Caroline Lewis

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The Central Park Jogger -- No Justice But Money

No case in New York City has fanned racial tensions more than that of the Central Park Jogger, in which five non-white teenagers [four black and one Hispanic] were falsely convicted of raping a white woman and literally beating her within an inch of her life.<p>Like "Stop and Frisk," no case better …

Crime

Landmark civil rights legal records deleted from Pacer

<b>Records of landmark US civil rights cases presided over by one of the country's most senior judges have been removed from the internet.</b><p>The state-run Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Pacer) service deleted numerous court documents deemed incompatible with a software upgrade.<p>These included …

Sonia Sotomayor

Number Of Homeless Vets Sleeping On Street Drops Nearly 40 Percent In 4 Years

Thousands of homeless veterans have found stable housing in recent years, thanks to federal, state and local initiatives combating the crisis.<p>According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and Department of Housing …

Ebola outbreak: 'Even worse than I'd feared'

"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country.<p>"The sooner the world …

Disease

Chicago police commander accused of putting gun in suspect's mouth

A police commander frequently praised for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect's mouth.<p>Cmdr. Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, said Sally …

St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Aggressive Response To Ferguson Protests

CLAYTON, Mo. -- The head of the Saint Louis County Police, who oversaw the crackdown on protests in nearby Ferguson shortly after a teenager was shot and killed by a police officer there, is defending the way his officers used military-style equipment even during peaceful daytime protests.<p>Chief Jon …

Thai army arrests hundreds under martial law

Hundreds of people have been detained by the Thai military since martial law was imposed three months ago.<p>The army says it invoked the measure to restore peace and order following months of anti-government protests.<p>The military insists all prisoners are being treated in line with human rights laws, …