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    "Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy" opened with former U.S. attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy on the state of the justice system in America. Specifically, Gowdy referenced the recent jury decisions behind the Kyle Rittenhouse and the Ahmaud Arbery trials, two heavily-promoted cases in the media. Both trials had different outcomes with the Rittenhouse trial ended with a not guilty verdict, and the trial against Arbery’s killers resulted in a guilty verdict.  GREG GUTFELD: MEDIA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH WHEN THERE’S A GOOD STORY  Kyle Rittenhouse listens as Judge Bruce Schroeder talks about how the jury will view video during deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 17, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool) "I think they’re absolutely the right verdicts," McCarthy said. Despite heavy media attention surrounding both cases, McCarthy complimented the jury system for putting trust in the "common sense of the community." "To me, the most important thing or the most important distinction is that in a trial, and we saw that in these two trials, we...
    America’s unique jury system delivered justice twice in the past several days: the full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse of murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin; and the full conviction of three defendants for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. In each case, the defendants argued that they had acted in self-defense. In each, there was video of the events in question. And the jury in Kenosha decided that Rittenhouse had acted in reasonable fear for his life, while the jury in Glynn County, Georgia, decided that Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William Bryan had not. Hence the different results in each. Conservatives celebrated the Rittenhouse acquittal as an affirmation that the American justice system still works — that truth will still prevail, when presented to ordinary citizens on a jury. And black American leaders celebrated the convictions for Arbery’s murder as proof that even a jury with eleven white members will consider the facts, independent of any prejudices. The only people unhappy in both instances were President Joe Biden, and the liberal-left Democrats whom he represents. Though Biden initially said that...
    Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a moderate Democrat, expressed support for the “guilty” verdict delivered in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, saying it disproves the “woke narrative” of America being a racist place. Gabbard tweeted on Wednesday: Jury in the Arbery case got it right, as did the jury in Rittenhouse case. Jurors (average Americans) had the intelligence and honesty to make the right decision based on evidence—not race or politics. This undermines the ‘woke’ narrative that Americans are stupid and racists. In another tweet, Gabbard said: If America is a racist country, Arbery’s killers would not have been found guilty by a nearly all-white jury in Georgia. Most Americans (of all colors) believe in Dr. MLK’s adage that as God’s children we should be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. Jury in the Arbery case got it right, as did the jury in Rittenhouse case. Jurors (average Americans) had the intelligence and honesty to make the right decision based on evidence—not race or politics. This undermines the ‘woke’ narrative that Americans...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump said he was recently visited at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort by Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was acquitted last week on all charges after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer."He called. He wanted to know if he could come over, say hello, because he was a fan," Trump said during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday night.Trump said Rittenhouse, 18, had left Mar-a-Lago "a little while ago," and Hannity had earlier said that his interview with Trump took place on Monday. During the interview, Fox showed a picture of Rittenhouse posing with Trump."He came over with his mother. Really a nice young man. ... That was prosecutorial misconduct. He should have not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead," the former President said.The comments were in line with ones Trump had made while in office.Read MoreA 12-juror panel deliberated more than 25 hours in the closely watched case, ultimately acquitting Rittenhouse on Friday of...
    Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the “not guilty” verdicts in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse for the killings of three men during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The VP spoke briefly with reporters before boarding Air Force Two Friday after a visit Columbus, Ohio and a brief stint as Acting President of the United States Kamala Harris. She strode over to the reporters and greeted them, saying “Hey, guys, it was a really good trip.” Harris then volunteered “And my impressions about the verdict: The verdict really speaks for itself. As many of you know, I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make the criminal justice system more equitable. And, clearly, there’s a lot more work to do.” As the veep walked to the plane, another reporter shouted “Madam Vice President, some people are calling it systemic…” but then trailed off. Harris’ statement was not as restrained as President Joe Biden’s first on-camera remarks about the verdict, or his later written statement. “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide...
    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — As a jury was deliberating over his fate, a Georgia district attorney on Monday pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from improper acts while in office and agreed to resign. Mark Jones had already been suspended as Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit district attorney after the state attorney general’s office obtained the indictment on Sept. 7. It accused him of trying to influence a police officer’s testimony, offering bribes to prosecutors in his office and trying to influence and prevent the testimony of a crime victim. Jones took office in January, overseeing the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, which serves Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion, Talbot and Taylor counties in west Georgia. After deliberating briefly Thursday and then all day Friday, jurors had indicated Friday afternoon that they were unanimous on three of the nine charges, and the judge instructed them to keep working on the others, according to local news outlets. After about an hour of deliberations Monday, jurors said they had reached a consensus of guilty on five charges, but Jones had decided to agree to a plea deal,...
    CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond asked Vice President Kamala Harris about the whiteness of the jury in the trial for the murder of unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. On Friday, Harris held a press conference to punctuate her trip to France, and took questions from American and French reporters on a range of issues. Among them was the trial of the three White men — 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, and 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan — charged in the murder of Arbery. In particular, Diamond asked about the racial makeup of the jury in the case. Diamond noted that “While you’ve been here in Paris this week, Americans have been closely watching the trial of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 11 of the 12 jurors in this trial are White. Only one of them is Black despite 26 percent of that county’s demographic being Black. The judge in this case even said that there appears to have been intentional discrimination in the selection of that jury.” “So do you believe that justice can still be done given the history of jury...
    MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – Three teenagers charged in the murder of 18-year-old Dwight “DJ” Grant in Miramar faced a judge Thursday. Grant was stabbed in the neck and impaled by a sword to the chest. CBS4 News normally does not identify juveniles, but because of the nature of the case, we are. Andre Clements is one of three teens accused in the grisly murder. The 17-year-old and the two other teens appeared in court on video, learning that the state attorney’s office is asking a grand jury to indict the three, allowing a first-degree murder charge in adult court. “If the jury returns an indictment for a life felony or capital felony, at that point it would be moved to adult court,” explained prosecutor Christine Bradley. The three teens charged in the murder of Dwight “DJ” Grant. (Source: Miramar Police Department) Attorney Peter Butlien is representing 17-year-old Christie Parisien. “It’s always disturbing to see a 17-year-old child to be prosecuted in adult court.  These are very serious charges and serious consequences for a 17-year-old,” Butlien said. Jaslyn Smith, 16, could potentially...
    A lawsuit accusing Tesla of ‘false advertising’ when marketing its Autopilot is making its way through the Santa Barbara Superior Court in California, even though the Elon Musk-run firm is disputing the claims. Judge Thomas Anderle ruled this week that the case of Alexandro and Iaian Filippini, two brothers who operate a Santa Barbara–based wealth management company, versus Tesla is allowed to proceed to its next phase. The ruling is due to the Filippini brothers presenting enough evidence to show fraud and that the firm violated the the Consumer Legal Remedies Act – this means a jury  could soon hear the case. The lawsuit, filed in 2020, states Tesla misrepresented the system in the $120,000 Model S the pair purchased in 2016. Scroll down for video  The lawsuit, filed in 2020, states Tesla misrepresented the system in their $120,000 Model S the pair purchased in 2016. Judge Thomas Anderle ruled this week that the case of Alexandro and Iaian Filippini, two brothers who operate a Santa Barbara–based wealth management company, versus Tesla is allowed to proceed to its next phase According...
    When asked by AFP, attorney Cyrus Vance’s spokesman declined to comment. According to the Washington Post, jurors were recently elected and meet three days a week for six months to review documents in the case. Under U.S. criminal law, significant cases are often referred to a large arbitral tribunal, which is made up of members of civil society, such as jurors at regular hearings. The Grand Arbitrator examines the file in secret and may request additional documents or hear one or more witnesses. At the end of the examination, the majority decides whether there are reasons for the accusation and whether there is a prelude to an investigation, but it is not unanimously necessary. The Constitution of the Grand Arbitration Tribunal indicates that Advocate Vance believes that he has sufficient evidence to proceed with the trial. Cyrus Vance has been investigating since 2019 the possible accounting manipulations of the Trump organization, the holding company of Donald Trump, which manages all its interests. The Manhattan attorney is primarily trying to determine whether the group artificially inflated the value of its...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Jury trials are set to return to the Daley Center in Cook County next week. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov spoke exclusively with Chief Judge Tim Evans about precautions now in place. READ MORE: Feds Say States Have Up To A Year To Return Money They Demanded Back From Unemployment Overpayments That Were States Fault; Some Illinoisans Say Thats Too Long To Wait There are many changes to the courtrooms and some lingering issues in the court system. One of them is getting caught up on all of the cases delayed when jury trials were halted. A post pandemic Daley Center courtroom looks nothing like it did before the pandemic. Evans said these changes are not just about COVID-19 safety but also about reassuring the public that precautions are in place as the first Daley Center jury trial is set to get underway May 10. “We believe we’re at a point right now where we can safely have those jury cases go forward,”  he said. Evans said four trials are already underway at other Cook County courthouses...
    White supremacy is terrorism: Biden urges vigilance against home-grown violence after Jan. 6 attack Mitch McConnell is thanked by Biden for honoring his late son in 2016 Twitch has been criticized quite harshly over the years for doling out inconsistent bans to its streamers, but a recent lawsuit revealed that the streaming platform may have a Strike Guide that it follows when it comes to these decisions.  © Provided by Win.gg PhantomL0rd lawsuit James "PhantomL0rd" Vargas won his lawsuit against Twitch on April 23. Twitch banned PhantomL0rd in 2016, and the trial's jury eventually concluded the Amazon-owned company "breached its standard partner contract, acted in bad faith, and committed fraud" when it banned the streamer.  "After nearly five years, I am grateful that a jury of my peers finally held Twitch accountable for its improper tactics against me, including my suspension," PhantomL0rd wrote.  While some were glad to see PhantomL0rd come out on top, it wasn't the only interesting outcome of the lawsuit. In a TwitLonger, PhantomL0rd noted that Twitch had a Strike Guide. This is allegedly an "undisclosed...
    The false narrative that the Derek Chauvin case divided America is nothing less than a coordinated gaslighting campaign launched by the corporate media and Democrats. While many people were justifiably disgusted by how the media, Democrats, and the left-wing terrorists in Black Lives Matter and Antifa used the Ku Klux Klan’s playbook to intimidate the Chauvin jury, at the end of the day that doesn’t change what all Americans know: the jury’s verdict was just, and former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd and deserves to go to prison for a long time. I don’t know of a single person who was okay with what happened to Floyd, who found Chauvin’s actions justifiable, who was not sickened by that video. But because the media and left will simply not allow America to come together they moved the goalposts on this one. Oh, no, they said, if you want unity outrage isn’t enough. No, you must burn and loot Democrat-run cities, you must be okay with mob justice… Well, no decent person is okay with any of that, and...
    After it became obvious former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin would be convicted of murdering George Floyd, Democrats Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and His Fraudulency Joe Biden timed their respective outbursts hoping there would be a mistrial, which would usher in a new wave of Black Lives Matter riots. Just as the case was about to go to the jury, Waters stood at Ground Zero — Brooklyn Center, Minnesota — and said there must be more intense violence — even more intense than the endless riots we saw last year after Floyd’s murder — if Chauvin was not convicted of first-degree murder. Chauvin was not even charged with first-degree murder. Then, a few days later, while the jury was deliberating, His Fraudulency used the bully pulpit of the presidency to demand a guilty verdict. You don’t do this… Unless you desperately want a mistrial and the explosion of violence that goes with it. You do not do this and both Biden and Waters know that. You see, the worst thing that can happen to the racial arsonists that have captured...
    (CNN)Commentators weigh in on the guilty verdict against ex-Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd last May.Issac Bailey: Why I'm not celebrating Issac Bailey I don't begrudge others who burst into celebration at the sound of "guilty" guilty" "guilty" in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who slowly murdered George Floyd in broad daylight. I feel more relieved than anything else. Relieved that for a moment at least there was a bit of justice handed to the Floyd family, who had suffered too much. Relieved that the image of yet another police officer getting away with murder did not come to pass. Relieved that my worst fears did not materialize. But I'm not in a celebratory mood -- because it took overwhelming evidence to convict a police officer, evidence so clear even his former boss and colleagues testified against him. There won't always be that much evidence. The video won't be so clear and gut-wrenching, even though the harm being perpetrated might be just as devastating next time. I haven't forgotten about Daunte Wright...
    Minutes after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts in the killing of George Floyd, Fox News turned to Judge Jeanine Pirro for legal reaction who praised the jury verdict in stark terms. “Clearly the verdict is supported by the facts, this case was extremely unusual,” she opened before sharing her past experience in trying many murder cases. “It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case, maybe an autopsy photo, and here we have living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day day after day. Watching the trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe. “This one, when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict, this verdict will be held on appeal but right now what people need to understand is that the American justice system works,” she continued. “It works, people believe in lady justice and you can give it a chance, it can work.” Watch above via Fox News. Have a tip we should...
    The Nation published an article Thursday blasting the “deeply flawed” jury selection process for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, asserting the jury system “set up by white people” allows “white people [to] go free when they kill black people.” The piece, penned by Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal and titled “The Acquittal of Derek Chauvin Has Already Begun,” carries a sub-headline which claims the jury selection process “shows how the cop who killed George Floyd can, and likely will, win.” The article begins by stating Chauvin need not be referred to as having “allegedly” killed George Floyd, because the author “saw it.” Mystal (pictured) laments that a jury, “comprised mainly of white people,” will decide whether “killing a black man should be a crime,” and then proclaims a trial should not even be necessary.  “In a reasonable world, this trial would be perfunctory,” he writes. “Hell, in a reasonable world, there wouldn’t even be a trial: Chauvin would have accepted some kind of plea deal.” Mystal openly states white cops, for...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A statewide grand jury studying school safety issued an interim report Thursday that tore into Florida’s mental-health system, saying that “deficiencies in funding, leadership and services related to mental health care tend to turn up everywhere like bad pennies.” “This grand jury has received a great deal of evidence and testimony regarding financial deficiencies, conflicts between various agencies over information sharing and privacy, inadequate or inefficient provision of services and a number of other serious problems,” the report said. “To put it bluntly, our mental health care ‘system’ — if one can even call it that — is a mess, and we have formulated a spate of recommendations for straightforward improvement and further study in this critical area.” The 27-page document posted late Thursday afternoon on the Florida Supreme Court website was the third interim report issued by the grand jury, which the court impaneled in February 2019 at the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The request came a year after a gunman killed 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County residents were warned Friday about an email scam threatening fines if they don’t appear in federal court for jury duty. The sender — JuryDuty@donotreply.gov —claims to be from Clerk of Court “Sherry Mason.” Los Angeles Superior Court officials noted that they don’t send those types of emails for jury service and that the emails should be deleted without opening them or clicking on any links. The Los Angeles court system noted that its official summons are mailed and only issued under the name of Sherri R. Carter, the court’s jury commissioner. Similar warnings were also issued by authorities in South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Carolina and Idaho. Anyone with questions about a suspicious communication that appears to be from the Los Angeles Superior Court system or a law enforcement agency should contact the court or a law enforcement agency, officials said. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Like just about everything else these days, the courts are operating much differently because of COVID-19.The Hall of Justice in Riverside County looks a lot like you'd imagine it would during the pandemic. Plexiglass barriers, seats blocked off, the chairs in the jury assembly room all spaced at least 6 feet apart. But these changes are taking a toll on efficiency."A trial that would have taken a couple of days pre-COVID is now just taking a week or more," said Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin.Jury rooms that used to be able to gather several hundred jurors at once are unable to do that due to the pandemic.MORE: Expert answers your EDD, unemployment questionsEMBED More News Videos Michele Evermore, an expert with the National Employment Law Project, answers questions from the public about getting unemployment benefits through California's EDD. "We just have to take it in small bites, bring a smaller number of folks in, talk to them, move them out, bring the next group in. It slows everything down, so it's a real challenge for...
    Even in a pandemic, there’s still no getting out of jury duty in the city. The state court system has summoned 4,600 city residents for jury duty as civil trials are set to begin Monday after a seven-month absence. Criminal jury trials are to start Oct. 26. The trials will be limited to one or two per day in each borough to restrict in-court appearances, according to the Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen. Normally, nine civil jury trials go on in the courts on a given day. Most cases settle before trial. Potential jurors, who must wear masks, will be questioned about any exposure to COVID-19 at courthouse entrances and will have their temperature taken. Seating in courtrooms will be distanced and some jurors may be placed outside the jury box. Face shields will be distributed to those who want them. Plexiglass barriers have been set up in courtrooms around the judge’s bench, court reporter, witness stand and lawyers’ desks. Whether potential jurors will seek to use coronavirus concerns as an excuse for dodging their service remains...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Criminal jury trials are set to restart in Vermont after being suspended in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The first trials will be in Windham County in December, according to a statement from the Vermont Judiciary. Jury drawings are scheduled Dec. 7 in Windham County, the Rutland Herald reported. Social distancing and masking will be required of everyone in courthouses and courtrooms will be sanitized daily and hand sanitizer will be available for jurors and others. Plans were announced in July to resume criminal trials in Vermont, but were tentative because many courthouses had to make facility changes to hold trials safely. One concern was that each courthouse had to have an air-handling system that was sufficient, especially with winter coming, said Karen Carroll, associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and co-chairwoman of a committee formed to restart jury trials safely. “We started having evaluations done of some of the buildings, and Windham ended up being one that could be safely designated to hold a trial not only as far as the...
    Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence disagreed during Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate over whether justice was served for Breonna Taylor in the Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge any officers directly for her death. “I’ve talked with Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and her family, and her family deserves justice. She was a beautiful young woman,” Harris said after being asked by the moderator. “Her life was taken unjustifiably and tragically and violently.” WATCH THE ENTIRE DEBATE She added that “Bad cops are bad for good cops. We need reform of our policing in America and our criminal justice system.” Pence responded that the “heart breaks for any loss of innocent American life and the family of Breonna Taylor has our sympathies but I trust our justice system, a grand jury that reviews the evidence.” VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: PENCE BLASTS BIDEN AS 'CHEERLEADER FOR COMMUNIST CHINA'  He said “justice will be served” for George Floyd but there’s no excuse for the “rioting and looting” that followed. Pence added that Biden and Harris’ “presumption” that America is “systemically racist”...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – California is expanding the pool of prospective jurors beyond those with driver’s licenses and the voter rolls, under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor this week signed Senate Bill 592 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which has been dubbed the “Fair Juries Act.” Under SB592, jury commissioners across California would be required to include anyone who files state taxes along with DMV records and lists of registered voters. “Today, we are one step closer to having a criminal justice system that is equitable and just for all Californians,” Wiener said in a statement. “By moving beyond DMV and voter rolls, and including all taxpayers, our jury pools will be much more diverse. We’re in a moment where we finally have momentum to excise structural racism from our criminal justice system.” According to Wiener’s office, using only DMV and voter lists to find potential jurors makes juries disproportionately whiter and wealthier than the community as a whole. The legislation, which was backed by the California Public Defenders Association, comes as...
    Breonna Taylor’s mother says the grand jury decision announced this week in the case of her daughter’s death shows why she has “no faith in the legal system, in the police and the laws that are not made to protect us Black and Brown people.” Tamika Palmer made the remark in a statement read on her behalf by Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, in Louisville on Friday alongside family members and attorneys. “I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with,” Palmer said, referring to the Kentucky attorney general who revealed the grand jury’s findings Wednesday. “I knew he was too inexperienced to deal with a job of this caliber. I knew he had already chosen to be on the wrong side of the law the moment he wanted a grand jury to make a decision.” Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, right, listens to a news conference, Friday, in Louisville, Ky. (AP) BREONNA TAYLOR’S FAMILY DEMANDS KENTUCKY AG RELEASE GRAND JURY TRANSCRIPTS, LAWYER SAYS  “What he had helped me realize is that it will always be ‘us against them’. That we are never safe when it comes to them,” Palmer’s statement continued, describing how Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly – one of the Louisville officers...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Following the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case, there were protests in other cities across the country, including in Pittsburgh. The protests in Pittsburgh remained peaceful Wednesday night. The group marched to Freedom Corner in the Hill District. Tim Stevens, head of the Black Political Empowerment Project told KDKA’s Lisa Washington, “We’ve seen so many deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police and it seems like justice, the word justice is losing its meaning in America.” Stevens says not charging the officers who shot Breonna Taylor shows a lack of justice. “People are upset,” Stevens said. “People are tired of the absence of justice, the absence of fairness when it comes to black people and the police.” In Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, hundreds of protestors marched peacefully, starting in Oakland, going through the Hill District. Stevens says the protests and marches reflect the emotions of those who don’t feel they are treated equally. He says voting is the best way to be an advocate for change. He added, “The political process must be made...
    Protesters in front of City Hall in Louisville, Kentucky after Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement The circuit court judge had barely finished reading the shockingly abbreviated list of charges handed down by the grand jury, when the carefully worded legal explanations began. After six months of investigation and testimony, only a single officer will face charges, and not one of those charges is related to the murder of Breonna Taylor. Instead, Detective Brett Hankinson will face three counts for the shooting of a white neighbor’s wall.  Instantly, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was on screen to explain that the grand jury had not returned charges concerning how three police officers shot Taylor in her bed. The grand jury did not return such charges, said Cameron, because the law would not support it. Boiled down to its essence, what Cameron explained in calm tones is that the system has been designed, through centuries of refinement, to allow those empowered by that system to murder the disenfranchised with impunity. His statements were then nodded over sagely by politicians and “legal experts” as if that explanation was the end of...
    (CNN)Breonna Taylor's mother learned the fate of the officers involved in her daughter's killing two minutes before Attorney General Daniel Cameron made his announcement, even after it was expected the family would have a heads-up on the decision, family attorney Sam Aguiar told CNN."She had to drive all the way down there to be told this, despite two advanced requests from me to not force her to drive down only to learn no indictments," Aguiar said. "I told them that would be hell for her."Tamika Palmer was surrounded by her youngest daughter Bianca Austin, her sister Juniyah Palmer, attorneys Lonita Baker and Sam Aguiar as Cameron delivered the news that one officer, Brett Hankison, would be indicted for wanton endangerment for firing into a neighboring apartment on the night Taylor was killed. A timeline of Breonna Taylors case since police broke down her door and shot herThere was "a lot of sadness and weeping," said Christopher 2X, a community activist who is assisting Palmer and who stood outside the room when Cameron announced the decision. "It saddens me to witness,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The technology used during remote court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay in some form, according to Texas Sen.Judith Zaffirini. Zaffirini, who represents Senate District 21, told lawyers during a Zoom training Wednesday to get used to the remote hearings. “I believe that simply because of the popularity and because of convenience that more judges, more attorneys and more clients will want virtual hearings,” Zaffirini said, adding that the hearings are also economically attractive. The hour-long training was hosted by Zaffirini, David Slayton of the State Office of Court Administration and Justice Rebeca Martinez of the 4th Court of Appeals. Zaffirini said that the main downside of remote hearings is the backlog created in the absence of jury trials. “There’s no way that the number of cases can be heard with the same speed and efficiency that they were before,” she said. Also on KSAT.com: Texas Supreme Court order OKs virtual jury trials Actual innocence claim may be available to 2 TDCJ inmates freed on bond by San Antonio judge Bexar County’s Indigent...
    A number of lawmakers, celebrities and other public figures expressed outrage Wednesday over the decision by a Louisville grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case. The grand jury only found three counts against one of the three officers involved in the shooting that killed Taylor in her own apartment. And while Brett Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment for shots from his weapon that went into other apartments, none of the officers were directly held responsible for Taylor’s death, who was shot six times when police entered her home on March 13. “Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. This result is a disgrace and an abdication of justice. Our criminal justice system is racist,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (I-Vt.) said in a tweet. “The time for fundamental change is now.” Civil rights attorney Ben Crump called the grand jury’s decision “outrageous and offensive.” “If Brett Hankison's behavior...
    The New York State court system is going to take a big step forward this month when it finally returns to in-person jury trials. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore still hasn’t revealed the full plan, but said that it will begin soon on a “pilot basis” all over the state. When the first jury trial happens in Brooklyn, it will have been approximately six months since the last one was halted. Getting from there to here has required a lot of technological upgrades to the court system and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore highlighted some of these changes before she and the court make their next move. “Let me say with absolute confidence that our technology teams in all of our courts and districts, under the expert direction of Christine Sisario and Sheng Guo, have done an absolutely phenomenal job of providing critical expertise and support across the state and developing and expanding our virtual courts,” Chief Judge DiFiore said. “Their hard work, expertise and skill have enabled us to provide continuous service to litigants and lawyers throughout the pandemic, and certainly...
    The court system is on the verge of restarting jury trials in New York State next month for the first time since March, a move that includes New York City, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said during her weekly address to the legal community on Monday. Chief Judge DiFiore didn’t give an exact date for the expected return of jury trials, but another round of grand jury summonses has been sent out for the next term which starts Sept. 8. “The right to a trial by jury is one of the pillars of our justice system, and we have an obligation to restore this fundamental right as soon as it is prudent and responsible to do so,” said Chief Judge DiFiore. “And we believe that we are at that point now in many areas of the state.
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After a months-long break forced by the coronavirus pandemic, felony jury trials are set to resume in Marion County, home to Indianapolis and the state's largest county court system. Marion Superior Court officials said major felony trials will begin the week of Aug. 24, while lower felony, misdemeanor and civil trials would resume the week of Sept. 14. To protect jurors against the spread of COVID-19 during trials, the court said it is implementing assigned, socially distanced seating and requiring face masks. Jurors will also be provided personal hand sanitizers and sanitizer stations, as well as deep cleaning facilities. Prospective jurors are being asked to notify the jury pool coordinator if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 30 days, are caring with someone with COVID-19 or will be self-quarantining on their summons date. Major felony trials will take place at the Marion Superior Court Traffic Court to accommodate larger jury pools. All other trials will continue to be in the City-County Building. Prospective jurors are asked to check their jury summons to make sure...
    By Theresa Harrington OAKLAND (EdSource) — Oakland Unified School District recently took steps to reform an online program designed to help failing students following a scathing civil grand jury report released last month. The district hired a consultant earlier this year to review its online credit recovery program before it will allow Castlemont High to use it in the upcoming school year, which starts Aug. 10 with district-wide distance learning. The credit recovery programs enable students to make up traditional classes they failed. In the report released in June, called “Castlemont High: Cheating its Students,” an Alameda County civil grand jury found that the Oakland school and the district had “failed” its students awarding some students unearned grades and allowing unqualified students to graduate.  “There is no excuse for awarding a high school diploma to those who do not earn it,” the report stated. Other than in the title, the Grand Jury report did not accuse the school or the district of cheating in the strict sense of the word. Rather, it said that the school had been “perpetuating an...
    OAKLAND —  A civil grand jury report found that Castlemont High School educators misused a grading system in order to pass students who didn’t qualify and misled the public about it. “This school and the district that runs it are failing its students. There is no excuse for awarding a high school diploma to those who do not earn it,” the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury report stated. In 2019, allegations came to light that administrators manipulated grades and graduation requirements on an online system called Apex in order to pass otherwise failing students. After the district did its own investigation, it found there was no evidence of any wrongdoing. Apex is a credit recovery program used to offer struggling students an online alternative to completing required work, according to the district. But in the grand jury report released Monday, the investigation found that the district’s conclusion of no wrongdoing was “arguably misleading” and “incomplete.” The jury said that even though the district’s investigation found poor practices, a misuse of the online program by teachers, inadequate training and insufficient monitoring...
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