The President is creating an office to help victims of crime by immigrants, but James Lynch, president of the American Society of Criminology, says immigrants “have lower incidences of crime compared to the public at large. The immigrant population does nothing but good — they pay taxes, they do the work. It is pretty clear that immigrants are a positive force and a very low production of crime on their part.”
Two narratives have emerged on the forced resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser. The traditional media suggested he was being held accountable. The right-leaning media portrayed it as a political crucifixion. Trump blames government leaks and the media.
Officials in Alaska’s largest city are cutting off public access to scanner traffic, a crackling source of breaking news for generations of reporters and citizens. After a legal review, the officials decided that potential negative consequences outweigh the benefits.
Police-media relations may have bottomed out following a series a controversial police-involved deaths beginning last August, when Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. Journalists covering the resulting unrest were harassed, bullied and arrested by police.
Amid an unprecedented media throng, Bill Cosby is due in a Pennsylvania courtroom today for a hearing that could determine the fate of the decade-in-the-making sexual assault case against him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Through his lawyers, the 78-year-old comedian has asked Judge Steven O’Neill to throw out the charges, arguing he received a legally binding promise 10 years ago that he would never be prosecuted for an alleged 2004 assault on former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand. Prosecutors say no such deal existed. Court officials have issued 91 credentials to dozens of news outlets, established an overflow courtroom for reporters to watch the proceedings on video and distributed parking passes for nearly two dozen satellite trucks and broadcast crews. For weeks, Cosby lawyers Brian.
The prosecutor in Columbia, Mo., has deferred the prosecution of a University of Missouri professor charged with assault for an altercation with journalists during protests on campus in November, reports the Columbia. Mo., Daily Tribune. Melissa Click, 45, an assistant professor of communication, agreed to a deal in which city Prosecutor Steve Richey will forgo prosecution for misdemeanor assault as long as she completes 20 hours of community service and does not break the law for one year. “This disposition is in keeping with my office's handling of dozens of similar municipal cases and adequately serves the interest of justice by ensuring the defendant will not engage in similar conduct,” Richey said. Click drew attention and widespread scorn after a video of her asking for “some muscle” to clear two student journalists, photographer Tim Tai and videographer Mark Schierbecker, on Nov.
Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project, and an investigative reporting team from the Belleville News-Democrat—Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk and Zia Nizami—are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. “The impressive work of these journalists illustrates why reform of our criminal justice system has risen to the top of our national agenda,” said Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the prize announcement on Jan. 25. “We are proud to honor them as examples of the critical role the media is playing—and continues to play—in our ongoing national debate.” The annual prizes are administered by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ)—publisher of The Crime Report.
A CNN-Baltimore Sun special report “Who Killed Freddie Gray?” doesn't deliver on the promise of the title, but that’s one of the few criticisms of the broadcast to be aired tonight starting at 9 Eastern time from Sun TV critic David Zurawik. He notes that there are still six trials ahead aimed at determining culpability or innocence of the officers involved in the arrest and transport of Gray on April 12, 2015. The 25-year-old Baltimore resident died one week later from injuries suffered while in police custody. Zurawik says that, “no matter how much you think you know about Freddie Gray and the events following his death, you will learn something from this skillfully crafted production.