Martin Kaste

Martin Kaste appears in the following:

Some politicians who supported legalizing marijuana now want to curb 'potent pot'

Friday, March 01, 2024

As marijuana has gone mainstream in America, lawmakers in states that legalized it are now grappling with a new question: Should high-potency pot products be regulated differently?


Michigan court rules parents can share criminal responsibility for child's gun crimes

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

The trial of Jennifer Crumbley over murders committed by her son, Ethan, has focused attention on the legal responsibilities of parents and other adults when it comes to minors and guns.


There's been a noticeable pushback against shoplifting this year

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

It's peak season for retail sales — and for retail theft, which stores say has become more frequent and brazen. Their complaints have led to new efforts to try to stop the wave of retail theft.


The latest on the manhunt for the Maine mass shooting suspect

Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Maine mass shooting suspect is still at-large. Army reservist Robert Card was taken for a mental health evaluation this summer after military officials became concerned about his behavior.


The governor tried banning guns in Albuquerque. The public health emergency continues

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

N.M. Gov. Michelle Luhan Grisham's temporary ban on guns in the Albuquerque area caused a political firestorm. The ban, since scaled back, faces legal challenges. Meanwhile, shootings haven't stopped.


Federal court allows Albuquerque gun ban to stand while lawsuits proceed

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

A federal court in New Mexico has let stand, for the time being, a controversial gun ban in Albuquerque's parks and playgrounds. The governor frames the ban as a response to a public health emergency.


California bans 'excited delirium' term as a cause of death

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Last week, California became the first state to ban the use of "excited delirium" as an official cause of death. The medical term has long been controversial when it comes to policing.


Are more police officers facing prosecution? As the data shows, it's complicated.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Police officers are on trial or facing charges in multiple state-level murder cases this fall. But if you look at national numbers, the trend toward more police prosecutions is not that clear.


The perilous hunt for PPP fraud and the hot tip that wasn't

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

The public data on PPP loans contains a lot of suspicious patterns, but it can also send people on wild goose chases


Chicago officials are joining the effort to crack down on cases of COVID aid fraud

Thursday, August 31, 2023

COVID aid fraud was rampant countrywide, but thousands of Chicago residents appear to have taken money for bogus businesses. Officials say they may have to concentrate on only the worst cases.


U.S. cops may start using a weapon that shoots a cord to wrap around a person's knees

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

A comic book-worthy device is the latest entry into the market for "less lethal" police weapons. The company promises safer arrests, but part of the appeal for departments may be the optics.


Days after the mass shooting, Philadelphia moves to sue sellers of 'ghost guns'

Saturday, July 08, 2023

Philadelphia is the latest Democratic jurisdiction to sue sellers of gun parts that are easily turned into untraceable "ghost guns." Similar recent attempts have had mixed results.


The overall murder rate in the U.S. may finally be dropping, early data suggest

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Law enforcement has been on alert for outbursts of gun violence over the weekend and holiday, but early statistics from big cities suggest the overall murder rate may finally be going down.


Watchdog: Over $200 billion in pandemic business loans appear to be fraudulent

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

At least $200 billion in aid for small businesses may have gone to frauders, according to a new inspector general report. The Small Business Administration questions those numbers.


At least $200 billion in pandemic aid potentially went to fraudsters, federal watchdog estimates

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Fraudsters stole billions from the Small Business Administration, via the pandemic-era "Paycheck Protection Program." On Tuesday, the SBA inspector general releases an estimate the size of the fraud


Over $200 billion in pandemic business loans appear to be fraudulent, a watchdog says

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The Office of Inspector General of the Small Business Administration has released a "landscape of fraud" report highlighting why 17% of PPP and other loans appear bogus.


DOJ finds Minneapolis Police had a pattern of 'unconstitutional policing'

Saturday, June 17, 2023

The Justice Department released its investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, with findings that include racial bias and unnecessary use of force.


DOJ report finds systemic patterns of abuse by the Minneapolis Police Department

Friday, June 16, 2023

The Justice Department, city and police will begin negotiations to set the terms of a consent decree, which will bring federal oversight to police


Courts have long seen K-9 dogs as impartial. Now police bodycams hold them accountable

Thursday, June 08, 2023

Police body cameras have increased accountability for K-9 units, making it easier for defendants to claim unconstitutional searches. A federal lawsuit in Texas illustrates the new dynamic.


Uvalde massacre prompted a Texas law requiring more training for police

Sunday, May 28, 2023

American police see Uvalde as a lesson in what not to do. Trainers say police need to make sure they have the skills and emotional commitment to risk their lives to stop a killer.