Wheels Of Justice Slow At Overloaded Federal Courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal district courts have seen a rise in recent years in the time it takes to get civil cases to trial and resolve felony criminal cases as judges’ workloads have increased.

The problem is particularly acute in some federal courts such as California’s and Texas’s Eastern Districts. Judges there have workloads about twice the national average and say they are struggling to keep up.

The result is longer wait times in prison for defendants awaiting trial, higher costs for civil lawsuits and delays that can render those suits moot. [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]

States Grapple With Public Disclosure Of Police Body-Camera Footage

The images inside the police cruiser are fuzzy, impossible to discern until a laptop glows and street lights illuminate the dash. A few minutes pass and the officer is on foot, approaching a white sedan. There are flashlights in the darkness, and maybe that’s the light of a shopping center in the distance.

The half-hour video, which looks like it was shot through a Vaseline-smeared lens, is among hundreds of hours of recordings from body cameras the Seattle Police Department has uploaded to YouTube. Before roughly 800 officers begin using the cameras next year, Seattle police want to know whether posting the videos online is an efficient and affordable way to ensure the public can access them. The videos are “redacted” so that viewers cannot identify the people in them. [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]


 

 

Texas Coach Resigns After Players Hit Ref

Mack Breed, the assistant football coach from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, who is accused of directing two players to target a referee during a game, has resigned, Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods said Thursday.

Head football coach Gary Gutierrez spoke during the University Interscholastic League hearing, both defending Breed and deriding his "poor judgment call."

"I love coach Breed. He was on staff already when I became head coach. He is an upstanding man, he is a man of integrity," Gutierrez said, but "he violated the sanctity of what coaches are" by telling the players to hit a game official.

Breed joined the coaching staff in 2010. He played quarterback at John Jay before attending the University of Missouri, where he played safety. On Thursday, Breed's lawyer issued the coach's first public statement on the incident, saying "some people are unfairly blaming one man, Mack Breed, for everything that happened at that game." [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]

Overall US Immigrant Population On The Rise Again

WASHINGTON — After almost a decade of languishing growth, the nation’s immigrant population increased by more than 1 million last year amid stronger job creation in the U.S. and slowing economic activity in other parts of the world.

New government data show there were 42.4 million foreign-born people in the U.S. last year, or 13.3 percent of the country’s total population. That’s up 1.04 million from 2013, about double the annual growth in recent years.

The sharp increase in immigrants, most of whom came from Asia, contrasts with a small net decrease in immigrants in 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession. The surge has been felt especially in states such as California and Florida. [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]