Monthly Archives: September 2015

The family of the Baltimore black man who died in police custody landed an incredibly rare settlement

The family of the Baltimore black man who died in police custody landed an incredibly rare settlementThe family of Freddie Gray, who died after being critically injured while in police custody, reached a $6.4 million wrongful-death settlement with the city of Baltimore.The agreement resolved civil claims about a week after the first hearing in the criminal case against six police Continue Reading...

A Beautiful Goodbye: Letting Go with an Open Heart

A Beautiful Goodbye: Letting Go with an Open HeartI can say with certainty that, since childhood, I have been both fascinated and terrified of the concept of death. My morbid curiosity around this inevitable truth often left me feeling haunted by it. I was afraid of death, yet I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The questions mostly were about what Continue Reading...

Mom Says She Pulled Gun On Teens Threatening Her Son

Mom Says She Pulled Gun On Teens Threatening Her Son A Missouri woman has admitted she pulled a gun on two teens, but insists she did so because she feared for her family’s safety. “Did I intend to use the gun? Absolutely not,” Tracey Leeser told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But I felt that was my only safeguard against being Continue Reading...

Lost Boys: Undocumented Youth Caught in Justice System ‘Limbo’

Lost Boys: Undocumented Youth Caught in Justice System ‘Limbo’ In the summer of 2012, immigration authorities entered the juvenile hall in Orange County, California and took “Alex,” then a 14-year-old, into federal custody. They allowed him to make one phone call to his mother, Marisa. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents told him he might be sent to a Texas Continue Reading...

Senate Democrats Press SEC on Companies’ Political Donations

Senate Democrats Press SEC on Companies’ Political DonationsNearly every Senate Democrat on Monday called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to require corporations to disclose their political spending.Forty-four Senate Democrats made the push in a letter to SEC Chairman Mary Jo White, the latest in a series of appeals to the agency to craft such rules. The requests have all Continue Reading...

California to Limit Solitary Confinement in Prisons

California to Limit Solitary Confinement in PrisonsCalifornia will put an end to the practice of keeping prisoners in solitary confinement for decades because of gang affiliation, under a proposed legal settlement announced Tuesday.The settlement, disclosed by state officials and lawyers for inmates, could result in the release from isolation of more than half of the 3,000 prisoners now in solitary Continue Reading...

TX Man Shot by Deputies Had Hands Up; ‘Sensational,’ Sheriff Gripes

TX Man Shot by Deputies Had Hands Up; ‘Sensational,’ Sheriff Gripes A video shows two Bexar County, Texas, deputies opening fire and killing a man who appears to have his hands up, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Gilbert Flores, 41, died when deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez shot him during a call for a domestic disturbance last Friday morning. Continue Reading...

Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Admits to Child Porn, Sex Crimes

Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Admits to Child Porn, Sex CrimeJared Fogle, the former longtime Subway pitchman who starred in one of the most iconic advertising campaigns, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of distributing pornography and attempting to pay for sex acts with children.Under the terms of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Indiana, he agreed to a prison Continue Reading...
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