Monday, September 12, 2011

Days before execution, doubts still exist in Troy Davis case

On his show Politics Nation, MSNBC's Al Sharpton discussed the Troy Davis case and concerns raised in a case that some feel will result in the death of an innocent man. Mr. Davis was convicted for the 1989 killing of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. As the following clip demonstrates, questions and doubts surrounding the credibility of witness testimony has led some to believe that executing Mr. Davis would be a tragic injustice.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

WNYC report investigates increased arrests due to stop-and-frisk, potential for illegal search

New York - WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" discusses an increase in marijuana arrests and delves into the City's stop-and-frisk policy. In this interview, WNYC addresses whether there is an increase in illegal searches as well.

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Stop-and-frisk refers to the authority police officers have to conduct a weapon's search of an individual's outer clothing in the event that officer reasonably believes he is dealing with a person who is presently armed and dangerous.

The stop-and-frisk policy stems from a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). In that case, the court held that there is no violation the 4th Amendment protection against illegal searches and seizures where an officer, acting under a reasonable suspicion that there may be criminal activity and that the individual involved is presently armed and dangerous, conducts a limited search of the outer clothing for weapons.

Despite the stated purpose of a weapons search, the WNYC report suggests that the most common arrests stemming from stop-and-frisk searches are actually low level marijuana offenses, not unlawful weapons possession. So why the disconnect?

The Brian Lehrer Show discusses this in the following interview. Here it is in its entirety, reported by WNYC's Alisa Chang:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

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