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George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2013, 11:01AM

With less than two-weeks before jury selection begins for the murder case, Zimmerman’s lawyers have turned to the internet for donations to help fund his defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

by on May 29 2013, 2:32PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that he and his deputies engage in illegal racial profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons' Voting Rights

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons’ Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 9:33AM

Virginians with nonviolent felons no longer have to wait two years and apply for rights restoration, but violent felons still have to wait.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on May 28 2013, 3:17PM

Attorney General’s task force says neither the governor nor the general assembly can create laws to restore voting rights to former incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

by on May 28 2013, 9:45AM

A federal court ruled on Friday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies violated the civil and constitutional rights of Phoenix Latinos.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2013, 11:27AM

Data released Thursday by the defense from slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin’s cellphone includes texts with a friend about fighting and smoking pot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Racially Segregated 'Black-Only Pods' in Florida County Jail

Racially Segregated ‘Black-Only Pods’ in Florida County Jail

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2013, 10:56AM

African-American inmates were kept in ‘black-only pods’ because jail officials thought it would make the prison safer.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin's Pot Use

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin’s Pot Use

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2013, 11:12AM

Judge Nelson will likely rule on the issue during a day-long hearing May 28 in Sanford, Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

More Dying Prisoners Could Be Released To End Life

by on May 2 2013, 12:39PM

A new report from the Justice Department reveals that federal prison authorities give no serious consideration to releasing dying prisoners even though the releases are legal. The report recommends expanding the compassionate release program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 3:06PM

This is a call to action from mothers who have lost children to police violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

CNN's John King Fails to Explain His 'Dark Skinned' Comment on Twitter

CNN’s John King Fails to Explain His ‘Dark Skinned’ Comment on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 11:23AM

The internet is handling this one.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tim Wise on Understanding the Power of Whiteness, Terrorism and Privilege

Tim Wise on Understanding the Power of Whiteness, Terrorism and Privilege

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2013, 1:11PM

There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves but non-white terrorists can stigmatize an entire group of people.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 1:50PM

Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night that will impose fines for anyone who wears pants below the waist in public that expose underwear.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin, Sandy Hook Shirt to MTV Movie Awards

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin, Sandy Hook Shirt to MTV Movie Awards

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 10:57AM

Foxx wore the Trayvon Martin t-shirt just weeks before his killer goes to trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Seattle Police Chief Retires Amidst Scrutiny Over Officers' Brutality

Seattle Police Chief Retires Amidst Scrutiny Over Officers’ Brutality

by Julianne Hing on April 9 2013, 11:27AM

Seattle will get a new police chief, but it’s still got plenty of problems it needs to work out.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Using Facial Recognition Software on Facebook and Instagram Photos

NYPD Using Facial Recognition Software on Facebook and Instagram Photos

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2013, 1:13PM

The New York Police Department is using facial recognition technology to match photos of suspects with images in online databases like Facebook and Instagram.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Orleans Police Chief Says Curfew Enforcement Isn't Racially Biased

New Orleans Police Chief Says Curfew Enforcement Isn’t Racially Biased

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2013, 11:23AM

Even though 93 percent of those arrested are black.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Brother Says His Twitter Tirade Was

George Zimmerman’s Brother Says His Twitter Tirade Was “A Mistake”

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2013, 11:45AM

Robert Zimmerman Jr. on his recent controversial tweeting: “I apologize for it and I’m sincere about that”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Video Exclusive: David Floyd on Why He Sued NYPD Play

Video Exclusive: David Floyd on Why He Sued NYPD

by , Jay Smooth on March 25 2013, 6:00AM

Hours before he left the country for medical school, Colorlines.com caught up with David Floyd, the man who put his name on the biggest stop and frisk suit around. Here’s why he put himself on the line for this federal case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Kimani Gray's School Sent a Letter to Parents Praising His Academic Abilities

Kimani Gray’s School Sent a Letter to Parents Praising His Academic Abilities

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2013, 2:39PM

Earlier this week Kimani Gray’s high school, The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, sent a letter to parents and staff in honor of the teen who was fatally shot by undercover cops last week after he allegedly pulled a gun on them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW