Criminal Justice

NNPA NEWSWIRE — I Messenger Media (Texas Metro News/Garland Journal/I Messenger) sat down recently with Judge Tammy Kemp to discuss criticism she has received as a result of her actions following the conclusion of the Amber Guyger murder trial last week.
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Victim Botham Jean's neighbor Joshua Brown, left, answers questions from Assistant District Attorney LaQuita Long, right, while pointing to a map of the South Side Flats where he lives, while testifying during the murder trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, in Dallas. Authorities say that Brown was...
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By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS — A white Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below. Amber Guyger didn’t appear to show much reaction, at least from...
NNPA NEWSWIRE — Chavis noted that mainstream media’s coverage of the trial lacked facts, and the racially and politically-charged atmosphere inside and around the Pennsylvania courthouse may have deprived Cosby of a fair trial.
By Jake Bleiberg —  DALLAS — The same jury that convicted a white Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor returns to court Wednesday to consider her sentence — a penalty that could be anywhere from five years to life in prison. Amber Guyger, who said she...
The federal government is still exploring the Emmett Till case according to a recent report which says the 60-plus-year-old cold case is still open and on the books. —Amber Guyger murder trial: Listen to her frantic 911 call— According to Yahoo, the case involving the brutal killing of the teen in...
In a move to help struggling households, Shelby County officials have opted to stop charging Juvenile Court fees not ordered by state law. The announcement came during a joint press conference (Aug. 26) that included Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr., Mayor Lee Harris, Juvenile Court Clerk Janice Fullilove and Juvenile Court...
A Florida jury has found a white man guilty of manslaughter after he sought to defend murdering a Black man under the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Late Friday night, the jury handed down the guilty verdict to 49-year-old Michael Drejka, who fatally shot 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton during a dispute over...
Billy Ray Turner, who is awaiting a September trial in the killing of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a separate gun charge. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Turner during a hearing Thursday in Memphis. Turner pleaded guilty in June to possessing a weapon...
“Sherra Wright has been transferred from Shelby County Jail East and is now in the custody of Tennessee Department of Corrections.” That’s the message posted on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Twitter site on Friday. Wright pled guilty on Thursday for her part in the 2010 killing of her ex-husband, Lorenzen...