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November 3, 2009

Are there any crime and justice issues or stories to follow this election day?

I am about to head out to vote this morning, and here in Ohio we have three state-wide ballot issues that concern only non-criminal law matters (unless one considers an initiative to authorize casinos in four Ohio cities a criminal law matter).  I head out wondering if there are any notable crime and justice issues or stories worth following closely this odd-year election day.

I see from this helpful website that Mainers are today voting on a medical marijuana issue and that New Yorkers have a prisoner re-entry issue to consider.  Also, the New Jersey gubernatorial race arguably has a criminal justice angle due to the fact that the Republican candidate, Chris Christie, used to be the state's US Attorney.  But I do not sense that any aspects of today's voting patterns will provide any sense of the national mood on any major criminal justice issues.

I have noticed that some "classic" tough-on-crime rhetoric has been showing up a bit more on the campaign trail lately.  Still, I suspect in 2010 and probably also in 2012, as was the case in 2006 and 2008, that crime and justice issues will be taking a back seat to other local and national concerns.

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Atlanta has an officially falling crime rate. However, the public is outraged over repeated reports of murders. A white woman may become mayor, as a result. No crime rate has validity save an independently carried out household survey. All other methods and surveyors have a conflict of interest and should be dismissed.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 3, 2009 8:56:47 PM

Here's an article detailing two criminal justice issues in Colorado: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13705316

First, Denver, CO voters rejected an initiative that would REQUIRE police to impound cars of drivers who are unable to produce a license after getting pulled over unless they can produce "convincing corroborating evidence" that they have a license and their identity.

Second, Breckenridge, CO voters decriminalized the adult possession of marijuana under 1 oz. and drug paraphernalia. This came after Denver voters last November made adult marijuana possession the city's "lowest law enforcement priority."

Posted by: Colorado Issues | Nov 4, 2009 12:10:26 AM

In the Republican landslide in Virginia, the winning gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell, made his reputation as a no-nonsense state attorney general, and the attorney general elect, Ken Cuccinelli, is known to be a movement conservative.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 4, 2009 3:33:33 AM

Not election related, but having read the transcript from Beard v Kindler I have no idea how the court is going to come down. Neither attorney performed well IMO.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Nov 4, 2009 3:11:43 PM

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