Updating Outrage

Nearly four years ago, I posted about 3 separate cases of our legal system run amok. Today, I can report that the last of those cases has finally been resolved. Steve Kurtz, the artist who was arrested on bio-terrorism charges, then later on mail fraud charges, has had his case dismissed by a federal judge, after nearly 4 years of fighting.
This result follows Brandon Mayfield’s successful challenge to his false arrest (based on erroneous fingerprint analysis) which resulted in a $2 million settlement and having 2 parts of the USA Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional.
Finally, Jose Padilla was finally tried and found guilty and sentenced to 17 years in prison in January after languishing for three-and-a-half years as an “enemy combatant,” before the Supreme Court nearly had to step in (the Bush administration finally relented to avoid having the Supreme Court trump its authority).