travis.henry.file.photo.largeReading from the Voice Media empire: James Mack has been sentenced for mailing marijuana, and it’s no surprise that he earned considerably more than the one year in federal prison recently earned by Mark Koenig for the offense last month. While Koenig was found guilty of shipping between 950 grams and 1.6 kilograms of cannabis during four incidents, Mack is said to have posted multiple pounds of pot to a cohort in a neighboring state on a weekly basis for nearly three years. And this won’t be Mack’s first trip to prison for a high-profile drug case. He was convicted in 2009 for his involvement in a cocaine deal that teamed him with former NFL-star Travis Henry. Westword has the story.

maxresdefaultReading from the Voice Media empire: The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against Sheriff Bill Elder, claiming that he was illegally using ICE detainer requests as justification for refusing to release prisoners who had already posted bond, completed their sentence or otherwise resolved their criminal case. The suit alleged that in his county, Sheriff Elder had held dozens of inmates for ICE in a county jail for days, weeks and even months. Now, Judge Eric Bentley has upheld the ACLU’s position by granting an injunction against Elder. Westword has the story.

brandon.johnson.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: In February 2016, Brandon Johnson and William Lancaster were charged with felony manlslaughter for selling Mark Largay fentanyl, a powerful opioid that wound up killing him. Two years later, Johnson has been sentenced for a lesser crime, distributing a controlled substance, but still must serve five years behind bars because of an aggravating factor. Johnson was confined in a community-corrections facility when he took part in what proved to be a fatal transaction. Westword has the story.

michael.lee.marshall.surveillance.video.8Reading from the Voice Media empire: A scathing report from an independent monitor contends that an investigation into Michael Marshall’s tragic in-custody death was badly mishandled. Law enforcers counter that they did nothing wrong even though they didn’t bother with fresh interviews of the jail personnel involved into being called on the carpet by the monitor, who feels the resulting punishment wasn’t nearly serious enough. Westword has the story.

ruben.lee.two.facebookReading from the Voice Media empire: Despite having more than seventy years of combined experience working for United Airlines, flight attendants Ruben Lee and Jeanne Stroup were fired by the carrier for watching a video on an iPad for approximately fifteen minutes and failing to wear aprons during one flight in September 2013. But while folks at the company may have thought they’d save money by sacking two veteran employees, they were wrong. A jury has awarded Lee and Stroup $800,000 in damages, and attorney David Lane, who represents them, predicts the final tally will come close to double that amount. Westword has the story.

christopher.parker.two.facebookReading from the Voice Media empire: Parker’s most recent Facebook notes, posted through the day before his first court appearance for killing 65-year-old William “Bill” Connole, form a twisted stream of consciousness characterized by violent or offensive subtext: “Im not the coroner…Dr Duke godamn luke…His 12 bitches lined up pussy squirts on film…I told him 12 ID do it…I sure liked shooting for Paul he paid late night drug steals whores…Blonde offspring guy…I unloaded my four ten…No on paul…Funny farm fucking guy…Bitches lsd he said Marty and Alonso coke blowjobs…They said…Janelle diesel…Paul likes cop pussy made his glasses thicker he said….Then Paul well the coroner shot his dad it was over…You gotta know Paul cop women whore big dick and tells he turned Mexican he had his boy…Always talking about my murder skills…I sold it 30-06 Paul said I would be greater the Charles Manson.” Westword has the story.

adam.gotsis.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: Gotsis was playing football for Georgia Tech on March 9, 2013, the date that a woman says he “placed his penis in her vagina against her will.” However, she didn’t report the incident until nearly five years later, leading to Gotsis turning himself in to authorities at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office after he’d turned pro and become an NFL standout, albeit for the team with more arrests than any other since the year 2000. Westword has the story.

feature-opener-5-25Reading from the Voice Media empire: A two-week jury trial ended not with a bang, but with a whimper for Bruce Doucette, a computer-repair shop owner who has espoused “sovereign” ideology, declared himself a judge (though he is not recognized by any U.S. court), established a “people’s grand jury” outside of the recognized judicial system, and has traveled to assist sovereigns in other parts of the country, including in Oregon, where he offered advice to Ammon Bundy and others who staged the infamous Malheu Wildlife Refuge occupation. infamous. Westword has the story.

rich.wyatt.portrait.file.photo.800Reading from the Voice Media empire: Rich Wyatt, the star of American Guns, a once-popular Discovery Channel program that showcased him, his telegenic family, including wife Renee and kids Paige and Kurt, and his business, Wheat Ridge’s Gunsmoke Guns, has been sentenced to 78 months, or six and a half years, in prison for conspiring to deal firearms without a license and multiple tax charges. The verdict, which was delivered nearly a year after Wyatt was found guilty of these offenses, represents the ultimate comedown for a once-prominent TV personality who rubbed shoulders with celebrities such as rock star Ted Nugent and even a former president of the United States, George W. Bush. Westword has the story.

denver.detention.center.interior.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: The just-released results from one major city reveal that physical assaults among inmates are more common than an inmate assaulting a staff member, but that inmates will more often verbally threaten staff than other inmates. In 2017, there were a total of 470 physical assaults between inmates and 98 physical assaults occurring between an inmate and a staff member. The data tables also show the number of injuries resulting from assaults, as well as a tally of times that bodily fluids — blood, feces, urine, etc. — were used during assaults. Westword has the story.

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