Tag: Sentences (Criminal)

How Mandatory Minimums Are Weaponized

In the early morning hours of May 30, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman were arrested in Brooklyn after a night of citywide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. They are charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail through the broken window of an unoccupied police car. No one was hurt. Both have plead […]

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How Mandatory Minimums Are Weaponized

In the early morning hours of May 30, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman were arrested in Brooklyn after a night of citywide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. They are charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail through the broken window of an unoccupied police car. No one was hurt. Both have plead […]

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A California judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday to pay a $3.5 million fine for causing the Camp Fire, the blaze that killed scores of people and destroyed the town of Paradise in 2018. Judge Michael R. Deems of Butte County Superior Court read the sentence after hearing statements from survivors of the […]

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The Horror of Prison During the Coronavirus

I have been wondering what to say about the horror of Covid-19 behind bars. Much has already been written about the scale of the crisis, the moral argument for freeing people from prisons and jails, and the utter inadequacy of the response in many states, including New York. Activists, community leaders, medical experts and family […]

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Unjust Convictions Must Become a Justice Department Priority

In 2003, Greg Elking wrote a letter to his minister. Mr. Elking was the sole witness to a murder nine years before. On the strength of his eyewitness identification, jurors convicted a man named Lamar Johnson of the crime. But it wasn’t true, as Mr. Elking confessed in his anguished letter. “The reason I’m telling […]

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No Death Sentences for Minor Offenses

On March 28, Patrick Jones became the first inmate in a federal prison known to have died of Covid-19. He was a worker at a prison textile factory at the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex in Louisiana, where he was serving time for a nonviolent drug offense. By the third week of April, seven more inmates […]

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Rapper Tekashi69 Freed From Prison Over Coronavirus Risk

The rapper Tekashi69 walked out of a federal prison on Thursday, four months short of his two-year term, thanks to a nationwide effort to stem coronavirus outbreak risks at jails and prisons, which health advocates fear might become a tinder box for infections. Tekashi69 (born Daniel Hernandez), 23, will finish the remainder of his sentence […]

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Man Convicted of Trying to Blow Up Oklahoma City Bank Gets 25 Years in Prison

A man who was arrested in 2017 after a thwarted attempt to blow up a bank in downtown Oklahoma City — a plot that echoed the deadly bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building there in 1995 — was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, the authorities said. The man, Jerry Drake Varnell, […]

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Criminals Should Serve Their Sentences Psychologically

Editors’ note: This is part of the Op-Eds From the Future series, in which science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write Op-Eds that they imagine we might read five, 10, 50 or even 200 years from now. The challenges they predict are imaginary — for now — but their arguments illuminate the urgent questions […]

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Harvey Weinstein Adds ‘Prison Consultant’ to His Entourage

During his monthlong trial, the film producer Harvey Weinstein was surrounded by an expansive, and expensive, entourage of advisers and assistants. He had four lawyers, a jury selection expert, a crisis manager and a spokesman. There was even an employee who made sure his court-ordered ankle monitor was functioning correctly. But about three weeks ago, […]

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The Weinstein Jury Believed the Women

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on Monday of two felony sex crimes, and he now faces a possible sentence of between five and 29 years. We asked the reporters who first broke the story about the accusations […]

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The Stone Sentence Was Fair. What Barr Did Was Still Wrong.

After much sound and fury, Roger Stone — Trump ally, Nixon devotee and longtime political mischief-maker — was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in federal prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. Despite what President Trump has claimed, both the career prosecutors and the judge in the case ensured justice was served. Attorney […]

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Pardon Closes the Book on Milken’s Case but Can’t Rewrite It

By pardoning Michael R. Milken, a potent symbol of the “greed is good” 1980s and arguably the most significant white-collar criminal of his generation, President Trump has sent two powerful messages: When it comes to justice, money counts. And white-collar crime doesn’t really matter. So much for the rule of law, already under siege by […]

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Reality Winner, Imprisoned for Leaking Russian Hacking Report, Seeks Clemency

An Air Force veteran who has been imprisoned for nearly three years for leaking a classified report on Russian hacking while she was an intelligence contractor applied for clemency from President Trump on Monday. The contractor, Reality L. Winner, 28, petitioned the Office of the Pardon Attorney, which is part of the Justice Department, to […]

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‘It Didn’t Work:’ States That Ended Parole for Violent Crimes Are Thinking Again

WAVERLY, Va. — After Zenas Barnes was convicted of three robberies in the 1990s, he accepted a plea deal that stunned even veteran lawyers for its severity: 150 years in state prison. Mr. Barnes, who was 21 at the time, said that he had not realized when he took the deal that the Virginia Legislature […]

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‘He Deserves to Have a Voice’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Note: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence. In the trial of Harvey Weinstein, six women have taken the stand, each making similar accusations of rape and sexual assault against the movie producer. Throughout their testimony, Weinstein’s […]

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London Stabbing Prompts Questions on Policies for Terrorism Convictions

LONDON — The mayor of London accused the government on Monday of failing to give judges the tools they need to keep people who pose terrorist threats in prison, a day after a man who had recently been released went on a stabbing rampage in South London. The attacker, who wounded three people on Sunday […]

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With One Crime, an Ex-Congressman Damaged 2 Families

Cameron Collins stood in the same courtroom that his father had six days earlier, following his father’s example, even to a ruinous end. His father, Chris Collins, a former Republican congressman from New York, had risen to prominence after becoming the first member of Congress to back Donald J. Trump’s bid for president. The elder […]

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