Black Great-Grandmother Beaten by Calif. Cop Reaches $1.5 million Dollar Settlement

BY: STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR/TheRoot.com The July 1 video of a police officer sitting atop a black woman and raining down punches on her went viral. The story would soon emerge that the woman, Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old great-grandmother, was homeless and headed to an underpass to sleep when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped her, threw her to the …

Federal Judge Rules California Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

Source: MAURA DOLAN /LATimes A George W. Bush appointed federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.He noted that more than 900 …