Jan 21, 2016
Fault Lines Links – SCOTUS To Hear Case Accusing IL Cops Of Malicious Prosecution
Jan. 21, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, here’s what we’re watching:
- The US Supreme Court has agreed to take on the case brought by Elijah Manuel accusing Joliet, IL, police of malicious prosecution and misconduct. Manuel, who is black, claims that in March 2011, white Joliet Officers wrongfully arrested him on a controlled substance charge and falsified his drug test. The charges were later dropped against him. Manuel has also made claims that the officers used excessive force while arresting him during the traffic stop.
- The trial of three Baltimore officers in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray will resume in February after a judge denied a motion to compel Officer William Porter to testify in their cases.
- Daniel Holtzclaw’s attorney has requested a new trial claiming that Holtzclaw was denied a fair trial due to evidence being withheld by the prosecution. In December, the former Oklahoma officer was found guilty on charges of assault and rape of 13 black women while on duty.
- Former Alabama Deputy Justin Adam Watson has pleaded guilty to beating motorist Robert Bryant in August 2012 and later lying about it. The federal obstruction charge carries a maximum 20 years sentence but guidelines recommend 3.5 years. A federal judge is set to schedule a sentencing hearing.