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‘Just Mercy’ Aims for Justice on Death Row, and in Hollywood

NEW YORK — Michael B. Jordan doesn’t usually get star struck. Bryan Stevenson had a different effect on him. “You don’t really come across too many people like that. There isn’t a voice like his. Meeting that person is like: Man, this is the hidden gem. Thi...
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Cash From NY, Feds Tests 100K Rape Kits, Leads to 1K Arrests

NEW YORK — Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officia...
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California Revisits Three-Strike Life Sentences

SACRAMENTO — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are...