Report Sees Overwhelming Official Misconduct in Wrongful US Convictions

Identifying police misconduct in a whopping 72% percent of cases where a defendant sentenced to death was later exonerated, legal researchers published a sobering report Tuesday on the coercive techniques that led to the false convictions of more than 2,600 Americans since 1989.

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California High Court Upholds Law Closing Pension-Padding Loopholes

In an unanimous ruling Thursday, the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a 2013 pension reform law forbidding public employees from cashing in on unused sick and vacation time to increase their pension benefits, finding the Legislature should be allowed to “close loopholes and foreclose opportunities for abuse.”

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