Justice for George Floyd gets a step closer
- Third-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of 25 years and requires proof that the defendant committed an act "eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life." In other words, a third-degree charge requires prosecutors to show that Chauvin acted recklessly and dangerously, without necessarily intending to kill Floyd.
- Ellison took over the case shortly thereafter, reportedly at "the urging of Floyd's family, community activists, and some members of the Minneapolis City Council," and now he has addressed a shortcoming in the original complaint by charging Chauvin with a more serious second-degree murder count, which carries a potential 40-year sentence.
- Even if the jury does not convict on the top charge (the second-degree murder), it still can find Chauvin guilty on one or both of these lesser charges.
- The other three officers now face charges of accomplice liability for aiding and abetting Chauvin in committing second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Zoom says free users won’t get end-to-end encryption so FBI and police can access calls
- Reuters reported last week that the company will only roll out high-security end-to-end encryption to paying customers, potentially with exceptions for dissident groups or nonprofits that require the added security.
- There’s an industry-wide conversation about protecting privacy without making it too difficult to catch illegal and abusive content.
- Child safety advocates have warned that predators use Zoom — along with other live video platforms — to live stream abuse, with one federal prosecutor dubbing it “the Netflix of child pornography.” Strong encryption would likely make that content more difficult for moderators and police to find, but it also offers additional protection for people who are discussing sensitive information or are at risk of intrusion and harassment.
- Yuan emphasized that encryption requires practical trade-offs as well, since people can’t do things like dial into an encrypted call with a phone.
Tammy Duckworth: Fight for the justice that George Floyd didn't get
- Last Monday, in Minneapolis during broad daylight, George Floyd was slowly, publicly killed by someone whose responsibility was to "protect and serve." Then-Officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been rightly fired, spent at about three minutes ignoring Floyd's cries of pain—refusing to move his knee from Floyd's neck, refusing to let up even as the man under him begged for life and lost consciousness.
- From Eric Garner who told us six years ago that he, too, couldn't breathe, to Tamir Rice who never made it to his thirteenth birthday, the senseless killing of unarmed black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has become an all-too-common occurrence.
- George Floyd was someone's son, who with his dying breath called out for his mother who previously passed away.
- In Michigan, white heavily-armed protestors were treated almost deferentially by officers, while across the nation, officers responded with excessive force against more diverse, peaceful crowds protesting Floyd's death.
Judge defends authority to review Michael Flynn case despite DOJ's request to dismiss it
- The developments in Flynn's case "raise questions that any judge should take seriously," Sullivan of the DC District Court said in a filing with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Following Sullivan's argument, the Justice Department top brass and the Republican establishment made clear in their own court filings just how forcefully they would back Flynn and oppose the trial judge.
- Sullivan's court filing is the first time the judge has explained his thinking since the Justice Department asked to dismiss Flynn's case and Sullivan hesitated, wanting to examine more legal questions around it.
- Sullivan's brief on Monday also allowed the judge to openly question how Justice Department political appointees made the 180-degree turn on Flynn.
- The Justice Department argues to the appeals court that it alone has the ability to prosecute under the constitution, so Sullivan must dismiss the Flynn case at its request.