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Death By Taser?

An illustrated reenactment of Robert C. Heston's death after he was allegedly shocked 25 times with a Taser device. The Hestons' lawyers prepared this video for their closing argument.

Dec 1, 2008
Criminal Justice

Zapping Taser: The Lawsuits

While Heston plays out—the plaintiffs are fighting for attorneys’ fees—Taser International still faces about 40 lawsuits against it alleging wrongful death or personal injury. Five of those have 2009 trial dates, the first beginning in March, according to Taser’s latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A brief summary of the upcoming cases: Bolander

Dec 1, 2008
Criminal Justice

Zapping Taser

A jury determined that Taser International knew or should have known that “prolonged exposure” to its stun gun could lead to cardiac arrest.

Dec 1, 2008
Criminal Justice

Are Tasers Safe?

As of Nov. 4, Taser International cited 206 studies on electronic control devices, commonly known as Tasers. Most are favorable to the company. Taser devices have been used on more than 1.3 million people, according to company estimates. And while Amnesty International counts more than 340 deaths since 2001 in North America following police use

Dec 1, 2008
Criminal Justice

Timeline: Evidence ignored in Chauncey Bailey Murder Case

The Chauncey Bailey Project reports that Sgt. Derwin Longmire, the lead detective assigned to investigate Bailey's slaying, is a supporter of Your Black Muslim Bakery and has failed to document that he analyzed evidence of the bakery CEO's possible involvement in the murder. The detective has also interfered for bakery CEO Yusuf Bey IV in

Oct 26, 2008
Criminal Justice

Secret video raises questions about journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing

  On August 2, 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California. Bailey was investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery, a once prominent Oakland African-American organization. The next day, Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was arrested during a raid for a separate kidnapping case. Police placed Bey and two associates involved in the case,

Jun 18, 2008
Criminal Justice

Defining a Whistleblower: The Legal Precedents

The Whistleblower Protection Act—the modern legal shelter for federal whistleblowers—was last strengthened by Congress in 1994. Since then, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit—currently the only appeals court that can hear government whistleblower cases—has single-handedly changed the meaning of whistleblower protections. When the Federal Circuit rules on a case, it often creates

Nov 1, 2007
Criminal Justice

The Whistleblowers: Selected Case Studies

The whistleblowers below are not all protected by the current Whistleblower Protection Act, which does not cover federal employees who work at certain national security agencies, in certain scientific or research capacities, nor does it extend to private contractors. The whistleblower legislation circulating in the House and Senate aims to protect many of the whistleblowers

Nov 1, 2007
Criminal Justice

The War on Whistleblowers

America’s whistleblower courts were created to ensure federal employees could fearlessly speak out about government abuse, corruption and mismanagement. This CIR/Salon investigation reveals that the system set up to protect whistleblowers has instead been used to punish them. At whistleblower court, employees lose nearly 97 percent of the time. >> Read the story on Salon.com

Nov 1, 2007
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