Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Number of children at Milwaukee County juvenile jail exceeds capacity.
The Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, the county's 127-bed juvenile detention center, held 141 youth on Feb. 21. That was an "all-time high" for the facility, which has been struggling for months with overcrowding driven in part by a rise in serious crime, said Kelly Pethke, who heads the county's Children, Youth and Family Services division, during a county committee meeting Wednesday.
Caseloads are ballooning, and on average, young people are being held in the detention center for longer periods of time, she said. Some youth are being held on serious charges in pending cases. Others have been sentenced and are just waiting for an opening in a county rehabilitation program.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mother of man who died at Racine County Jail files federal lawsuit.
CNN: Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearings will highlight rightward path of Supreme Court.
Deadline: Federal judge dismisses Project Veritas' defamation lawsuit against CNN.
HuffPost (AP): Jury in case charging three with plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hears undercover recordings.
(Now-defendant Adam) Fox didn’t know that (Agent Mark) Schweers was wearing a recording device as he talked excitedly about attacking the Michigan Capitol, teaming up with a militia called the Wolverine Watchmen, and restoring a “constitutional republic.”
“We want her flex-cuffed on a table while we all pose and get our pictures taken like we just made the biggest drug bust in . . . history,” Fox said of Whitmer, laughing and using profanities.
Above the Law: Georgia municipalities to pay $900,000 over mass arrest for less than an ounce of marijuana.
(O)n December 31, 2017, members of the Cartersville Police Department waltzed right into a New Year’s Eve party, without an invitation.
Because they drove by an apartment complex and “smelled marijuana.” With their windows up because it was December. And they knew exactly which unit the smell was coming from.
Once inside, police searched the premises, found less than one ounce of weed — i.e. misdemeanor weight — and, when no one claimed it, arrested everyone at the party and charged them with possession. Seventy guests, 50 of whom are Black and five of whom were minors at the time, were transported to jail by the Bartow County Drug Task Force, where they were forced to stand outside in winter cold for hours waiting to be strip-searched and placed in a freezing holding cell for up to three days. According to the ensuing complaint, many of them were denied medical care and threatened with isolation if they complained.
Death Penalty Information Center: After more than 20 years, new trial granted to man on death row in Pennsylvania.
A Pennsylvania trial court has granted a new trial to death-row prisoner Kevin Dowling . . . finding that prosecutors withheld evidence that would have shown he was 40 miles away when their sole eyewitness claimed to have seen him near the murder scene. . . .
“This Court has . . . thoroughly and extensively considered whether the Commonwealth participated in the suppression of exculpatory evidence prior to Petitioner’s trial in October and November of 1998, as well as whether the Commonwealth failed to correct testimony . . . which it knew or should have known to be materially false,” (Lebanon County Senior Judge Robert J.) Eby wrote. “On both of these issues, we concluded that it has.”
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