crime and punishment

Beyond Our Border

SOUTH CAROLINA Stories of this type remind all that cruelty and inhumanity are never very far removed. A South Carolina restaurant manager was directed by a court to pay over $500,000 to a Black youth with mental disabilities who was… Read More ›

The Autopsy Alibi

Movies and television have substantially defined our conception of the term forensics as scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime. The “autopsy,” a postmortem medical examination to ascertain cause of death and whether such death… Read More ›

Subtle Perpetuators of Inequity

From inception, the nation’s criminal justice system has had an unhealthy set of roots in slavery and racism. A sample of that codex is found in the 13th Amendment, passed in 1865, which declared slavery unconstitutional but hedged with “except… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

Editors’ Note: VoxFairfax decided to supplement the geographical view of our features Around the Novahood and Beyond the Novahood by introducing a new feature intended as a reminder that, beyond the Commonwealth, there exists another universe of events of interest. Many… Read More ›

Suisse Cheese: Bait for Tax Cheats

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 13, 2021. Tax avoiders, complicit international banks, expensive lawyers work together.  By Katie Benner and Michael Forsythe Seven years after Credit Suisse promised federal prosecutors that it would stop helping rich Americans hide their… Read More ›

Tangled Up in Blue

Book Review by Frank Blechman Rosa Brooks’ new book, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City, does not have all the answers about how to improve policing or police. Maybe, it doesn’t have any. It is, however, an honest,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOCAL BRAGS OF JAN 6 CAPITOL ATTACK A Winchester man who admitted that he and his cousin were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6th stated that they got a handshake from a Capitol officer, who told them, “It’s your house… Read More ›

The Catholic Supremes

With the seating of Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS in late 2020, the Court’s Catholic cohort of members, nominally or professed, became six of nine. They are: John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh, and Ms. Barrett…. Read More ›

Around the Novahood

ORGANIC FOOD FUELS CAPITOL ASSAULT The “QAnon shaman” (a/k/a Jake Chansley) has personal needs that must be accommodated. Chansley—easily recognized for his massive horns, painted face, and fur pelts—was among those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to… Read More ›