Category: Law

Justice Sonia Sotomayor honored with Du Bois medal at Harvard

U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Sonia Sotomay­or — a Bronx native — was among six peo­ple award­ed Har­vard University’s high­est hon­or in African and African-Amer­i­can stud­ies. Sotomay­or said she was “deeply hum­bled” by the W.E.B. Du Bois medal. “I am always remind­ed … that I nev­er stand alone because I do stand on the shoul­ders … of so many peo­ple in this room and every­one who pre­ced­ed me to open the door of oppor­tu­ni­ty,” Sotomay­or...

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Puerto Rico picks NYPD’s James Tuller as next police superintendent

  The Associated Press   Puer­to Rico is turn­ing to one of New York’s Finest to lead its trou­bled police depart­ment.  James Tuller, chief of the NYPD’s Trans­porta­tion Bureau, has been select­ed to be the next super­in­ten­dent of police by Puer­to Rico Gov. Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padil­la.… Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puer­to Rico as a child. He starts Dec...

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US officials crackdown on high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Fed­er­al agents will start tar­get­ing high-lev­el drug traf­fick­ers in Puer­to Rico with intel­li­gence gath­ered dur­ing a three-month blitz on crim­i­nal activ­i­ty in the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty said Thurs­day.  The cam­paign is part of a fed­er­al oper­a­tion that began in July 2012 with help from local author­i­ties that focus­es on the smug­gling of drugs, weapons, mon­ey and migrants.  The agency says agents have seized a total of 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilo­grams) of drugs, con­fis­cat­ed hun­dreds of firearms and arrest­ed more than 320 sus­pect­ed crim­i­nals who will be pros­e­cut­ed at fed­er­al and local levels.“We...

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Philadelphia cop punching woman in the face during Puerto Rican Day parade

Video from Philadelphia’s Puer­to Rican Day parade over the week­end shows a uni­formed cop punch­ing a woman in the face.  The blow leaves the woman’s mouth bloody. The offi­cer — iden­ti­fied as Lt. Jonathan Josey — then hand­cuffs her and anoth­er cop leads her away.     Philadel­phia Police Inter­nal Affairs is inves­ti­gat­ing, accord­ing to WCAU-TV. The clip shows a group of cops gath­ered on North 5th St. Sun­day after­noon, appar­ent­ly hand­cuff­ing a man pressed up against a car.  Some­one in the crowd flings water from a bot­tle at them, and Josey turns around in the direc­tion it came from.  He...

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Senator Dalmau Wants Another Investigation

Sen. José Luis Dal­mau San­ti­a­go, Pop­u­lar Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, asked the Sen­ate to inves­ti­gate the vio­lent acts which occurred on June 30 dur­ing a protest march in front of the Capi­tol. Dal­mau San­ti­a­go said the Sen­ate, an insti­tu­tion which rep­re­sents the peo­ple and which should seek the pro­tec­tion and wel­fare of its cit­i­zens, should ini­ti­ate a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion into the vio­lence that took place in front of the Capi­tol. “The pos­si­ble vio­la­tions of civ­il rights by police offi­cers against pro­test­ers who were exer­cis­ing their con­sti­tu­tion­al right to free speech must be inves­ti­gat­ed. We must take the nec­es­sary steps to avoid these events in the future. The Sen­ate must abide by the words of its Pres­i­dent who has said he will “uphold the Police Chief’s vow to guar­an­tee the con­sti­tu­tion­al and civ­il rights of our cit­i­zens,” said Dal­mau San­ti­a­go. The minor­i­ty sen­ate leader indi­cat­ed that the videos tak­en by secu­ri­ty cam­eras in the Capi­tol must be care­ful­ly stud­ied to iden­ti­fy spe­cif­ic cas­es of unjus­ti­fied aggres­sion that war­rant refer­ral to the Jus­tice depart­ment. He explained that this inves­ti­ga­tion would “assure the com­mit­ment made by the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent to inves­ti­gate the per­for­mance of the Police Chief in the exe­cu­tion of his actions.” Dal­mau Santiago’s peti­tion was made under the Sen­ate Res­o­lu­tion 1433, which orders both the Judi­cial Penal and Safe­ty com­mit­tee and the Judi­cial Affairs com­mit­tee to inves­ti­gate. The sen­a­tor recalled that the...

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