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Wrongfully detained veteran gets $400k from immigration agency

This story also ran in the Los Angeles Times. A U.S. Army veteran who spent more than seven months in an immigration lock-up, despite his protestations that he was a naturalized American citizen, has received a $400,000 settlement and a written apology from the U.S. government. Rennison Vern Castillo, 33, of Lakewood, Wash., had sued

Feb 24, 2011
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Former ICE intelligence chief is among immigration agents under investigation

This story also ran in the Washington Post. Several agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including the former head of the agency's intelligence office, are subjects of an internal inquiry into alleged personal misconduct, sources say. James M. Woosley, who was ICE's assistant director for intelligence, was relieved of his position, according to a

Feb 23, 2011
Criminal Justice

Q&A: Dick Marty, Council of Europe special rapporteur

In the history of the Council of Europe, no committee report has garnered as many media hits as Dick Marty’s inquiry titled “Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo.”  The report prompted a furious controversy when it was released last month by the Council of Europe’s parliamentary affairs committee. Since

Jan 24, 2011
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Man Implicated in Civil Rights-Era Killing of Frank Morris

This story originally appeared in the Concordia Sentienl. Two people say a Richland Parish truck driver who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan told them he participated in the arson that killed Frank Morris, a black Ferriday businessman, in 1964. A third person, the truck driver's former wife, says she, too, heard what

Jan 12, 2011
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Feds Vow to Solve Morris Murder

Main story: Man Implicated in Civil Rights-Era Murder of Frank Morris In recent weeks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation intensified its efforts to solve the 1964 arson-murder of Ferriday shoe shop owner Frank Morris, leading a top FBI official to declare last week that the agency "will solve this crime." The FBI's fresh activity evolved

Jan 12, 2011
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Report alleges organ harvesting ring linked to Kosovo officials

UPDATE: Del Ponte calls for international inquiry into Kosovo organ harvesting European investigators today disclosed chilling new details of organ trafficking in Kosovo and Albania, corroborating allegations raised in a 2009 investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the BBC. A draft report released by the Council of Europe

Dec 14, 2010
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Unusual Methods Helped ICE Break Deportation Record

This story was also published in the Washington Post. For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations. But in reaching 392,862 deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included more than 19,000 immigrants who exited the previous fiscal year, according to agency

Dec 6, 2010
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Trial in Chauncey Bailey murder case begins

More than three years after the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, the trial of two men charged with his killing began — slowly — Monday in a courtroom just two blocks from where he fell in a hail of shotgun blasts. READ FULL STORY | CHAUNCEY BAILEY PROJECT

Nov 15, 2010
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