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City Municipal ID Cards In Chicago Would Benefit More Than Undocumented Groups

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:24:14 -0400

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia talks about the city of Chicago's new municipal ID cards which will be accessible to residents who lack documentation for living there.

Murder Video Again Raises Questions About How Facebook Handles Content

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:48:00 -0400

A murder video uploaded to Facebook brought attention to how the company monitors upsetting content. Artificial intelligence may be a solution, but experts say it could bring unwanted results.

Justice Department Warns 'Sanctuary Cities,' With Grant Money At Risk

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Justice Department officials are demanding proof that cities receiving millions in law enforcement grants are complying with federal immigration law.

Arkansas Carries Out First Execution Since 2005

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:08:25 -0400

Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee, who was convicted of murdering a woman in 1993. The execution came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection.

Arkansas Supreme Court Approves Execution Of 1 Death Row Inmate

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:20:00 -0400

The Arkansas Supreme Court has said it won't reconsider its decision to halt the execution of Stacey Johnson.

When It Comes To Policymaking, The Rules Don't Apply To Climate Change

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

On Saturday, people from around the country will take to the streets in the March for Science. Organizers say that the point of the March is not to make science political, but to highlight the reality of science to politicians, as a guide in policymaking, in which science is an uncharted issue.

Lawyer Behind West Virginia County Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Pharmaceutical distributors — the middle men in the opioid epidemic — have already been paying out millions to federal and state law enforcement officials for the companies' role in the crisis. But a new front in the legal battle against opioids has opened. One personal injury lawyer in small-town West Virginia has come up with a creative legal theory to go after these distributors so that small, ravaged communities can collect too.

Press Descends On Arkansas Where Executions Are Held In Legal Suspense

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The state of Arkansas will try again to execute two men Thursday night — if the courts clear the way. The state had hoped to put eight men to death before the end of the month.

Leader Of Justice Department National Security Division On The Way Out

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:23:00 -0400

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord told staff this week she is leaving to pursue other opportunities. McCord has led the probe into Russian election meddling.

Arkansas Conducts First Execution In Years After U.S. Supreme Court Clears Path

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:23:00 -0400

Early Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied requests to halt the execution of Ledell Lee. His execution was the first in Arkansas in almost 12 years.

Arkansas Faces More Legal Roadblocks To Planned Executions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Arkansas suffered more legal setbacks in its bid to execute prisoners this month. The state Supreme Court spared an inmate, and a judge ruled against the use of one of the drugs for lethal injection.

In Church-State Playground Brawl, Justices Lean Toward The Church

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:14:00 -0400

At Wednesday's oral arguments, a clear majority of justices seemed troubled by a Missouri policy that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvements.

Trump's Wiretap Tweets Bring Lawsuit Seeking Proof

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:24:00 -0400

American Oversight, a watchdog group that includes former Obama administration lawyers, is using the Freedom of Information Act to keep tabs on the Trump administration's agencies.

Massachusetts Prosecutors Move To Dismiss Thousands Of Tainted Drug Cases

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Prosecutors in Massachusetts have a court imposed deadline this week to decide how many cases they will dismiss because of a drug lab scandal that potentially tainted 24,000 criminal cases. They estimate that fewer than 1,000 cases will be re-prosecuted. The scandal involved a former state chemist found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Los Angeles Police Institute De-Escalation Policy To Avoid Shootings

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center of Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, about the decision by the Los Angeles Police Commission to require officers to try to de-escalate tensions before they shoot.