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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, once considered one of the most conservative in the country, has moved to the left in recent years. But if you think that means it is showing a greater regard for individual rights and civil liberties, think again. According to a ruling the court handed down on March 13, the appropriate range of punishments for possessing a small amount of marijuana includes summary execution.

 
 

HAYWARD, Calif. (CN) – Bay Area Rapid Transit police officers Tasered and crushed a man to death though they knew he was injured, his son claims in court.

Joseph James Greer sued the City of Hayward and BART in Alameda County Court for the wrongful death and assault and battery of his father, James Greer.

In his March 23 lawsuit, Greer claims that BART officers pulled over his father at a sobriety checkpoint and asked him to get out of the car on May 23, 2014.

 
 

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A judge with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court denied several requests by the attorneys of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo to have his case dismissed.

Brelo, 31, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a lengthy police chase through Cleveland and East Cleveland.

He was one of 13 police officers who fired 137 shots into the car driven by Russell. Brelo fired the most and continued to fire after other officers had stopped, according to prosecutors.

 
 

On March 22 a man who opened fire on children and adults in a Philadelphia barbershop was shot and killed by a citizen with a concealed carry permit.

The armed citizen had been walking by the barbershop when he heard gunshots. He ran inside and shot the gunman.

According NBC Philadelphia, the incident arose after two men got into a fight in the barbershop. An unnamed 40-year-old man fought with another customer then pulled out a gun and started shooting.

 
 

Two federal agents whose work helped to shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace have been accused of stealing from the Darknet market during the investigation. The criminal complaint (PDF), unveiled today, reveals a remarkable level of corruption within the investigation into the drug marketplace, which hosted more than $200 million in transactions.

 
 

The NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in the chokehold that led to his death last summer is being sued — yet again.

Daniel Pantaleo was recently named as a defendant in a civil suit filed in Queens Supreme Court against the NYPD, which alleges that the officer crashed his police vehicle into another man’s car on Staten Island on June 20, causing him “severe and permanent” injuries.

 
 

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.
“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

 
 

Several guards at San Francisco’s main county jail orchestrated “gladiator-style” fights between inmates, placed bets on the outcomes and threatened those who disobeyed, the city’s public defender said on Thursday.

The report released by San Francisco’s elected public defender, Jeff Adachi, highlighted fights arranged between two inmates who were promised hamburgers if they won or beatings and other punishment if they refused. One of the inmates weighed about 350 lb (159 kg) and the other about 150 lb (68 kg).

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