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US Justice Department to Look Into Racial Bias in Law Enforcement: Reports

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By: Reuters

The US Justice Department is launching a study into racial bias in law enforcement structures in five American cities, to be selected later, US Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in an interview with the Associated Press.

“What I saw in Ferguson confirmed for me that the need for such an effort was pretty clear,” Holder said Tuesday.

The attorney general noted that the three-year project, which will involve training, data analysis and interviews with community residents, could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement and the communities that they serve.” Read the rest of this entry »

Federal judge declares mistrial in Patti LaBelle case because there are no black jurors

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By: Martha Neil

A federal jury on Monday was about to begin hearing a civil case filed against soul singer Patti LaBelle and others over an alleged unprovoked beating of a West Point military academy cadet by her bodyguards. But then the judge overseeing the Houston case called a halt.

Although he wasn’t accusing the lawyers involved of doing anything wrong, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison said, there were no blacks on the jury. So, after lawyers for both sides agreed, he declared a mistrial and scheduled a second jury selection to begin on Tuesday, according to theHouston Chronicle and KPRC. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Man Killed By Police In Utah Was Reportedly Carrying A Toy Sword

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By: Nicole Flatow

On Wednesday, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot dead by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

For three days, police said nothing about the cause of the shooting while witnesses reported that he was running away as officers shot outside a Panda Express. On Saturday, police issued a brief statement saying he lunged at them with a sword. But Hunt’s lawyersays an independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot in the back and not in the front, and his mother Susan Hunt says the “sword” was a blunt-edged vanity version of a Japanese “Katana” sword he bought at an Asian gift shop. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Depot confirms data breach

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By: Martha Neil

Home Depot confirmed Monday that the store had suffered a data breach that could affect customers who used a debit card or a credit card at some 2,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA to end challenge of law giving state officials control of $60M Penn State fine in Sandusky case

By: Martha Neil

The governing body of college sports has decided to try to bow out of litigation challenging the validity of a 2013 state law that requires state officials to oversee the expenditure of $60 million in sanctions levied by the National College Athletic Association against Pennsylvania State University. The fine concerned the institution’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

With ‘eye-popping speed,’ 7th Circuit strikes 2 states’ same-sex marriage bans 9 days after argument

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By: Martha Neil

Acting with what USA Today describes as “eye-popping speed,” a Chicago-based federal appeals court on Thursday struck same-sex marriage bans in two states only nine days after hearing oral arguments.

Joining with federal appeals courts that have declared bans on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia to be unconstitutional and affirming rulings by trial-court judges in Indiana and Wisconsin, a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that similar prohibitions in those two Midwestern states violate equal protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Dick Cheney’s unedited bio stirs controversy among Wyoming lawyers

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By: Debra Cassens Weiss

The Wyoming State Bar is reconsidering its policy of running unedited biographies for meeting speakers amid a controversy spurred by the upcoming appearance of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The bar used an unedited Cheney bio that criticized President Obama in its registration materials for next week’s annual meeting, report the Associated Press and TPM Livewire. Read the rest of this entry »

7th Circuit upholds Indiana right-to-work law barring mandatory union dues

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A federal appeals court has upheld an Indiana law that bars mandatory union membership and dues.

The 2-1 decision by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Indiana right-to-work law didn’t violate the U.S. Constitution and was not pre-empted by federal labor law, report Bloomberg News, Reuters and theAssociated Press. How Appealing notes the news coverage and links to the decision.

A challenge under the Indiana Constitution is pending before the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Indiana law bars anyone from conditioning employment on joining a union, paying union dues or paying an equivalent amount to charity. Read the rest of this entry »

Archbishop drops lawsuit against satanist group after leader agrees to return consecrated host

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By: Martha Neil

Updated: A Roman Catholic archbishop in Oklahoma City is dropping a lawsuit he filed against a satanist group contending it was in unauthorized possession of a consecrated Eucharistic host. The group had planned to use the blessed bread wafer in a “black Mass” scheduled for next month.

Adam Daniels, who is head of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, told the Wall Street Journal Law Blog on Thursday that he would return the wafer if Archbishop Paul Coakley would drop the lawsuit. “Once the Catholic Church has dropped the lawsuit, they can collect it from my attorney,” he said. “I don’t feel like wasting thousands of dollars fighting over a cookie.” Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Jury To Be Convened In Eric Garner Death Case

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By: Simon McCormack

Supporters of a man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer got one step closer to seeing charges brought against the man they say killed the father of six.

The Staten Island Advance reports:

After a “careful” review of the evidence, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday that he will convene a special grand jury to determine whether to levy charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of [Eric Garner's] death to a Richmond County Grand Jury,” a statement released by Donovan’s office reads. “Yesterday, the Court granted my application for the impaneling of an additional Grand Jury and I intend to utilize that Grand Jury sometime next month to begin presenting evidence on this matter.”

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