Jerry Brown, then governor-elect of California, speaks during a press conference at his campaign headquarters on November 3, 2010.David Paul Morris/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark bill Tuesday that eliminates money bail in the state and replaces it with a risk assessment system that gives judges more power in deciding who is detained before trial. A handful of states already use risk assessment and some places, like New Jersey, have eliminated cash bail altogether. “A person’s checking account balance should never determine how they are treated under the law,” said Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement about the new law, which will go into effect in October 2019. “Cash bail criminalizes poverty and with Governor Brown’s signature today, California has opened the door to pursue and perfect a just pre-trial system.” The … [Read more...] about California Just Abolished Cash Bail
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The secret tape with Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen discussing payments related to an alleged affair was revealed on Tuesday night, and plenty of questions remain. The approximately 2 minute recording, aired by CNN, has Cohen telling Trump that he'll have to set up "financing." Mr. Trump initially says "what financing?" He then says the word "cash" and later the word "check." But some words on the tape are unclear. The context matters. Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis who provided the tape to CNN, stressed repeatedly that Mr. Trump said "cash." Mr. Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, maintains the president is saying, in effect, don't pay with cash, pay with a check. Giuliani says that shows Mr. Trump was trying to be above board. Giuliani provided a transcript to CNN that Trump told Cohen, "Don't pay with cash ... check." "The transcript that we provided CNN accurately reflects the taped conversation," Giuliani told CBS News. Was it legal for … [Read more...] about Trump and Michael Cohen on tape: Did Trump say “cash” or “check?”
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter If there’s one thing all middle-schoolers learn in health class, it’s that you don’t have to do drugs to be cool. Richard Nixon declared that drugs were “public enemy number one” in 1971, but anti-drug education really hit its stride during the ’80s and early ’90s, thanks to programs like D.A.R.E. and Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign. As incarceration for drug offenses skyrocketed, teachers urged schoolchildren to resist peer pressure. An eighth grader performs at a 1992 rehearsal for D.A.R.E. (John Heller/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) From 1989: Counseling peers at McKeesport High. (Andy Starnes/The Pittsburgh Press) But the coolest “kids” of all—as documented in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s photo archives—weren’t straight-laced teenagers. Instead, they were the cops who carried out the biggest drug busts. … [Read more...] about Picturing the drug raids of the ‘Just Say No’ era
City Honors School is arguably the top public school in the Buffalo region. At the same time, it’s also seen as a poster child for the racial inequality in some of America’s great schools. In fact, the school on East North Street serves as a case study – and Buffalo as the battleground – in a new book addressing the modern day civil rights challenge of providing students of color greater access to the nation’s best schools. In a district where half the students are black, African-Americans made up just 16 percent of the enrollment at City Honors this school year – down by almost half from 20 years ago, when blacks made up 31 percent of the enrollment. “This is something that is happening nationally,” said Gary Orfield, a leading civil rights scholar and co-author of the new book who had tried to help Buffalo schools revamp their admissions policies. “There are a lot of schools that were created to produce diversity … [Read more...] about Fixing City Honors diversity problem ‘easier said than done,’ says Cash
Ending years of litigation, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s red-light-camera law is legal, ending years of litigation and settling disputing state appeals court rulings that ruled both in favor of and against the state law.The ruling was 7-0, though three justices concurred in a separate opinion. You can read the court decision here.Ed Guedes of the South Florida-based firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman represented more than 50 city and county governments throughout the lawsuits, which have been winding through lower courts since 2011.“From a societal perspective, I think one of the good things that I hope will come of this decision is that local government entities will reexamine the question of having a red light camera program,” he said. “Ultimately, I think the programs are effective and I think they achieve good objectives in terms of public safety.”This not only ends red-light runners’ ability to cite a state … [Read more...] about Red light cameras are officially legal — do you think they promote public safety or just generate cash for cities?