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Zimmerman Accused of Molesting Family Member in Court Testimony

Zimmerman Accused of Molesting Family Member in Court Testimony

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 1:25PM

According to witness testimony made available Monday George Zimmerman molested a family member.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Orlando Sentinel: Newly Released Evidence Appears to Favor Zimmerman

Orlando Sentinel: Newly Released Evidence Appears to Favor Zimmerman

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 1:52PM

Several documents released on Thursday include interviews transcript that also argue Zimmerman is neither racist or prejudice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Brooklyn Prosecutor Keeps Job Despite Blackface Photos on Facebook

Brooklyn Prosecutor Keeps Job Despite Blackface Photos on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 1:01PM

Marrus, now 25, uploaded the photos to Facebook six years ago when he was an undergraduate student.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Released from Jail on $1 Million Bail

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 2:57PM

George Zimmerman walked out of jail once again Friday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Raises 20K in a Day After Judge Says He Was Ready to Jump Bail

Zimmerman Raises 20K in a Day After Judge Says He Was Ready to Jump Bail

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 2:10PM

Since a Florida judge issued a $1,000,000 bond was made public on July 5, supporters have donated approximately $20,000.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt to BET Awards

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt to BET Awards

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 9:57AM

While most male celebrities walked the BET red carpet in suits, Jamie Foxx wore a t-shirt with a special message.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson to Speak at Rodney King's Funeral

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson to Speak at Rodney King’s Funeral

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 1:46PM

The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be attending a public memorial for Rodney King on Saturday, a King family spokeswoman has confirmed with the LA Times.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can't Be Counted as Residents--and It's a Good Thing

Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can’t Be Counted as Residents—and It’s a Good Thing

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 2:38PM

The Supreme Court SB 1070 ruling earlier this week stole all the headlines but there were two additional rulings that were significant.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Despite Decrease in Violent Crime, Incarceration Rates Have Soared [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 2:09PM

Despite a 41% decrease in violent crime since 1990 incarceration rates have soared.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

by on June 25 2012, 10:25AM

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that juvenile cannot be handed mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

El Salvador's Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

El Salvador’s Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

by Mónica Novoa on June 25 2012, 9:58AM

Activists in the United States are watching closely as El Salvador works to address the root causes of gang violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Global Affairs

Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Barack Obama and Joe Biden to ‘End Violence’ Against Women

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:32PM

David Beckham, Eli Manning and Jeremy Lin are among several athletes who joined the star-studded anti-domestic violence ad released by the White House Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 5:49PM

George Zimmerman reenacts the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, taking police through the neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jelani Cobb's Moving 'New Yorker' Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

Jelani Cobb’s Moving ‘New Yorker’ Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 12:49PM

William Jelani Cobb pens moving piece about Rodney King.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin's Murder

The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin’s Murder

by Julianne Hing on June 20 2012, 10:11AM

On the 30th anniversary of his murder, activists reflect on the brutal hate crime, and lessons they’ve learned over and over since his death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

How 'Stop-and-Frisk' (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

How ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

by on June 18 2012, 9:00AM

Thousands gathered on Father’s Day for a silent march to protest the NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ program. The move helped crystallize how over a decade of organizing against police brutality has made the issue a focal point of the city’s upcoming mayoral election.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Trayvon Martin's Dad has a Moving Message for Father's Day

Trayvon Martin’s Dad has a Moving Message for Father’s Day

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 1:56PM

This Father’s Day, join Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, and add your name to this national petition demanding that all “Stand Your Ground” laws be repealed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Police Chief Defends Detaining Teen's Mother After Neighbor's Fatal Shot

Police Chief Defends Detaining Teen’s Mother After Neighbor’s Fatal Shot

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 11:15AM

After a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of his Milwaukee home last month, police forced his grieving mother to sit in a squad car for more than an hour rather than let her hold her dying son or join him at the hospital.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: 'Stop-and-Frisk' Is Here to Stay

Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is Here to Stay

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 12:12PM

Just after citing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech the Mayor told the congregation at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville that ‘stop-and-frisk’ should be “mended, not ended.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 11:04AM

On the heels of a silent march this coming Sunday, The New York Times has published a short documentary film on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policing program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW