Adler, Reason

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic

The Citizen’s Arrest Law Cited in Arbery’s Killing Dates Back to the Civil War Frances Robles, New York Times

Some Laws Shouldn’t Be Enforced Barry Lam, Slate

Ronnie Long’s last shot at freedom: Judge asks, ‘When did justice leave the process?’ (North Carolina) Michael Gordon, Charlotte Observer

An American student was thrown from a cliff in 1988. Now, Australian police have arrested a suspect. A. Odysseus Patrick, Washington Post

DA Rollins asks SJC to vacate 64 defendants’ guilty pleas in drug cases following Dookhan, Farak scandals (Massachusetts) Travis Andersen, Boston Globe

A Mystery at Oxford Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic

Al Capone, All-American Boogeyman Josephine Livingstone, New Republic

“Trial by Media” summarizes but doesn’t challenge how coverage fuels drama in landmark cases Ashlie D. Stevens, Salon

AM Stories

The new death penalty: COVID has now killed more US prisoners in weeks than the US death penalty has in over a decade Sentencing Law and Policy

Solitary, Brawls, No Teachers: Coronavirus Makes Juvenile Jails Look Like Adult Prisons Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

COVID-19 Cases at One Texas Immigration Detention Center Soared in a Matter of Days. Now, Town Leaders Want Answers. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica

Women’s prison in Florida becomes COVID-19 nightmare Samantha J. Gross, Tampa Bay Times

Investigation: How The Coronavirus Ran Rampant Through A Tennessee Prison Samantha Max, WPLN

Inmates tried to infect themselves with the coronavirus to get early release, Los Angeles County sheriff says Timothy Bella, Washington Post

Social distancing arrests target people of color Katelyn Burns, Vox

Policing empty streets amid coronavirus: Cops are killjoys, bearers of goodwill Cindy Chang and James Queally, Los Angeles Times

How the coronavirus could kill the $2 billion US bail bond business Sully Barrett, CNBC

Gov. Pritzker is commuting sentences because of pandemic. Compassionate pardons should follow (Illinois) Ina Silvergleid, Chicago Sun-Times

Amid coronavirus closures, Louisiana’s public defense leaders consider drastic budget cuts Jacqueline DeRobertis, The Advocate

As We Struggle To Stay Connected, Prison Calls Must Be Free Bianca Tylek, Essence

Coronavirus has made Texas prison food even more gross Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project