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6.17.2019

(CNN) - The Supreme Court on Monday said a person can be charged and tried in state and federal court for the same conduct without running afoul to the double jeopardy clause of the US Constitution because state and federal governments are separate sovereigns.

The ruling in a case closely watched for any impact on President Donald Trump's pardon power upholds decades-old precedent and is a loss for an Alabama man, Terance Gamble, who was convicted twice for the same crime in state and federal cou...

6.16.2019

HAPPY FARTHER'S DAY

FROM ALL OF US AT STATE VS US MAGAZINE. ENJOY AND CONTINUE TO BE GREAT.

6.16.2019

Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

During a performance, breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo brought Elliott's colorful and eccentric music videos to life in an ensemble similar to what Elliott sported in the late '90s — the finger wav...

6.7.2019

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering ophthalmologist who became the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts, has died at 76.

Bath died on May 30 from complications of cancer at a University of California San Francisco medical center, her daughter, Dr. Eraka Bath, said Monday.

Bath was born in Harlem in New York City. Her mother was a domestic worker and her father worked on the city subway system. Bath w...

6.6.2019

The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to make it the first U.S. city to ban the sale of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The ban applies to gas stations, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, but includes exemptions for hotels and three local cigar lounges. It is set to take effect beginning in 2021.

"Allowing tobacco products to be sold in the city increases access to these harmful and dangerous products and does not promote the city's image...

6.6.2019

Embattled “Central Park Five” prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigned under fire Tuesday from her positions with Vassar College and the board of directors at the God’s Love We Deliver charity.

“She did step down, and we accepted her resignation today,” said Terrence Meck, chairman of the board at God’s Love. “This is an internal letter only, and we are not sharing its contents.”

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley, in a statement to the school community, explained that the massive backlash agai...

6.3.2019

Nine years ago, two unlikely lunch partners sat down at the Hollywood Diner in Omaha, Nebraska. One, Warren Buffett, was a regular there. The other, Jay-Z, was not. The billionaire and the rapper ordered strawberry malts and chatted amiably, continuing the conversation back at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway offices.

Buffett, then 80, walked away impressed with the artist 40 years his junior: “Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the...

6.1.2019

The dream of the $15 minimum wage was finally realized among Amazon employees after the company caved to mounting pressure and implemented it company-wide on Nov. 1. But according to a new report, the improved wages aren't working out as many employees had hoped at Amazon's Whole Foods grocery store chain.

The Guardian reported Wednesday that employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon purchased back in 2017, have experienced a dramatic drop in schedule shifts since the raised wages were introduced.

Al...

5.23.2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on Black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship.

The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week to rescind the ban on “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.” The book by Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor, examines law enforcement and mass incarceration through its treatment of African Ameri...

5.21.2019

Two New York prisons — including one at the northern edge of Central Park that commands sweeping views of the famous green space — are going to be closed down for good in the next 90 days, the Daily News has learned.

Lincoln Correctional Facility, which has been a minimum-security men’s prison at 31–33 West 110th St. since 1976, will cease operations at the end of the summer, according to a statement Friday from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which runs state prisons.

The...

5.19.2019

Billionaire technology investor Robert F. Smith pledged Sunday to eliminate the student debt for the entire graduating 2019 class at Morehouse College.

Smith, the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and Morehouse's commencement speaker on Sunday, announced that his family was setting up a grant to eliminate all student loans for the graduates.

"On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And...

5.15.2019

(CNN) Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to date to the governor's desk Tuesday night, with the state's Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

After more than four hours of debate, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB 314, which would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month.

The state's Republican backers have pushe...

5.14.2019

The issue of race has followed Chris Darden through two of the most high-profile cases of his career.

In 1995, some called the black lawyer a traitor for prosecuting the murder case against O.J. Simpson. Now, he said, his brief stint defending a black man accused of gunning down the beloved rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle has brought threats to him and his family.

He cited those threats Friday when he announced his decision to step down from the case.

“Afte...

5.13.2019

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Civil Rights Project announced Friday they will help represent Crystal Mason, a Texas woman sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting, as she seeks a new trial.

The assistance from the two groups means Mason will be represented by some of the top voting rights attorneys in the country, including Dale Ho, the ACLU’s top voting rights lawyer. Attorneys from both groups will assist Alison Grinter and Kim Cole, Mason’s current attorneys.

Th...

5.8.2019

For more than two decades, the Illinois Department of Corrections has been using electronic monitoring on people who have finished their state prison sentences.

Throughout that time they have remained totally unaccountable for the impact of this technology. They have not conducted research, issued reports, completed evaluations of this program-until late April of this year. That is when the state Sentencing Policy Advisory Council issued a report which admitted that monitors had “minimal” impact...

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