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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 3-8-2021)


Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk "Doorbell cameras have become a powerful tool for police investigators. But law enforcement officials are grappling with how the systems can ‘be used against us.’"


I Don’t Trust Police Testimony. Can I Lie to Get on a Jury? "The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on how far one should go to participate in the judicial process."


How Cash Bail Reform Could Change The Criminal Justice System What happens when people can't post cash bail? They're stuck in jail. For months. In some cases, years, before they ever get to trial. Recently, Illinois became the first state to eliminate cash bail. What kind of system should states have instead?”


The Movement to Decriminalize Psilocybin, Explained "Psilocybin reform is an important development for at least two reasons. First, psilocybin is a promising compound that, if studied and used appropriately, can provide benefits to many. Second, psilocybin reform may spur a radical rethinking of the prohibition on other Schedule I substances, and can thus be a catalyst toward ending the racist and draconian War on Drugs."


Cracks in a Legal Shield for Officers’ Misconduct "The Supreme Court has hinted that it is ready to trim the doctrine of qualified immunity, which makes it difficult to sue government officials for violence and cruelty."


Michigan Trooper Is Charged After Setting Dog on Man for Nearly 4 Minutes "The man, who the authorities said sustained several bite injuries, can be heard in dash camera footage pleading with Trooper Parker Surbrook to pull the dog off him."


Michigan Supreme Court overturns child abuse conviction — more than 15 years later "Ceasor, who was convicted of child abuse in 2005, was accused of shaking his girlfriend's 16-month-old son and causing injuries. Testimony from a prosecution expert was unrebutted."


Minneapolis Prepares for George Floyd Trial with 2,000 National Guard Soldiers "With jury selection set to begin Monday, Minneapolis is bracing for the landmark trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death, reports the Washington Post. The judge is considering a last-minute addition of a third-degree murder charge that would give prosecutors another avenue for conviction, but with a shorter prison term."





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