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The new district attorney in Oregon’s Multnomah County announced his office will drop most charges filed against protesters in recent months, including felonies, so long as people are not charged with commiting violence, theft or “deliberate” property damage.
Judge, lawyers, witnesses and jurors all tuned in via Zoom to participate in a misdemeanor case tried to a verdict in one day, the first criminal jury trial in Travis County since the pandemic shut down courts in March.
A 34-year veteran prosecutor who complained about lax safety at a courthouse with multiple coronavirus illnesses has died of the virus. His union representative says the county failed to protect employees.
San Quentin State Prison officials were explicitly warned they were courting a public-health disaster as early as June 1 but disregarded that and a series of other recommendations as California’s oldest prison went on to become one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 hot spots.
A Philadelphia Inquirer investigation shows that lax controls at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization specializing in treating children with intellectual disabilities, led to dozens of rapes and sexual assaults of residents as young as 12.
Carmen Best faced steep challenges from the start as Seattle’s police chief, from homelessness to a federal consent decree, but none compared to the last three months of civil uprisings and unrest leading to her abrupt retirement from her dream job.
An analysis of 20 years of budget increases for Los Angeles Police Department explains how staffing growth consumed a larger share of city revenues – and why activists’ hopes to “defund” the department will take much longer to realize if the current pace is any indication.
A Supreme Court ruling stripping state prosecutors of jurisdiction on newly recognized tribal land has swamped federal prosecutors with new cases, leading to calls around the nation for reinforcements.
A New York trial judge’s 16-year career ended after a rare investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct over her early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In one case before she took medical leave, the judge appeared to have misunderstood critical testimony in a wrongful-conviction hearing.