Carrie Johnson http://wcqs.org en Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://wcqs.org/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22891 at http://wcqs.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency http://wcqs.org/post/former-border-protection-insider-alleges-corruption-distortion-agency Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22799 at http://wcqs.org Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency Holder Seeks To Soothe Nerves During Visit To Ferguson http://wcqs.org/post/holder-seeks-sooth-nerves-during-visit-ferguson The nation's top law enforcement officer traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday to wrap his arms around a community in pain.<p>Attorney General Eric Holder hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a police officer earlier this month.<p>From the moment he walked into a soul food restaurant in Ferguson, the attorney general found friends and began getting reports on the community's mood after days of protests and sporadic violence.<p>Viola Murphy, the mayor of nearby Cool Valley, Mo., boasted about economic development Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22500 at http://wcqs.org Holder Seeks To Soothe Nerves During Visit To Ferguson What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson http://wcqs.org/post/what-washington-can-and-cant-do-ferguson <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Washington+Can%2C+And+Can%27t%2C+Do+In+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU4MDIzMDEyMzAwMTE4NTAxYzUzMg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22396 at http://wcqs.org Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue http://wcqs.org/post/attorney-general-holder-ferguson-scenes-cannot-continue Attorney General Eric Holder says federal investigators have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses to the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Mo., even as he pledged new assistance from the Justice Department to quell "extreme displays of force" and militarization by heavily armed local police there.<p>"It is clear that the scenes playing out in the streets of Ferguson over the last several nights cannot continue," Holder said.<p>In his first, detailed remarks since the police-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday, the attorney general Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22246 at http://wcqs.org Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts http://wcqs.org/post/after-discrimination-finding-jurys-out-memphis-juvenile-courts For people connected to the Memphis juvenile courts, April 2012 is unforgettable. That's when federal investigators <a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/documents/shelbycountyjuv_findingsrpt_4-26-12.pdf">determined</a> that the Shelby County juvenile court system discriminated against African-American defendants.<p>The Justice Department said the system punished black children more harshly than whites. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21841 at http://wcqs.org After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job http://wcqs.org/post/coaches-help-released-inmates-step-cell-job <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Coaches+Help+Released+Inmates+Step+From+The+Cell+Into+A+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODI1MTE0MDEzNTk1NjQ4ODc4OTk0Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A couple of Obama administration officials spent some time in a jail this week by choice. They visited a detention center to meet with inmates nearing release. The stop is part of a federal effort to better prepare prisoners to re-enter their communities. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21523 at http://wcqs.org By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning http://wcqs.org/post/putting-interrogations-tape-fbi-opens-window-questioning Transcript <p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia already record questioning of people in police custody. But federal law enforcement had long refused to take that step until this month. Mark Giuliano is the deputy director of the FBI - the highest ranking agent in the bureau.<p>MARK GIULIANO: So it used to be that we actually had to get permission to record. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21137 at http://wcqs.org Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants http://wcqs.org/post/unanimous-vote-could-mean-reduced-penalties-46000-defendants Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now to a major decision that could bring big changes to as many as 46,000 prison inmates. Those are people convicted of drug crimes, and today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to reduce prison sentences for drug defendants who are already behind bars. This would start next year. NPR justice correspondent, Carrie Johnson, has our story.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: The U.S. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21036 at http://wcqs.org With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait http://wcqs.org/post/rules-change-lever-senate-ends-judges-17-year-wait Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A Missouri lawyer won Senate confirmation today as a federal judge. That came 17 years after he was first nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton. Ronnie White's nomination in the 1990s triggered a fight between civil rights groups and some police groups. But as NPR's Carrie Johnson reports, a change in Senate rules helped him advance this time.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Ronnie White's a prominent lawyer in St. Louis and a three-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 20939 at http://wcqs.org