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Ex-BART Cop Mehserle Demands New Trial in Oscar Grant Killing

Ex-BART Cop Mehserle Demands New Trial in Oscar Grant Killing

by Julianne Hing on October 4 2010, 6:28PM

Says he didn’t get a fair shake from his out-of-city trial and involuntary manslaughter conviction for shooting an unarmed man.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

by Victor Goode on October 4 2010, 10:35AM

Immigration, prison overcrowding, prosecutorial overreaching and the culture wars are all on the docket.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

It's Official: Lax Gun Control Laws Lead to More Crime

It’s Official: Lax Gun Control Laws Lead to More Crime

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on September 30 2010, 1:40PM

A new report may put programs like New York’s controversial stop and frisk under new scrutiny.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Tough Economic Prospects for Newly Released Inmates

Tough Economic Prospects for Newly Released Inmates

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on September 30 2010, 12:54PM

Black men find it more difficult than any other demographic to get moving in tough economy.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Joe Arpaio Accused of Misusing $80 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Joe Arpaio Accused of Misusing $80 Million in Taxpayer Funds

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2010, 2:24PM

And reports of Arpaio’s widespread misconduct and abuse pile up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NOPD Cop Gets Three-Year Sentence for Danziger Bridge

NOPD Cop Gets Three-Year Sentence for Danziger Bridge

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2010, 11:02AM

Four other officers await sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

“Detroit 1-8-7” Premieres as City Cops Still in Unwanted Spotlight

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 1:00PM

As the department courts primetime ratings, feds investigate police shooting of 7-year-old.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Danziger Bridge Cover-Up Cop's Sentencing Delayed

Danziger Bridge Cover-Up Cop’s Sentencing Delayed

by Julianne Hing on September 17 2010, 10:19AM

Former NOPD officer Jeffrey Lehrmann faces three years in prison for helping cover up the deadly post-Katrina shooting.

Topics: Criminal Justice

LAPD Cop Who Killed Immigrant is Repeat Shooter, Known as Bully

LAPD Cop Who Killed Immigrant is Repeat Shooter, Known as Bully

by Julianne Hing on September 13 2010, 4:28PM

The department watchdog said the officer used improper tactics in a 2008 shooting.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Man L.A. Cops Shot in Head Was Unarmed, Witness Says

Man L.A. Cops Shot in Head Was Unarmed, Witness Says

by Julianne Hing on September 9 2010, 6:31PM

The L.A. Weekly reports that a witness saw no knife on the Guatemalan immigrant.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Protests, Outrage After LAPD Kills Guatemalan Father of Three

Protests, Outrage After LAPD Kills Guatemalan Father of Three

by Julianne Hing on September 9 2010, 9:57AM

Man was reportedly shot twice in the head by an officer.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Seattle Demands Answers After Cop Shoots Native American Man

Seattle Demands Answers After Cop Shoots Native American Man

by Julianne Hing on September 8 2010, 1:22PM

The incident marks the city’s fifth fatal shooting in a week.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Is Obama's

Is Obama’s “Historic” Tribal Justice Reform Enough?

by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 9:15AM

A watershed law to improve criminal justice systems in Indian Country could help deal with violence against women, but deeper changes are needed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

Is Time Running Out for Federal Investigations of NOPD?

Is Time Running Out for Federal Investigations of NOPD?

by Julianne Hing on September 7 2010, 1:24PM

The feds may run into time limits in prosecuting post-Katrina cop crimes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

No Hate Crime Charges for Seattle PD's Beating Caught On Camera

No Hate Crime Charges for Seattle PD’s Beating Caught On Camera

by Julianne Hing on September 3 2010, 5:21PM

The prosecuting attorney apparently doesn’t think racial profiling precipitates hate crimes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

by Dom Apollon on September 3 2010, 12:04PM

Massachusetts just became the second state to “ban the box” on job applications in both the public and private sector.

Topics: Criminal Justice

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

by Julianne Hing on September 2 2010, 6:12PM

The DOJ has been investigating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for alleged civil rights abuses since 2009.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

by Julianne Hing on August 31 2010, 11:42AM

It might be legally defensible for police to kill innocent people, but it sure is expensive.

Topics: Criminal Justice

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops Infographic

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops

by Hatty Lee on August 30 2010, 11:10AM

A breakdown of the efforts to rebuild New Orleans police—and hold officers’ accountable to violence in the days after Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2010, 11:02AM

With the Justice Department bearing down, the city tries to go from worst to best in holding police accountable to the communities they serve.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Katrina Recovery