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Fault Lines Links – Gissendaner Executed In GA; Glossip Appeals To SCOTUS

Sept. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, hot links coming through:

  • Kelly Gissendaner was executed in Georgia on Tuesday despite last minute appeals from her lawyers, children and even the Pope. Gissendaner was the first woman to be executed in the state for 70 years. She was found guilty of conspiring with her lover, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband. Owen, who actually carried out the killing, is serving a life sentence and is eligible for parole in 2022.
  • Richard Glossip’s lawyers have made a final plea to the Supreme Court to halt his execution which is due to take place later today in Oklahoma.
  • A Baltimore judge has set trial dates for the officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The first to go on trial is William Porter on November 30, with subsequent trials due to start in January 2016.
  • Former Rhode Island police officer Christopher Owens has filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and his son accusing fellow officers of assault and violation of rights allegedly based on the color of their skin. Owens, while off-duty, assisted in the apprehension and arrest of a car thief suspect when he and his son were assaulted and arrested by officers arriving on the scene.
  • The family of Jamar Nicholson, a teen shot and wounded by LA cop Miguel Gutierrez, and the father of another teen have filed a lawsuit claiming their sons’ civil rights were violated by use of excessive force. The shooting occurred in February this year when officers spotted a gun in a crowd which turned out to be a replica gun and, without identifying themselves, shot 3 rounds at the teens striking Nicholson in the back. LAPD has admitted that neither boy was holding the replica gun and the suit alleges that at no point was either teen a threat to officers.
  • The mother of David Yearby, a mentally ill man who died while in custody in November 2014, has filed a lawsuit against police in Piscataway, New Jersey, Middlesex County, and Middlesex County jail. He was found unresponsive in his cell after having been placed in an inmate restraint chair for 9 hours. The autopsy report determined that he died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck and a spinal injury.
  • The FBI has opened a civil review into the death of David Stojcevski, who died in custody last week from drug withdrawal whilst serving a 30-day sentence in Macomb County jail.
  • A bipartisan group of senators are reportedly set to reveal a criminal-justice overhaul proposal as early as Thursday. The proposal includes, among others, plans to create new mandatory minimum sentences and language to give judges more discretion when sentencing non-violent offenders.
  • Charlotte City Council is considering financial severance for Officer Randall Kerrick who was cleared by a jury last month in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell.

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  • Jeff
    30 September 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Good grief! Every day this litany of heartbreaking tragedies – mostly deaths – and usually involving the vulnerable, abused or … non-white.
    How do you cope if your job is to try and slow this tide?

    • shg
      30 September 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Would you rather happy links while bad things happen out of eye-shot so they don’t depress you? Can’t help the news being what it is.

      • Jeff
        30 September 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        Not at all, I think it’s absolutely vital that these stories get told, and if only they got the attention they deserved, every single time, maybe something would change.
        As a European reader it’s just terribly… sad… and frustrating, to read about these people and know that large portions of the country where these things happen either don’t know or don’t care.
        I’ve nothing but respect for people who fight these cases and spread this news. I can only imagine that it must get depressing. I mean, it seems non-stop.