Rory Fleming

Rory is the founder of Foglight Strategies, a campaign research services firm for forward-thinking prosecutors nationwide. He previously worked for the Fair Punishment Project, which was founded as a joint project of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and its Criminal Justice Institute. Rory is a licensed Minnesota attorney.

When a Prosecutor Throws His Money Around to Keep His County “Tough on Crime”

Back in 2009, the Oregon legislature passed a law to remove marijuana from Schedule 1, the most restricted category in…

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Portland Is No Progressive Paradise—Just Look at Its District Attorney

On the surface, for a certain kind of person, Portland, Oregon has it all. It is extremely bike-friendly. It takes…

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Don’t Overlook the Local Judges Who Stand in the Way of Decarceration

Surprising as it may sound, within the federal criminal justice system, judges tend to be the good guys—at least compared…

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Will NJ Governor Have the Guts to Call Time on This Rogue Prosecutor?

Governors of New Jersey enjoy some of the most sweeping powers in the country. Not only can they conditionally veto…

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For This NY District Attorney, Fear-Based Approaches to Drugs Are a Family Affair

When one Facebook user wrote “Putting away bad guys since 2013” under a photo of Orange County, New York District…

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Why We Can’t Let Rural Prosecutors Fly Under the Radar

People who believe in criminal justice reform can find enemies all over the country. But they could be forgiven for…

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Mississippi’s Warring Prosecutors Leave the Door Open to Hope

Two incredibly powerful prosecutors, sworn enemies, live in the same small Southern capital of Jackson, Mississippi—a state which has a…

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Honolulu’s Draconian Head Prosecutor Facing Federal Corruption Probe

Not everything in Honolulu is sunshine. A massive percentage of the city’s population lives without a home, and its cops…

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Stop Chasing Amy Klobuchar for President Without Looking at Her Record

Kamala Harris recently made headlines for throwing her hat into the ring of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, despite a tainted…

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SC Dating Violence Law Would Punish Kids More Harshly Than Adults

After 16-year-old Sierra Landry was killed in 2013 by an abusive schoolmate she once dated, South Carolina started talking about…

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