After police kill: DA Gascón’s dilemma

Franklin Zimring quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, April 25, 2017

“A police chief’s priority shouldn’t be just the protection of his officers but the preservation of civilian lives,” Zimring said. “Of the 10 open police shooting cases recently listed in The Chronicle, at least five, and as many as eight, should not have been fatalities. If a shooting’s awful, it shouldn’t be lawful. If somebody hadn’t died in those cases, San Francisco would be a better city.

Arkansas executes inmate, after flurry of appeals fail

Jen Moreno quoted by Vocativ, April 20, 2017

“The execution set by Arkansas has not been attempted by any state in recent history, if ever,” Jen Moreno, a staff attorney Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, told Vocativ Wednesday. … The schedule puts extreme pressure on the execution team, which increases the chance of botched executions.”

The ignoble history of the 3-drug death penalty cocktail

Ty Alper writes for Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2017

Arkansas’ version of the three-drug protocol is particularly troubling because the state does not even plan to use an anesthetic as the first drug. Instead, its protocol calls for midazolam, a sedative that cannot, at any dosage, render a person unconscious and insensate to pain and suffering.

Frank and Steven’s excellent corporate-raiding adventure

Steven Davidoff Solomon co-writes for The Atlantic, May 2017

What did Bielli think about selling the company? … He said that the benefits of being public outweighed the costs.. … The fact is … Bielli is probably right. Because so many investors are passive today, most CEOs can relax, even if their performance is mediocre. We drove away discouraged. The company had enormous potential. But realizing its value seemed impracticable.

How a tax plan unites progressives, the Koch brothers and Walmart

Alan Auerbach quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2017

Alan Auerbach … dismissed the $1,700 increase as “silly” and “outside the range” of economic projections of what the tax might do. … “It would encourage companies to make their products in America,” said Auerbach, who thinks it would also convince some Silicon Valley companies, such as Google and Apple, to stop basing operations in countries like Ireland, which have much lower corporate tax burdens.

UC Berkeley program seeks to help prosecute war criminals

Alexa Koenig and Eric Stover quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2017

“The front-line people who capture images of what’s happening, they tend to focus on the body or where the bomb hit — they don’t realize that’s actually the least helpful info for courts,” said Koenig. “What the courts need is the 360-degree pan shot of the surrounding area to place what happened in a particular location. Or they need information that might seem irrelevant, like the angle something came from, or a shot of a newspaper that establishes the date.”

“Alleged perpetrators are leaving more fingerprints in various places. They’re leaving fingerprints behind the cyber curtain, meaning, they’re going on email, they’re sending messages to their subordinates, they’re filming things,” said Eric Stover, faculty director of the Human Rights Center.