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Joshua Brown: a sad ending

As if the senseless killing of 26-year old Botham Jean by convicted ex-police officer, Amber Guyger (found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison), wasn't tragic enough, the shooting death of Joshua Brown, 28, Jean's neighbor and a key witness against Guyger, added a sinister element to this national news story. There… Continue reading Joshua Brown: a sad ending

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Mercy in the courtroom

On September 6, 2018, 31-year old Amber Renee Guyger, a Dallas police officer, had just completed a 15-hour shift. She mistakenly entered what she thought was her apartment and confronted Botham Jean, 26; Guyger testified that she believed he was an intruder and fatally shot him.  He was unarmed, sitting on his couch. These facts… Continue reading Mercy in the courtroom

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“Valley of the Damned:” a misleading promo

I cringe whenever a TV series or a movie features prison inmates because I'm afraid that they will add to the public's misconception that most prisoners are violent and dangerous, which can have serious implications for criminal justice reform efforts. The ID Channel's six-episode series, "Valley of the Damned," which focuses on the murders of Tom… Continue reading “Valley of the Damned:” a misleading promo