Pacified America So Much Less Murderous

“The last three years have been a contrarian’s delight — just when you expect the bananas to hit the fan.”
 — Oh my God, right? Although in this case specifically, that is UC Berkeley law professor Frank Zimring, expressing his pleasure that violent crimes are hugely down in the U.S., despite massive unemployment and recession and fewer (well, comparatively fewer) people in prison. Yes it’s true! The people are finally satisfied with the reality TV programming, so now there be less hurting of everybody up in here. Speaking of! The two NYC police officers on trial for rape? The case is now on the fifth day of jury deliberations, and the jury has asked to hear the victim’s testimony read. What does that generally mean again, lawyers?