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Criminal Justice

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will release its 2018 Policy Papers at its annual open house on Thursday (Nov. 15). Set for 6 p.m. in the University Center River Room (300), the focus will be on identifying and proposing solutions to contemporary...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday voted in favor of a joint resolution with the Memphis City Council to ask the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to probe all sheriff- and police-involved shootings that result in serious injury or death. The measure would amend a memorandum of understanding between the...
"At long last this building famously known as '201 Poplar' will be given a real name," said newly-elected Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. That name is the Walter L. Bailey, Jr. Criminal Justice Center. A dedication service on a chilling Friday afternoon noted the renaming of the Shelby County Criminal Justice...
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By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office for an orchestrated show of...
Renowned trial lawyer Benjamin Crump says almost every police-shooting case he’s ever tried involved Tennessee vs. Garner, a landmark case that originated with a police shooting in Memphis in 1974. The Tennessee vs. Garner decision prohibits police officers from shooting fleeing suspects unless they pose a significant threat to the...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke's guilty...
Quandarius Richardson was visible via a video screen set up for his arraignment as the General Sessions Court judge overseeing the proceeding broke with precedence Monday morning. Richardson, 18, is one of three people charged with shooting to death Greater Memphis Chamber President/CEO Phil Trenary on Friday evening. His co-defendants...
The family of McKinney Wright Jr., one of the three people accused of killing Greater Memphis Chamber President/CEO Phil Trenary, went to the courthouse hoping to talk with him on Monday. Wright’s father, McKinney Stevenson, and his aunt, Freddie Ball, had not yet seen the 22 year old when they...
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By JEFF AMY, Associated Press A Mississippi judge declared a second mistrial Monday in the capital murder case of a man accused of setting a woman on fire, after jurors once again said they couldn't reach a verdict. Panola County Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham made his ruling in the trial of Quinton...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE — A white Tennessee police officer was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after surveillance footage appeared to show him chasing a black man and opening fire as the man fled from the officer in July. And a newly released arrest affidavit says the officer was looking...