Newly released documents on the Oct. 1 shooting do not answer what motivated Stephen Paddock to carry out the attack. He purchased the items used in his shooting during the year leading up to it, the FBI said, and a large share of the ammunition and accessories he amassed appear to have been bought online.
Critics say federal judge William Alsup in San Francisco should have not used a local case to halt President Trump’s order to end the DACA program protecting young undocumented immigrants. Some legal scholars say that such orders erode the idea of an impartial judiciary.
The number of reported crimes against homeless people in Denver climbed nearly 42 percent over four years to 1,008 in 2017 even as suburban law enforcement agencies say more transients are being pushed to outlying communities by the threat of violence. Advocates blame the crime increase on Denver’s urban camping ban.
Critics filed nearly 95,000 signatures seeking the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, a former prosecutor who has been on the bench since 2003. In 2016, he sentenced swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, a punishment critics considered too lenient.
“We have a great interest in helping them turn their lives around, get a second chance, and make our community safe,” President Trump said at a roundtable Thursday. Conservative advocates for reform came away optimistic, but it’s not clear that the White House will support any changes in sentencing laws.
The dismissed case against Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy is a dramatic example of prosecutorial misconduct, which some legal experts see as a cultural flaw in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors are rarely formally punished for misconduct. As technological advances continue to expand the government’s investigative resources, some experts fear prosecutorial misconduct could become more prevalent and more difficult to detect.
President Trump calls the proposed deal to give a citizenship path to so-called Dreamers “a big step backwards” and questions why the U.S. should admit people from “shithole countries.” White House legislative director Marc Short says “there’s a long way to go” on the issue.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner will launch a criminal investigation into accusations engulfing Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens’ acknowledgment of an extramarital affair and denial of possible blackmail shock the state capital on Thursday.
The devices can tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. Several states are considering equipping law enforcement officials with the devices, including New York, New Jersey and Tennessee.
The new system, called Next Generation or NG 911, is based on the internet instead of telephone technology. The change will allow people to send information to emergency call centers as if they are posting to social media. That could allow fabricated videos to be sent to police to attract SWAT teams.