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2015 Precap

2015 Precap By Peter Funt The year gone by was marked by a tangle of stories involving midterm elections, grand juries and scandalous outfits worn by Sasha and Malia Obama. No need for a tedious yearend recap. Here instead is a precap of news certain to break in 2015: JAN. 1 – President Obama ushers [...] The post 2015 Precap appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

More on Teaching (and Examining) Today's Sensitive Law Students

Following up on my previous posts on whether today's law students are too sensitive to study rape law or take exams in the wake of the recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island (links below): Above the Law, Controversial Exam Question At UCLA Law ?Sparks Outrage Campus Reform,...

Dropped Animal Cruelty Case Shows How Authorities Manipulate Grand Juries

2 days agoNews : Reason

Last summer. the deaths of 20 dogs at the Green Acre kennel in Gilbert, Arizona became a national cause when it appeared the animals were intentionally confined to a room and left to die in the sweltering summer heat. The case took on political implications when the son and daughter-in-law of Sen. Show More Summary

Tribal America: How Do We Bridge the Gap Between 'Us' and 'Them'?

Within hours of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island, protests erupted across America. Sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent, they brought the issue of race and policing to the front burner once again. The heat has now ignited a man who assassinated two New York police officers in a fit of calculated retaliation. Show More Summary

When Legalism Enables Lawlessness

In two recent high-profile cases—the Ferguson grand jury and the Torture Report—formal remedies carefully followed the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit.

Foley Square: Our Streets

When the grand jury failed to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for Eric Garner's death, I thought somehow, somewhere along my legal path I had missed something. For a long moment, I navigated the crevices of my brain--my criminalShow More Summary

Another cop cleared by a Grand Jury in killing of unarmed black man

Houston cop cleared in fatal shooting of unarmed black man; victim's family disappointed — Yahoo Canada News (@YahooCanadaNews) December 23, 2014

Houston police officer will not be indicted for shooting and killing unarmed Black man

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A grand jury in Houston decided on Tuesday not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a case that has been placed into a national debate about the role race plays in police interactions with the public. After months of testimony, the grand jury decided not to...

Houston Police Officer Cleared After Jordan Baker Dead

A grand jury has cleared Houston Police officer Juventino Castro in the shooting death of Jordan Baker.  The 28-year-old black father’s family believes he was profiled when he was stopped for looking “suspicious” just before he was shot dead by the officer. Burnt Orange Report reports: Jordan Baker, a young black man, a father, a [...]

Nothing Is Ever the Police’s Fault to the New York Post

Earlier this month, after a grand jury in Staten Island declined to prosecute the cop who placed an unarmed Staten Island father named Eric Garner in a chokehold, Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on ABC’s This Week, where he mentioned having “the talk” with his 17-year-old son Dante when he was little. Read more...

2 indicted in violent Stockton bank robbery that left hostage dead

A Northern California grand jury has indicted two men accused of being involved in a dramatic bank robbery and subsequent police chase that left two suspects and a hostage dead in Stockton earlier this year, authorities said Monday.

2 indicted in violent Stockton bank robbery that left hostage dead

A Northern California grand jury has indicted two men accused of being involved in a dramatic bank robbery and subsequent police chase that left two suspects and a hostage dead in Stockton earlier this year, authorities said Monday.

Ferguson Prosecutor Admits He Allowed ‘Witness’ To Lie To Grand Jury, Will Not Charge Her With Perjury

Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch blithely admitted on a radio show this Friday that he knowingly allowed witnesses to lie on the stand during the Ferguson Grand Jury. Specifically, Sandra McElroy, known as Witness 40, who testified that she saw Michael Brown “charging” at Officer Darren Wilson. McCulloch said that although he knew McElroy “clearly wasn’t [...]

18-Year-Old Activist Emma EuBanks on Why #BlackLivesMatter Protests Give Her Hope

Fusion The first protest Emma EuBanks attended was shortly after the announcement that a grand jury would not be seeking an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michel Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, the 18-year-old St. Show More Summary

BK Borough President: Protesters Were Calling for Police Reform, Not Retribution

last weekNews : Mediaite

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams denied to Meet the Press Sunday morning that the protests over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case contributed in any way to the murder of two NYPD officers in Bedstuy Saturday night...

Prosecutor: I Decided to Let Lying Witnesses Testify

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch admitted Friday that he believed multiple witnesses lied under oath while testifying before the grand jury that heard the case of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was shot dead by a police officer in August. Show More Summary

Something’s Got to Give When Grand Juries Aren’t Working in Police-Violence Cases

Should we just get rid of grand juries altogether? That’s a big question many folks are rightly asking, from average citizens marching through streets for justice on freezing days to thought leaders and activists searching for next steps as frustrations boil over. The question isn’t new, either, especially in discussions of police brutality, misconduct and excessive force.

Al Sharpton Releases Damage Control Statement Following Fatal Shooting Of Two NYPD Officers, Did He ‘Get What He Wanted?’

Al Sharpton has been quite vocal over the past couple weeks. Following the controversial grand jury decisions for the deaths of both Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the 60-year-old civil rights activist has been at the forefront of the fight for justice. Show More Summary

Ferguson Prosecutor Admits To Allowing Testimony From People Who Were Clearly Lying

We have already seen many signs that the grand jury investigation in Ferguson was handled improperly, with the prosecutor essentially acting as the defense for Darren Wilson. There were also irregularities in how the evidence was handled. Wilson was allowed to present his case without undergoing cross examination, despite his testimony being contradicted by physical [...]Show More Summary

Ferguson Prosecutor: Grand Jury Witnesses Lied

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has offered some surprising revelations to radio station KTRS about the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown case —namely that he knows some of the witnesses he put on the stand lied. "Clearly, some were not telling the truth," he said, adding that...

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