Over at Forbes I take a look at the reality-show-bread-and-circuses nature of crime sensationalism in the media and some of the ways that can be dangerous, both in our attitudes toward crime and in a very literal sense.
I also talk about Texas which is reviving its anti-TSA bill, but which falls quite short on other civil liberties issues such as the death penalty. Conor has more on the death penalty issue, and how it will come to the fore if Perry runs for president:
The farther he goes, the worse things will get for death penalty supporters, due to a part of his record that his critics are already highlighting: his shocking negligence in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man put to death on his watch who was very likely innocent, and certainly wasn’t guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Perry has presided over a couple hundred executions. Even one of them emerging as a national issue could change the whole political calculus around capital punishment. What if America’s governors were just as fearful of executing an innocent in an age of DNA as they are of granting clemency to someone who goes on to commit another crime?