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. He was also a communications specialist for the National Network for Safe Communications, a research center at City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Rory is a licensed Minnesota attorney. He lives in Philadelphia.

Portland Charges Exemplify Struggle Over Feds’ Prosecution Encroachment

Ammon Bundy shocked the country when he took up arms against the US federal government in 2016—leading an occupation of…

September 14, 2020

Four Easy Ways for a New Top Prosecutor to Make Meaningful Change

Activists like the Dream Defenders did not expect Harold Pryor to win the Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Florida State Attorney…

August 25, 2020

The “Progressive Prosecutor” Movement Spreads, But Unevenly

It is hard for prosecutors to let go of the prosecutorial identity, as seen by the numerous US politicians and…

August 19, 2020

Kamala Harris Was Mocking “Schools Not Jails” Not So Long Ago

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August 13, 2020

What’s Behind Felony Charges for Three Nonviolent Protesters in Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City is a world apart from the rest of Utah culturally and politically, and its choice of district…

July 30, 2020

New Orleans’ Nightmare Prosecutor Steps Down. Who’s Next?

In prosecutor accountability circles, the name Leon Cannizzaro carries almost mystical significance. Cannizzaro, the district attorney of Orleans Parish (New…

July 28, 2020

Beneath Tragic New US Overdose Figures, There Are Wide Regional Variations

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its analysis of overdose deaths from 2019. The new projections…

July 20, 2020

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Releases Her “Bad Cops” List

State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the progressive top prosecutor of Orange County, Florida, has released her office’s list of ethically compromised…

July 16, 2020

Convenient Charges for New Orleans DA Candidate Leave Dire Incumbent Favorite

At the end of June, New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams was indicted on federal tax fraud charges. When Williams…

July 14, 2020

Oklahoma Reservation Ruling Is an Opening for Harm Reduction

Hardline Oklahoma prosecutors have received bad news about their capacity to force people who use drugs into “therapeutic” courts. That…

July 13, 2020