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Morning links: Texas cops arrest citizen journalist for doing journalism
January 3, 2018 at 11:17 AM
- Citizen journalist arrested for publishing information given to her by a police officer. The official charge is “misuse of official information,” which sounds constitutionally dubious. If it’s illegal to profit off of “official information” in Texas, then Texas has basically outlawed most journalism.
- Georgia police raid party, find less than an ounce of marijuana. Because no one would claim it, the police arrested just about everyone — more than 60 people in all. Those people now all have an arrest record.
- It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad cop in Louisiana. And on the rare occasion that it happens, the officer usually has no problem finding work at another police agency.
- Police officer attempts to shoot dog, misses, hits 9-year-old girl in her own home.
- Meanwhile, Texas police opened fire on a woman in a stolen car. The woman was unarmed. In their panicked barrage of bullets, the police killed not only the suspect but also a 6-year-old boy in a nearby home.
- California becomes the first state to bar the jailing of juveniles for inability to pay court fines.
- Here’s a moving story about how a man who was likely innocent was nearly executed, bettered himself during his nearly 40 years in prison, and was just released on parole.
- A Nashville man who was released a year-and-a-half ago under President Barack Obama’s more lenient drug sentencing policy was recently ordered by a judge to return to prison. That order is now on hold while federal prosecutors review the case. But if the order is reimposed, he’ll face another decade behind bars.
- Meet the families of murder victims who are fighting against the death penalty.
- New Orleans prosecutors have been issuing illegal fake subpoenas for years.