Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Scarcely eighteen months after state prison authorities began distributing 19,000 “free” electronic tablets to state prisoners, the devices have been confiscated and the services they provided suspended. A Department of Corrections spokesman blamed “unforeseen security issues” for the disruption of the program. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The story of the FBI agent who accidentally shot someone while executing a backflip at a big city club went national with the speed of social media, and plenty of folks on Twitter quickly made sport of the bizarre situation. But now, as witnessed by a hilarious segment on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the professionals have gotten involved. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: “Most of the time, officers follow their training and handle things in a proper, professional manner,” acknowledges Jim Scherer, attorney for Cody Cox, who was paralyzed for life in a police shooting. “But occasionally, these things occur — and I believe there can be a tendency for people to give the officer more of a benefit of the doubt in these circumstances than perhaps they should be entitled to.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: When it came time for his video interview, accused shooter Armando Durete refused to answer questions, but he asked one: He said that Nickie Rico, who’d been shot twice and was later arrested, too, was his brother and he wanted to know how he was doing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Last November, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem opened fire in a suburban Walmart, killing three people and terrifying more than forty others. The prosecutor in the case said he was thinking about seeking the death penalty in the case when Ostrem’s lawyers asked if he’d take it off capital punishment off the table in exchange for guilty pleas. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A mistrial was declared in the case of Noe Gamez-Ruiz, a commercial truck driver charged with criminally negligent homicide for a November 2016 accident that killed State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue. Now, political insiders are speculating that the way the proceedings were short-circuited — the judge took action after defense complaints that prosecutors withheld relevant evidence — could impact a big political race. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Activist Laura Carno provides the details of a three-day class to instruct teachers, administrators and other school personnel interested in carrying a gun on the job how to stop an active shooter. The idea of armed teachers in classrooms remains controversial, but Carno sees the concept as common sense, pure and simple. She explains why here. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: According to attorney Iris Etyan, her state has been warehousing the mentally ill in jails for months at a time without bothering to evaluate their condition or ordering any treatment that might help them. Even worse, she says, the situation has dragged on for years. Westword has the story.