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Another Media Circus In PA As Cosby Seeks To Dismiss Sexual Assault Case

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 […]

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Missouri Prof Gets Deferred Prosecution In Journalist Assault Case

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 […]

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2016 H.F. Guggenheim/John Jay Prize For Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

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. […]

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CNN Freddie Gray Report “Made A Serious Effort To…Get It Right”–Critic

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 […]

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“Making A Murderer” Makers Say Issue Is Justice, Not Avery’s Guilt

The filmmakers behind Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary expected a backlash that would lead people in the media to demonize Steven Avery, the Wisconsin man whose prosecution in the 2005 death of a woman formed the centerpiece of the 10-part series, the Associated Press reports. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, at a news conference yesterday, sought to deflect discussion on the question of Avery’s guilt or innocence and instead pointed to questions raised about the criminal justice system in their […]

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“Huge Mistake” For Rolling Stone To Let Guzman Approve Story: Ethics Expert

It was a “huge mistake” for Rolling Stone to let Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” Guzman approve the story by Sean Penn on his interview with Guzman, ethics expert Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute tells CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Says McBride: “A controversial figure like El Chapo, you can let him know what his quotes are. You can let him do an accuracy check on the story and you can address his concerns that way, but you don’t need to […]

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Penn Interview With Guzman Tipped Off Police; Extradition Could Take Years

The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces at one point located the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with actor Sean Penn, the Associated Press reports. Penn’s interview with Guzman, who has twice escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons, appeared on the website of Rolling Stone magazine. It was held at an undisclosed hideout in northern Mexico in October, about two months before Guzman’s recapture […]

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Media Group Seeks Documents, More Transparency In Baltimore Police Cases

A coalition of Baltimore and national media outlets has intervened in court to call for broader transparency and increased access to legal documents in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, reports the Baltimore Sun. The group yesterday asked for access to sealed documents, trial transcripts, evidence, and future moments during trials when jurors leave the courtroom to view evidence. It also asked the court to refrain from admonishing jurors not to […]