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Matt Ferner
Matt Ferner is a national reporter for the Huffington Post. He was previously the editor of HuffPost Denver. Matt is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California, Los Angeles. For tips or comments email

Entries by Matt Ferner

Judge Handcuffs Defense Attorney In Court To Teach Her 'A Lesson' For Speaking Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:22 PM

A Las Vegas judge this week ordered a deputy public defender to be placed in handcuffs and seated next to inmates in court, saying he wanted to teach her "a lesson" about courtroom etiquette. But legal experts say it's the judge who may actually need a lesson in...

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GOP Congressman Says He Uses Medical Marijuana To Ease Arthritis Pain

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 4:56 PM

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a leading voice for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States, became the first sitting member of Congress in recent history to admit to medical marijuana use.

Rohrabacher, speaking to a group of cannabis activists on Tuesday on Capital Hill, said...

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FBI Confirms 2015 Was One Of The Safest Years Ever For Cops

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 1:23 PM

Data released by the FBI on Monday shows that 2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in recorded history, following a sustained trend of low numbers of on-duty deaths in recent decades.

The FBI's preliminary statistics, part of a larger Uniform Crime Reporting...

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조니 뎁, "트럼프는 미국의 마지막 대통령 될 것"

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:29 AM

영화배우 조니 뎁은 미국 공화당 대선후보 도널드 트럼프가 당선된다면 미국의 미래는 암담해질 것이라고 예상했다.

오는 5월 말 개봉할(미국 기준) '거울 나라의 앨리스'의 홍보 중 영국 채널5 뉴스와의 인터뷰에서 뎁은 트럼프가 미국의 차기 대통령이 되길 바라냐는 질문에 이렇게 답했다. "만약 도널드 트럼프가 미국의 대통령이 된다면 역사적으로 봤을 때 정말 흥미진진할...

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Johnny Depp: Trump Would Be Final President Of The United States

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 5:10 PM

Actor Johnny Depp sees a gloomy outlook for the future of America if presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump were to win the presidency. 

While doing press for his latest film, "Alice Through the Looking Glass," Depp was asked Wednesday by United Kingdom-based Channel 5 News whether the actor would like...

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Another Secret Cache Of Notes On Jail Informants Surface In Orange County Snitch Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:54 AM

LOS ANGELES -- A group of Orange County Sheriff's deputies for years kept a secret log of daily activities that included significant details about using jailhouse informants -- notes they didn't turn over to defense attorneys actively seeking such records, court testimony revealed this week.

It seems likely...

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Here's Johnny Manziel's Mugshot For His Domestic Violence Charge

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 5:59 PM

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel surrendered to police in Highland Park, Texas, on Wednesday following his indictment last week on a misdemeanor assault charge involving an attack on his ex-girlfriend.

Manziel, who was released by the Cleveland Browns in March, was booked and set free after posting a $1,500 bond,...

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New Report Details Devastating Effects Of Mass Incarceration On The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 4:20 PM

The American prison system is unlike any other in the world. It's sprawling, expensive and largely ineffective at reducing crime or rehabilitating offenders. But in recent years, politicians and citizens alike have grown weary of the “tough on crime” policies that inflated the nation’s inmate population and made...

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Baltimore Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 5:28 PM

A 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded by a Baltimore police officer Wednesday afternoon while holding what Police Commissioner Kevin Davis described as a "replica gun."

The boy was being treated for wounds that Davis said were non-life threatening. 

The teen was shot around 4 p.m. after two plainclothes intelligence officers in an unmarked car observed the boy with what appeared to be a gun, Davis said. The officers identified themselves as police, but the boy fled. Both officers pursued the boy on foot, police said.

At some point during the chase, one of the officers fired on the boy, wounding him, Davis said. He wouldn't say whether the teen was pointing the gun or menacing the officers.

Davis said the officers had no way of knowing that the boy was not carrying a real firearm, and he had "no reason to believe" the officers acted inappropriately.

Davis said multiple times during an afternoon news conference that the replica gun looked real. He said he looked at it himself and it was a "dead-on ringer" for a semi-automatic Beretta pistol.

The boy's mother was taken in for questioning, Davis said. "She knew" her son had left home with the replica gun, he said. He added that she described the replica gun as a "BB gun" to police.

The shooting took place on the one-year anniversary of the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man whose death in police custody sparked outrage around the nation and unrest in Baltimore. Six officers have been charged in Gray's fatal injury.

Earlier this week, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, reached a $6 million settlement with the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot to death by police in 2014. Rice was carrying a toy gun.

Watch the Baltimore news conference below:

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Hillary Clinton Says Half Of Her Cabinet Will Be Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:23 PM

Hillary Clinton promised Monday that if she wins the race for the White House, half of her Cabinet will be composed of women.

During MSNBC's town hall with Clinton...

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Americans Don't Think Ex-Offenders Should Lose Their Right To Vote

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 2:56 PM

A majority of Americans believe ex-convicts should be allowed to vote after they have been released from prison, a new survey released Tuesday found.

The poll, released by YouGov, shows that 54 percent of Americans believe ex-felons should have their right to vote restored once they complete their...

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Target Says Transgender People Can Use The Bathroom That Fits Their Gender Identity

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:12 PM

In defiance of a recent wave of anti-transgender proposals in state legislatures across the nation, Target announced Tuesday that its transgender employees and customers are "welcome" to use the bathroom or fitting room facility that best aligns with their gender identity.

"Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,"...

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Melissa Harris-Perry Is's New Editor-at-Large

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 6:58 PM

Less than two months after an ugly split with MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry has joined as the website's new editor-at-large, the magazine announced Monday.

Harris-Perry tweeted the news late Monday, following the announcement:

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Bernie Sanders Joins World Leaders, Celebrities In Call For Overhaul Of Global Drug Policy

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 1:28 PM

The war on drugs has failed says an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, signed by over 1,000 world leaders and celebrities.

The letter, made public on Thursday, says policies that emphasize criminalization, which world governments have long embraced, need reform, and should...

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Ahead Of A Key Meeting, Russia Is Driving Global Drug Policy Into The Ground

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 5:20 PM

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the war on drugs in the face of growing weariness with the quagmire worldwide.

Later in April, the United Nations will...

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CIA Would Ignore Torture Orders From A President Cruz Or Trump, Director Says

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 3:03 PM

CIA chief John Brennan says in no uncertain terms that he would refuse to comply with any order from a future president that would force his agents to engage in torture, like waterboarding, during interrogation of terror suspects.

"I will not agree to carry out...

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DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 8:21 PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should reclassified under federal law in "the first half of 2016," the agency said in a letter to senators.

DEA, responding to a 2015 letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other Democratic senators urging...

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Feds Push Back Against Blanket Bans That Keep Ex-Offenders From Finding Housing

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 6:06 PM

Landlords and property owners who exclude people with criminal records from renting or buying may be violating the law, according to new guidance released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While people with criminal records are not a protected class, the guidance...

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New York City Murder Rate Drops To Historic Low

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:22 PM

New York City saw a significant drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2016 with the fewest murders and shootings in its recorded history, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a Monday press conference. 

"We are the safest big city in America. This quarter's...

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