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Supreme Court rules against ‘Equal justice under law’

Race Issues | Affirmative action case allows race-based admissions to colleges and universities to continue
by La Shawn Barber
Posted 7/20/16, 04:31 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled against the principle of “Equal justice under law” (a phrase that also appears on the high court’s building) and allowed colleges and universities that receive tax dollars to continue factoring race into decisions to admit and reject individual applicants. By a 4-3 vote, the court in Fisher v. University of Texas last month held that UT’s race-based admissions practice did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Baton Rouge holds vigils for slain officers

Police | Men remembered for their love of cars and devotion to their families
by Molly Hulsey
Posted 7/20/16, 10:10 am

Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald, and Montrell Jackson loved to showcase their horse-powered toys.

On Facebook, Jackson proudly posted photos of his “garage queen”—a slick, coal-black Camaro—along with shots of his 4-month-old son, date-night kisses from his wife, and police artwork.

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Judge clears another officer in Freddie Gray case

Police | Verdict raises doubt prosecutors will get a criminal conviction in the case
by Evan Wilt
Posted 7/18/16, 01:24 pm

A Baltimore judge acquitted Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer tied to the death of Freddie Gray, of all charges today.

This is the fourth time prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction against any of the six officers connected to the Gray case. Prosecutors accused Rice of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office for failing to seatbelt Gray in a police van, where he fatally broke his neck. Today Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams threw out each charge, citing a lack of evidence.

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