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Executions, Death Penalty Verdicts Stay Near Record-Low Levels

The year-end report for 2017, recently released by the Death Penalty Information Center, shows that the 23 executions carried out in 2017 remain near a record-low level. During the last 25 years, only the 20 executions carried out in 2016 was lower. Similarly, the figure of 39 death-penalty sentences expected to be handed down by

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Weighing Prison Time for Juvenile Offenders

By Christopher Zoukis The debate on whether or not teens should be tried as adults and be locked up in adult prisons rages on on each side of the issue. Some take a more compassionate stance that young offenders deserve second chances after making big mistakes, especially if their crimes are nonviolent in nature. On

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$36,203 Jury Award in California Excessive Force Case

A federal jury awarded a South Lake Tahoe man $36,203 in a lawsuit alleging the use of excessive force by South Lake Tahoe police. The jury award came in on March 7, 2007, after a four-day trial. Rodney Ward was drinking alcohol with a friend on May 24, 2003. At about 10:00 p.m., he journeyed

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$345,000 to Police Over City’s Failure to Promote

A female police captain passed over for promotion to chief of police has prevailed in a lawsuit against the mayor and city that refused to promote her. Beverly Alexander had been with the Steele Police Department for about three years when it came time for a new police chief. Alexander, an army veteran, former private

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Criminal Cops: Tracking Crimes Committed by Police Officers

Police officers are sworn to uphold the law. When the uniform goes on, they become arbiters and enforcers of right and wrong. But a new police crime database reveals an important and often overlooked aspect of the job: Police officers are people first, cops second. And people sometimes commit crimes. The database, compiled by Philip

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$4.5 Million to Widow of Man Shot by Police

Naily Nida, the widow of Michael Nida, who was allegedly shot in the back by Downey, California police officer Steven Dean Gilley, settled a wrongful death lawsuit May 9, 2013 for $4.5 million. On October 22, 2011, Michael Nida and his wife were stopped at a gas station in Downey. While Naily pumped the gas,

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