Police Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison

Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence: (“Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.”)

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI and Will Cooperate in Russia Inquiry: (“President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to pledge cooperation in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry of election meddling.”)

ICE’s “Visa Lifestyle Vetting:” Extreme Vetting in Sheep’s Clothing

US Will Track Visa Holders Via Social Media: (“The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential threats posed by visa holders in the United States and conduct ongoing social media surveillance of those deemed high risk.”)

Trump’s Rapid Re-shaping of the Judiciary

Trump is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s how: (“In the weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, lawyers  joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges.”)

Paul Manafort First Person Indicted in “Russia Gate”

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender: (“Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.  The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.”)