Cops & Courts

3:38pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

Commentary: UC Berkeley sex soliciting

A little over a year ago, UC Berkeley police arrested a university lecturer on campus for allegedly soliciting lewd acts in a campus bathroom.  He’s suing citing sexual discrimination and invalid basis of arrest. The lecturer, who remains anonymous, retained attorney Bruce Nickerson, who says the arrest targets and threatens gay men. Holly Kernan interviewd Nickerson on Crosscurrents earlier this month.

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1:15pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

CDCR inmate dies in huger strike

Corcoran State Prison
Photo Courtesy of CDCR

A spokesperson with California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed that an inmate on a hunger strike at Corcoran State Prison died on Feb. 2 after refusing food for four days.

Gomez began fasting to protest conditions in the Administration Segregation Unit at Corcoran. Over thirty inmates housed in the isolation unit at Corcoran had also been refusing food since January for the same reason. On Feb. 13, all inmates resumed eating, according to CDCR’s spokesperson Terry Thornton. 

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10:50am

Wed February 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

"Killing the Messenger": an investigation into the death of Chauncey Bailey

In downtown Oakland, on August 2nd, 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was shot to death on the street, as he walked to work. The murder was a brazen act – committed in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. Yet the truth about who was responsible for the death of the longtime newsman – and why he died – was almost buried by a rushed criminal justice system.

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5:59pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Cops & Courts

Taking another look at eyewitness testimony

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorri37/3070359006/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Shows like CSI have taught us that a lot can be gleaned from clues left at a crime scene, and painstakingly pieced together by investigators. What they don’t often show is how fallible evidence can actually be if it’s not properly obtained. More and more, prosecutors and police are coming to question the ways in which they’ve typically done business.

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3:45pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Cops & Courts

How wrongful convictions happen

Photo by Randy OHC (http://flic.kr/p/HfnoG)

Linda Starr is the Legal Director of the Northern California Innocence Project. She spoke with KALW’s Rina Palta about the criminal justice system and what happens when it sends the wrong person to prison.

RINA PALTA: So, just to start out, tell me a little bit about the Innocence Project and how it started.

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