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Trial In Walter Scott Shooting Ends In Hung Jury, Mistrial

Walter Scott Shooting

Despite a video that clearly shows what appears to be cold-blooded murder, the trial of a South Carolina cop who shot an African-American man in the back while he ran away ended in a hung jury. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road.

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself In Charleston Church Shooting Trial

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He has a fool for a client.

Dylann Roof Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

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Now, the road to trial will move forward.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Picked For Attorney General

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Alabama’s Jeff Sessions will become the nation’s top law enforcement officer. That’s not a good thing.

Federal Judge Suggests Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof May Not Be Competent To Stand Trial

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The Federal Judge presiding over Dylann Roof’s murder trial suggested late last week that Roof may not presently be competent to stand trial. This does not mean that he’ll be set free, though.

F.B.I. To Congress: Never Mind

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F.B.I. Director Comey tells Congress that it’s investigation into new emails revealed no information to change its conclusions about Hillary Clinton and her email server.

Former Chris Christie Aides Convicted In Bridgegate Trial

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Two of Chris Christie’s closest aides were convicted in the criminal trial resulting from the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal.

Suspect Arrested In Seattle Area Mall Shooting

Seattle Mall Shooting

Late  last night, police announced that they had taken the suspect in Friday night’s shooting spree at a Seattle area mall into custody, but many questions remain unanswered: A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on Saturday night in connection with a shooting that killed five people on Friday at a mall north of Seattle, […]

Five Dead In Mall Shooting In Washington State, Gunman Still At Large

Seattle Mall Shooting

A late night attack at a shopping mall, and a suspect still at large have raised tensions in Seattle.

Oklahoma Police Officer Charged In Shooting Death Of African-American Man

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An Oklahoma police officer has been charged in the shooting death of an African-American man while North Carolina authorities continue to balk on releasing a video in a shooting case there.

This Time, Anthony Weiner Could Be In Serious Legal Trouble

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Less than a month after he was back in the news with another sexting scandal  that led his wife Huma Abedin to file for divorce, former Congressman Anthony Weiner faces what could be some very serious legal problems: Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. […]

Protests Erupt In The Wake Of Police Shootings In Oklahoma And North Carolina

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After two questionable police shootings, protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

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Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial Set For June 2017

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A long way off, but there are some important pre-trial matters to resolve between now and then.

Santa Clara Police Threaten to Not Do Job Over Cartoon Socks

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Blue feelings matter.

Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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After four straight losses, prosecutors in Baltimore are throwing in the towel in the Freddie Gray case.

Judge Orders John W. Hinckley Jr. Freed

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Thirty five years after trying to kill President Reagan, John W. Hinckley Jr. is close to being a free man.

Trial Of Fourth Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Ends In Acquittal

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Another acquittal in Baltimore leads to questions about whether or not prosecutors should continue with the trials against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray matter.

Three Police Officers Killed, Multiple Others Injured, In Baton Rouge

Another targeted killing aimed at police.

Eleven Dallas Police Officers Shot, Five Dead, In Ambush At Protest

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A horrific night in Dallas.

Two Shootings, 1,000 Miles And 2 Days Apart, Bring Police Misconduct Back Into The Spotlight

Two cases quite a distance from each other, but in both police seem to be acting with a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ attitude, especially when it comes to African-American men.

Homicide Rate At 51 Year Low

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If you listened to politicians or the media, you wouldn’t know that homicide rates are at a level unseen since 1963.

Hillary Clinton Interviewed By F.B.I. Regarding Private Server Investigation

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

In a sign that the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into her use of a private email server and handling of classified information is coming to an end, the former Secretary of State was interviewed by Federal Agents today.

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

In McDonnell Decision, Supreme Court Places Important Limits On Prosecutors

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In overturning former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction, the Supreme Court has sent a powerful message to overly zealous prosecutors.

SCOTUS Rules DUI Blood Tests Require Search Warrant, But Breath Tests Do Not

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The Supreme Court balances the Fourth Amendment against public safety concerns and, for the most part, gets it right.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

Baltimore Police

The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Bernie Sanders Blames Guns for Orlando Nightclub Massacre

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“Common sense” measures and the worst shooting spree in American history.

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

50 Dead, 53 Injured In Attack On Orlando Nightclub

Orlando Pulse Shooting

An overnight shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida has left 20 people dead and at least 42 injured.

Federal Trial For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Set For November

Dylann Roof In Custody

It won’t be a very good holiday season for Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof.

Today in “Unclear on the Concept”

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The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM):  Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. […]

Federal Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof For Charleston Shootings

Dylann Roof In Custody

Following in the footsteps of state prosecutors, Federal prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Criminal Charges Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed To Trial, Pennsylvania Judge Rules

Bill Cosby In Court

A Pennsylvania Judge ruled today that there was sufficient evidence against Bill Cosby to allow the sexual assault charges against him to proceed to trial.

Second Freddie Gray Trial Ends In Acquittal Of Baltimore Cop

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An acquittal in one of the six Freddie Gray cases, but not an unexpected one.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

Robert Dear Colorado Springs Shooter

No trial for Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Robert Dear, at least not for now.

Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Bob McDonnell’s Appeal

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s fate lies the hands of the Supreme Court.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Seizure of Property Needed To Pay For Defense Counsel

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A victory in the fight to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Against Reporter

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The 2016 Campaign just keeps getting weirder.

Pennsylvania Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Bill Cosby Due To Immunity Agreement

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A Pennsylvania Judge has refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby based on an alleged 2005 Immunity Agreement.

A Legal Bombshell Could Wreck The Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

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An agreement purportedly made ten years ago by a former prosecutor could mean the end of the criminal charges against Bill Cosby.

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal basis for the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges.

Obama’s Executive Action On Guns Is More Symbolism Than Substance

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The gun control regulations to be announced later today by President Obama later today amount to far less than the hype would lead you to believe.

‘Militia’ Takes Over Federal Wildlife Refuge

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A group led by Ammon Bundy, son of Clive Bundy, has taken over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon to protest somethingorother.

Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

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After nearly two years of decades old stories leaking out, entertainment legend Bill Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

Tamir Rice And The Question Of How The Law Should Handle Officer-Involved Shootings

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The decision by a Cleveland Grand Jury to decline to indict a police officer in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raises once again questions about how the law handles shootings involving police officers.

When Life Imitates an Episode of “Breaking Bad”

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Via WCVB:  $1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative’s safe deposit boxes U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a […]

Delaware Becomes The Latest State To Decriminalize Marijuana

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Delaware has become the latest state to liberalize its laws regarding marijuana.

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