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.

Memo to Josh Shapiro: Attorneys General Do Have the Right to Be Good

A fun exercise is to check your state’s constitution and search the term “attorney general.” If you happen to live…

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How Oklahoma’s Top Prosecutors Gang Up Against Reform

Conservative district attorneys often seem like they are at one-on-one political war with their progressive challengers. But according to a…

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High-Stakes Race to Be Pittsburgh’s Top Prosecutor Refuses to Die

The 2019 competition for who gets to be Allegheny County, Pennsylvania’s elected District Attorney for the next four years is…

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Inspired by the Queens DA Battle? Here Are Four More Key Races in 2019

Tiffany Cabán, a highly progressive, 31-year-old queer Latina public defender, stunned the world last week when she edged out a…

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What to Make of a Leading Anti-Cannabis Advocate Retweeting a Far-Right Podcaster?

Given the racist past and present of cannabis prohibition in the United States⁠, an anti-legalization leader retweeting one of the…

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Which Presidential Candidate Would Give David Barren His Freedom?

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, published in 2010, probably did more than any other document to make mass incarceration…

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Sinister Motives, Moral Panic Behind Florida’s Persecution of Sex Workers

Bruce Colton, the chief elected prosecutor of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties in Florida, is anything but…

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“Spit-and-Acquit” Embodies a Californian DA’s Dystopia

Here’s a good formula for dystopia: a ”spit-and-acquit” program to create a genetic surveillance system in return for non-prosecution of…

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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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