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French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 8:49AM

The two largest French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro are reporting Strauss-Kahn and Diallo are expected to meet on December 7 to “sign a financial agreement ending the civil proceedings.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Spanish-Speaker Spends Months Locked Up After Interpreter Dies

Spanish-Speaker Spends Months Locked Up After Interpreter Dies

by on November 28 2012, 9:35AM

If you’re fluent in English and Spanish and looking for a job, Mississippi needs you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Latina Federal Judge

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 12:42PM

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro would be the first out gay Latina to serve on the federal bench.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NY's Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

NY’s Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 2:08PM

There was no Hurricane Sandy evacuation plan for inmates inside New York City’s main jail complex on Riker’s Island but they were certainly put to work in the recovery efforts.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2012, 9:34AM

Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back to a teacher and being late are all infractions that landed Cedric Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 5:00PM

The arrests are raising serious questions on how the federal government’s search for domestic terrorists in communities of color.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 1:42PM

Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 10:13AM

The criminal cost of talking to a loved one behind bars has taken center stage at the Federal Communications Commission. And that’s exactly what organizers had in mind.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media

Man Sentenced to 3 Years For Leading Mississippi Prison Riot

Man Sentenced to 3 Years For Leading Mississippi Prison Riot

by on November 20 2012, 9:35AM

Juan Lopez-Fuentes became the first inmate to be sentenced for a riot that rattled a Mississippi federal prison in May.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles' First Black District Attorney

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles’ First Black District Attorney

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 3:04PM

On Tuesday night, Jackie Lacey became first woman and African American to ever hold the office.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NY Daily News Reporter Live-Tweeting Alleged Looter Arraignments of People ‘Stealing Essentials’

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 3:33PM

According to one of Yaniv’s tweets, defense lawyers points out that “most alleged Coney Island looters are either students or people with jobs who has little or no priors.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 1:22PM

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was cited last Wednesday for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident earlier this year.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DOJ Sues Mississippi for Its Egregious School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on October 24 2012, 1:03PM

The city of Meridian can’t violate the due process rights of youth in its juvenile justice system, the federal government says.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy's Slow Return

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy’s Slow Return

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman's Burns Were Self-Inflicted

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman’s Burns Were Self-Inflicted

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 3:20PM

Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, is in critical condition with burns on more than half her body after being attacked by three alleged KKK members.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 5:22PM

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a new fund and political committee to “Stand Your Ground” laws across the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin's Facebook, School Records

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin’s Facebook, School Records

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 10:05AM

O’Mara said he wants to see school records from two high schools and a middle school, alongside archives of Martin’s activity on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on October 11 2012, 11:38AM

Get ready for a legal showdown.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk in Action

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk in Action

by Jamilah King on October 9 2012, 2:39PM

A Harlem teenager secretly recorded his encounter with NYPD officers in his neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 11:29AM

But what’s clear from the 36 second video is that a woman jumping around celebrating (by spraying silly string) ends up with a busted lip after an officer throws her down on the floor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW