Cyntoia Brown, who was 16 when she killed a man, freed after clemency

Brown says she was forced into prostitution before 2004 killing, and celebrities, including Rihanna, had called for her release Cyntoia Brown has been released early from the Tennessee prison for women, where she was serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 years old after being allegedly forced into prostitution. Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities had lobbied for Browns release. She was granted clemency in January by the outgoing governor, Bill Haslam. Now 31, Brown will remain on parole for 10 years, on the condition she does not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job and participates in regular counseling sessions, Haslams commutation says. Brown released a statement on Monday saying she …

’48 years is enough’: activists and celebrities call for release of ex-Black Panther

Seventy-five public figures sign letter to New York governor asking for release of Jalil Muntaqim after nearly five decades in prison Leading civil rights activists, academics, actors and writers are calling on Andrew Cuomo to release Jalil Muntaqim, a former Black Panther who has been in prison for 48 years for one of the most high-profile killings of the 1970s black liberation struggle. Seventy-five prominent public figures have 11 times since he first became eligible in 2002 on a sentence of 25 years to life. He will be 68 at his next hearing. He was arrested in 1971 at age 19 for the ambush and murder in Harlem of two police officers, Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. Days after the …

Harvey Weinstein trial should be public, news organizations argue

Defense and prosecution seek to hearing behind closed doors but media to tell judge there is no rational basis for secrecy News organizations are fighting to open Harvey Weinsteins next court appearance to the public, after both prosecutors and defense attorneys asked for it to be held behind closed doors. At a hearing set for Friday, ahead of the disgraced movie moguls trial in New York on rape and sexual assault charges, the sides will argue over whether some of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault besides the ones involved in the criminal charges will be allowed to testify at his June trial. But prosecutors and defense attorneys have both asked the judge to shut out …

Mar-a-Lago security under scrutiny after Chinese woman gained access

Yujing Zhang, who was in possession of cellphones and drives containing malware, was arrested after visiting the Trump resort Security at Donald Trumps court documents. She initially produced two Chinese passports displaying her photo, the affidavit states. Resort officials asked if she was the daughter of a member with the same surname. She did not give a definitive answer and, blaming a language barrier issue, security staff allowed her inside. But they became suspicious after Zhang appeared to struggle to explain why she was visiting Mar-a-Lago, according to the affidavit. At first she said she wanted to go to the swimming pool, then that she was there for an event staged by a group called the United Nations Chinese American …