“They didn’t have $300, but they believed that their child would be in jail if they didn’t come up with it,” says Della-Piana, now legal director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. “And that wasn’t the case. The DA was not going to prosecute this case with dubious evidence against a minor for a $20 thing that he didn’t have.” … [Read more...] about Are private education programs for shoplifters a second chance or extortion?
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Twitter shares, already lower in premarket trading after Facebook Inc's disappointing earnings late Wednesday damped enthusiasm for technology and social media stocks, dipped a bit further and volume rose slightly after Trump's tweet at 7:46 a.m. The stock was last down 3.2 percent. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bangalore; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Susan Thomas) … [Read more...] about President Trump accuses Twitter of targeting Republicans, offers no evidence
An interaction between a Muslim woman in a niqab and a white man at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Riverside, Calif. was captured on video. When the woman asked the man why he was being racist toward her, he responded: "I don't like it, how's that? I don't like it because I don't like your religion and it says to kill me and I don't want to be killed by you. How's that?" The man was kicked out of the cafe. … [Read more...] about Lawyer who ranted against Spanish speakers faces complaint
The defense lawyer must decipher, or partner with an immigration lawyer to understand, how the charges align with the immigration law. Historically, lawyers primarily needed to be worried about whether the offense was a "crime involving moral turpitude" (CIMT) and, if so, whether the CIMT fit within a petty offense exception. Over the years, the INA added more classes of crimes which could trigger either removal or ineligibility for visas. Most notable was the birth of "aggravated felonies" and the expansion of this roster of crimes over the past quarter century. This long list of offenses which trigger grounds of removal includes not only major crimes such as murder and rape, but also lesser crimes of violence, theft and fraud for which the maximum sentence that could be imposed can be a year or more. This has resulted the removal of noncitizens for misdemeanor shoplifting offenses where it was a first offense, the defendant did not serve a day in jail and paid a small fine because … [Read more...] about Crime and Punishment in American Immigration – Providing Advice to Noncitizens Regarding Immigration Consequences
In 1994, police in Ann Arbor, Mich., obtained blood samples from 160 African-American men in the hunt for a serial rapist and murderer. That dragnet also failed to produce a suspect, but police eventually caught the rapist after he attacked another woman. After being cleared, one of the men who gave blood persuaded a trial judge to order the return of his DNA sample and profile. The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed the police appeal on procedural grounds, and the state supreme court refused to hear the case. Shelton v. Ann Arbor Police Department, No. 107576 (1997). … [Read more...] about DNA Dragnet