Lawyers on all sides agree the system enshrined nearly 50 years ago that gives all defendants the right to a lawyer is not working. The Justice Department calls it a crisis â€” such a big problem that it's been doling out grants to improve how its adversaries perform in criminal cases.
Congressional incumbents typically have a big advantage come election time. But the second-most senior member of the U.S. House â€” Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. â€” faces a newly redrawn congressional district and the toughest re-election campaign of his political career.
In the annals of incumbents failing to get on the ballot, Rep. Thad McCotter's epic fail has some company. Maybe not lots of it since incumbents tend to know, if nothing else, how to work the levers in their favor.
But there have been other incumbents derailed by the requirement to obtain voter signatures to get on ballots even if you sometimes have to go back quite a ways to find them. If it's a wing in the political hall of shame for incumbents, it would be a small room compared, say, to the much larger one for convicted politicos.
A Michigan teen says he got a taste of more than just roast beef when he bit into his Arby's sandwich last week. Ryan Hart was nearly finished with his meal when he tasted something chewy â€” an employee's finger.