Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For more than a year, Susan Holmes has waged a lonely fight against authorities over the police-shooting death of her son, Jeremy Holmes, just south of the college campus where another of her children lived. She believes officers who knew Jeremy was in the midst of a mental health crisis — including one, Corporal Phil Morris, who had previously been accused, and later cleared, in an alleged brutality incident — unnecessarily escalated a situation that could have been resolved peacefully, and is upset that officials refuse to release ancillary video that she believes proves her point. Westword has the story.
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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The lawyer for Burke Ramsey, brother of JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered on Christmas Day 1996, believes that a subpoena issued for former District Attorney Alex Hunter won’t do anything to exonerate CBS in a $750 million lawsuit filed by Burke in December 2016.
To the contrary, Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood thinks that Hunter’s deposition would only undermine the assertion in the CBS program The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey that Burke killed his sister when he was nine and she was six, which he characterizes as both defamatory and utterly unsupported by facts. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: College student Michaella Surat was found guilty of two misdemeanors in an incident during which she was body-slammed to the ground by a police officer. But her attorney says the cop will be the one on trial next, as part of an excessive force lawsuit — one of three he plans to file against the department. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit argues that a coverup tainted the investigation into the March 2013 murder of Colorado prisons boss Tom Clements, and after the plaintiff, former sheriff’s office commander Juan San Agustin, spoke out about it, he was indicted in retaliation as part of the scandal that surrounded his boss, Sheriff Terry Maketa. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The video showing the fatal shooting of Steven Nguyen by three police officers is disturbing in the extreme, and after watching it, many viewers will question whether the gun-down was necessary even though a prosecutor has determined that it was legally justified. But the footage is important beyond the facts of the case, which involve mistaken identity; the officers weren’t originally seeking Nguyen, but someone else entirely. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court has agreed to hear a bizarre case that combines jury nullification, juror tampering and a grisly murder that left five people dead. And one of its main protagonists is a man known for appearing in public with an oversized hand flipping a bird emblazoned with the slogan “Fuck Cops.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Pam Fine, who filed a lawsuit last year over abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of Joe Tumpkin, a former assistant football coach at a major college, has launched a Change.org petition decrying the possibility that he will be offered a misdemeanor plea deal that she characterizes as a wrist slap. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: In many places, a killer clown display outside a costume store in the weeks before Halloween wouldn’t seem strange. But the one decorating a Spirit outlet is located just on the same block where a shocking murder involving a killer wearing clown-like makeup took place just over a year ago. Westword has the story.