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Aid and Comfort. Larry Neumeister of AP has more on the astonishingly lenient sentence given to terrorist-facilitator Lynne Stewart. The Wall Street Journal (free site) weighs in on "radical chic and the radical sheik."

Murder Rates. Joel Jacobsen at Judging Crimes has a unique explanation for why murder rates dropped in the 1990s and now are headed back up. His hypothesis is that gang wars of the 1980s and early 1990s killed off a lot of would-be murderers who are now being replaced by a new generation.

Detainee Legislation. Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog has this post on the new detainee legislation and legal challenges to it. The reasons why "The constitutional 'privilege of the writ of habeas corpus' does not extend to a person captured abroad by the military as an enemy, with no other connection to the United States" are explained in Part III, pp 18-26 (PDF file pp. 28-36) of CJLF's brief in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

Stats. The FBI has released hate crime stats for 2005.

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The ATF is proud to say when they, in conjunction with local law enforcement, get agressive in taking guns off the street by arresting those carrying concealed weapons, the murder rate shows an immediate decline.

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