Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The head of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges outlines the challenges facing personnel who work on the front lines of societal crises representing every size, shape and description, including the opioid epidemic, human trafficking and separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The tales are as shocking as they are commonplace. Westword has the story.
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Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Research conducted as part of the proposal to end breed-specific legislation in one community offers a strong argument for why pit bulls shouldn’t be singled out for prohibition. According to statistics for town in the area, several other types of dogs, including some of the favorite breeds in America, are much more likely to bite people, and bite them severely, than are pit bulls. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Late last year, one state’s branch of the ACLU put together a graphic highlighting six cases of alleged mistreatment of black suspects by members of an urban police department since 2015. With recent payouts to Omar Hassan and Dwight Crews, the the city has now settled five of the six cases for a cumulative total of $3.12 million in taxpayer money. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At least two things are clear about Jonathan Upah’s situation: He is currently being held in a major city jail, and he’s mentally ill. But the way that these two issues interact is very much in dispute. Tom Upah says he’s been told by his son and at least one person involved in his case that after being diagnosed, Jonathan was kept in solitary confinement for 23 out of 24 hours each day. In contrast, a jail spokesperson says there is no solitary confinement at the facility and stresses that while mentally ill inmates may be isolated in special housing units while they’re in crisis if they’re deemed to be dangerous, personnel make every effort to return them to regular units as soon as possible after their condition improves. Westword has the story.