The perilous new push to excuse lawlessness

Any legal system must avoid penalizing people for being poor. But many municipal courts struggle with defendants who blow off their hearings and fees.

A black mayor of another small Missouri town defended his own town’s traffic and court fees to The New York Times in March: “Everyone’s saying, ‘Oh, no, that city’s just taking advantage of the poor.’ When did the poor get the right to commit crimes?”

Under the disparate-impact analysis of racism, however, being poor and black can work as a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Officer Michael Slager’s execution-style murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC, this month appears to be a horrific act of police brutality.

But it’s being bootstrapped to argue against child-support enforcement in the case of poor, often minority, deadbeat dads.