Tag Archives: racial profiling

Posted 5 years ago in Immigration by Michele Bowman  
Sheriff Joe Denies Racial Profiling Allegations

Self-billed “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Maricopa County, Ariz.’s Joe Arpaio is toning down the toughness now that he’s on trial for violating the civil rights of Latinos for the last five years in his office’s crackdown on illegal immigration at the Arizona border. Arpaio took the stand in a Phoenix courtroom on Tuesday, July 24 and was confronted immediately by his own past racist statements. Arpaio, known informally as “Sheriff Joe,” is accused by a class of Latinos – including legal …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Jury awards parents $74 million for baby born with cerebral palsy A California couple won $74 million in a jury trial against their doctor for negligence during the delivery that caused the baby to develop cerebral palsy. Andrew and Jennifer Blunt gave birth to Sofia on April 19, 2009 with Dr. Kurt Haupt overseeing the delivery. Both sides agreed that the lack of oxygen to Sofia’s brain caused her to develop cerebral palsy. During the medical malpractice trial, the couple’s …

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Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
No First-Degree Murder Charges in Trayvon Martin Killing

Trayvon Martin’s killer will not be charged with first-degree murder. But George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old on Feb. 26, could still face manslaughter or other charges when a Florida prosecutor concludes her investigation. That prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, said Monday that she will not bring the case before the grand jury scheduled to convene today. In Florida, first-degree murder charges require a grand jury’s review and a finding that the act was premeditated.  But prosecutors need not …

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