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New York’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy declared unconstitutional

The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City Police Department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the fourth and 14th amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos. Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at the ruling, saying, “This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing work ...

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Holder rejects mandatory minimum sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement of a set of prosecutorial reforms, including ways of avoiding mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenses, is being praised by people on both sides of the ideological aisle. “I think this will be pretty well-received whether you look at it from a social justice perspective or a fiscal perspective,” said Chris Deutsch, spokesman for the National Associat ...

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Judge sentences former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to prison

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and his wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, to prison Aug. 14, but the sentences were less than what federal prosecutors had recommended. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, who is not related to either of the Jacksons, sentenced Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., fo ...

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