Policing Posts

Supreme Court of New Mexico Cites Principles of the Law, Policing

In State v. Martinez, 478 P.3d 880 (N.M. 2020), the Supreme Court of New Mexico cited the Principles of the Law, Policing (T.D. No. 2, 2019), in abandoning the prevailing federal rule governing the admission of eyewitness-identification evidence, as articulated in Manson v. Brathwaite, 432 U.S. 98 (1977), in favor of adopting a new per se exclusionary rule for unnecessarily suggestive pretrial identification procedures, based on its determination that the New Mexico Constitution provided broader due-process protection in the context of eyewitness-identification evidence than the U.S. Constitution.

The Troubling Alliance Between Feminism and Policing

My intent is not to cast aspersions on feminism or even “White feminism” but, in the vein of James Forman Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own and Naomi Murakawa’s, The First Civil Right, to tell a complex story of feminism’s relationship to the American penal state so that we feminists can, in Murakawa’s words, “reexamine the scaffolding beneath our explanations for mass incarceration” in order to better fight it.