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Violent Crimes Archives

Appeals court: judge must guard against bias, not promote it

Imagine yourself as a defendant in this hypothetical. You are seated before a judge who suddenly informs you that he wouldn’t want to share a fox hole with you because you would “fold like a cheap suit.” The court then follows up that utterance with synonyms characterizing you as “lazy,” “arrogant” and “self-seeking.” He tops off that collective description by stating that you “symbolize everything that’s wrong with the world.”

Organizations file class action suit against gang database

Several organizations have banded together in a federal lawsuit against the Chicago police department over the use of a gang member database. The database compiles information about suspected gang members based on gang attire, tattoos, and other distinguishing characteristics. Many other cities use similar resources.

Inside the interrogation room

A key part of American justice is the concept of innocent until proven guilty. While this is the underlying goal of the judicial system, the process is long and complicated. Police who arrest suspects do so with different motivation than a judge or jury who determines guilt and innocence.

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