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Latest 'Serial' Episode Proves That For Victims Of Police Brutality, The Trauma Endures

Latest 'Serial' Episode Proves That For Victims Of Police Brutality, The Trauma Endures

"How do you quantify the intangible damage a cop does when he kicks your ass?" asks host Sarah Koenig, in an episode that tackles the aftermath of Jesse Nickerson and Emirius Spencer's run-ins with police.

- Oxygen
"The Snowball Effect," the seventh episode of the newest season of “Serial,” once again focuses on allegations of corruption and violence against police in the Cleveland area.
Like the preceding episode, Jesse Nickerson, a man who was beaten by police officers in 2016, is the focus. But rather than further detailing his story, hosts Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi explore the trauma Nickerson experienced as a result of his run-in with the law, and draw comparisons to the case...

‘Serial’ Explains How Prosecutors Are The 'Most Powerful People In Any Courthouse'

‘Serial’ Explains How Prosecutors Are The 'Most Powerful People In Any Courthouse'

- Oxygen
The fifth episode of the new season of "Serial," aptly named "Pleas Baby Pleas," focuses on prosecutors and the plea deals they make.
“Prosecutors are the most powerful people in any courthouse,” host Sarah Koenig says. “Defense attorneys will tell you they’d rather have a fair prosecutor and an unfair judge than a fair judge and an unfair prosecutor, because of all the people who shape a criminal case the prosecutor has the most...

'Serial' Examines ‘No Snitching’ Code, Even After A Baby Has Been Shot To Death

'Serial' Examines ‘No Snitching’ Code, Even After A Baby Has Been Shot To Death

Sarah Koenig sat down with Davon Holmes and Robert "RJ" Scott –t wo witnesses to horrific crimes where children were shot to death – who maintained that they would never snitch.

- Oxygen
The fourth episode of "Serial’s" newest season, which has been focusing on examining Cleveland’s justice system, looks into a 2015 shooting death of 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield.
She was shot while she rode in a car with her mother and other relatives after a bullet struck her in the chest; someone was shooting from outside the vehicle, and it does not appear that the baby was the intended target.
Host Sarah Koenig (pictured above) interviews Davon Holmes who was...

‘Serial’ Episode 2 Explores When Judges Cross A Line, Even Ordering Defendants To Stop Having Babies

‘Serial’ Episode 2 Explores When Judges Cross A Line, Even Ordering Defendants To Stop Having Babies

The show covers Judge Daniel Gaul, a controversial fiure in Cleveland’s Justice Center, who regularly orders defendants to stop having children.

- Oxygen
The second episode of “Serial’s” third season is entitled “You’ve Got Some Gauls,” and it primarily follows the court proceedings of Judge Daniel Gaul.
“Serial” and “This American Life” staffer Emmanuel Dzotsi sat in Gaul’s sentencing and probation proceedings for months and noted that Gaul often asks questions that could be perceived as racially prejudiced.
“Is your father in the picture?” Gaul asks one...

California Criminal Lawyer Tully Hits Best Seller With 1st Book: 'California - State of Collusion'

California Criminal Lawyer Tully Hits Best Seller With 1st Book: 'California - State of Collusion'

California's best criminal lawyer "Joseph Tully exposes power, conspiracy, and cover-ups in the Golden State's failed criminal justice system..."

- Yahoo! News
California's best criminal lawyer, Joseph Tully, adds Best Selling Author to his legal bio with his book California – State of Collusion (Sutton Hart Press) hitting #1 on Amazon in its category the first week.
California: State of Collusion looks at entrenched conspiracy among the Golden State's judges, prosecutors and police - fabricated testimony, doctored evidence, proof of innocence buried, and judges turning a blind eye while imposing...

Witnesses describe bloody Lakehead area murder scene

Witnesses describe bloody Lakehead area murder scene

- Record Searchlight
A Shasta County sheriff's deputy took the witness stand in Shasta County Superior Court Tuesday as he described in graphic detail the horrific scene of a September stabbing at a Lakehead area RV park and campground that left a 50-year-old man dead.
"He was covered in blood," said deputy Justin Brewer after finding Michael Douglas Graves lying next to an RV with numerous stab wounds and gasping for breath. "I asked him who stabbed him. He said, Chris, and then lost...

Up in smoke: When the law gets hazy

Up in smoke: When the law gets hazy

No contest plea ends long-running drug case

- Enterprise
His court case resolved, a retired UC Davis fire captain convicted of illegal marijuana sales says he was the focus of a “witch hunt” by overzealous Yolo County drug agents and prosecutors.
“For what? What did they get out of it?” said Paul Fullerton, whose home and hydroponics business, Lil’ Shop of Growers in Woodland, were raided by the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET) in February 2016.
The result was felony drug, child endangerment and...

Reggae Icon’s Son Was Caught With Marijuana. It Nearly Cost Him His Life.

Reggae Icon’s Son Was Caught With Marijuana. It Nearly Cost Him His Life.

- Marijuana.com
Jawara McIntosh was living a good life in June 2013. A budding recording artist, father, devout Rastafarian and son of a legend, he was traveling from New Jersey to his home outside of Boston.
With dreadlocks swinging and music mellowing, McIntosh heard sirens. He was pulled over, his car searched. Police officers found a large amount of cannabis in the car and arrested him. He was taken to the Bergen County, New Jersey, Jail in Hackensack.
McIntosh’s arrest reads much like...

How To Hook Up On A Plane Without Getting Caught, 'Cause You Know You Want To

How To Hook Up On A Plane Without Getting Caught, 'Cause You Know You Want To

- Elite Daily
Let's be real: Everyone's got a sex bucket list. Maybe it consists of trying crazy acrobatic positions in the bedroom, or attempting to get it on in all sorts of spontaneous and risky locations. (Like a romp between the stacks of your college library, perhaps?) Whatever the case may be, I'm guessing it involves joining the Mile High Club, which means you're probably wondering how to have sex on a plane...
So, like, hey, I'm Genevieve. And I'll be your captain on this instructional, plane...

Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

- Record Searchlight
Medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons had a pretty good day Friday in Shasta County Superior Court.
So did their lawyers.
That's because they may be one step closer in seeing their long-running criminal case dismissed after it's slowly gone through the court system for nearly four years.
"Everything is looking good," Benno said after court Friday morning.
Benno, who declined to elaborate, made his comment after Superior Court Judge...