It is becoming increasingly common to find instances where judges and prosecutors have abused their power and in this USA Today piece, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds discusses some recent ones. The common thread is that some Americans want to use their free speech rights to inform others that juries are free to acquit defendants if they think the law is wrong or the prosecution has been abusive — and some judges and prosecutors want them silenced.

America needs a new, revived civil rights movement that focuses on all the ways government officials trample upon the rights of ordinary people. Part of that must be holding accountable those who abuse their power.