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Police Shooting Against African American Man Stirs Outrage Once Again

A fatal shooting of a black man by a Baton Rouge, La., police officer last Tuesday, July 5th , has already ignited national outrage. Videos have quickly surfaced of Alton Sterling pinned on the ground by two police officers who can be heard screaming “get on the ground!” repeatedly. The video then turns violent, showing one of the police […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Gun Ban for Domestic Violence Perpetrators

  On Monday, June 27 th, the Supreme Court upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns. This case involved two Maine men who argued that their guilty pleas for abusing their partners should not disqualify them from owning gun(s). They had both been convicted of breaking federal […]

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Opposition to Supreme Court’s New Ruling on Police Searches

On Monday the 27th, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that an outstanding arrest warrant discovered during an illigal traffic stop allows incriminating evidence recovered thereafter to be admissible in court. Justice Sonya Sotomayor, as well as the Court’s two other liberal justices, Justices Ginsburg and Kagan, all expressed their disapproval with the ruling, some even referencing the Black Lives […]

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Supreme Courts Administers Opinion About DUI Tests

Many people are all too familiar with the steps taken by police when one is pulled over for Drinking Under the Influence (DUI). A U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion of 6-2 last Thursday, the 23 rd , which reaffirms that police do not need a warrant to administer a breath test. Their reasoning being that the effort […]

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Supreme Court Finds Prosecutors Were Motivated by Race During Jury Selection

On Monday, March 23rd, the Supreme Court made a drastic move towards overturning the death sentence of Timothy Foster, a Georgia man who was convicted of murder in 1987. The Court released a review of the previous judgment, ruling that the state’s use of peremptory challenges to strike all four black prospective jurors qualified to […]

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German Shipping Companies Sentenced to Pay $1.5 Million for Illegally Discharging Oil into the Ocean

“The German shipping companies Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG and Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG MS “Extum,” who owned and operated the cargo ship M/V BBC Magellan, pleaded guilty today to failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and tampering with witnesses by persuading them to […]

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Lumber Company Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

“Virginia-based hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators Inc. was sentenced today in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, and will pay more than $13 million in criminal fines, community service and forfeited assets related to its illegal importation of hardwood flooring, much of which was manufactured in China from timber that had been illegally logged in far eastern Russia, in the […]

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Supreme Court: Florida’s Death Penalty Sentencing Unconsitutional

The Supreme Court held that Florida’s Death Penalty sentencing statute is unconstitutional because it requires the judge to make the findings justifying a death sentence, but the constitution requires a jury to make the findings. Read the opinion here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-7505_5ie6.pdf

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Proving a Case in the Ferguson Shooting

What would federal prosecutors have to prove in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri? Some commentators have assumed that the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, could be charged with a federal civil rights violation if he was negligent or reckless in assessing the need to use deadly force. This is not true for a […]