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Chicago cop who shot Laquan McDonald got nearly 7 years. Black teen's family asks: Was justice done? 20.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald gunned down as he walked away from police.

The graphic images of McDonald crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him stirred expectations...

Federal probe of L.A. County jail abuses notches its final guilty verdict 19.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A jury on Friday found that a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy lied to FBI agents about the beating of a visitor to a county jail.

The guilty verdict against Byron Dredd, which came nearly eight years after the 2011 assault, served as a capstone on the sweeping investigation federal authorities...

Chicago Cop Convicted of Murdering Black Teen Gets Nearly Seven Years in Prison 19.1.2019 Mother Jones
Jason Van Dyke, the white former Chicago police officer who was convicted of second-degree murder in October for killing black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, has been sentenced to 81 months, or nearly seven years, in prison. The decision Friday concludes a yearslong legal battle, which included a separate trial for three officers who were […]
Chicago Cop Convicted of Murdering Black Teen Gets Six Years in Prison 19.1.2019 Mother Jones
Jason Van Dyke, the white former Chicago police officer who was convicted of second-degree murder in October for killing black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, has been sentenced to 81 months, or more than six years, in prison. The decision Friday concludes a yearslong legal battle, which included a separate trial for three officers who […]
Former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 81 months in prison for 2014 murder 18.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The 2014 shooting was captured on an infamous video that showed McDonald, who was carrying a knife with a three-inch blade, walking away from Van Dyke just before the officer shot him 16 times.
After four decades, a wrongful-conviction case with racial overtones still reverberates 18.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Louis Taylor was 16 when police arrested him in 1972 on suspicion of deliberately setting a fire that killed 28 people at a Tucson hotel.

Though he adamantly insisted on his innocence, Taylor, who is African American, was sentenced to 28 life terms for what was deemed a mass murder at the Pioneer...

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Immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle's shooting death wants gun conviction overturned 17.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A Mexican man whose role in the shooting death of a woman walking on a San Francisco pier touched off a fierce immigration debate is seeking to overturn his felony gun possession conviction. It was the only charge he was found guilty of after a jury acquitted him of murder.

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate...

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Bill would name highway for fallen prison officer 15.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Bill honoring corrections officer Joseph Gomm, who was killed on duty last July, introduced at Capitol. It would name a stretch of highway near the Stillwater prison after him.
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Bad forensic science is putting innocent people in prison 13.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

On an April night in 1989, Jo Ann Parks survived a house fire in the Southern California city of Bell that claimed the lives of her three small children. Two years later, investigators announced that the seeming accident was actually a monstrous crime in which the 23-year-old waitress had set several...

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Nearly 70 years later, Florida redresses one of its ugliest episodes of racial injustice 12.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

From the time she was a girl, Vivian Shepherd was haunted by the World War II photograph of her uncle Samuel, stern-faced with his Army cap slightly cocked. She asked her father about him, but he never wanted to talk.

One day, when Shepherd was in her late 30s, she saw a picture of her uncle in...

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Long Beach woman who rammed a man with her car, severing his leg, is sentenced to prison 10.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to two years in state prison after she pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges stemming from a 2017 incident in which she used her car to pin a man against a railing in a grocery store parking lot, severing one of his legs.

Jamika Marie Abair of Long Beach was...

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Rose McGowan will avoid jail time after she pleads no contest to a reduced drug charge 10.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Rose McGowan will avoid jail time in Virginia after reaching a plea deal, according to a lawyer for the actress and activist.

Attorney James W. Hundley told The Times that the commonwealth had agreed to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance and, in exchange,...

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Amber Alert issued for 17-year-old girl from Sheridan area 9.1.2019 Denver Post: Local
An Amber Alert was issued at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday for a 17-year-old girl from the Sheridan area.
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Woman sexually assaulted by LAPD officers reaches $2-million settlement 9.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A woman who was sexually assaulted by two Los Angeles police officers will receive nearly $2 million from the city, according to an agreement filed in federal court on Monday.

The settlement, which needs to be approved by the City Council, comes on top of nearly $1.8 million in payouts to three...

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Weld County jail deputy pleads guilty to unlawful sexual contact 9.1.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
A Colorado deputy accused of having sex with a female jail inmate has pleaded guilty.
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Boulder man fails to pay undocumented workers, then threatens them, police say 9.1.2019 Denver Post: Local
A Boulder man has been arrested after he reportedly gave undocumented workers bad checks for various projects and then threatened to report them to immigration when they asked to be reimbursed.
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Man sentenced in teen’s murder during Fort Collins robbery 8.1.2019 Denver Post: Local
A Colorado judge has sentenced a 30-year-old man to life in prison without parole for killing a 19-year-old during a robbery last year in Fort Collins.
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Nevada inmate who wanted to be executed kills himself in prison cell 8.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Scott Dozier, the convicted murderer who had all but begged Nevada authorities to execute him for years, was found dead in his death row cell over the weekend, authorities said.

The 48-year-old was discovered hanging by a bed sheet tied to an air vent, Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman...

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Cyntoia Brown, in prison for murder, is granted clemency by Tenn. Governor 7.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Brown's supporters say she was a victim of human trafficking who has remade herself while in prison -- and on Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam agreed.
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For Years, This Nevada Death Row Inmate Asked to Be Executed. He Finally Just Took His Own Life. 7.1.2019 Mother Jones
Death row inmate Scott Dozier took his own life in his cell at Nevada’s Ely State Prison, the Associated Press reported Saturday. Dozier, 48, had been on death row for more than a decade for murdering Jeremiah Miller, whose dismembered body was found in a dumpster in Las Vegas in 2002. Dozier, who was sentenced to die but […]
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