A Deadly Synthetic Street Drug Called ‘Benzo Dope’ Is on the Rise

FRANCISCO GARCIA

The emerging drug contains two highly-potent highs, fentanyl and etizolam, and has been linked to a string of drug deaths in Canada.

Fatal overdoses are more likely to occur after using benzo dope because the life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, is not effective against benzos.

Benzo dope, also known as ‘purple heroin’, is most commonly dark purple, blue and orange, but it has been found to be other colours.

Drug forensic experts in British Columbia found that in October last year one in six (16 percent) of fentanyl deals were cut with benzodiazepines – a type of drug not usually found cut into opioids – compared to five per cent last January and zero before 2019.

The most common benzo identified in benzo dope was etizolam, a super potent benzo that is fuelling record drug death rates in Scotland.

Authorities in Canada were first alerted to benzo dope when health workers noticed a cluster of 30 “atypical” overdoses over two weeks in Vancouver in April 2019, where drug users were not responding to naloxone. A warning about the new drug combo was issued by Vancouver Coastal Health.

The combination of benzos and fentanyl causes prolonged loss of consciousness, profound respiratory depression and amnesia. In January, half of the 165 suspected illicit drug toxicity deaths in British Columbia – most of which involved fentanyl – also involved benzos, compared to only 15 percent in July last year. Last year was the deadliest year on record for overdoses in British Columbia, the epicentre of Canada’s drug death crisis.

Source: A Deadly Synthetic Street Drug Called ‘Benzo Dope’ Is on the Rise

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Conneaut Lake Park | TribLIVE.com

CONNEAUT LAKE — A federal bankruptcy court judge has approved the sale of a century-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh-based U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jeffrey Deller on Tuesday morning approved the sale of Conneaut Lake Park to Keldon Holdings LLC for a cash price of $1.2 million.

Source: Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Conneaut Lake Park | TribLIVE.com

Family of 11-year-old boy who died in Texas deep freeze files $100 million suit against power companies – ABC News

Texas power providers Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Entergy Corporation have been hit with a $100 million lawsuit accusing them of gross negligence in the death of a child whose family suspects he suffered hypothermia when they lost electricity and heat in their mobile home during a historic cold snap.

The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the utility giants “put profits over the welfare of people” by ignoring previous recommendations to winterize its power grid, which sustained an epic failure last week and left more than 4 million customers without heat and electricity as temperatures in some parts of the state plunged to single digits.

Source: Family of 11-year-old boy who died in Texas deep freeze files $100 million suit against power companies – ABC News

Judicial Watch Continues Fight to Open Biden’s Hidden Senate Records | KMJ-AF1

What was President Joe Biden doing as a senator that he now wants to keep secret?

Judicial Watch is trying to find that out.

We filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court of Delaware, asking for access to records about President Biden’s senatorial papers held by the University of Delaware.

These papers include more than 1,850 boxes of archival records from his senate career.

This appeal seeks a reversal of the opinion of the Superior Court of Delaware, which is blocking a state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

It comes in the lawsuit we filed with the Daily Caller News Foundation after a Delaware Attorney General’s opinion denied access to the records (Daily Caller News Foundation v. University of Delaware (No. N20A-07-001)).

The Delaware FOIA lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware on July 2, 2020.

Source: Judicial Watch Continues Fight to Open Biden’s Hidden Senate Records | KMJ-AF1

Georgia Sen. Warnock Under Investigation For Voter Registration Misconduct

Warnock worked with a group founded by Stacey Abrams that is now under investigation.

Warnock served as chairman of the board for the New Georgia Project in 2019, which is when election officials claim misconduct took place.

Under Georgia election rules, voting registration organizations like the New Georgia Project have to submit completed voter applications within ten days after they are received from the voter.

But officials allege that during a 2019 registration effort, some 1,268 applications were submitted to the Gwinnett County elections office after the ten-day deadline.

Source: Georgia Sen. Warnock Under Investigation For Voter Registration Misconduct

Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down Shadyside Boston Market – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Health Department ordered the Boston Market in Shadyside to close after it was deemed an imminent health hazard.

An inspector found standing water at the front cook line, employees were walking on cardboard to pass through areas and the restaurant was cited for sanitation and pest issues.

The health department’s website will be updated when the closure is removed.

Source: Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down Boston Market – CBS Pittsburgh

Colorado officer, shown in video punching suspect multiple times, fired for excessive force

A Colorado police officer was fired Thursday following investigations into an excessive use of force incident in which he punched a suspect multiple times in the ribs and shocked him five times with a Taser before giving any verbal commands.

Aurora police Officer Robert Rosen responded Aug. 10 to a King Soopers supermarket, where another officer requested assistance in arresting a man on trespassing charges, according to a statement from the department. The man was on the ground on his stomach with his arms underneath him, according to police and body camera video worn by the officer who was trying to initially arrest him.

Rosen arrived to the scene and immediately started punching the man in the ribs before saying anything, the body camera video showed. He then deployed his Taser five times, for a total of 27 seconds within two minutes, according to police.

The suspect suffered minor injuries.

“During the arrest Officer Rosen never attempted any lesser means of force nor did he make any attempts to deescalate the situation in accordance with Aurora Police training,” the department said in the statement.

Investigations into the incident found Rosen did not activate his body camera during the arrest and “failed to document his justifications for each use of force that he used during the arrest,” police said.

Source: Colorado officer, shown in video punching suspect multiple times, fired for excessive force

Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain control of delegating her investments

Britney Spears’ battle to remove her father’s conservatorship over her estate continued Thursday as a judge denied her father’s objections to how her conservatorship will be delegated.

Britney Spears filed a petition with the court last year to remove her father and to place a financial institution as the sole conservator over her estate. Her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, argued last year that the singer was afraid of James “Jamie” Spears and would rather a professional financial institution take over her estate.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied the singer’s petition last year but appointed Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator along with James Spears.

Objections raised by James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, on how the co-conservatorship would be delegated were rejected Thursday. One objection raised by Thoreen asked that James Spears have the power to delegate investment powers, an issue that was a point of debate between the two attorneys Thursday.

Ingham told the court that the nature of a co-conservatorship is that James Spears’ powers as sole conservator, appointed by the court in 2019, would be reduced. Thoreen argued that the court orders should be consistent with the 2019 order that gave him sole conservatorship.

“There’s no intent or desire to create unequal power or decision-making as between the two, your honor,” Thoreen argued. “This is a way to make it consistent and to not take away powers that Mr. Spears as a conservator had.”

Source: Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain control of delegating her investments

Bruce Springsteen Faces Drunken Driving Charge in New Jersey | Newsmax.com

Bruce Springsteen is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey.

Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast, a spokesperson for the National Park Service confirmed Wednesday.

The park is on a narrow, beach-ringed peninsula, with views across a bay to New York City. It is about 15 miles north of Asbury Park, New Jersey, where Springsteen got his start as a musician and bandleader and later made famous with his debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”

Springsteen received citations for driving while under the influence, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. The spokesperson said Springsteen was cooperative.

Source: Bruce Springsteen Faces Drunken Driving Charge in New Jersey | Newsmax.com

Calls for Pelosi to pay fine she imposed after bypassing metal detector intensify | Fox News

Republicans are promising a “huge push” to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to pay the fine she imposed for bypassing magnetometers installed after the Capitol riot to enter the House floor.

Source: Calls for Pelosi to pay fine she imposed after bypassing metal detector intensify | Fox News

Supreme Court lifts California worship bans prompted by coronavirus – POLITICO

The ruling issued just before 11 p.m. ET Friday produced four separate statements by the justices.

However, a majority of the court was only willing to lift the ban California has applied on all indoor worship in Tier 1 counties — those most challenged by Covid-19. The other restrictions remain undisturbed, for now.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Friday night ruling: new Justice Amy Coney Barrett, whose conservative Catholic views drew suspicion from many liberals in advance of her confirmation last year, declined to grant the churches the most sweeping relief favored by her most conservative colleagues.

Source: Supreme Court lifts California worship bans prompted by coronavirus – POLITICO

Investigators advise no charges for Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt: reports | Fox News

A preliminary investigation has not found enough evidence to criminally charge the U.S. Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, one of the rioters who stormed the building on Jan. 6, according to reports Monday that cited unnamed sources familiar with the inquiry.

Source: Investigators advise no charges for Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt: reports | Fox News

Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down 2 Businesses – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Health Department shut down two businesses this week.

Donnadieu’s on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview was ordered to close for being open and operating without a valid health permit.

Catie’s Cakes in Munhall was also ordered to close for the same reason.

The health department will update its website whenever the closure orders are removed.

Source: Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down 2 Businesses – CBS Pittsburgh

No tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwiches and wraps, lawsuit claims

Two California residents contend the restaurant chain’s tuna is actually a “mixture of various concoctions.”

What Subway bills as tuna is a “mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna,” according to the complaint.

Filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of two California residents, Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin, the lawsuit contends the two “were tricked into buying food items that wholly lacked the ingredients they reasonably thought they were purchasing,” based on its labeling.

Source: No tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwiches and wraps, lawsuit claims

Supreme Court shuts down 2 Trump emoluments cases – POLITICO

The Supreme Court has effectively shut down two lawsuits alleging that former President Donald Trump was violating the Constitution by profiting from his public office, the court said Monday.

The announcement may indicate that the justices are looking to put the Trump era behind them and are not eager to wade into disputes about his personal or business affairs.

Source: Supreme Court shuts down 2 Trump emoluments cases – POLITICO

Donald Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not – CNNPolitics

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s expected batch of 100 pardons and commutations on the penultimate day of his presidency won’t be the highest of his recent predecessors. But his record of clemency could very well be the most controversial.

Unlike past presidents, Trump has shown little interest in using the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney system for assessing requests for executive clemency. Instead, petitioners are approaching the White House directly, calling or emailing senior adviser Jared Kushner, chief of staff Mark Meadows or White House counsel Pat Cipollone — when they can’t get a hold of Trump himself.
Many of the people Trump has chosen to pardon so far fall along predictable lines: associates such as Roger Stone and Michael Flynn who remained loyal to him through their legal troubles; criminals with friendly or familial ties to the administration, such as Jared Kushner’s father Charles; celebrities or people connected to celebrities, such as Rod Blagojevich; and those whose cause was taken up by conservative media, such as Blackwater security guards who massacred Iraqi civilians.
He has pardoned or commuted the sentences of some people serving lengthy prison terms for low-level offenses, such as Alice Johnson, who spoke at the Republican National Convention.

But by and large, Trump’s pardon record has broken with historical norms. Many of the high-profile criminals he has pardoned have shown little contrition or remorse for their crimes and few have argued they were wrongfully convicted.He is expected to adhere to that record on Tuesday when he issues around 100 pardons or commutations. The final batch of clemency actions is expected to include a mix of criminal justice reform-minded pardons and more controversial ones secured or doled out to political allies. White collar criminals, high-profile rappers and a prominent eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is in prison after being convicted on dozens of counts of health care fraud, are expected to be on the list.

Source: Donald Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not – CNNPolitics

Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal | Fox News

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters.

In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he had informed King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged that his government would continue work to compensate affected parents as quickly as possible and to battle the coronavirus.

NETHERLANDS ENTERS SECOND STRICT 5-WEEK LOCKDOWN AMID RISING CORONAVIRUS CASES

Not long after delivering his statement, Rutte got on his bicycle and rode to the king’s palace in a forest in The Hague to formally inform him. Dutch television showed Rutte parking his bike at the bottom of steps leading into the palace and walking inside.

The move was seen as largely symbolic; Rutte’s government will remain in office in a caretaker mode until a new coalition is formed after a March 17 election in the Netherlands.

Source: Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal | Fox News

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis’ Family Sues McKeesport Personal Care Home For Negligence In His Death – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The family of former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis is suing a personal care home in McKeesport, claiming negligence in connection with his death.

A lawsuit was filed against New Life Personal Care Home, Inc. in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

The lawsuit says in 1991 during his football career, Davis sustained a significant head injury that worsened over time. According to the lawsuit, Davis lived on the second floor of the facility and had access to a private staircase, though he was legally blind and “had difficulty ambulating.”

He was reported missing in September when he failed to show up for breakfast, the lawsuit says, and was found 14 hours later, dead at the bottom of the stairs.

“During the entire 14-hour time that Sam was missing, the Defendant facility failed to discover Sam’s body in this stairwell. Sam was alive and capable of being saved after his fall down the staircase, but Defendant’s delay caused or contributed to his death,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit is claiming damages pursuant to the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act.

Davis was a four-time Super Bowl champion.

Source: Former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis’ Family Sues McKeesport Personal Care Home For Negligence In His Death – CBS Pittsburgh

Parler argues Amazon shut it down to block Trump from joining – POLITICO

Parler expected President Donald Trump would join its service after his Twitter account was suspended last week — a possibility that Amazon was trying to block by forcing it offline, the company told a federal judge.

In a Thursday hearing at a federal court in Washington state, Parler attorney David Groesbeck said that the site, which saw a surge of new users after mainstream social media sites blocked Trump and others who had posted incendiary content around the Jan. 6 riots, would have been a logical destination for the president. Executives thought “he would move over to Parler,” Groesbeck said.

In the company’s court filing, Parler’s chief executive argued that possibility was behind Amazon Web Services decision to stop hosting its content.”

I believe AWS’s decision to terminate service to Parler was based, not on expressed concerns about Parler’s compliance with the AWS Agreement, but in part on a desire to deny President Trump a platform on any large social-media service,” John Matze said. Parler stresses that it does little to limit what its users can post and has become popular among conservatives.

Key context: After his Twitter suspension, Trump was considering other options and other conservatives either angry at Twitter or that have been booted from the site have pushed Parler as the new destination. If the company had succeeded on getting Trump to sign up it would have been a major boon for a site which has long been a niche platform.

At the hearing: Groesbeck also flatly denied that Parler was involved in the attack on Capitol Hill last week and urged Judge Barbara J. Rothstein to order Amazon Web Services to reinstate its web hosting service.

“AWS is alleging without evidence that Parler was used to incite the riots,” Groesbeck said. “There is no evidence other than some anecdotal press references that Parler was involved in the riots of Jan. 6.”“Millions of Americans have had their voices silenced by AWS,” Groesbeck said.How we got here: Late on Friday, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account, citing concerns that he might incite further violence. Conservatives angry with what they called censorship of the president abandoned the platform for alternatives like Parler that have less moderation.

Parler, which had 15 million users at the time it was cut off Sunday, was adding about 1 million new users each day, lawyers said at the hearing.

Source: Parler argues Amazon shut it down to block Trump from joining – POLITICO

Dominion Voting Sues Former Trump Lawyer, Seeking $1.3 Billion In Damages : NPR

Dominion Voting Systems says it is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages after a series of outrageous claims by an attorney working to support Trump’s objections to the 2020 race.

The elections company Dominion Voting Systems, which has been at the center of many of President Trump’s conspiracy narratives about the 2020 election, filed suit Friday against one of the loudest amplifiers of those false stories.

The company sued Sidney Powell, a lawyer who previously worked for the Trump campaign, who has spent much of the past two months claiming Dominion rigged the election and was somehow tied to the Venezuelan regime of Hugo Chavez.

None of those claims are true; Dominion was founded in Toronto, is now headquartered in Denver, Co., and its machines have been used in American elections for more than a decade. Chavez died in 2013.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and in it Dominion asks for more than $1.3 billion in damages. Powell’s “viral disinformation campaign” has destroyed the value of the business, the lawsuit says.

Existential threat

Election experts have wondered whether the company would be able to survive after the onslaught of accusations by the Trump campaign.

Source: Dominion Voting Sues Former Trump Lawyer, Seeking $1.3 Billion In Damages : NPR

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder denied bail by London court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has had his bail denied by a London court.

  • The bail decision comes after a judge ruled on Monday that Assange cannot be extradited to the U.S.
  • Assange published hundreds of thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011.
  • U.S. authorities want to charge Assange with espionage.

Source: Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder denied bail by London court

Jim Brewster’s Pennsylvania Senate seat remains in doubt amid pending lawsuit from Nicole Ziccarelli

A day before Pennsylvania state lawmakers will be sworn in for a new two-year session, state Senate Democrats said Monday that the Republican majority is trying to “steal an election” by objecting to letting a Democratic member take his seat for a fourth term.

The dispute revolves around the election of Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County and could leave the decision on who to install in the Senate district to a majority of senators.

The contest between Brewster and Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli hinged on court decisions that said mail-in ballots that lack a handwritten date on the ballot envelope is not a reason to disqualify someone’s vote.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, called the Republicans’ refusal to swear in Brewster during Tuesday’s ceremony “unlawful” and suggested that his caucus will go to court.

Republicans were trying to “steal an election” in what Costa framed as a continuation of “the Trump playbook. It’s about abusing the process that’s in place.”

Costa also pointed out that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore in Rep.-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, even as her Democratic opponent’s challenge to the election results remains under review by the House.

The Senate’s top Republican, President Pro Tempore-elect Jake Corman, R-Centre, called it a “fairly unique, if not unprecedented situation.”

Ziccarelli has filed a complaint with the Senate and a lawsuit in federal court in an “extremely close” election affected by court rulings, Corman said.

“I think this unique set of circumstances dictates that the Senate review it and take very seriously the contest,” Corman said.

He did not say how long the Senate will need to review Ziccarelli’s filing before voting, or how long the Senate is willing to leave the seat vacant.

Brewster beat Ziccarelli by 69 votes in the Nov. 3 election, according to state-certified returns last month.

Source: Jim Brewster’s Pennsylvania Senate seat remains in doubt amid pending lawsuit from Nicole Ziccarelli

10 years in prison for illegal streaming? It’s in the Covid-19 relief bill

Tucked away in the more than 5,000-page long Covid-19 stimulus bill is a new law that severely punishes streamers that pirate large amounts of copyrighted content.

You probably have nothing to worry about: The “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act,” which was introduced earlier this month by Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, doesn’t target casual internet users. The law specifies that it doesn’t apply to people who use illegal streaming services or “individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.”

Source: 10 years in prison for illegal streaming? It’s in the Covid-19 relief bill

Daniel Pastorek died in the Allegheny County Jail but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place – Pittsburgh Current

“There was not a single violent tendency in that man, you can tell by looking at his record. And his entire criminal record is because of alcoholism and substance-use disorder, homelessness and poverty.”

For days, members of the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board did not know who had really died within the walls of the jail on November 26. That is because they were emailed an old notice, a death copy-and-pasted from before, from another death that took place inside the ACJ earlier this year.

Jail administrators didn’t realize their error for nearly a week, according to Allegheny County Councilor at Large Bethany Hallam, who is also a member of the jail oversight board. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing:  administrators had mistaken the jail’s most recent death for another, a suicide that occurred in June. To Hallam, it felt careless.

(The Allegheny County jail has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. There were nine suicides at the facility between 2016 and June of this year.)

Source: Daniel Pastorek died in the Allegheny County Jail but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place – Pittsburgh Current

Hunter Biden The Focus Of Federal Investigation In Pittsburgh Involving U.S. Attorney Scott Brady And FBI – CBS Pittsburgh

For the past 12 months, Hunter Biden has been the focus of a federal investigation in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — President Donald Trump wants to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the business dealings of President-elect Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

But for the past 12 months, Hunter has been the focus of a federal investigation in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady won’t comment, but KDKA has confirmed that his office and local FBI agents have investigated Hunter for the past year, much to the dismay of some career prosecutors.

How did the Hunter investigation find its way to Pittsburgh?

It appears to have started last December when President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, returned from a trip to Ukraine, where he went in search of information on the Bidens — specifically Hunter’s relationship with the Ukraine natural gas company Burisma.

Read Source: Hunter Biden The Focus Of Federal Investigation In Pittsburgh Involving U.S. Attorney Scott Brady And FBI – CBS Pittsburgh

Army punishes 14 senior officers after murder and other deaths at Fort Hood – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)The Army announced Tuesday that 14 senior officers will be punished following a probe that was initiated after the murder of a soldier and several other deaths at the Army’s Fort Hood base in Texas this year.

The issues at Fort Hood are “directly related to leadership failures,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said.
“I directed the relief and or suspension of commanders and other leaders from the corps to the squad level,” he said, saying 14 senior officers “have been relieved of suspended from their positions.”
The independent review was ordered after the death of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier, whose remains were discovered in a shallow grave in late June, months after her disappearance in April. It was later determined she had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked and her body was moved by her killer who then killed himself before he could be apprehended.

Source: Army punishes 14 senior officers after murder and other deaths at Fort Hood – CNNPolitics

U.S. states plan to sue Facebook next week, sources say

The complaint would be the second major lawsuit filed against a Big Tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Alphabet’s Google in October.

  • A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
  • The complaint would be the second major lawsuit filed against a Big Tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc’s Google in October.

Source: U.S. states plan to sue Facebook next week, sources say

New report shows how disproportionately Black people in Pittsburgh are incarcerated, arrested, and confronted by police | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Allegheny County Jail

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) released a report today outlining their findings that show stark imbalances in how disproportionately often Pittsburgh’s Black population is incarcerated, arrested, and confronted by police and the criminal-justice system.

In a press release, the ALC describes the report as analyzing “trends in arrests and bail decisions, highlighting the impact of police and judicial discretion” in which they found “an undeniable system of racial apartheid.” The report collected data from Allegheny County municipal court dockets from May 11 to June 8 of this year.

The ALC is a Pittsburgh-based law firm that advocates on behalf of incarcerated people, especially those whose rights were violated during the judicial process or while in jail or prison.

Among the most significant statistics in the report is the finding that the population of the Allegheny County Jail is 67% Black.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears arguments in Bill Cosby appeal – CBS News

Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call five other accusers who said Cosby mistreated them the same way he did his victim, Andrea Constand. The defense said their testimony prejudiced the jury against the actor and should not have been allowed.

Source: Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears arguments in Bill Cosby appeal – CBS News