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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

If you're arrested for drugs, you're more likely to get a second chance if you're white

Anthony Smith Jr. is black, poor and a native of Cleveland's East Side. So is Dontez Orr. Both are in their early 20s.

Each had a life-altering encounter with police two summers ago that grew from trivial events. Smith was jaywalking on East 65th Street near Fleet Avenue; Orr was driving south on Interstate 71 at night with an unlighted rear license plate.

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October 21, 2008 in Race | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 20, 2008

FBI: Justifiable homicides at highest in more than a decade

Foxx The number of justifiable homicides committed by police and private citizens has been rising in the past two years to their highest levels in more than a decade, reflecting a shoot-first philosophy in dealing with crime, say law enforcement analysts.

The 391 killings by police that were ruled justifiable in 2007 were the most since 1994, FBI statistics show. The 254 killings by private individuals found to be self-defense were the most since 1997.

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October 20, 2008 in Criminal Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (2)

Experts: Fla. conviction possible without toddler's body

Anthonyx  Prosecutors have DNA tests and hair samples. They have testimony about "the smell of death" in the trunk of the suspect's car.

What they do not have is a body.

Prosecutors building a case against a single 22-year-old Florida mother accused of killing her young daughter will have to rely on forensic evidence and convince a jury that Casey Anthony lacks credibility and had a motive, legal experts say.

To help build the case, the prosecutor will be using what he described as cutting-edge forensic tests, including air testing for compounds released when a body decomposes.

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October 20, 2008 in Criminal Justice Policy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Police camera maker is profitable for politicians

WatchGuard Video, which provides patrol car cameras to state and local police forces across the nation, points with pride to the lawmakers who helped the company grow from a tiny technology startup into a government contracting powerhouse.

And at least two of the lawmakers turned a profit in the process — after the state police began ordering millions of dollars worth of equipment and expanding far outside Texas, interviews and state records show.

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October 20, 2008 in Political News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)