By: Ian Millhiser
A Republican official in the county that includes Colorado State University reportedly threatened to confiscate copies of a student newspaper that were available in newspaper racks at the university’s student center because she claimed that they violate a state law prohibiting “electioneering . . . within one hundred feet of any building in which a polling location is located.” Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers objected to the newspapers because of their front page coverage of Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-CO) visit to the university’s campus. Continue reading
By: Nicole Flatow
New York State agreed to a settlement Tuesday that the New York Civil Liberties Union called “historic” for improving the abysmal access to lawyers available to indigent criminal defendants.
At the very least, the settlement will put the onus on the state to make sure it is meeting the constitutional requirement that lawyers show up for the very first and seminal stage of a criminal case: arraignment. It aspires to do much more, including ensure that every criminal defendant gets actual, substantive representation, rather than a “warm body and a law degree” as one lawyer described the state of public defense last year. Continue reading
By: Igor Volsky
Police in Ottawa, Canada confirmed three separate shooting incidents on Wednesday morning near the Canadian Parliament, killing one soldier. An Ottawa hospital reported receiving three patients, two of whom are in stable condition.
Authorities quickly locked down the areas surrounding downtown Ottawa, barricaded lawmakers inside their offices, and asked people to stay inside downtown buildings. At least one alleged gunman is dead and police officers are still searching for “one, perhaps more” gunmen. Continue reading
By: Ian Millhiser
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed a law on Tuesday that would strip many Pennsylvanians of much of their First Amendment rights if it is upheld by the courts. The law permits victims of “a personal injury crime” to sue the perpetrator of the crime if that offender “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.” Under the law, “the term ‘conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim’ includes conduct which causes a temporary or permanent state of mental anguish.” Continue reading
By: Travis Gettys
An Alabama police officer was arrested on rape charges less than two weeks after his arrest on child sex abuse charges.
Joshua Herbinger, a crime scene technician with the Birmingham Police Department, was charged Monday with first-degree rape in a case involving an adult woman, reported AL.com. Continue reading