Criminal Justice

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By TAMMY WEBBER and DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He'd never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. The day...
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 Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.  Smollett has been...
by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change of venue. Shelby County Criminal Court...
by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation limiting the powers of community oversight boards just months after Democratic-leaning Nashville passed a referendum establishing such a group to investigate police misconduct claims. State Rep. Michael Curcio, the Republican sponsoring the bill, says the proposal...
Mass incarceration of African Americans in Memphis and Shelby County has “kept us in poverty,” according to Dr. Demetria Frank, associate professor of law at the University of Memphis and executive director of Project MI (Mass Incarceration). “Putting people in jail keeps us in poverty by creating employment obstacles, income...
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police plans to spend thousands of dollars to boost public support for a white police officer charged with first degree murder in the death of an armed black man. Nashville Officer Andrew Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick from behind during...
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PARK CITY, Utah — In an early scene in Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the death row inmate whom Aldis Hodge expertly brings to life is allowed outside for some solo time. His hands are cuffed behind him as he slips them inside an opening in the door, and a prison...
Building a new youth justice center is not a done deal yet, but the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to move the proposal into an initial phase of design and construction. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was backed by a significant presence of supporters who asked the board...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE --  NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Lee on Friday said he has no reason to be concerned about private companies running prisons in Tennessee but says he also hasn’t analyzed the situation to see if a red flag might turn up. The new governor told reporters...