FROM Ryan Gabrielson
Investigation into former NFL star and serial rapist Darren Sharper Last year, former NFL star Darren Sharper was partying with models and other sports stars at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. On the way to another party, Sharper convinced two women to stop by his hotel in Century City. He offered them drinks and ten minutes later, the women were unconscious. Three days later, Darren Sharper was arrested on charges of rape. It wasn’t the first time he’d drugged and raped women. He has admitted to raping 9 women in 4 states. His prison sentence: 20 years, with a chance of parole after 9 years. Is that punishment harsh enough? A new investigation by ProPublica reveals that many of the rapes might have been prevented.
Fear and Bias from the Streets to the Courtroom Since white police officers recently killed unarmed black men and boys in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri, street protests have continued around the country and put America’s justice system on trial. There’s unequal treatment not just in the use of force but also the power of prosecutors to racially profile criminal suspects. Overt racism may be on the decline, but fear, unconscious bias and stereotyping are harder to recognize and overcome. Will sharing experiences on social media help close the gaps? Will training programs lead to reforms?
Documented Abuse of Patients at State Institutions A report by California Watch has raised questions about the level of care for 1800 Californians with cerebral palsy, mental disabilities and severe autism. It found 850 documented cases in the past three years of patient abuse or unexplained injuries at five so-called "Development Centers" run by the state. In three years, there were only two related arrests. In one incident, an autistic man died after his neck was broken and his spinal cord was crushed and disfigured. Internal investigators failed to protect evidence and waited five days to interview witnesses.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?