At 14, He Fired a Fatal Shot. At 18, He Was Finally Sentenced.

Aaron Nathaniel Jr., who was only 14 when he killed Timi Oyebola, 16, was sentenced after delays that frustrated families on both sides.

#brooklyn-nyc, #brownsville-brooklyn-ny, #children-and-childhood, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

Drug Sentencing Bill Is in Limbo as Midterm Politics Paralyze Congress

A broadly supported bipartisan measure to eliminate a racial disparity in drug sentencing faces a difficult road as Republicans seek to weaponize the issue of crime against Democrats.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

The president said he would commute the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and issue three pardons, part of what aides described as a broader strategy to overhaul the criminal justice system.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j

The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light.

We don’t need to keep everyone in prison forever.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #connecticut, #criminal-justice, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal

The G.O.P.’s Misleading Attack on Judge Jackson

How Republicans used a specious attack to portray her as soft on child sex abuse.

#breyer-stephen-g, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #computers-and-the-internet, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #republican-party, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

Rap Lyrics Are Sending People to Prison

Rap songs are increasingly showing up as evidence in criminal trials.

#black-people, #decisions-and-verdicts, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #racine-wis, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sentences-criminal

On Eve of Confirmation Hearings, G.O.P. Steps Up Attacks on Jackson

The White House and Democrats have pushed back hard against new claims that the judge was overly lenient in certain cases, calling them a smear.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #durbin-richard-j, #federal-courts-us, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-sentencing-commission

Jussie Smollett Is Sentenced to Jail for False Report of a Hate Crime

The actor was sentenced to five months in jail after being convicted last year of filing a false police report that said he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #empire-tv-program, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #linn-james-b, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #sentences-criminal, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

Kim Potter Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Killing Daunte Wright

Ms. Potter fatally shot Mr. Wright after drawing her gun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop near Minneapolis.

#brooklyn-center-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #potter-kimberly-a-1973, #sentences-criminal, #stun-guns, #wright-daunte-d-2021

Ex-Casino Executive Gets 1 Year and 1 Day in Prison in College Admissions Scheme

The sentence for Gamal Abdelaziz, 64, of Las Vegas, was the longest yet in the continuing federal prosecution known as Operation Varsity Blues.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #basketball-college, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #huffman-felicity, #interscholastic-athletics, #loughlin-lori, #sentences-criminal, #singer-william-1960, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959, #wynn-resorts-ltd

Black Woman’s Bid to Regain Voting Rights Ends With a 6-Year Prison Sentence

Missteps by various officials put a Tennessee woman on a collision course with the law. Supporters say the sentence underscores racial disparities in voter fraud cases.

#black-people, #campaign-legal-center, #elections-district-attorneys, #ex-convicts, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #naacp-legal-defense-fund, #sentences-criminal, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #ward-w-mark

How a Plea Deal in the Arbery Hate Crime Case Unraveled

Prosecutors thought they had come up with an iron-clad deal to put Ahmaud Arbery’s killers away. But for his family, it wasn’t enough.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #decisions-and-verdicts, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #sentences-criminal

Man Who Planted Razor Blades in Pizza Dough Gets 5 Years in Prison

No one was reported injured, but prosecutors say that the recall prompted by Nicholas Mitchell’s tampering resulted in nearly $230,000 in losses to a Maine-based supermarket chain.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #maine, #new-hampshire, #nicholas-mitchell, #pizza, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #sentences-criminal, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

A Man Pled Guilty to Sexual Attacks on 4 Teens. He Wasn’t Given Jail Time.

The judge who sentenced the man, Christopher Belter, said that he had “agonized” over the decision but that incarceration wasn’t “appropriate.”

#belter-christopher, #lewiston-ny, #murphy-matthew-j-iii, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes

Illinois Should Reinstate Parole

An unusual debate at a maximum-security prison in Illinois led to a proposal for reform that the state legislature can pass right now. 

#illinois, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

A Taste for Pangolin Meat and the Fall of an African Wildlife Cartel

Yunhua Lin and associates had turned Malawi into an ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scale trafficking hub. His prison sentence could aid the fight against poaching.

#conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #ivory, #lin-yunhua, #malawi, #pangolins, #rhinoceroses, #sentences-criminal, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Robert Durst Sentenced to Life in Prison for Friend’s Murder

A jury found that Mr. Durst, subject of HBO’s “The Jinx,” killed a longtime friend in 2000 because of what she knew about his wife’s disappearance nearly 40 years ago.

#berman-susan-1945-2000, #california, #durst-kathleen-a, #durst-robert-a, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sentences-criminal

Jarrod Ramos Sentenced to Five Life Terms in Capital Gazette Attack

Jarrod W. Ramos had pleaded guilty to murder charges in one of the deadliest attacks on American journalists. In July, a jury found him criminally responsible for the 2018 shooting in Maryland’s capital.

#annapolis-md, #capital-gazette, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ramos-jarrod-w, #sentences-criminal

Governors Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Making Clemency Decisions

Gov. Hochul has a rare opportunity transform the clemency process.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hochul-kathleen-c, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #sullivan-correctional-facility

Biden Considers Clemency for Some Drug Offenders in Home Confinement

Biden officials are exploring what should be done with inmates in home confinement whenever the pandemic emergency ends.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prisoners Sent Home Because of Covid May Have to Go Back

Criminal justice advocates say the pandemic offers a case study for a different type of punitive system in America, one that relies far less on incarceration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Derek Chauvin to Be Sentenced Today for Murder of George Floyd

Mr. Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, may choose to speak at his hearing. He could face decades in prison.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sentences-criminal

Los Angeles Just Elected a Liberal D.A. He’s Already Facing a Recall Effort.

George Gascón is facing an intense backlash for enacting the sorts of policies demanded by protesters after the killing of George Floyd.

#california, #criminal-justice, #gascon-george, #los-angeles-calif, #sentences-criminal

Why Life Without Parole Isn’t Making Us Any Safer

Excessive prison sentences waste taxpayers’ money and harm families.

#louisiana-state-penitentiary, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #time-movie

A Film Tries to Make a Difference for Domestic Violence Survivors

“And So I Stayed” examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.

#and-so-i-stayed-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #domestic-violence, #law-and-legislation, #nelson-daniel-a-filmmaker, #pattillo-natalie, #sentences-criminal, #women-and-girls

Mark Hauser Sentenced to Two Months in College Admissions Scandal

Lawyers for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli said Mark Hauser, a private equity executive, recommended the services of a central figure in the admissions scandal.

#act-examination, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #edge-college-and-career-network, #frauds-and-swindling, #giannulli-mossimo, #loughlin-lori, #mark-hauser, #riddell-mark-1982, #sentences-criminal, #singer-william-1960

Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Activists Face Jail and Cynicism

Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.

#china, #chow-yong-kang-alex-1990, #chow-agnes-1996, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ex-convicts, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lam-ivan, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #wong-joshua-1996, #youth

Former Penn State President Will Serve 2 Months in Jail in Child Abuse Scandal

Graham B. Spanier, who was found guilty in 2017 of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, must report to prison on July 9.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #paterno-joe, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-university, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sandusky-jerry, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes, #spanier-graham-b

Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice

As a senator, he backed legislation that led to mass incarceration and long drug sentences. Now his administration is signaling that he could use clemency to address inequities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Chauvin May Face Longer Sentence Over ‘Cruel’ Actions and Abuse of Power

Because the judge ruled there were aggravating factors in the murder of George Floyd, he is allowed to sentence Derek Chauvin to up to double the 15-year state guideline.

#cahill-peter-anthony, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sentences-criminal

Chauvin May Face Longer Sentence for Murder of George Floyd

Because the judge ruled there were aggravating factors in the murder of George Floyd, he is allowed to sentence Derek Chauvin to up to double the 15-year state guideline.

#cahill-peter-anthony, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sentences-criminal

Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

Among the thousands who have died in prisons and jails from the coronavirus were dozens of people approved for parole or not convicted of a charge for which they were arrested.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deaths-fatalities, #probation-and-parole, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sentences-criminal

Stop the Executions, President Biden

Virginia’s move to end the death penalty was a welcome step. The administration can do more.

#capital-punishment, #death-penalty-information-center, #northam-ralph-s, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #virginia

Access, Influence and Pardons: How a Set of Allies Shaped Trump’s Choices

A loose collection of well-connected groups and individuals led by a pair of Orthodox Jewish organizations had striking success in winning clemency for white-collar criminals during the Trump presidency.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #chabad-lubavitch, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #friedler-ariel, #jews-and-judaism, #justice-department, #kushner-charles, #kushner-jared, #lipskar-sholom-d, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #orthodox-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rubashkin-sholom, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #silver-sheldon, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weinstein-eliyahu

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Is Freed in Iran but Faces New Court Date

The British-Iranian woman has been detained in Tehran for five years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, accusations that her family and supporters say are baseless.

#great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Russian Court Ruling Clears the Way to Send Navalny to a Penal Colony

The fate of Aleksei Navalny, the most vocal opponent of President Vladimir V. Putin, remains unclear, however. He could be held in a high-security prison in Moscow for other pending legal matters.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #russia, #sentences-criminal

Lukashenko Jails 2 Journalists in Belarus for Covering Protests

After crushing mass demonstrations calling for his ouster, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has engaged in a broad crackdown on dissent and stepped up retaliation against critics.

#andreeva-catarina, #belarus, #chulcova-darja, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #sentences-criminal

Boeing Reaches $2.5 Billion 737 Max Settlement with U.S.

The company agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department.

#boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #sentences-criminal

Vietnam Imprisons 3 Journalists Amid Broader Attack on Speech

The sentences are the latest crackdown on dissent in the one-party state, as the ruling Communist Party prepares for an important political conclave.

#freedom-of-the-press, #le-huu-minh-tuan, #news-and-news-media, #nguyen-tuong-thuy, #pham-chi-dung, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #vietnam

Loujain al-Halthloul, Saudi Rights Activist, Gets Prison Sentence

Loujain al-Hathloul, who was arrested just before the driving ban was lifted, was charged with undermining the kingdom in a case that supporters decried as a political persecution.

#hathloul-loujain-al, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chabad-lubavitch, #criminal-justice, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #philanthropy, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Family of U.S. Student Jailed for Quarantine Violation Pleads for Her Release

“She’s pretty hysterical right now,” said the grandmother of the 18-year-old student, Skylar Mack, who broke quarantine in the Cayman Islands.

#cayman-islands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgia, #grand-cayman-cayman-islands, #mercer-university, #quarantines, #roger-chapple, #sentences-criminal, #skylar-mack, #trump-donald-j

It Was a Landmark Crime Bill. Then a State Senator Added a Special Favor.

The clause to weaken penalties for official misconduct in New Jersey was added by a powerful Democrat whose girlfriend’s son faces five years in prison.

#criminal-justice, #grewal-gurbir-s, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures, #stier-edwin-h

D.C. Passes Bill to Give Young Offenders Chance at Reduced Sentences

Fueled by a debate over when the justice system should consider young people adults, the legislation would apply to those under 25 when they committed a crime who have served at least 15 years.

#bowser-muriel-e, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #justice-department, #juvenile-delinquency, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #washington-dc, #youth

Arizona Man Who Conspired to Threaten Journalists Gets 16 Months in Prison

Johnny Roman Garza, 21, working with a neo-Nazi group, researched home addresses for potential targets and put up a threatening poster at the home of a journalist, prosecutors said.

#anti-semitism, #black-people, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #garza-johnny-roman, #jews-and-judaism, #neo-nazi-groups, #sentences-criminal, #washington-state

‘Like a Cattle Yard’: How Justice Is Delivered in Australia’s Bush Courts

In some remote Aboriginal communities, judges and lawyers arrive by plane and handle dozens of cases in a single day. Critics say language barriers and the rapid pace infringe on human rights.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #indigenous-australians, #northern-territory-australia, #sentences-criminal

Turkey Jails Hundreds for Life Over 2016 Coup Attempt

Those accused of being ringleaders were among the many sentenced in one of the most important mass trials relating to the plot.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #decisions-and-verdicts, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #turkey

2,258 N.J. Prisoners Will Be Released in a Single Day

By March, officials expect to have reduced the state’s prison population by about 35 percent since the start of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #disease-rates, #ex-convicts, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

#collins-susan-m, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #muscara-suzanne, #postal-service-us, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

Nxivm Cult: Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced to 120 Years

In the courtroom, more than a dozen victims gave wrenching testimony about how he manipulated and sexually abused them.

#new-york-city, #nxivm, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #raniere-keith, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls