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Texas halts execution of man who did not kill anyone

Jeffery WoodThe Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted an execution planned for next week of a man convicted as an accomplice to a murder he did not commit, a case that raised questions about how the state applies the death penalty.

Jeffery Wood, 43, was scheduled to be executed on August 24 by lethal injection.

He was convicted of taking part in a 1996 convenience-store robbery during which Kriss Keeran, the store clerk, was fatally shot.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio suffers another defeat in profiling case

Joe Arpaio“America’s toughest sheriff” just suffered another defeat at the hands of a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow on Friday ordered another judge to rule on whether Joe Arpaio, the Republican sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, and a deputy should be held in criminal contempt of court for repeatedly ignoring court orders to stop racially profiling Latinos.

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Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years in federal prison for drugging, raping as many as 16 women

Darren SharoeFormer NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He earlier pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to drugging three women so he could rape them. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada to charges arising from allegations of drugging and raping women.

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Fire Seven Officers For Laquan McDonald Cover-Up, Police Supt. Says

Fire seven officers for Laquan shootingSupt. Eddie Johnson is moving to fire seven officers accused of lying about the shooting of Laquan McDonald and its aftermath.

"The officers have been relieved of their police powers prior to the determination of the Police Board," Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

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Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

DOJ to end private prisonsThe Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is reportedly planning to stop using private prisons.

According to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates obtained by the Post, officials have been instructed to not renew contracts with prison operators or diminish existing contracts.

Shares of GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America were originally halted on the news, but have since reopened, falling more than 20 percent. Both stocks were then halted again for volatility.

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Target spending $20M on third bathrooms in transgender debate

Target- Target Corporation, facing a boycott over its transgender-friendly restroom options, said it will spend $20 million to install third restrooms in stores.

A separate and lockable single-toilet restroom will be available for customers and employees in need of privacy, including those uncomfortable using the same facilities as a transgender person or those with small children of a different gender.

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Unarmed Chicago teen Paul O’Neal died from police gunshot to the back, autopsy says

Paul O'Neal shot ion back

A Chicago teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer last month took his fatal wound in the back, an autopsy revealed Wednesday.

A medical examiner’s report revealed 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, who was unarmed, died from a single shot to his back and had no drugs in his system.

The report, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, said the officer who killed O’Neal during a foot chase fired five shots from his Glock 9mm handgun — and four missed.

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