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:

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trucking companies to pay $10 million in racial harassment settlement

A large settlement is being reported in a discrimination case out of Chicago. The case involves two trucking companies that are accused of harboring a hostile working environment against its African-American employees.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

DOJ indicts female PA resident in conspiracy terror plot



A recent indictment from the Department of Justice challenges presumptions regarding the assumed profile of international terrorism. The suspect, "Jihad Jane," is not a young Arab male from the Middle East, but a middle-aged White American female from Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

EEOC sues North Carolina company for racial harassment



The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a North Carolina party rental company on allegations of racial harassment of African-American employees. The company is accused of ignoring complaints that African-American employees were subjected to a hostile working environment, which included racial taunts, epithets and the use of the "N-word."

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Supreme Court ruling expected to have major impact on U.S. elections



In a 5-4 ideologically split decision, the United States Supreme Court found free speech protections for corporate financing in electoral politics. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has sent shockwaves through the nation as many critics feel the decision will ultimately undermine democratic principles and give corporations too much influence in elections.

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