Monthly Archives: September 2015

Man Sentenced to Prison by Fired Former Judge Has Sentence Reduced

On August 13, Bidemi Ajobiewe, a Nigerian national who had been given six years in prison for an fatal accident on I-74 had his sentence reduced from six years in prison to 24 months of parole and time already served. … Continue reading

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Police Lying

Do Police Lie? The answer is that some police officers do indeed lie. The major conditions under which police lie are three: to frame a suspect, to protect themselves or fellow officers from detection or punishment of misdeed, and to … Continue reading

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First Class Justice vs. “the Cattle Call”

By a Courtwatcher Courtwatch is a group of citizens who volunteer to attend criminal proceedings by request of the defendant or a family member of a jailed defendant. We are there as witnesses to criminal justice in Champaign County, to … Continue reading

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Work Day: Lament for Darius Graves

The below poem was written by Ryan Collins for the project Lament for the Dead (http://www.lamentforthedead.org/), an online community poetry project which marks the death of every person killed by police this summer, and every police officer who loses life … Continue reading

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‘You Have a Choice’: Veterans Call On Drone Operators to Refuse Orders

Drone operators at Balad Camp Anaconda, Iraq, August 2007. (Photo: Air Force/public domain) Dozens of U.S. military veterans released an open letter this week urging drone operators to “refuse to fly missions” or support them in any way—and letting them … Continue reading

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Oct. 4: New Art Film Festival

The New Art Film Festival takes place October 4 at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign. The festival treats its audiences to a mix of shorts, features, and live presentations, all drawn from a homegrown film culture that has … Continue reading

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