Aug 4, 2015
Fault Lines Links: Texas AG Indicted, Raynette Turner, Kerrick Trial
Aug. 4, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning, folks. Here’s what’s happening.
- Texas AG Ken Paxton has been indicted on two first-degree felonies for securities fraud and a third-degree felony for failing to register with the state to sell securities. He’s out on a $35,000 bond, which sounds like an absolute bargain.
- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will step into his role as special prosecutor for the first time as he launches an investigation into death of Raynette Turner. Turner died in police custody in a Mount Vernon jail cell last month.
- The trial of Randall Kerrick for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell began on Monday and you can find an excellent rundown of the first day here. Kerrick, formerly a cop in Charlotte, NC, is being tried on voluntary manslaughter charges for shooting unarmed Ferrell ten times in September 2013. Ferrell was seeking help after surviving an early morning car accident. The City of Charlotte has already paid out $2.25M to Ferrell’s family in a wrongful death suit.
- 63 year old Virgil Reynolds was shot dead by police after driving the wrong way on roads across parts of southwest Houston. He was eventually boxed in by police but refused to exit his car and “tried to run them over,” prompting the officers to shoot. According to reports, Reynolds had disabled plates and a “wild look in his eye”. Maybe just shoot his tires next time.
- Man who died after running into a Dallas jail asking for help has been named as Joseph Hutcheson. He became unresponsive when police were handcuffing him to “calm him down”. Witnesses at the scene say police used excessive force.