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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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13 AZ Employees Charged In Prison Sex Cases, No Jail Terms

Thirteen people who supervised state prisoners have been charged during the past four-and-a-half years with felonies for having sex or sexual contact with an inmate or parolee. Prosecutors in every case agreed to plea deals that reduced those charges, allowing probation and no prison time for the defendants, reports the Arizona Republic. Most of the defendants were state correctional officers. Records show that all the employees were charged in Maricopa or Pinal counties, where prosecutorial agencies have tough-on-crime reputations. Prosecutors […]

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2016 Top National Crime Reporting Awards

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 this week. “We […]

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FBI Hacking In Child Porn Investigation Called Unprecedented, Troubling

The FBI is conducting a sweeping national investigation into child porn on what is known as the dark Web, a universe of sites that are off Google's radar where users can operate with anonymity, reports the Washington Post. As criminals become more savvy about using technology such as Tor to hide their tracks, investigators are turning to hacking tools to thwart them. In some cases, law enforcement agencies are placing malware on sites that might have thousands of users. Some […]

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More Than 10% Of Undergraduate Women Report Sexual Assaults At 9 Schools

More than 10 percent of undergraduate women at nine institutions in a new federal survey said they were sexually assaulted during the 2014–2015 academic year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The rates of assault ranged from 4.2 percent at one school to 20 percent at another. Some 4.1 percent of women said they were raped, ranging from 2.2 percent at one school to 7.9 percent at another. The survey was undertaken after a White House Task Force […]

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Sexual Assault Reports At U.S. Military Academies Up 50% In Last Year

Reports of sexual assaults at the three military academies surged by more than 50 percent in the 2014-15 school year, and complaints of sexual harassment spiked, reports the Associated Press. A senior defense official says the sharp increases were due largely to students’ growing confidence in the reporting system and expanded awareness programs that over the past several years have included training, videos and information sessions. The programs are aimed at making victims more aware of the reporting process and […]

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Both Sides Face Complexities In Bill Cosby Sex Abuse Case

A trial in the Pennsylvania sex abuse case against Bill Cosby would put on display the complexities involved in reviving an old case in which the basic facts remain unchanged, says the New York Times. “This is a curious case for the prosecution to bring since nothing has really changed other than these other women came forward,” said Isabelle Kirshner, a criminal defense lawyer, referring to women who have made accusations against Cosby similar to the one that led to […]