CBS: Homeless Man Spent 13 Years Behind Bars After Trying to Break into Church Kitchen

August 17, 2010 4:13 PM
Posted by Naimah Jabali-Nash

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) A California man who spent 13 years in prison after trying to break into a church to find something to eat, and who became an example of the state's strict three-strikes law, has been ordered released from prison by a Superior Court judge.

Tears rolled down the face of 47-year-old Gregory Taylor when Judge Peter Espinoza ordered that he be set free, reducing his sentence from 25 years to life, to the time he has already served.

CNN: Family of woman killed in botched drug raid to receive $4.9 million

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- The city of Atlanta will pay $4.9 million to the family of Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old woman killed in a botched November 2006 drug raid, Mayor Kasim Reed's office announced Monday.

Johnston was shot to death by narcotics officers conducting a "no-knock" warrant. Investigators later determined the raid was based on falsified paperwork stating that illegal drugs were present in the home.

Time: Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?

By Adam Cohen Wednesday, Aug. 04, 2010

Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant, faces up to 16 years in prison. His crime? He videotaped his March encounter with a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle. Then Graber put the video — which could put the officer in a bad light — up on YouTube.

ACLU: Corruption and Abuse By LA County Deputies Contribute To Suicide, Report Confirms

Margaret Winter, National Prison Project
Jul 29th, 2010

John Horton was held in solitary confinement in the Los Angeles County Men‘s Central Jail following his arrest for drug possession. He committed suicide.

Houston Chronicle: Ex-judge says prison unfair, 'cruel' to him

Ex-judge says prison unfair, 'cruel' to him
Kent alleges inhumane treatment and asks his sentence be shortened
Aug. 3, 2010, 10:18PM

As a prisoner, former U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent has been shunted into solitary confinement, forced to hear the screams of another inmate being raped and ordered by a "cruel" sergeant in the Florida prison system to do calisthenics in the nude, according to allegations in a federal court memorandum filed Tuesday.

Denver Post: ACLU sues Boulder County to ease curbs on prisoners' letters

By Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post
Posted: 08/04/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

Ever since a couple of inmates accused of sexual assault sent letters from the Boulder County jail to underage girls, jail officials decided to change their policy on prisoner correspondence.

Since March, inmates may no longer send enveloped letters out of the jail except legal mail to their attorneys or mail that is deemed official business — such as banking or medical correspondence, said Cmdr. Bruce Haas.


Our dear comrade Marilyn Buck made her transition today at 1 pm
est peacefully and surrounded by friends at home in Brooklyn. Details of memorials and where to send cards and donations will follow soon.

Marilyn Buck - reads Wild Poppies


The Associated Press
Sunday, August 1, 2010; 8:44 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican independence activist who spent 25 years in prison for participating in a gun attack on the U.S. Congress a half-century ago, died Sunday. She was 90.

Former South African Top Cop Receives Prison Sentence for Corruption

Scott Bobb | Johannesburg 03 August 2010

The former head of South Africa's national police force and former president of Interpol has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption.

Judge Mayer Joffe imposed the 15-year sentence on former national police chief Jackie Selebi, calling him an embarrassment to his country and the officers who served under him.

Conrad Black: My prison education

It had been an interesting experience, from which I developed a much greater practical knowledge than I had ever had before of those who had drawn a short straw from the system; of the realities of street level American race relations; of the pathology of incorrigible criminals; and of the wasted opportunities for the reintegration of many of these people into society. I saw at close range the failure of the U.S.


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