Kevin Smith of New Orleans had been locked up for almost eight years on a non-violent drug charge awaiting trial. District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier finally ordered his release earlier this month after an appellate court ruled in June that his right to a speedy trial had been violated. According to The New Orleans Advocate, Smith spent more time in jail — 2,832 — for a non-violent offense without being tried than any other individual in New Orleans.
A Nevada man who spent 21 years in prison has been pardoned over the objections of Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. Fred Steese was convicted in 1995 of the 1992 murder of Gerard Soules, a former trapeze artist who performed a poodle act at the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas. Steese, who had briefly been Soules’ assistant and lover, was in Idaho when the murder occurred. But prosecutors argued his look-alike brother was actually in Idaho while Fred Steese killed Soules in Las Vegas.
On Nov. 6, Rod Underhill, the District Attorney of Multnomah County, Oregon, announced that the court system there will replace grand juries with preliminary hearings for most felony cases. Underhill expects about 85 percent of all felony cases — approximately 3,000 a year — to use preliminary hearings by early 2018. In only about 500–700 cases “with a vulnerable victim” — mostly involving child abuse, human trafficking or gangs — will prosecutors convene a grand jury.
5. It's hurting journalism, and newspapers in general. There was a time when newspapers were run as a public trust. You couldn't lose money, but it was okay if you had a small profit margin. Sadly, those days are long gone.
4. Gatehouse is doing the same thing, laying off 10 good people today in a craven attempt to make more money. And it's not just in Jacksonville. Papers all over the county have been decimated by short-sighted and stupid corporate owners.
3. This has been the issue for a long time. When Morris Communications owned the TU the company was in debt, and the TU was basically propping it up, So they laid people off to make the TU more profitable.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".