Crime & Law Enforcement

President Obama Signs Renewal of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act

March 7, 2013

“The new bill extends coverage to women of Native American tribal lands who are attacked by non-tribal residents, as well as immigrants, gays and lesbians.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): Prosecute Banks That Launder Drug Money

March 7, 2013

“Regulators fined the company $1.9 billion over the laundering, but Warren questioned why no criminal prosecutions were aimed at the company or its employees.”

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Increase Punishments Against Gun “Straw Purchases”

March 7, 2013

“But looming votes on the controversial assault weapons ban, prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on gun sales will draw strong opposition from GOP senators and will likely be delayed until next week.”

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FBI Monitoring State Investigation Into Brutal Murder of Openly-Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate

March 6, 2013

““The FBI is aware of the case, has been monitoring the state investigation, and will assess evidence to determine whether federal prosecution is appropriate,” FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Wednesday in a statement.”

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U.S. Department of Education Opens Investigation Into UNC’s Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

March 6, 2013

“Their complaint accuses UNC-Chapel Hill of under-reporting sexual assault cases for 2010 in an annual report to the federal government on campus crime. It also alleged that campus officials allowed a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assault.”

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Records: Mental Health Treatment Budget Cuts Forcing Patients Into Prisons Instead of Hospitals

March 5, 2013

“Police say with few mental health beds available at state facilities, they have no choice but to leave the fate of people like Terrence Wooten to the criminal justice system.”

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George Zimmerman’s Attorneys Decide to Skip April’s “Stand Your Ground Law” Hearing

March 5, 2013

“But Zimmerman’s legal team also risked the possibility that the judge would reject the motion and the hearing would give prosecutors an opportunity to pick apart Zimmerman’s testimony.”

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Family: Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Beaten, Dragged, and Set on Fire in Clarksdale, Mississippi

March 5, 2013

“His family went on to say in the statement that McMillian shared with them before his death that he was concerned about his safety, and that they want a “full and thorough” investigation into his murder.”

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Private First Class Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Providing Secret Documents to WikiLeaks

February 28, 2013

“”The U.S. Army private accused of providing secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty on Thursday to misusing classified material he felt “should become public,” but denied the top charge of aiding the enemy.”

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Analysis: Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Effort Making Significant Waves

February 28, 2013

“The Mexican president is preparing to launch a series of ambitious measures that aim to overhaul taxes, open up state oil giant Pemex to more private capital and ease tycoon Carlos Slim’s tight grip on Mexico’s telecommunications industry.”

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Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office Report: Understaffed SVU Routinely Discarded Cases

February 28, 2013

“The report indicates that MCSO received funding to help with the child sex crime investigations but diverted those funds and personnel to other areas.”

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Field Research Poll: 54% of Californians Support Marijuana Legalization

February 28, 2013

“The poll finds greater than seven in ten voters (72%) backing the state’s existing medical marijuana law. Two in three (67%) oppose federal government efforts to crack down on businesses attempting to sell marijuana for medicinal purposes.”

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Mexico Arrests Head of Teachers’ Union For Embezzling $200 Million From Union Funds

February 27, 2013

“Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she embezzled about $200 million from union funds.”

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2 Santa Cruz, California, Police Officers Killed in Shootout

February 26, 2013

“A second shooting erupted on Doyle Street at 4 p.m. when law enforcement officers unleashed a hail of bullets on the suspected shooter. The suspect was killed.”

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Federal Inmate Kills Prison Guard at a Federal Prison in Northeastern Pennsylvania

February 26, 2013

“An inmate using a homemade weapon assaulted and killed a guard at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania, the first fatal attack on a federal corrections officer in nearly five years, officials said Tuesday.”

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