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Stop-and-frisk is already considered a controversial tactic employed by the New York Police Department, but a recently released recording sheds light on just how discriminatory the practice can actually be. In the secretly taped audio, a 17-year-old named Alvin is heard being roughed up, threatened and demeaned by three officers as they stop and frisk him, all "for being a fucking mutt."

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In an editorial, the New York Times says that Alito has "given the American people reasons to be worried." | editorial
Also, in a heated exchange, Ted Kennedy spars with Arlen Specter over Alito's membership in a discriminatory Princeton club. | video

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On Dec. 2 Kenneth Boyd was executed by the state of North Carolina, becoming the 1,000th person to be executed since the 1976 Supreme Court ruling Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in the United States.

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