Sep 24, 2015
Fault Lines Links: Glossip’s Lawyers Claim Witness Intimidation
Sept. 24, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning people. Here are your links.
- The defense team for Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip filed a request asking the courts to order the prosecution to stop intimidating witnesses, following the arrest of the key witness for a $200 unpaid fine. Glossip’s conviction for arranging the murder of Barry Van Treese is largely based on testimony of Richard Sneed, who is now serving a life sentence. The key witness signed an affidavit contradicting Sneed’s version of events, claiming Glossip was being set up. Last week, Glossip’s execution was stay by the Oklahoma Criminal Courts of Appeals, resetting the date for September 30.
- Dallas City Council reached a $1.6million settlement with mentally ill Bobby Bennett after he was shot and wounded by an officer in October 2013. Officer Cardan Spencer was responding to a 911 call that a man was acting erratically, when he claimed that Bennett came towards him with a knife prompting him to shoot. Video evidence later emerged disputing Spencer’s story showing that Bennett did indeed have a pocket knife but at no time did he advance on the officer. Spencer was fired and charged with aggravated assault.
- Police investigator George Roberts has filed a complaint claiming that Chicago officers brutally beat him to the point that he lost control of his bowels after he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. The officers involved then killed the dashcam footage of the incident when they became aware that Roberts is a supervisor at the Independent Police Review Authority in charge of investigating police misconduct.
- Dominic Fuller was shot dead by Florida police after they mistook a chrome stapler he was holding for a gun. Officers were responding to drug activity when they came across Fuller who then fled on foot. Fuller was later surrounded and emerged from a house with a chrome stapler in hand, leading Deputy Gabriel Reveron to fire five rounds, claiming he feared for his life. An investigation into his death will be conducted.
- Family of Joshua Blough who was fatally shot by Kentucky officers Scott Richardsen and Matt McMillen, raises questions after autopsy report shows he was shot once in the back. Blough was shot three times by the officers after advancing towards them whilst wielding a knife in July this year. The police department stated that they cannot comment on ongoing investigations.