Criminal Justice

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 when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental...
"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 accidents. https://soundcloud.com/tsd-stats/pain-into-power    
“When you see these young people around in your community, talk to these young people about the importance of doing the right thing. ...We’ve got to reach out to them, not just to our own children. They have had no guidance, no one to really train them. There was...
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Pivoting off of the release of “Free Cyntoia (My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System),” Cyntoia Brown-Long and Joy Doss, #Access901 columnist for The New Tri-State Defender, recently engaged in a conversation that reflects the importance of learning from experience. Their exchange, which took place in advance of...
Cyntoia Brown’s story sent waves of nausea across my stomach and a riptide of ire through my mind. The ham-fisted “morality” and the way in which “justice” was meted out did not sit right in my spirit. Where was the compassion? Where were the courtroom hugs and Bible? Where was...
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By JAKE BLEIBERG and JILL BLEED Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged with murder on Monday after...
Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings was the weekly meeting highlight of the Frayser Exchange Club Foundation Thursday afternoon at Impact Church. “I doubt if I will get to my notes today,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to go in the direction I’m going in.” The chief law enforcer engaged the...
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...