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.

Will the Departure of America’s Worst Prosecutor Even Improve Matters?

People sometimes ask who is the worst prosecutor in America, from a human rights standpoint. Most would answer that it…

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Texas Prosecutor Elected on Reform Promise Doubles Down on Marijuana Charges

Bexar County, Texas, home to San Antonio, once rested in the picaresque clutches of District Attorney Nico LaHood, an Islamophobic…

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Here’s How to Abolish Incentives for “Broken Windows” Prosecutions

In 2018, Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman faced his first serious challenge for the top prosecutor seat in Minneapolis,…

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Who Still Prosecutes People for Possessing Syringes?

Programs that provide sterile syringes in exchange for used ones for people who use drugs reduce HIV and hepatitis infections,…

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Bigoted Facebook Post Shines Light on Sheriffs Who Run Our Jails

A recent discovery about an elected Georgia sheriff threw unflattering light on those charged with managing America’s jails, which chew…

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As Major Report Estimates 5 Million Jailed Each Year, What Now?

At any given moment, there are roughly 600,000 people languishing in local American jails. About three-quarters of them have been…

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DC Bid to Offer Compassion to People Convicted in Youth Draws Political Fire

Despite its very liberal reputation and national-level voting record, the capital of what some call the “freest nation on earth”…

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Prosecutors’ Ridiculous Excuses for Excluding Black People From Juries

Lisa Middleman is running as an independent pro-criminal justice reform candidate in the election for Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) district attorney,…

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Why We Need the Dem Debates to Probe Candidates’ US Attorney Picks

Our top federal prosecutors are called United States attorneys. There are only 94 of these presidential appointees, and they are…

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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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