Oct 7, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Justice Department announces early release of 6,000 inmates
Oct. 7, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning people, here’s what you need to know –
- The Justice Department has announced the early release of about 6,000 inmates in a push to curb overcrowding in prisons and to relieve drug offenders who received overly harsh sentences in the last 30 years. In addition, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch revealed a pilot program to compile the number of deaths at the hands of law enforcement.
- A Baltimore judge denied defense attorneys’ attempts to move the trials of the six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray out of the city.
- The retrial of Madison, Alabama Officer Eric Parker for the brutal takedown of Sureshbhai Patel, leaving him paralyzed, has been set for October 26. The previous trial which ended last month resulted in a hung jury.
- The city of Cleveland has appealed to a federal judge to overturn a $5.5 million verdict for the mother of Kenny Smith who was shot dead by off-duty Officer Roger Jones. Smith was shot dead by Jones during a traffic stop in 2012 for allegedly reaching into his car for a gun.
- Juan Garcia was executed on Tuesday in Texas. He had been convicted in the fatal shooting of a man during an $8 robbery in 1998. Texas has three more executions scheduled in coming weeks.