FROM Heidi Rummel
Free After 32 Years 32 years ago, Mary Virginia Jones went to prison for murder. She was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for her involvement in the killing of a drug dealer. But it was her boyfriend who pulled the trigger. Mary Jones was an unwilling bystander, forced to be there by her abusive boyfriend. Late Monday night, she was freed from prison through the work of law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project. We talk to her and the head of the project.
Schwarzenegger's Final Day Pardons On his last night in office, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Núñez from 16 years to seven. Two years ago, Núñez was involved in a knife fight at San Diego State University, during which a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death. Núñez is now 21. He’s the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, a Democrat who worked closely with Schwarzenegger. It was only the tenth time in seven years that Schwarzenegger commuted a sentence. Heidi Rummel is Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and Director of its Post-Conviction Justice Project .
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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