Texas Congressional Maps Are Struck Down for Discrimination

Discrimination

Texas Congressional Maps Are Struck Down for Discrimination (“A panel of federal judges in San Antonio has ruled that a handful of Texas congressional districts drawn by the Republican-dominated state Legislature in 2011 discriminated against black and Hispanic voters and violated the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.”)

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911 Operator in Tamir Rice Case Receives 8-Day Suspension

Tamir Rice

911 Operator in Tamir Rice Case Receives 8-Day Suspension (“More than two years after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a police officer outside a Cleveland recreational center, the city’s police chief has disciplined the 911 operator who took the call. The chief, Calvin Williams, wrote in a disciplinary letter dated March 10 that the operator, Constance Hollinger, would receive an eight-day suspension for violating protocol in her handling of the call in November 2014.”)

 

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Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits

crowdfunding

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits (“Thousands of rape investigations are bogged down in Texas because of untested evidence, but a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would use public crowdfunding to help pay for testing and fix the backlog.In the first legislation of its kind, the lawmaker, State Representative Victoria Neave, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced the bill in February to solicit donations of $1 or more from people when they renew or apply for driver’s licenses.”)

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National report backs up civil rights concerns on JSO body cameras

civil rightsNational report backs up civil rights concerns on JSO body cameras (“As the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to solicit public feedback on its pending body camera program, a new national report mirrors the concerns that city residents have raised here. The demands of civil rights leaders and those at town hall forums reflect an underlying suspicion that the Sheriff’s Office will land on a policy that offers too many protections to officers and not enough transparency for citizens. On Wednesday, a report by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers laid out guidelines for crafting body camera policies that echo many of the concerns shared at the town hall forums so far….Sheriff’s Office senior spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith said the agency would ‘review the recommendations of the NACDL, as part of the important feedback we are gathering and receiving from many stakeholders on this issue.'”) (See also American Bar Association Public Defense News.) (Links to NACDL’s March 15, 2017, news release and body cam report are available here.)

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Prosecutorial Misconduct

Prosecutorial Misconduct

 

Prosecutorial Misconduct (“Correspondent Tim O’Brien examines charges that some federal prosecutors wrongfully withhold from defense attorneys material evidence that could affect the outcome of a trial.”) Read more about this here.