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As the annual vigils for Lorenzen Wright have gone, this one was short, largely because of tortuous heat, and yet decidedly different in a far more important way. Gathered on the FedExForum plaza Friday evening, Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, and other family members wiped sweat from their brows and talked...
We’ve all made mistakes and have been in need of second chances, right? Ex-offender Jerald Trotter feels the same way. He hasn’t been able to get a job after serving 13 years for a second-degree murder conviction in 2000. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) know second-chancers such...
“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m trying to be free.” Alice Marie Johnson, 63, didn’t expect to have her life story catapulted into the global spotlight. A former felon enjoying newfound freedom after spending 22 years of what could have been a life sentence in federal prison, she’s telling...
“If you know something, say something,” said Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau Major Lambert Ross as he pleaded for help in the unsolved homicide case of two-year-old Laylah Washington during a Wednesday morning press conference. Washington was shot and killed a year ago June 13. “We have received countless tips, mostly...
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After years of failed attempts, Alice Marie Johnson is finally free, thanks to Kim Kardashian West. Wednesday evening, Johnson was released from federal prison just hours after her life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump. In footage obtained from Alabama news station WVTM-13, a visibly overjoyed Johnson can be seen...
While you were worried about Russian collusion, Kardashian pardons, national anthem protests, trade tariffs, border walls and Melania Trump’s secret facelift kidney surgery, the Trump administration has been successfully implementing an insidious plan that threatens to reverberate in black America for decades to come. When it comes to the black...
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By JULIETA MARTINELLI, WPLN-FM NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he'd spent almost half his life behind bars. But in a rare move, a federal court ruled his term was reduced in error and ordered...
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By Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. (via theGrio.com) It’s right out of a nightmare. You’re standing on a street corner when a police cruiser pulls up. Officers toss you in the back seat and you’re hauled to a crime scene, where a witness identifies you as the assailant who shot two men. Despite your...
Shocking and repugnant is how Criminal Court Judge Lee V. Coffee described a report on Sherra Wright’s run-ins with jail staff just a day before her bond hearing on Wednesday morning. Coffee cited the report before setting a $20 million bond for Wright, who is suspected of masterminding the plot...
Rosalyn “Bird” Holmes was released Wednesday afternoon on a $60,000 bond after spending 43 days in pre-trial, pre-indictment detention in a women’s prison, miles from her hometown of Memphis. Just a few days after turning 16, Holmes was sent to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tenn. Holmes and...