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George Zimmerman's Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 11:10AM

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin returned to jail over the weekend after a judge revoked his bond on Friday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 3:04PM

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 12:03PM

The California Senate Thursday defeated a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor charges for simple possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 11:59AM

New white paper from Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center outlines privacy and security concerns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 5:14PM

Dharun Ravi said in a statement issued through his lawyer he was sorry for what he called his “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Four George Zimmerman Witnesses Change Their Stories

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:55PM

Three witnesses changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. The fourth witness abandoned her initial story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

EBONY Magazine Commissions Street Artist Shepard Fairey to Illustrate Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:20PM

Graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey, who created Barack Obama’s 2009 “Hope” poster, has illustrated a new figure: Trayvon Martin. via Fairey’s blog: I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, /NOW

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 11:15AM

The University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law have partnered to launch a National Registry of Exonerations that keeps an up to date list of all known exonerations in the United States since 1989.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

by on May 22 2012, 9:37AM

A for-profit, Corrections Corporation of America facility holding non-citizen inmates is on lockdown after a weekend riot. Officials insist it was a gang feud. But reports from inside suggest a pattern of abuse and neglect that has recurred at privately run prisons.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 12:54PM

On Monday, Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old Indian immigrant, convicted on 15 counts of illegal spying on his Rutgers dorm mate was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Why Didn't Florida's Stand-Your-Ground Ethics Apply to Marissa Alexander? [Reader Forum]

Why Didn’t Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground Ethics Apply to Marissa Alexander? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 21 2012, 8:57AM

Readers discuss the race politics of Alexander’s 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

New Federal Rules Aim to Curb Sexual Assault in Prison

by Julianne Hing on May 18 2012, 4:57PM

One in ten inmates report being sexually assaulted or raped in prison, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Class-Action Suit Challenges NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Program

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2012, 4:06PM

The ruling allows all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman's Medical Report Shows Broken Nose After Shooting

Zimmerman’s Medical Report Shows Broken Nose After Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 10:48AM

The three page document compiled by Zimmerman’s family physician could be used as evidence by his defense team.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

FBI Considering Hate Crime Charge in Trayvon Martin Death

FBI Considering Hate Crime Charge in Trayvon Martin Death

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 12:22PM

If Zimmerman is charged with a hate crime he could be punished by up to life in prison or even the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Florida Black Woman Gets 20 Years After Failed 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

Florida Black Woman Gets 20 Years After Failed ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2012, 11:04AM

Despite a series of rallies and calls for her release, Marissa Alexander was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years for firing one shot into a wall during an argument with her estranged husband.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Criminal Cost of Talking to a Loved One Behind Bars

The Criminal Cost of Talking to a Loved One Behind Bars

by Leticia Miranda on May 14 2012, 9:00AM

For years, states have worked with private phone companies to charge high rates on phone calls to and from prisons. Now activists are trying to force the FCC’s hand to do something about it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Even Gun Enthusiasts Are Disgusted With Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets

Even Gun Enthusiasts Are Disgusted With Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 1:12PM

An unidentified man has been selling gun range targets of a black silhouette wearing a hoodie and holding a bag skittles.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sheriff Arpaio Unfazed by DOJ Lawsuit: 'I Can be Re-elected on Pink Underwear'

Sheriff Arpaio Unfazed by DOJ Lawsuit: ‘I Can be Re-elected on Pink Underwear’

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 11:13AM

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against him is all politics.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Mom Has a Special Mother's Day Message

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Has a Special Mother’s Day Message

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 10:19AM

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin, released a video asking parents to support the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign, a national partnership working to reform, repeal and prevent passage of new Florida-style “Shoot First” laws around the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW