Author Michael Roberts

william.norris.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: William Norris has filed a lawsuit against a major university, where he was a student and member of the Air Force ROTC program before being suspended in the wake of sexual-assault allegations that were later rejected by a jury. He claims that administrators violated Title IX and his right to due process, among other things, by way of what his legal team calls “a profoundly flawed and intentionally biased sexual misconduct investigation.” Westword has the story.

deportation_coverBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: It’s possible that hundreds of thousands of these kinds of warrants are out for non-criminal undocumented immigrants in the U.S. — many of whom are completely unaware of the targets on their backs. As a result, immigration experts say, thousands of illegal arrests happen every year in the U.S., but because the apprehended undocumented immigrants are quickly deported, neither they nor their lawyers get the chance to fight in court. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media empire: The price list from Biological Resource Center Inc. offered a variety of options for the connoisseur of human body parts. A customer wanted an elbow? That would be $200. A whole arm and shoulder cost just $400 more. For those with more money to spend, a torso with head (referred to as a “cephalus”) went for $3,300. And an entire cadaver was available for the bargain price of $5,000. Westword has the story.

michael.blagg.mug.shot.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empireA juror in the Michael Blagg murder trial last spring has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming that his supervisors pressured him to find a way to duck jury service — and retaliated against him after he spent six weeks on the panel that found Blagg guilty of killing his wife. Westword has the story.

aurora.police.shooting.denver7Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At last count, there have been nearly fifty officer-involved shootings in one state thus far in 2018, including ten during August alone. But no police department has been impacted more greatly than one metro community, whose officers have taken part in eight shootings, tying the city’s mark for the most incidents of this type in the past half-decade with more than three months left in the year. Westword has the story.

raymond.davies.two.photoBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: When Raymond Davies was killed by a hit-and-run driver on August 17, no television station shared news of his passing. No newspaper detailed the crime. No radio station shared a description of the vehicle that drove away as he lay dying. Beyond a mention in a blog about rising dangers for pedestrians and cyclists in the city, his death went unreported. But his story is a tragic one — and his killer remains at large. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media empire: In 2016, attorney Mari Newman filed a lawsuit over shocking reports of abuse at a state mental hospital — claims that included strip searches and genital manipulation of mentally disabled residents. Now the state has agreed to settle the case by way of a $1 million payment and significant alterations to policies that may have contributed to the abuse in the first place. Westword has the story.

alex.lupa.stop.signBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For most people, a traffic citation is an unfortunate but minor occurrence. But for Alex Lupa, a small infraction led to big problems, including a night spent in jail at the very moment his right to legally stay in this country was hanging in the balance.

Lupa isn’t an American citizen. Rather, he’s a permanent resident who was going through the naturalization process last month when he ran the stop sign. Afterward, he was arrested and placed in a county detention center until the wee hours of the next morning on an improperly filed warrant from nine years earlier. To add insult to injury, he says, an officer on the scene wanted to impound the borrowed vehicle he’d been driving even though the owner was there at the time. Westword has the story.

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