Monday, July 13, 2020

Criminal Justice

By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The leader of Mississippi's underfunded prison system was pleading with lawmakers for money to hire more guards and pay them better in 2012 when he warned, "I...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE — One African American defendant was forced by a judge to represent himself at trial. Another was shackled in front of an all-white jury during a sentencing hearing. And a third black defendant facing...
By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press The first black woman named to lead Philadelphia's troubled police department pledged to be a "conduit" between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing the force. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney...
Jamie Foxx’s performance in Just Mercy has earned him the Spotlight Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. As TheGrio previously reported, in the fact-based courtroom drama, Foxx plays Walter McMillian, a death row inmate accused of murdering...
By MICHAEL BALSAMO and COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — The Justice Department announced a crackdown Wednesday aimed at driving down violent crime in seven of the nation's most violent cities. Attorney General William Barr released details of the initiative known...
By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is...
Although the heinous 2016 police shooting only garnered marginal national attention, eight judges refused to try the case. The trial venue was changed from a majority-black city to a rural, mostly white county…in Alabama. The defendant was a white...
By JEFF AMY, Associated Press Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans...
by Adrian Sainz and Michael Balsama -- Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show...
"Where Do We Go From Here?" -- TSDRadio: Selected conversations from a media conference (Oct. 25) at Rhodes College shed light on the "Pain Into Power" movement that links families who have lost loved ones in officer-involved shootings or...