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Justice for Mercedes

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On May 15, 2017
Joshua Vallum has been sentenced for the murder of Mercedes Williamson. A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 49 years in prison for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender person. A federal judge on Monday sentenced Joshua Vallum, who had previously been sentenced to life without […]

The Shield

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On January 30, 2016

Slow weekend? Have some depravity. The police officer who shot and killed teenager Quintonio LeGrier on the day after Christmas will sue LeGrier’s estate. […] Rialmo’s attorney Joel Brodsky

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I’m not excusing what Dr. Charles Friedgood did, but it seems to me that it’s well past time to let him out of prison. It’s also worth noting (as the article does), that there is a class action suit pending against the state Parole Board for its universal no-parole policy for violent offenders, at least […]
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In Daniel Lazare‘s smart and biting review of books about America’s incarceration culture, appearing in last week’s Nation, he highlights an incendiary argument from Marie Gottschalk’s book, The Prison and the Gallows (which I have not yet read but which is on my Amazon wishlist. Hint hint). Here’s Lazare’s take on Gottschalk: Gottschalk’s assault on […]
…But apparently, in Hollywood, pregnant is the new super-thin and going to jail because of an act linked to a drug addiction, well that’s just what everyone is doing (Lohan, most prominently and publicly). Doing pregnancy and jail together, as Nicole Richie is about to, now that’s just plain trendsetting. Or so says HuffPo’s Verena […]
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