FROM Marsha Levick
No More Life Sentences or Solitary Confinement for Kids The government made two big decisions this week about the treatment of American children in the country’s criminal justice system. President Barack Obama, by executive order, banned solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons. And yesterday, the Supreme Court decided that state courts will have to hold new sentencing hearings for anyone now serving a mandatory life sentence they were given as a minor. The two decisions are being called a start in the effort to reform the American criminal justice system.
Should Kids Be Allowed to Waive Their Right to Remain Silent? A State Supreme Court majority has refused to review the murder conviction of a 10-year-old boy who confessed to killing his father. Had his young brain developed enough to understand that, before he confessed, he'd waived his Miranda right to remain silent?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."