The future of affirmative action at public universities appeared in some doubt Wednesday as the Supreme Court justices debated for a second time whether to strike down a race-based admissions policy at the University of Texas.
Detainers, or notices from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting police to hold prisoners an extra two days for possible deportation, after the prisoner would ordinarily be released because the charges were dropped or bail was posted, are being ignored in many cities.
By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch CLAYTON, Mo. — The grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide. The extension of the grand jurors’ term of duty does not necessarily mean the job will […]
New York (AFP) — A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said. Jabbar Collins, now 42, was convicted and sent to prison for the February 1994 murder of Abraham Pollack, an Orthodox rabbi who had been collecting rent at […]
By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The 17-year-old neighbor of Jenise Wright wasn’t arrested until Aug. 9, but he had caught the attention of investigators several days before, according to court documents filed in Kitsap Superior Court. A Kitsap Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Gabriel Z. Gaeta held for investigation of first-degree […]
By Patrick Marley and Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel MADISON, Wisc. — A divided state Supreme Court on Thursday tweaked a provision of Wisconsin’s voter ID law to put it in keeping with the state constitution, making it easier for people to get identification cards without having to pay anything. Despite Thursday’s rulings in two […]
By Maura Dolan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — In an indictment of California’s death penalty, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, […]
By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court’s new champion of the Fourth Amendment, is likely to play a crucial role Tuesday when the court hears this year’s most important search case: whether the police may routinely examine the digital contents of a cellphone confiscated during an arrest. Civil […]
As the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication on Aug. 28 approaches, people have begun to wonder the extent to which Dr. King’s dream of racial equality has become reality. Recent studies suggest that Americans have seen advances in civil rights but that the goal of full equality is not yet accomplished. While a USA […]