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Julianne Hing

Julianne Hing
Julianne Hing Reporter / Blogger
Oakland, CA

Julianne Hing is a reporter and blogger for Colorlines.com covering immigration, education, criminal justice, and occasionally fashion and pop culture. In 2009 Julianne was the recipient of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism fellowship, which funded a reporting project on the impacts of criminal deportation on immigrant families. She has covered police brutality issues from Oakland to New Orleans and in the summer of 2010 reported for Colorlines from the courtroom where Oscar Grant's killer, BART cop Johannes Mehserle, faced trial. Julianne became politically active in high school, and started organizing students in college around access and affordability issues. She earned her B.A. in social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she edited Jaded magazine, named 2007 Publication of the Year by Campus Progress. Julianne’s writing has appeared on AlterNet, Truthout, Hyphen Magazine's blog, The American Prospect's blog TAPPED and Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at The Atlantic, Racialicious, The Root and New America Media.

Julianne tweets at @juliannehing.

Oscar Grant Jury Shakeups Slow Deliberations

Oscar Grant Jury Shakeups Slow Deliberations

by Julianne Hing on July 6 2010, 4:00PM

With jurors swapping out, people will have to wait a little bit longer for an answer in ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle’s trial.

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury's Debate

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury’s Debate

by Julianne Hing on July 2 2010, 7:37AM

A detailed breakdown of the charges Johannes Mehserle faces and the arguments jurors will weigh in deciding his fate.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

by Julianne Hing on June 26 2010, 1:34PM

Mehserle’s emotional testimony outrages Oscar Grant’s family, as prosecution chips away at the defense’s argument that the shooting was an accident.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: I'm Not a Murderer

Oscar Grant Trial: I’m Not a Murderer

by Julianne Hing on June 25 2010, 12:52AM

Johannes Mehserle has finally spoken for himself. And in one compelling testimony he transformed from the anonymous symbol of cop brutality a sympathetic, imperfect human being a jury can understand.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Baseball Teams Prep Rookies for Arizona's SB1070

Baseball Teams Prep Rookies for Arizona’s SB1070

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2010, 1:52PM

New recruits for Major League Baseball teams are headed to Arizona this week for the Arizona Rookie League, and teams don’t want their players getting into trouble with the law. Not because they’re worried players will commit a crime, but…

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Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2010, 1:19PM

A forensics expert the prosecution worked hard to keep out of the trial tells so many plain lies he just may tar Mehserle by association.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 23 2010, 9:35AM

Johannes Mehserle’s defense kicks off with a combative, emotional exchange with Grant’s friend over what really happened on the BART platform that deadly night.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

LAPD Wants To Break City's Arizona Boycott

LAPD Wants To Break City’s Arizona Boycott

by Julianne Hing on June 22 2010, 7:07AM

The cops’ request is the most significant test yet to the municipal boycotts that have popped up nationwide—and the boycott isn’t likely to hold.

Topics: Immigration

Far-Right Scores Neb. Law Banning Immigrant Renters

Far-Right Scores Neb. Law Banning Immigrant Renters

by Julianne Hing on June 22 2010, 6:40AM

The voters of Fremont, Nebraska, have made their town of 25,000 famous by passing the latest anti-immigrant law authored by the lobbyist who wrote SB 1070.

Topics: Immigration

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 5:30PM

Keecha Williams testified that the fight on her train was typical New Year’s Eve fare, and that the fight Grant supposedly had with other people on the train was not unusually violent.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 12:00PM

Bay Area police convened for a day-long training on arrest and crowd control techniques. They simulated violence by having plain clothes officers throw objects at police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

BART Cop Pirone's Convenient Memory Lapses

BART Cop Pirone’s Convenient Memory Lapses

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone could not remember how Grant got from his knees onto the floor of the platform. “It’s like trying to unscramble an egg,” Pirone said by way of explaining his fuzzy memories.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop's Story

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop’s Story

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 9:46AM

Eyewitnesses’ cell phone videos show that Oscar Grant and his friends were compliant with transit cops and did not resist their orders.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone was the BART police officer who had his knee pressed on Grant’s back at the moment Mehserle shot him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 9:30AM

A retired BART patrol officer walked the courtroom through the four safety features in the gun Mehserle used that would have prevented the weapon from accidentally being shot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Five New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killing

Five New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killing

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2010, 1:41PM

A federal grand jury has indicted five New Orleans police officers, three current and two former, on 11 counts of misconduct and wrongdoing in the shooting and subsequent coverup of Henry Glover’s death following Katrina. On Friday, David Warren, the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Border Violence Lie Infographic

The Border Violence Lie

by Julianne Hing, Hatty Lee on June 14 2010, 12:00PM

Politicos justify our increasingly militarized southern border by pointing to public safety. But the only violent spike on record is the death of unarmed civilians.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

FBI Opens Civil Rights Probe on Border Patrol Shooting

FBI Opens Civil Rights Probe on Border Patrol Shooting

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2010, 11:42AM

Scene where Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was shot dead underneath the border crossing in El Paso June 7, 2010. On Friday, the FBI added a civil rights investigation to its ongoing probe into last week’s Border Patrol shooting of 15-year-old…

Topics: Immigration

Trying To Win An Election In Arizona? Propose Tent Cities

Trying To Win An Election In Arizona? Propose Tent Cities

by Julianne Hing on June 11 2010, 1:43PM

The Arizona gubernatorial primaries aren’t till August, but GOP candidates hoping to best current frontrunner Governor Jan Brewer need to start picking up the pace if they want to make a dent in her solid polling numbers. Enter Dean Martin,…

Topics: Immigration

BP Cleanup Worker Health Issues Add Up, And So Do Claims

BP Cleanup Worker Health Issues Add Up, And So Do Claims

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2010, 7:29PM

Topics: Environment