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Criminal Justice

by Angela Helm, The Root Look at Kim Kardashian jumping in with tangible help for a black woman in trouble. According to reports, the famous-for-being-famous celeb has hired high powered Los Angeles criminal attorney Shawn Holley (who was on the same O.J. Simpson “dream team” as her late-father Robert Kardashian) to...
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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...
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...
Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael on Friday carved out a portion of his third annual State of the Court address to say that he welcomes juvenile justice reform being promoted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission. “I know we’re all looking forward to new facilities,” Michael...
By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in his death more than seven years ago. Sherra Wright's lawyers entered the plea in Shelby County criminal court in Tennessee. Wright wore an orange jail uniform and...
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Bill Cosby, in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, was sentenced to three to 10 years for one count of sexual assault on Tuesday. Cosby will serve his sentence in a state prison. After being found guilty of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in April,...
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...
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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...
Laylah Washington would be turning three years old this month but instead of planning a birthday party, her mother, Leslie Washington, will be visiting her daughter’s grave. The toddler was shot in the head during an apparent road rage incident last June. More than seven months later, her killer...
Radio personality Michael Adrian Davis put it plainly: “I just want to help in some way.” Davis was among those who answered the call to meet up Monday night (Nov. 20) at Bloomfield Baptist Church at 123 S. Parkway West. The summons of sort was issued by the church’s pastor, the...