Execution Scene in Arkansas Attracts International Media

A dozen reporters, from France, Sweden, England and Canada, descend on Arkansas to witness the state’s attempt to execute eight death row inmates in 11 days.

About a dozen international reporters are covering Arkansas’ attempt to execute eight death row inmates, Arkansas Public Media reports. Anne Widmann is a documentary filmmaker from Switzerland. She’s staying in Pine Bluff, near where the executions are scheduled. “I would say that Pine Bluff is kind of a sad place,” she says. There also are reporters from France, Sweden, England and Canada. Widmann says Europeans are talking about the Arkansas governor’s decision to execute so many people in such a short time frame.

Says Ed Pilkington of the London-based Guardian, “You say to the world you’re intending to execute up to eight prisoners in 11 days, and that in itself is just an astonishing statement …How are you going to do it, and how are you going to do it without botching it?” Sandra Johansson of Svenska Dagbladet in Sweden, which doesn’t conduct executions, says most people in her country don’t think the death penalty is fair. The Guardian’s Pilkington says the planned executions have led to outrage in his country. He says that’s why capital punishment was abolished there decades ago, and there’s no sign of it coming back.

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Graphic Footage Shows Maine’s ‘Last Days of Solitary’

PBS tonight will air an “unflinching, often harrowing” look at how one state is reducing the use of solitary confinement.

Since 2014, filmmaker Dan Edge, with his business partner Lauren Mucciolo, has been embedded in three- to four-week stints in the Maine State Prison documenting the lives of the inmates kept in solitary confinement and the prison’s efforts to reduce its use dramatically, the Bangor Daily News reports. The footage has been used to make two documentaries: “Solitary Nation” in 2014 and “Last Days of Solitary,” which is set to air at 9 p.m. tonight on PBS “Frontline.” The newspaper calls it “an unflinching, often harrowing look” at solitary and at the lives of inmates as they transition out of it.

The footage is often graphic and bloody but shows the reality of those kept in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison. “I’m still shocked by what we saw, going into that kind of environment, even after years of doing it,” Edge said. “You do eventually become desensitized to it, to the violence and trauma, but then you go back to edit and you realize how extraordinarily harrowing it is — especially for the officers and for the inmates.” Both documentaries follow five inmates kept at various points in solitary. The film shows how the Maine State Prison has become a leader in efforts nationwide to change the ways prisons are run.

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True Crime: Novelist Richard Price on the Crucial Role of Crime Journalism

In an excerpt from his foreword to “The New York Times Book of Crime,” by exclusive arrangement with The Crime Report, one of the country’s masters of crime fiction writes that the best crime reporting can uncover truths about ourselves that we would sometimes prefer to ignore.

The Crime Report is pleased to present an excerpt from acclaimed crime writer Richard Price’s foreward to “The New York Times Book of Crime: More Than 166 Years of Covering the Beat,” in an exclusive arrangement with The Times. 

I’ve always assumed that the best crime reporting—sports reporting, too—was to be found in the tabloids, but after inhaling the contents of this anthology, which cover more than a century and a half of criminal mayhem as filed with The New York Times, the shingles have fallen from my eyes. Lurid writing can overwhelm lurid deeds. Excitable adjectives, judgmental prose and the egging on of public outrage can often obscure rather than illuminate the facts at the core.

In most of the articles contained herein, the thoroughness of the research combined with the implacableness of the tone, especially when flying in the face of a popular taboo or sentiment of the times, often reads like a fortress of probity.

A 1926 article debunks the era’s hysteria over marijuana by carefully extrapolating the results of an investigation into the physiological and psychological impact of smoking marijuana on a number of subjects, “soberly” concluding: “The influence of the drug when used for smoking is uncertain and appears to have been greatly exaggerated . . . There is no evidence that [marijuana] is a habit-forming drug in the sense of the term as applied to alcohol, opium, cocaine . . .or that it as an appreciable deleterious effect on the individuals using it.” I repeat: 1926.

An even earlier investigative piece written in 1852 regards the systematic use of capital punishments meted out by the guards of Sing Sing prison. The report gathers physicians and physiologists to refute the prison staff’s claims that the punishments (including an hours’-long form of water torture) were carefully monitored, when in fact, due to either unchecked sadism or sheer ignorance regarding the limits of human endurance, they ended in either death or madness.

Occasionally, the stoniness of the prose can feel chillingly blunt given the subject at hand. The unnamed writer covering the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, reports: “The pistol ball entered the back of the president’s head and penetrated nearly through the head. The wound is mortal. The president has been insensible ever since it was inflicted, and is now dying.”

At other times, the measured tone and objective formalism of the writing, when set against the grain of outrage, can powerfully serve to isolate and heighten the darkness of the deed. At first glance, John N. Popham’s atmospheric description of the Sumner, Mississippi, courtroom during jury selection for the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers in 1955 reads like a rough draft of To Kill a Mockingbird; the judge in shirtsleeves, the defendants and rubberneckers free to smoke up a storm, bailiffs passing out cups of ice water to their friends in the sweltering pews, the jarring intimacy between the state-appointed prosecutor and the prospective jurors during voir dire: “He seemed to be familiar with everyone’s personal habits and family background, even to the nicknames they had for friends who might be interested in the outcome of the trial.” And last, but not least, the defendants’ children “played around the knees of their fathers and occasionally ran up and down the corridors” of the courtroom.

This effortless sketch of southern comfort has become a trope of countless Hollywood legal dramas, from Inherit the Wind to My Cousin Vinny, yet in this soon-to-be-infamous courtroom, the barely mentioned true crime that has brought this assembly together—the torturing and murder of a 14-year-old African American boy for allegedly whistling at a white woman—infuses every folksy detail with an aftertaste of revulsion. On the other hand, Popham’s description of the courtroom hangers-on as “several hundred white persons who strongly support a strict pattern of racial segregation” seems, pardon the oxymoron, a feat of excessive understatement.

Legendary bank robber Willie Sutton (center). Courtesy Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., The New York Times.

At the other end of tone spectrum, and maybe the biggest revelation of all, is the discovery that certain crimes—especially those found in the heists and capers chapter—demanded a punchier, almost sporty, narrative. Who didn’t root for Willie Sutton? How could you not like a jewel thief named Murph the Surf? The articles can read like a cross between a tense noir thriller and a riff on Jimmy Breslin’s The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

In the report on the 1965 recovery (from a bus terminal locker in Miami) of the Star of India diamond (563.35 carats) and eight other eye-popping jewels stolen by the aforementioned Murph and two other part-time beach bums, the Florida paparazzi chasing three NYPD detectives, Assistant District Attorney Maurice Nadjari and a handcuffed perp, Allan Kuhn, seem more villainous than the bad guys, some of them “hiding in bushes . . . carrying walkie-talkies and . . . pulling ignition wires on cars the authorities had rented so they would not start.”

But sometimes the melodrama can run as thick as in any news rag, including the account of the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre that consolidated Al Capone’s gang rule in Chicago after two of the killers entered the murder garage dressed as policemen, “their stars gleaming against the blue of the cloth.” The seven victims were lined up against a wall. The likely order “to give it to them” was followed by “the roar of the shotguns mingled with the rat-a-tat of the machine gun, a clatter like that of a gigantic type-writer.” (Love hyphenated “type-writer.”)

However, the same reporter redeems himself when he describes one of the victims in a sleek three-sentence word burst worthy of James M. Cain: “The body of Mays, the overall-clad mechanic, had only a few dollars in the pockets. He was the father of seven children. A machine gun bullet had penetrated two medals of St. Christopher.”

In another gem of succinctness written 78 years later, Shaila Dewan describes the sound of another deadly barrage, this one slow and steady, resulting in the deaths of 33 Virginia Tech students (including the shooter, who killed himself) and the wounding of 17 more: “[the gunshots] went on and on, for what seemed like 10 or 15 or 20 minutes, an eternity with punctuation.”

Richard Price, a Bronx, NY native,  is author of The Wanderers, Clockers and Lush Life, and also the screenwriter of The Color of Money, Sea of Love, Freedomland, many episodes of The Wire—and, most recently, the HBO series The Night Of. Readers’ comments are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Triumph of the Crime Reporter

What’s the most important crime story of the last century? You can choose from the collection of the 100 best put together by The New York Times from its archives, in a celebration of the often-overlooked chroniclers of murder and mayhem: the men and women for whom crime is a daily beat. Kevin Flynn, the anthology’s editor, reveals the reasons for his choices in a conversation with The Crime Report.

Crime has been an endlessly fascinating subject long before TV police procedurals, Twitter and Facebook.  But why are some murders more compelling than others? One reason: the special skills of the crime reporter, who can weave a poignant, unforgettable tale out of the grisliest details—and sometimes find clues that even gimlet-eyed detectives miss.

The best crime and justice writers today earn journalism’s top honors for their ability to see patterns and significance in reams of data—as demonstrated by the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service  awarded this week to reporters from The New York Daily News and ProPublica for their series on the New York Police Department’s widespread abuse of a decades-old law to force people from their homes and businesses over alleged illegal activity. The hardboiled reporters of earlier decades may not have had laptops on their desks—if they had desks—but they were equally committed to following the facts wherever they led.

Financier Bernie Madoff leaves New York courtroom. Photo courtesy Sterling Publishing Co., Inc by Damon Winter for The New York Times.

The recently released New York Times  Book of Crime: More Than 166 Years of Covering the Beat is a celebration of their craft—and a reminder of why journalism is often the first draft of history. The newspaper picked about 100 of the most vivid, dramatic and significant stories from the thousands of items in its archives dating from 1851, from President Lincoln’s assassination to the arrest of Bernie Madoff.

Choosing them wasn’t easy, admits Kevin Flynn, editor of the anthology, and a  prizewinning crime reporter in his own right.  A writer and editor for 20 years at The Times, he was the police bureau chief from 1998-2002, and his work helped earn the paper the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. Flynn co-wrote with Jim Dwyer 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.

In a conversation with Nancy Bilyeau, The Crime Report’s Deputy Editor, he explains why an article about prisons is the oldest article in the book, why New York crime reporters’ legendary hangout is called ‘The Shack,” and what makes a great “rewrite man”— the unsung hero of any newsroom’s crime coverage.

Kevin Flynn of The New York Times

If you’re worried about today’s “crime wave,” check out the writers of this anthology. They’ve seen it all before.

The Crime Report: Looking at the breadth of these crime stories, the tremendous variety, it’s hard not to think about the state of the media today. How do you see crime coverage at the big urban dailies evolving in a time of staff cutbacks and digital disruption?

Kevin Flynn: I don’t know that I’ve read enough into the coverage of folks outside New York to be much of a national expert, but I don’t think there is any question that here in New York City there has been a move toward lesser coverage of smaller crimes by the dailies. To some extent, that has been offset by the work of websites like DNAInfo, which has done a good job of covering local crime. And to some extent, the proliferation of social media tools like Twitter has made everyone a local crime reporter.

In situations like a bombing or a bomb scare, dozens of largely reliable people now have the ability to report their first-person perspectives on what happened. It’s a tool we have to be careful in relying on, but for the most part people provide accurate accounts of what they think they see, and the volume and redundancy of what they report usually gives me confidence in them. That said, the average person is not in position to tweet about crippling shortfalls in a police budget or gaps in a disciplinary procedure for officers. I think it’s important that, as we manage staff reductions at newspapers, we make sure that essential reporting on police departments as institutions never falls through the cracks.

TCR: Going back to the early days of crime coverage by The New York Times, were there stories that surprised you?

Flynn: Yes. The prison chapter has the oldest article in the book, one from 1852, that is about prison torture. Reading the hand-wringing over the fact that the prisoners were being tortured, I was struck by how much concern there was. I had my own myopic image of what New York was like then, and I would have assumed that there wouldn’t have been as much concern about prisoners as there is today. But I was wrong.

TCR: It must have been challenging, when reading through the coverage of a major crime, to decide which story was the perfect one for the book.

Flynn: That was one of the great struggles: to pick stories that were very interesting—but didn’t need annotations at the end that would need to be even longer than the story itself. We often chose articles that were written at the back end of the arc of the crime narrative. We did that with John Gotti and Charles Manson, a few of them, because otherwise it’s too hard to catch the reader up. One of the few examples of a crime that was covered in two articles was Son of Sam. When I picked for this book a story written after David Berkowitz was arrested, one of the editors here at the time made a strong case to me that we needed one written earlier too, because the latter story didn’t capture the terror that New York felt during the time when he was unidentified and Sam was out there killing people.

TCR: What was it like to narrow down the stories for the organized crime chapter?

Flynn: You really could fill two books with good stories. One issue was how many chapters can I devote to mob hits? One out of nine. So I narrowed it down to choosing between the killing of Paul Castellano outside Sparks, which was quite a sensational Midtown Manhattan middle-of-the-day fancy-steakhouse sidewalk shooting, and the killing of Carmine Galante in an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn in 1979. I chose the Galante killing because it was one of the first really big mob hits that I remember and of course it had that amazing picture of Galante, the cigar clenched in his teeth, slumped underneath the table on the patio of the restaurant where he was eating a salad, with the salad still on the table.

TCR: This book is the triumph of the crime reporter, isn’t it?

Flynn: It’s the triumph of the beat reporter—and, in the case of Robert McFadden, the triumph of the rewrite man. He was a person with a delicate way with words who also had an ability to deal with deadlines and take feeds from five, six, seven people at the same time. For at least 15 years he was often chosen to be the writer of the major crime stories. He has four bylines I believe in this book.

TCR: What makes a great rewrite man?

Flynn: He did not get nervous. Robert McFadden had the ability to write fast, think fast, and produce sparkling copy an hour or 90 minutes from deadline.

TCR: Do you think readers will appreciate the dedication to accuracy and meticulousness of The New York Times when covering crime, as compared to the tabloid press?

Flynn: Now I would say that the New York crime reporters for the Post and the Daily News have always been highly accurate. The placement of the stories, the size of the photographs and maybe the luridness of the headlines, the “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar,” could create a patina of sensationalism, but the people I competed against when I was at police headquarters for five years were extremely careful. I didn’t find that they were cavalier about the facts.

What we would do more of at the Times would be the sociology of the crimes. We wrote stories about overtime in the police department and maybe more stories about the fascination that first-grade detectives have with expensive suits. Despite the fact that they will need to go into a dumpster and retrieve a weapon, these detectives still show up at work and look like a million bucks.

TCR: Since you were assigned to police headquarters, that means you worked in The Shack. Can you explain the origin of that name?

Flynn: I believe in 1875 some reporters wrote something which held them out to disfavor with the police department, who threw the press room out of the headquarters building. The reporters moved into a tenement building across the street that became known as The Shack. Some years later, when headquarters moved to another building, they were allowed back in, but the name for the press room stuck. Now if the space they had been moved into had been sort of glorious, elegant place, the name would have died, but it was not.

TCR: Oh, please describe The Shack.

Flynn: These were tiny rooms, some of them with mangy, old carpets.  There were all kinds of computer cable and telephone lines both hanging from the ceiling and running across the floor. I’ve described it as a grimy early model space capsule. We occupied it cheek to jowl, usually with three people in the room.

Nancy Bilyeau. Photo by Joshua Kessler

Some of the reporters who work in The Shack [have been]  there longer than any of the people in the police headquarters. The police will be in there five or seven years, they get moved around a lot, and they retire after 20 or 25 years. So in some cases, the older tabloid reporters have greater institutional memory than the police they cover. If you need any history of something that happened at police department 20 years ago, the best person to find is someone in The Shack.

Nancy Bilyeau is Deputy Editor (Digital) of The Crime Report.  Tomorrow: an exclusive excerpt from the foreword to the Book of Crime, written by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Richard Price. Readers’ comments are welcome.

 

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Rolling Stone Settles Suit Over Virginia Campus Rape Story

A jury had awarded University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo $3 million in her defamation suit against the magazine over a story, since retracted, about sexual assaults on the campus.

Rolling Stone settled a defamation lawsuit brought by the University of Virginia administrator featured in a since-retracted article about campus rape, reports BuzzFeed News. UVA administrator Nicole Eramo told a federal court in Virginia that she was dropping her lawsuit against the magazine, parent company Wenner Media, and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Eramo’s lawyer, Libby Locke, said an “amicable” settlement was reached, but that the terms are confidential. The agreement “allows Nicole to move on and really focus on what she does best, which is help victims of sexual assault,” Locke said.

A jury in November awarded Eramo $3 million. Eramo sued for defamation over the 2014 article “A Rape on Campus,” claiming that she was falsely portrayed as the personification of the university’s alleged indifference to sexual assaults on campus and was cast as the “chief villain of the story.” Eramo argued that contrary to the story, she actively tried to help a student, identified in the story as Jackie, who claimed she was raped at a fraternity house, and did not attempt to persuade Jackie to remain silent about the allegations. Rolling Stone retracted the story after questions arose about the truthfulness of Jackie’s account.

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OK Judge Warns Officer After ’60 Minutes’ Interview

Shelby broke down in tears while describing to CBS’s “60 Minutes” the circumstances that led to her decision to shoot Terence Crutcher last September. A judge admonished her for speaking to the media.

The judge presiding over Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby’s manslaughter case admonished her for speaking on CBS’s “60 Minutes” after he cautioned prosecutors and defense attorneys about on speaking publicly about the case, reports the Tulsa World. Judge Doug Drummond said that Shelby’s case has drawn significant media interest nationwide, which prompted him to send a letter to attorneys asking that they be “cognizant” of professional conduct rules relating to pretrial publicity.

Shelby was featured Sunday evening in a roughly 30-minute report on “60 Minutes” in which she broke down in tears while describing the circumstances that led to her decision to shoot Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Shelby, 43, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Crutcher, 40. She told “60 Minutes” she felt Crutcher compelled her to shoot him because he wasn’t complying with commands that he show her his hands. She described the aftermath of the shooting as being akin to “a lynch mob coming after me,” a comment that drew outrage from local social justice activists.

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Missing White Woman Syndrome: It’s Not a Media Myth

A Northwestern University researcher finds evidence to support accusations of racial bias in coverage of girls and women who have gone missing–and he says that raises larger questions about how the public perceives victims of crime.

What seemed a shocking statistic out of Washington D.C last month spurred an outcry over the attention (or lack thereof) to missing-persons cases that involve girls and young women.

The statistic, which suggested 14 girls had gone missing in the span of 24 hours, was wrong.  In fact, according to Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department,  which called the figure exaggerated, the number of cases of missing children has actually declined slightly so far in 2017—compared to previous years.

But not all of the criticism is misplaced.  Many observers were troubled by the fact that the girls who were missing  did not seem to be garnering much media attention, given that all of the them appeared to be African American.

Commentators and academics have long targeted perceived disparities in coverage of crime tied to gender and race.  In the specific context of missing persons, the critique has been dubbed “Missing White Woman Syndrome” or “Missing White Girl Syndrome.”  And as the name suggests, the argument is that missing white women and girls—in particular young, wealthy, attractive white women and girls—garner a disproportionate share of the news coverage dedicated to missing-persons cases.

Examples abound.

The disappearances of Elizabeth Smart, Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, and Lauren Spierer—all of them young white women—have dominated American news cycles. However, less clear is whether empirical evidence supports the “syndrome” on a broader scale.

Surprisingly, despite the substantial amount of time and energy spent trying to explain “Missing White Woman Syndrome,” very little empirical work involving a broad examination of news coverage of missing-persons cases has been done.

In a recent study, I found that disparities do, in fact, exist at two different stages of news coverage of missing-persons cases.

I examined every missing-person news story published on four major news sites (CNN.com, ChicagoTribune.com, AJC.com (The Atlanta Journal Constitution website), and StarTribune.com (The Minneapolis Star Tribune website) in 2013.When I compared the data to the national rates compiled by the FBI, African-American missing persons were significantly underrepresented in the news.

Girls and women were significantly overrepresented.

But these disparities are also compounded by a second factor.

Among those individuals who do receive news coverage, there are additional differences in terms of the amount of coverage—its “intensity”—that each missing individual receives.  Gender and race disparities are actually magnified when considering the quantity of news coverage.  To illustrate, about 33% of the missing persons appearing on the four websites were white women and girls, but stories about those individuals comprised almost 50% of the total coverage.

As a result, there seem to be two different stages of disparities, which are likely driven by editorial decisions about the news value of the story.

Such inequalities in the determination of “newsworthiness” have important implications.  Consumers’ views about crime in general are influenced by news reports.  A disproportionate focus on missing white women reduces public pressure on authorities to focus on minority groups who are seen to somehow matter less.

More research is needed in this area, but if coverage disparities are indeed directly contributing to a fundamentally unfair allocation of police resources, that affects the chances of discovering the fate of the missing individual.

So what can be done to address Missing White Woman Syndrome?

The most obvious changes must come from the newsroom.  News agencies need to make a concerted effort to present a more demographically representative population of missing persons in their coverage, while also ensuring that there are not systematic differences in coverage intensity.

They also must be cognizant of how they represent different types of missing persons.  Previous studies have found evidence that people of color are more often presented in a negative light in news stories on crime.  Factors such as the type of pictures shown of the missing persons or the kinds of descriptors used to characterize them or their cases can unfairly prejudice audiences’ views of these individuals.

Zach Sommers

Increasing awareness of these potential pitfalls can help reduce these harmful disparities.

Going missing, after all, is a tragedy that affects all ethnic groups and genders.  Media coverage should make that clear.

Editor’s Note: For another view, see TCR columnist Robin Barton’s  Op Ed

Zach Sommers is a Law and Science Fellow at Northwestern University.  His research focuses on criminal law and perceptions of crime, and he is the author of Missing White Woman Syndrome: An Empirical Analysis of Race and Gender Disparities in Online News Coverage of Missing Persons. Your comments are welcome.

 

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Minneapolis Star Tribune Wins Award For Police Reporting

The newspaper’s “A Cry for Help,” on police shootings involving citizens in the midst of mental health crises, wins the Al Nakkula award.

An investigative reporting team from the Minneapolis Star Tribune has won the annual Al Nakkula award for police reporting for their multimedia series “A Cry for Help,” published last June 1. Reporters Jennifer Bjorhus and Kelly Smith accepted the award last Friday in Denver. The University of Colorado, which administers the award with the Denver Press Club, said the newspaper “wove together three personal stories to paint a narrative of police shootings involving citizens in the midst of mental health crises. In-depth interviews with an officer, the survivor of a police shooting and the mother of a man who was shot by an officer give context and depth to an issue that is often reduced to statistics.”

The judges cited the reporting team’s combined efforts in investigative reporting, gripping storytelling, data journalism and multimedia production. There were two runners-up for the award: Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders of ProPublica, whose story “Busted” was published on July 7, 2016 (and who also won a criminal justice reporting award from John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice this year), and Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp of the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier, whose story “Watched” was published on September 13, 2016. The late Al Nakkula was a police reporter who worked for 46 years at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

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Ex-Judge Napolitano Off Fox After Obama Spying Claim

Fox commentator Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge, asserted that the British foreign surveillance service, known as GCHQ, provided former President Obama with transcripts of wiretapped calls made by Donald Trump. The British agency denied the charge.

Fox News has benched legal analyst Andrew Napolitano because of his claims that former President Obama used British intelligence officials to spy on President Trump, reports the New York Daily News. Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, reported last week that three intelligence sources had told him that Obama went “outside the chain of command” in order to surveil the President. “Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump,” Napolitano wrote in a column for Fox News. “Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls.”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer cited the claim last week, while the Government Communications Headquarters called the accusations “utterly ridiculous.” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said on the air that the network couldn’t confirm Napolitano’s report. “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop,” he said Friday. On the same day, Trump praised Napolitano as a “very talented legal mind.” FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee yesterday denied the President’s Twitter accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. “I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said.

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Angry-Frustrated Cops-New Data From Pew

Observations About half of the officers surveyed (51%) say their work nearly always (10%) or often (41%) makes them feel frustrated. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National […]

Observations About half of the officers surveyed (51%) say their work nearly always (10%) or often (41%) makes them feel frustrated. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National […]

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