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How A Prosecutor Would Assess The Facts In Michael Brown Shooting

October 31, 2014 11:02:09 am

Amid conflicting witness statements and autopsy analyses, dueling videotapes and a loud outcry for justice, there is substantial agreement about many of the facts surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, says St. Louis Public Radio. As a St. Louis County grand jury decides whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, it knows this much: Wilson and Brown struggled at Wilson’s police car, and Wilson fired his gun twice, hitting Brown’s hand, which was near the gun. Brown ran. At some point he turned to face Wilson. The officer shot Brown multiple times, including two shots each to the head and chest, killing him.

Those agreed-upon facts do not provide enough information for a prosecutor or a grand jury to decide whether to charge Wilson with a state or federal crime, experts agree. At least two contested facts are key: Did Wilson fear for his life? and did Brown start back toward Wilson when he turned around and if so how fast? If Brown stopped still and raised his hands, as some say, Wilson probably would not be entitled to use deadly force. David Rosen, a former federal prosecutor of police cases and adjunct professor at Washington University Law School, explained a prosecutor’s approach. “You have plenty of witnesses on both sides…so I look at: What do the forensics tell me? How many times did he fire the gun? How far away was he? What do the bullet angles mean? All I am trying to do is get to the point of whether the level of force use was justified.”

Oklahoma Teen Hacked To Death, Nearly Beheaded By “Religious Zealot” Obsessed With Witchcraft

On Wednesday afternoon, authorities in Tillwater, Okla. said they received a call from a man who said he had just murdered someone.

According to KFOR the suspect, who is now identified as 21-year-old Isiah Zoar Marin (left), was found walking along State Highway 51. Marin was carrying a large knife, also described as a small sword and reportedly covered in blood.

The KFOR report, citing a court affidavit, said Marin told police, “I hacked them to death with a machete.” 

Based on the information Marin was giving officers, they had to back track and figure out where the murder scene was. Eventually, investigators found the apartment where the killing took place. Inside authorities found the body of 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett (right). Reports said he had been nearly decapitated.

Crockett is the son of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper.

Police do not believe, as of now, accoding to KFOR, that the murder has any relation to the Islamic extremists beheadings. But authorities did say, according to Fox Oklahoma, that Marin did fantasize about killing four or five other people and that he did target the victim. KFOR reports that according to court records, the victim believed that the suspect may have practicing witchcraft.

According to the police affidavit, obtained by KFOR, Jesse Crockett, who is the victim’s brother, told authorities Marin is a “heavy drug user” and “religious zealot.” At the time of the incident, Marin and his brother Samuel, according to KFOR, were watching YouTube videos about his Christian beliefs.

As far as the relationship the suspect had with the victim, according to KFOR, they were “acquaintances” and Crockett was attending college in the area. They were reportedly playing cards at the time when Marin allegedly picked up a small sword, and began to swing it. The official motive for the killing has not been revealed.

Marin’s case is set for a hearing on Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. He’s currently being held without bond.

Crockett leaves behind a loving family and a twin brother.

Read more:  KFOR

Read more:  FOX Oklahoma 

DOJ Argues Against Disclosing Defendants’ Mug Shots, Cites Privacy

October 31, 2014 10:55:20 am

The federal government asked a federal appeals court yesterday to block the compelled disclosure of mug shots, citing the “substantial” privacy interests of defendants, the National Law Journal reports. The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting a Michigan judge’s ruling in a suit brought by the Detroit Free Press over access to mugs of four police officers charged in a drug and bribery conspiracy. A provision of the Freedom of Information Act allows the government to withhold mug shots, the department told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mug shots, the government argues, reveal “an otherwise private event in which the individual is captured at ‘a humiliating moment.’” The U.S. Marshals Service denied the Free Press’ FOIA request for the officers’ mug shots, saying the disclosure “could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.” A federal trial judge ordered the government to release the mug shots but put the ruling on hold pending appeal. Herschel Fink, attorney for the Free Press, said, “there is simply no privacy interest in mug shots of persons who have been indicted and who are actively being prosecuted.”

Connecticut GOP Lacks Standing to Sue Dems

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     HARTFORD, Conn. (CN) – Democrats supporting Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy with federal campaign funds should not face Republican interference, a judge ruled.     The Connecticut Republican Party l…

Baltimore Hopes To Quadruple Surveillance By Including Private Cameras

October 31, 2014 10:46:43 am

Baltimore is expanding its public surveillance network to include private security cameras that city officials hope will quadruple the number of digital eyes on neighborhoods and make residents and business owners feel more secure, reports the Baltimore Sun. The city yesterday launched a program two years in the making that gives police quicker access to the hundreds of private cameras mounted outside of businesses and homes around Baltimore. The voluntary program allows property owners to be part of the CitiWatch Community Partnership, which maps where cameras are located and points detectives to available security footage in areas where crimes have occurred.

When crime cameras were first installed in Baltimore in 2005, they numbered fewer than 200 and were largely confined to high-crime areas. The city’s network has grown to 696. Officials stress that becoming part of the CitiWatch system is voluntary and police officers will look at footage from the expanded private system only after they receive a report of a crime in the vicinity. The police will not be able to view a live feed from the newly signed-up private cameras. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the new program strengthens two areas in which police are trying to improve: technology and community relations. Philadelphia, San Jose, Ca., and Chicago are among other cities that have similar private security camera registries or networks.

Almost 300 Cities, Counties, Three States Limit or Refuse U.S. Detainers

October 31, 2014 10:46:26 am

Almost 300 cities and counties plus the states of California, Colorado and Connecticut now are limiting or refusing cooperation with federal “detainers,” or requests from immigration authorities to hold someone for possible deportation, reports Stateline, citing the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which tracks them. A Stateline comparison of the center’s list with U.S. Census data shows that more than half of the nation’s 22 million noncitizens live in those jurisdictions, including such immigrant strongholds as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami.

Other areas also with large noncitizen populations, including Houston’s Harris County, Tx., and Maricopa County, Az. (Phoenix), do cooperate, at least officially. New York City was one of the first jurisdictions to question the detainers, said Peter Markowitz of the Immigration Justice Clinic in New York and co-author of a 2011 Berkeley Law School study of the federal Secure Communities program that became the basis for many arguments against detainers. “It’s really gone from 0 to 60,” he said about the move to limit or refuse to cooperate. “A few years ago, nobody was doing it, then a few places like Santa Clara County, California, and New York City, and now there’s just an explosion,” he says. State and local officials began to balk when they saw that many people were deported even though they had not committed serious crimes.