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25 April 2017

Fault Lines Links: California Wants More People In Prison

Sept. 14, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — And we’re back! Here’s what we’re watching!

  • Lawmakers have sent several new bills to California Governor Jerry Brown for the creation of new felonies, despite the all too present issue of prison overcrowding.
  • Klamath County (OR) Sheriff Frank Skrah was indicted on Friday on charges of assault and strangulation. The charges relate to three separate incidents between 2013 and 2015 involving the alleged choking of Kenneth Bragg and of James Johnson with a flashlight, and the alleged assault of Jason Charles. Skrah denies the charges and defends his decision to stay in office amidst the criminal investigation. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 19.
  • The mother of Darrien Hunt rejected $900,000 settlement from the city of Saratoga Springs, Utah, after the city tried for a “gag order” settlement that would effectively prevent her from speaking on her son’s death at the hands of police going forward. The lawsuit alleges that 22 year-old unarmed Hunt dressed in a cosplay costume and carrying a fake samurai sword, suffered excessive force and a violation of his constitutional rights when two officers killed him with six shots in the back.
  • The suspect for whom James Blake was mistaken for was also misidentified. Apparently, the image was plucked from the internet by a private company who had conducted their own internal investigation into the credit card fraud. The police officer involved, James Frascatore, has racked up five civilian complaints in the four years he has been with the NYPD including two for use of excessive force. He has been stripped of his badge and remanded to desk duty while an investigation into his actions continues.
  • A man charged with the attempted murder of two Alabama police officers has brought a federal lawsuit against the officers in question. Marcus Underwood claims that the two cops used excessive force when they shot him five times as he was pulling away in his car in 2014. The officers claim that Underwood was attempting to run them over as they ordered him to get out of his vehicle. Underwood’s trial is due to commence on Monday.
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  • Scott Jacobs
    14 September 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Question: Is Skrah allowed to keep his weapon?

    Because, you know, most of us regular folks don’t get to own (much less walk around carrying) a gun when we are charged with a felony…