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Fault Lines Links: Florida Judge Tosses 21,000 Arrest Orders, Ends Collection Policy

Sept. 21, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning, folks. Welcome to the working week.

  • After his state was shamed in a John Oliver segment, Florida Judge Frederick Lauten announced that he will discontinue the policy of arresting individuals who fail to pay court fines and has eliminated 21,000 arrest orders for people failing to appear in collections court. Good on him.
  • The Indiana Supreme Court threw out felony murder convictions for three of the “Elkhart Four” teens who were sentenced to 55 years in prison when one of their friends was killed by a homeowner during a burglary. The judge ordered the lower court to resentence the prisoners to simple burglary.
  • A judge in Baltimore has ordered retrials for two decades-old murder cases due to questions over the integrity of the police detective who had investigated them. This will be the third trial for both suspects, both convicted twice before. The judge found that the defense teams should have been permitted to question the credibility of the lead detective, Darryl Massey, who faces allegations of overtime theft at Baltimore PD.
  • Phoenix PD has found that the deadly shooting of mentally ill Michelle Cusseaux in 2014 was “outside department policy.” Sergeant Percy Dupra fired at Cusseaux while trying to serve a mental health pick-up when she opened the front door with a claw hammer raised above her head. Although Dupra had previously been cleared on any criminal charges, the disciplinary board will now decide whether suspension, demotion or termination is appropriate.
  • In a ridiculous instance of unnecessary force, a Georgia cop responds to two high school teens engaged in a school fight by immediately zapping them with a taserWatch the video and judge for yourself.
  • The chief of police for Irving, Texas went on Chris Hayes and admitted that his officers knew Ahmed Mohamed’s contraption was not a bomb when they arrested him, claiming that they were investigating a “hoax bomb”.
  • Sacramento “hero cop” Paul Pfeiffer is facing his third lawsuit for use of excessive force since 2009. The current lawsuit relates to the brutal beating of 51 year old John Reyes. Reyes alleges that he had merely politely asked Pfeiffer to move his police cruiser which was blocking the sidewalk, when the officer responded with brutal force. A video of the incident is also circulating.
  • Joseph Meek Jr, friend to Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof, pleads not guilty to charges of lying to investigators and concealing evidence of the shooting. His bond has been set at $100,000.
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