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Second Ex-Student Admits To Placing Noose On Ole Miss Statue

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime

(Reuters) -- A former University of Mississippi student pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge on Thursday, admitting to his role in draping ...

One Year Of Distrust Based On Unexplainable Encounters

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.27.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

When you observe the litany of cases in just one year alone, the question is, why wouldn't there be a distrust in the Black community?

We Need to Stop Joking About Prison Rape

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.24.2016 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

The fact of the matter? In any way, shape or form, rape is, was and never has been a joke. Yet why do we crack these tired old gags about Bubba and not bending for soap in the showers? The material is lame, done to death and not even that funny to begin with.

The GOP Will Still War on Lynch

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at long last won the first round of battle with the GOP with her confirmation. But it's only the first round. There are three reasons for their continuing war on her.

Big Banks Abuse Consumers and Shake It Off

Jorge Newbery | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

When the US Justice Department announced last August that it was levying a $17 billion penalty against Bank of America for its role in bringing on the mid-2000s housing crisis, pundits said the sheer size of the fine would make all banks take notice.

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

In a City of 'Good People,' How Can 'Selma' Happen?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

We often portray life within these moralistic extremes -- good people versus bad people, instead of people who do good things or people who do bad things.

BP's Clean Water Act Fines Will Be Smaller Than Gulf States Thought

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

BP acted with gross negligence in precipitating the April 20, 2010 spill, Barbier ruled last September. This mid-January, he found that BP wasn't grossly negligent or reckless in its source-control efforts to stop the spill.

'How to Get Away With Murder:' Ferguson

Will Bunch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

This entire choreographed song-and-dance of social injustice is all pointing in one clear direction: Word that will come very soon -- maybe this week, maybe next, most likely on the coldest rainy or snowy day in the forecast -- that Officer Wilson will not face charges.

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

BP rests its case in Gulf spill trial's barrel-counting segment

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Oct. 21, 2013 edition.) Phase Two of the Macondo spill trial ended Friday in U.S. Distri...

Progressives Call For Republican Leaders To Be Arrested For Sedition

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

The 16-day shutdown of the federal government has finally come to an end, but many Americans are still furious about what they perceive as a GOP-spons...

On the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Act Quickly to Protect Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The stakes are high: Until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act, voters will likely face a variety of voting suppression attacks within their state, local and county jurisdictions as new election laws are passed.

Halliburton In Settlement Talks To Control Its Macondo Cement Liabilities

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.27.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 29, 2013 edition.) Houston-based Halliburton Co. is in talks to settle private clai...

Aaron Swartz and the Questions That None Dare Ask Obama

Will Bunch | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

Swartz's persecution can't be passed off as an isolated incident. Instead, it feels more like the exclamation point on an administration whose commitment to maintaining secrecy, blocking transparency, limiting the flow of information and squelching dissent has been both unexpected and shocking.

Money Launderers and Corporate Bribers Must Be Brought to Justice

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The punishment needs to fit the crime, but are some giant multinational corporations now so large that they no longer can be punished effectively?

Justice Department Targets Tax Refund Thiefs

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business

* Federal prosecutors gain new authority for criminal tax cases * Effort focuses on ID theft for tax refunds WASHINGTON...

Bank Pays Big Time To Settle Claims It Violated Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business

* ING moved $1.6 bln illegally through U.S. bank system * Bank is the 4th to settle probe of sanctions violations * Sett...

Judge Rules Billionaire Can't Blame Bank For His Own Tax Evasion

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business

* Judge dismisses case a month before trial * Former client tried to blame Swiss bank By Lynnley Browning ...

America's Justice System Has Failed Us All

Conrad Black | Posted 01.24.2012 | Crime
Conrad Black

The unfairness, hypocrisy, and barbarism of the American criminal justice system is increasingly the subject of serious comment. Indeed, almost everything about the American system is wrong.

Alabama Attorney General Rebuffs Fed's "Express Authority" In School Immigrant Probe

Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

In the latest of a series of sparring letters between the U.S. Justice Department and Alabama over educational issues surrounding the state's new immi...

Suburban School District To Pay Back Muslim Teacher Denied Hajj Leave

Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago school district sued by the U.S. Justice Department over their previous refusal to allow a Muslim teacher to take a pilgrimage to M...

Ex-Banker Charged With Helping Wealthy Americans Evade Taxes

Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Lynnley Browning) - A former senior UBS private banker was indicted by the United States Tuesday for selling offshore tax-evasion se...

Shell, Panalpina Near Settlement In Bribery Case, Sources Say

Wall Street Journal | Kara Scannell And Thomas Catan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A big Swiss shipping and logistics company and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of its customers, are close to settling foreign-bribery charges stemming fr...

How the Broken Public Defense System Exacerbates Racial Disparities

Elizabeth Renter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Renter

It seems that under the current disjointed system, equal protection under the law and due process are only accessible to those who can afford a private attorney.