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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 09-14-20)

DeWine Delays Three Scheduled Executions "Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has delayed three death row inmates' 2021 executions as the state's unofficial death penalty moratorium continues."

Criminal Justice Reform Should Decriminalize Addiction, Advocates Say "Efforts to address the harms of police violence and incarceration must consider the drug war, activists and treatment professionals note, including the punitive models of treatment."

State of California vs. Kimberly Long "In 2003, Kimberly Long was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Ozzy Conde, after arriving home and discovering his body in the living room. Kimberly and her lawyer, Michelle Rogers, speak with Sonya and David to talk through the path toward her wrongful conviction, including 'tunnel vision' on the part of the police, who made egregious mistakes in examining the crime scene and evidence. And Sonya and David discuss how a person can be convicted of a crime in a US court, even when both the judge and jurors think that person is innocent."

ICE detainee in Ohio jail fears COVID as he awaits asylum case "Andrew Hango, 50, a native of Tanzania, has had a heart attack and a stroke, which make him vulnerable if he contracts COVID-19. Hango is seeking to be released from the Seneca County Jail, where immigration authorities are detaining him."

INSIGHT: It’s Time for a New Mindset in the Criminal Justice System “Criminal defense attorneys deserve major respect. They’re the essence of the essential workforce in the midst of the pandemic—physically appearing in court to advocate on behalf of society’s cast-offs, fighting for justice in a system often stacked against them and their clients.”

Convention Centers, Theaters Become State Courtrooms in Coronavirus Era "Attorneys and their clients now call into most hearings, while most residents reporting for jury duty do so by phone."

U.S. protesters are demanding police reform. Here’s what it could look like. "The U.S. has one of the highest rates of fatal shootings by police compared to other countries.  The Washington Post's Rick Noack goes inside a police training school in Oranienburg, Germany, to look at de-escalation training for officers there."

District Attorney to probe forensic lab analyst’s work after arrest "After a San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office forensic laboratory analyst was arrested last week in Utah with an evidence bag carrying methamphetamine, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said Friday his office will be taking a closer look at past cases he was involved in."

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