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As the Ferguson shooting recedes into the forgotten regions of the national memory, an innocent copper rots in prison based on.....What? You mean there hasn't been a trial yet? There hasn't even been a Grand Jury yet? The investigation is ongoing? But we thought it had already been settled. Show More Summary

American Justice and Star Chamber Proceedings. It’s Time to Reform or Scrap The Grand Jury System!

Dr. Roland Frisler, the late President of The People's Court of Germany Phoenix, AZ—I have my own personal quote about the American justice system. “If justice happens it’s usually by accident and for all the wrong reasons.” After 40 years inside the system this is how I view the reality of Criminal Justice. Show More Summary

The Daily Show: Indict Cowboy

Yeeehaw! Jon Stewart goes all in on Rick Perry's rebranding efforts ahead of a probable 2016 run. Including his recent indictment by a Texas grand jury. Scroll below to see The Daily Show's take on the "Indict Cowboy."

Rising playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney takes his own, wary path to L.A.

3 days agoArts : Culture Monster

Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of the brightest American playwrights to come along in some time, showed up for our interview at the Geffen Playhouse with the buttoned-up demeanor of someone about to give testimony before a grand jury.

Jamie Marks Is Dead

Gloom and doom rarely look as good as they do in “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year. With its eerie rendering of wintry landscapes in rural Upstate New York, this supernatural...Show More Summary

In Houston, grand jury frequent fliers

Revelations that a single senior Houston police officer served on at least ten grand juries have been an eye-opener to those who might have assumed that the grand jury as constituted in Harris County (Houston) was random or representative in its composition. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Helps Cops Stay Unaccountable

It's possible that a grand jury will find enough evidence to conclude that Officer Darren Wilson should go on trial for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But even if that happens, don't expect Wilson to be found guilty of excessive use of force, writes law professor Erwin...

Texas cop is cleared of charges after killing an unarmed teenager

A grand jury declined to indict Rey Garza who was off-duty when he fatally shot a 17-year-old

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Ferguson seems to have died down. The grand jury isn't expected to finish work until October. In other cases: Joran van der Sloot allegedly threatened to kill the warden at Rio Piedras prison and has been transferred to the hinterland:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Trumped Up or Not, Rick Perry’s Indictment Could Derail Him

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

When House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was indicted by a Travis County grand jury in September 2005 for allegedly conspiring to sway Texas state elections with corporate money, the longtime GOP lawmaker said the charges were a “sham” and an act of “political retribution” by Democrats that wouldn’t stand up in court. Show More Summary

Ferguson’s Next Rally: Justice for Michael Brown

last weekNews : Truthdig

The real pressure point now moves to the grand jury of St. Louis County. The focus should now be justice for Brown.

Michael Brown Grand Jury Has Majority White Members

The grand jury examining the case of the shooting death of a black teen, Michael Brown, by a while police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9 is primarly comprised of white jurors, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. The panel comprises one black man, two black women; and six white men and three white [...]

Feds subpoena emails of Quinn's ex-chief of staff

A federal grand jury subpoenaed emails of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's former chief of staff and two other onetime top aides as a criminal probe into a botched $54.5 million anti-violence grant program continues ahead of the November election.

The White-Black Empathy Gap

As the Brown grand jury hears evidence, are its white and black members even hearing the same thing? Many studies suggest: probably not.

Only 3 Blacks Among 12 Grand Jurors To Hear Evidence In Ferguson Case

Among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case, there will be only three black jurors.  The grand jury will consist of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. The Associated Press reports: Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed [...]

What’s next for Darren Wilson? These numbers could be a clue

On Wednesday, a 12-person county grand jury began hearing evidence in the killing of Michael Brown, the black teenager whose death nearly two weeks ago has spawned protests in the city of Ferguson, Mo. and a national debate about race and the use of lethal force by law enforcement. Show More Summary

Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.

Perry: ‘I don't really understand the details’ of indictment charges

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's not familiar with the legal language of the indictment handed up against him by a grand jury in Travis County last week. "I've been indicted by that same body now for, I think, two counts: One of bribery, which I'm not a lawyer so I don't […]

Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

last weekNews : The Newsroom

A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.

Grand jury hearing evidence in Michael Brown case is 75 percent white

There are only 3 black jurors out of 12 on the grand jury that will decide whether or not to indict Darren Wilson

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