Criminal Justice

DeSantis wants to reboot state guard to ease FL’s reliance on Biden administration

BY: - December 2, 2021

Standing before a backdrop featuring a huge U.S. flag and a line of Florida National Guard troops in at-ease pose, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that he wants to revive a state guard he can run without interference from the federal government. State law drafted during World War II already authorizes this Florida State Guard […]

Georgia jury finds three white men guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s shotgun murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County, Ga., courtroom on Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into […]

Prosecutor says Arbery targeted for being ‘Black man running down the street’

BY: - November 23, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Monday’s closing arguments accused the three white defendants of chasing Ahmaud Arbery because he was Black, a decision that led to his shooting death on a Brunswick-area street Sunday afternoon in 2020. The Glynn County murder trial is set to resume Tuesday with the state’s prosecutors expected to present a two-hour […]

Cash bail: Lawsuits target practice that leaves poor people jailed while others walk

BY: - November 23, 2021

George Whitfield, arrested for possessing drugs and paraphernalia, has been held in the Sarasota jail awaiting trial since Aug. 4. Meanwhile, he’s lost his job. Why? He couldn’t afford the bail amount of $2,000. Linda Sue Reed of Sarasota was arrested Sept. 8 on a charge of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public […]

Tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin

BY: - November 22, 2021

Five people are dead and more than 40 injured after an SUV plowed through the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday afternoon. Waukesha schools were closed for the day on Monday, with additional school counselors available at all school buildings for students who needed support. “At this time we are working with the police […]

Groveland Four officially exonerated after more than 70 years

BY: - November 22, 2021

Four young Black men falsely accused of raping a white woman more than 70 years ago in Florida — were exonerated Monday. Known as the Groveland Four, the cases became a travesty of justice that has marred Florida’s history. Here are excerpts from the Associated Press report: “A judge on Monday officially exonerated four young African […]

DeSantis hires chief resilience officer, three additional department leaders

BY: - November 19, 2021

For the first time in one year and nine months, Florida will have a full-time chief resilience officer, responsible for the state’s response to rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced that he has selected Wesley Brooks for the role, along with new leaders for the departments […]

Jury finds Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts

BY: - November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who shot three people, killing two of them, during Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Kenosha, was found not guilty of all the charges against him on Friday. The Kenosha County jury in the Rittenhouse murder trial found that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony […]

COMMENTARY

Waiting for the Rittenhouse verdict as the world falls apart

BY: - November 19, 2021

While waiting for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, I stepped out to visit the principal at my kids’ high school — the same school I attended, Madison East. East has been in the local news a lot lately for a series of rowdy protests and fights, including a recent melee in which […]

Defense rests after prosecutor pokes at credibility of Georgia man who shot Ahmaud Arbery

BY: - November 19, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Travis McMichael’s murder trial hammered him Thursday for contradictions and failing to take steps to avoid the deadly confrontation that ended with him shooting Ahmaud Arbery on a suburban Brunswick street in February 2020. Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski pointed out multiple inconsistencies between the statement Travis McMichael gave […]

COMMENTARY

How we move forward after the Rittenhouse trial

BY: - November 15, 2021

On Aug. 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot seven times, in front of his kids, as he walked away from police. While Jacob survived the shooting, he is paralyzed and his life will never be the same. Two days later, a 17-year-old white supremacist drove over state lines and shot two people, murdering two of […]

Defense lawyer in Arbery case claims Al Sharpton presence intimidates jurors

BY: - November 12, 2021

After Rev. Al Sharpton sat next to Ahmaud Arbery’s family in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday, a defense attorney representing one of the three white men on trial for Arbery’s killing raised questions about prominent Black pastors showing up. The judge rejected defense attorney Kevin Gough’s request to limit how many nationally recognized Black pastors […]