CLOSENathan Myers, left, embraces his uncle, Clifford Williams, during a news conference after their 1976 murder convictions were overturned Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Photo: Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)WASHINGTON – Actions by police officers, including witness tampering, violent interrogations and falsifying evidence, account for majority of the misconduct that lead to wrongful convictions, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Registry of Exonerations that focused on the role police and prosecutors play in false convictions in the country.Researchers studied 2,400 known convictions of innocent defendants over a 30-year period and found that 35% of these cases involved some type of misconduct by police. More than half – 54% – involved misconduct by both police and prosecutors. The findings by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project that collects data on wrongful convictions in the country, come as protests over racial injustice and police brutality engulfed many cities for several months following the May death of George Floyd. Floyd, who was Black, died after a Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. The officer, Derek Chauvin, and three others have since been charged. More recently, the police shooting of Jacob Blake sparked days of unrest in Kenosha, Wisc. and has raised questions about whether shooting him was justified. Tarnished brass: Fired for a felony, again for perjury. Meet the new police chief.George Floyd protests: Journalists blinded, injured, arrested covering protests nationwideThe events researchers analyzed – police misconduct that leads to the convictions and imprisonment of innocent people – are different, but related and often overlooked, said Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan law professor and one of the authors of the study. Misconduct that leads to wrongful convictions rarely come to light and don’t usually lead to mass protests and a racial reckoning, although they involve the same reliance on secrecy and deception, Gross said. “The basic underlying truth is if you’re innocent of a crime and you were convicted of it, the chances of it ever coming to light are, first, not great and, second, get worse and worse the less serious a crime it is,” Gross said. “If you’re convicted of a misdemeanor and you’re innocent of it … the chance of anybody caring is very low.”But, Gross said, “We’re not talking about all police officers or most police officers. What’s disturbing is it happens at all and it happens with some regularity.”As of Monday, the National Registry of Exonerations has nearly 2,670 people who have been exonerated since 1989, and the list grows regularly.Theophalis Wilson, with friends and family behind him, walks out of the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia after being exonerated for a triple murder that took place when he was a teenager, for which he served 28 years in prison. (Photo: Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)The study, which looked at 2,400 of these cases, found that hiding evidence that is favorable to defendants is the most common type of misconduct.Researchers cite five murder trials in which prosecutors concealed evidence about the cause of death. In one case, a woman was convicted of killing her boyfriend, but prosecutors did not disclose a medical report that found he had died of suicide.”In a few rape exonerations, the authorities concealed evidence that the complainants had a history of making false rape allegations,” according to the study. “And in at least a dozen child sex abuse cases, police, prosecutors and child welfare workers concealed statements by the supposed victims that they had not in fact been molested.”In some cases, police officers falsely claimed they were victims of assaults by defendants. In one such case, police officers from Chattanooga, Tenn. they beat a defendant at a reentry facility because he defended himself. Adam Tatum was sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting officers but was later exonerated after video showed that officers attacked him without provocation. Tatum sued and later settled for $125,000.Tarnished brass: We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.Consequences are rare.Police officers were disciplined or convicted of crimes in only 19% of exonerations that involved some type of misconduct, according to the study. That’s a rate five times higher than those for prosecutors, whose misconduct account for 30% of the cases. Perhaps most infamous is former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge who was convicted of perjury for lying about his role as the leader of a group of officers who tortured suspects into confessing. Former Chicago Police Department commander Jon Burge was released from custody in Tampa in 2008. (Photo: Steve Nesius, AP)Researchers also found that misconduct by police and prosecutors is among the leading causes of disproportionate false conviction of Black defendants. For example, 78% of Black defendants who were wrongly accused of murder were convicted because of some type of misconduct. That number is 64% for white defendants, according to the study. An even wider gap: 87% of Black defendants who were sentenced to death were victims of official misconduct. That number is 68% for white defendants.Still, reforms have happened in the past several years.For example, violent interrogations have become less common in the past 15 to 20 years, in large part, after more and more states began requiring police departments to record interrogations. In 2013, the Justice Department and the International Association of Chiefs of Police called for investigative reforms meant to prevent wrongful convictions, including new guidelines on recording police interviews and greater scrutiny of eyewitness identifications.Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/15/police-misconduct-among-leading-causes-false-convictions/5795715002/Find New & Used CarsNew CarsUsed CarsofPowered by Cars.com
5 Prayers for desperate students during final exams
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will…
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will help you approach the exam with peace.Whatever happens, give it all to God.Here is a short collection of prayers that you can say to ask God for some extra grace during your exams.Prayer of St. Thomas AquinasCreator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, the obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer to St. Rita before a testSaint Rita,In your company,I present myself to God, the wise Creator of the universe,the light of human mind.To learn through application in my studies,I will need attention:help me focus,you who were always so collected.I crave the internal peace to tame the passions,the external calm to avoid intemperance.I need intuition:the easy comprehension of essential. I need to memorize:help me to remember. Most of all, help me learn through my studies about the divine life,so I can live my time on Earth and in eternity.For all this Saint Rita,entrust me to the goodnessof Jesus and the Holy Virgin.Thank you.Amen.Prayer to Mary, Seat of WisdomUnder your patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end:that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of your veneration among all people.I ask you, therefore, most loving Mother, who are the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in your loving-kindness.Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me there from, wholly to your intercession for me in God’s holy presence. Amen. Prayer to St. Joseph of CupertinoO holy Joseph of Cupertino, who loves to bestow your favors upon all in need of your assistance, I implore your help with my studies and upcoming examinations. Despite my hard work and good will, I am anxious about these tests, and how I will perform. Remember, Saint Joseph, that you too endured a similar difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father, you were providentially helped toward your calling and vocation.Remember that you found yourself in the same difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father you came out providentially well.I beg your assistance now; help me to be confident in my testing, and prompt and alert in all of my answers. I ask your prayers for my intention, in the name of Jesus, and also with a special supplication to Mary and Saint Francis, your Holy Father.O patron saint of academic examinations, I am convinced that my hope in your prayerful assistance will not be disappointed. Amen
8 Amazon Prime membership benefits you might not know about – CNET
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier. Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift. Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able…
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier.
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.
Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able to buy paper towels or cat litter online, and then see it on my doorstep a few days later. But this isn’t the only benefit if you’re paying for a Prime membership.For instance, you can get packages delivered much sooner than you would think — in a few hours, even. Or you can schedule a delivery date that’s more convenient for you, in case you’re not home. And you can even get exclusive deals, simply by using Alexa on your Amazon Echo.If you’re new to Amazon Prime, or simply don’t know much about what it has to offer, here are some of the ways you can get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership.Read more: Holiday gift guide 2021: CNET editors’ top picksGet free same-day delivery on qualifying itemsIf there’s a product you want immediately, you can see if it’s available for delivery the same day you order. To check a product’s eligibility, look for delivery that’s marked as “Prime FREE Same-Day” while shopping. Note that your order will need to contain over $35 of qualifying items. If not, you’ll have to pay a small fee.Amazon will deliver from morning until evening, so you won’t have to worry about receiving your order at 3 a.m. However, same-day delivery isn’t available in all locations, so enter your ZIP code on the Amazon Same-Day Delivery page to see if you’re eligible.Schedule a convenient shipping date during checkout with Amazon Day.
Get extra discounts by shopping with Alexa You can use your Amazon Echo to ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” anytime. Alexa will then share Prime-exclusive deals and you’ll have the option to add the item to your cart, buy it now or move on to the next deal. Schedule a convenient shipping date for your packageEveryone knows about Amazon’s free two-day shipping, but another option is to choose a delivery date
during checkout. It’s called Amazon Day and it’s helpful if there’s a specific day you know someone will be at home to answer for packages — especially if it’s something pricey that you don’t want to risk leaving unattended. If you order multiple items on different days, you can have them delivered on the same day as long as they’re eligible for this offer. Use your Amazon Echo to help track packages If you have an Amazon Echo of any kind, you can use it to track your orders. Just say “Alexa, where’s my package?” and your Echo will let you know where it is, who it’s for and when it’ll arrive. Once your order has been delivered, the Echo’s ring light will pulse yellow and if you have the Echo Show, the delivery notification will appear on the screen. Use any Amazon Echo to track your packages.
Shop Early Access deals before non-Prime members If something you’ve been eyeing says “Prime Early Access,” as a Prime member you can shop that sale 30 minutes before non-Prime members. However, you’ll still have to compete with other Prime members who are interested in the product before it sells out.Send a gift to someone without knowing their addressA new Amazon Prime feature lets you send someone a gift, even if you don’t have their address. For instance, if you’d like to send a coworker something for the holidays or their birthday but don’t know what their address is, you can still send a gift. But there’s a catch — that person must also have a Prime account and you need either their phone number or email address associated with the account.Be aware: Not every item on Amazon is eligible. Share your Prime perks with family If you’ve got another adult living in your household, like a significant other or friend, you can share your Prime membership with them. You’ll still be able to keep your personal accounts separate, but you’ll both have access to all the same Prime benefits. You can also share your account with up to four teens and up to four children in your household. While they’ll have their own logins, you can still manage their profiles. Amazon employees can leave a package inside your house with Amazon Key.
Amazon can leave your package inside your house or garage When you know you’re not going to be home for a while and you’ve got a shipment on the way, it’s much safer to have an Amazon employee leave your items inside your house or garage to avoid theft. At this time, in-home delivery is currently paused due to COVID-19, but we’ll still tell you how to use it once it’s resumed.For in-home delivery, you’ll need a Key-compatible smart lock and an (optional) Amazon Cloud Cam. The Amazon driver will send you a notification when they’ve arrived at your house and will request to unlock your door. Amazon will verify the package is at the right address and the driver is near the door, then will turn on Amazon Cloud Cam and unlock your door. You can also use Amazon In-Garage Delivery — just select Key Delivery at checkout. The garage kit is on sale for $25 and turns your garage into a smart garage. It works the same as in-home delivery so Amazon will do all the verifying for you.
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If you’re wary of letting a complete stranger into your home, keep in mind that you’ll also receive notifications during the entire process. Note that you can opt to block delivery access to your home — for example, if you know you’ll be home during that time. For more shopping tips this year, here’s how to send your Amazon packages back the fast, easy and free way. Also, read this before you buy a tech gift this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series Renders Leak Before Official Announcement
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 are expected to be the upcoming flagship tablets from the South Korean electronic giant. The official-looking renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models have surfaced online, showing the design and a few specifications. In the leaked renders, Samsung Galaxy Tab…
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 are expected to be the upcoming flagship tablets from the South Korean electronic giant. The official-looking renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models have surfaced online, showing the design and a few specifications. In the leaked renders, Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is expected to be the most premium model in the upcoming series is seen with two selfie cameras.The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series renders were shared by known tipster Ev (@evleaks). As mentioned, the renders show the displays and bezels of all three Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is seen to have the slimmest bezels out of the lot with two front-facing sensors located in the centre-aligned notch. The power button and volume rocker are also seen arranged on the top edge. Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 have similar designs. The leaked renders of Galaxy Tab S8 Plus also suggest two selfie cameras.According to past leaks, the Galaxy Tab S8 series of tablets will feature displays with a 120Hz refresh rate. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has been earlier spotted on Geekbench with the model number SM-X906N. It is also tipped to come with a 14.6-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It may be offered in two storage configurations — 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 512GB. The Ultra variant is tipped to pack a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. It is also said to feature an 8-megapixel sensor accompanied by a 5-megapixel sensor at the front. Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is tipped to be backed by a massive 12,000mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging as well.As per a leaked Samsung production schedule for 2022, Samsung is planning to unveil the Galaxy Tab S8 series in 2022 with the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Lite, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra variants. All models except the Galaxy Tab S8 Lite are scheduled to go into production starting the first quarter of 2022, while the Galaxy Tab S8 Lite variant is said to go into production from the third quarter of next year.