Connecticut Loses Bid to Seal Records and Require Closed Trials for Teens

A federal appeals court ruled against the state and for the Hartford Courant Monday in the newspaper’s suit to overturn a new law written to hide the identity of teens by sealing records and providing for closed-courtroom trials. The year-old law is  among measures pushed by juvenile justice advocates whose goal is diverting teens from the criminal justice system and removing the stigma associated with arrest and prosecution.

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‘You Can’t Solve Domestic Terrorism with an Algorithm’

Social media firms have been scrambling to crack down on domestic terrorist threats ahead of the inauguration and beyond, but experts say their efforts are only temporary solutions. For one thing, the lack of industry-wide coordination around the issue means fringe movements can easily migrate to smaller platforms, and often darker corners of the web, say the experts.

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‘Death to the Decadent Republic’: How Social Media Fueled DC Riot

Social media played a key role in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol Building, with sites favored by the far-right such as Parler and Gab sharing information on which streets to take to avoid the police and which tools would pry open doors. Meanwhile, Facebook announced it will ban President Trump “indefinitely.”

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Decolonizing Criminal Justice

Few criminal justice reforms can be enacted, and none of them will be sustained, unless we discard an approach that systematically dehumanizes minority lives at both the individual and neighborhood levels. Reformers who neglect that work are building on sand, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist. 

Gun-Toting St. Louis Couple Sue UPI Over Photo

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who gained recognition after confronting protesters passing by their home, sued a United Press International photographer and the wire service, alleging a photo that has risen to international prominence was taken on their property.