Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigMay 14, 2015
“For most people, pleading guilty to a felony means they will very likely land in prison, lose their job and forfeit their right to vote,” writes Dealbook at The New York Times. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMay 9, 2014
Prisoners serving their sentences as well as parolees and probationers would be allowed to vote in New Jersey under newly introduced legislation, but only if they had served in the military. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Sonali Kolhatkar / TruthdigJan 16, 2014
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.Instead of being a poor black kid, what if Travion Blount had been white and wealthy? Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJul 10, 2011
In May, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department SWAT officers broke into the home of 63-year-old Carlos Montes, a prominent anti-war activist and organizer for working class causes, and arrested him on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm. The occurrence of similar arrests suggests the FBI is staging a low-profile witch hunt. (more) Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJul 1, 2011
Prosecutors in the case of a housekeeper who is charging Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexual assault are reportedly expected to dismiss felony charges after discovering the woman's credibility is severely lacking. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJun 3, 2011
He's already faced blowback on the personal and professional levels, and now former-presidential-hopeful-turned-tabloid-philanderer John Edwards can add legal problems to his woes. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted him on campaign finance charges. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Bill Boyarsky / TruthdigMay 10, 2011
The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.I’m wondering if I’ve already lost some of my readers. Who cares about criminals? Some of the journalists I met last week said they get the same reaction from their editors. Dig deeper ( 4 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigApr 29, 2011
Several states, including Minnesota, Iowa and Florida, are considering legislation that would make it a felony for activists and journalists to carry out undercover investigations of agribusiness operations (more). Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigAug 20, 2009
Not two years ago, NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress was on top of his game, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII in a surprise victory over the New England Patriots. On Thursday, he was on his way to jail for two years after pleading guilty in a felony weapons case. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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