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Google’s self-driving vehicles zoom toward legal status

A Google self-driving carMark Doliner/Flickr When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California’s highways, he figured lawmakers would find the idea alarming. They didn’t. “Eventually, you might be on the freeway, and someone might not be behind the wheel,” said Posner, a consultant

Sep 24, 2012
Criminal Justice

FBI files reveal new details about informant who armed Black Panthers

Read the documents: Richard Aoki’s paper trail Revelations that prominent radical activist Richard Aoki was an FBI informant have prompted angry denials among his supporters, but newly released records confirm Aoki was secretly providing information to agents during the period he gave the Black Panthers guns and firearms training. The documents from Aoki’s FBI informant

Sep 7, 2012
Criminal Justice

Documents: Richard Aoki’s paper trail

A young Richard Aoki is involved in a 1969 protest at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way near the UC Berkeley campus. Courtesy of the Oakland Tribune The revelation that the revered radical leader Richard Aoki was an FBI informant was made in Seth Rosenfeld’s new book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise

Sep 7, 2012
Criminal Justice

House subcommittee plans hearing to examine Homeland Security watchdog

Charles Edwards, the Department of Homeland Security's acting inspector general, testifies before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee in June 2011.Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection A U.S. House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next month to examine the Department of Homeland Security's troubled watchdog office, according to letters sent to prospective witnesses

Jul 20, 2012
Criminal Justice

FBI Investigating Oakland Police Department

SPECIAL FEATURES • FBI Investigating Oakland Police Department • Documents say Oakland police beat suspect who died • Video: John Sasaki reports on FBI investigation into Oakland police misconduct OAKLAND – The FBI is investigating allegations that the head of the Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division nearly nine years ago beat a drug suspect

Jan 23, 2009
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

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
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