Criminal Justice

Robert Durst sentenced to life in best friend’s murder

Posted on · He was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000. Prosecutors said Durst silenced Berman to prevent her from incriminating him in the reopened investigation of his wife’s 1982 disappearance in New York.

Criminal Justice

U.S. Department of Justice investigating abuse, mistreatment at Texas’ juvenile lockups

Posted on · The department says it’s looking into whether the Texas Juvenile Justice Department provides “reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents, excessive use of chemical restraints and excessive use of isolation.”

Immigration

Migrants arrested by Texas in border crackdown are being imprisoned for weeks without legal help or formal charges

Posted on · Defense attorneys have started asking courts to set migrants free because local justice systems, overwhelmed by arrests under Gov. Greg Abbott's border security push, are routinely violating state law and constitutional due process rights.