Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa is expected to rule on Friday on the remaining charge of “culpable homicide” in the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.
Rob Duke's insight:
Here's a hybrid system in South Africa, that using an inquisitorial system of civil law (with some elements of common law based upon earlier precedents; and, with the prosecution taking an adversarial stance during some of the cross-examination). In this case, the courts, prosecution, and the police worked to convict, but also to clear the innocent (perhaps too much towards proving innocence by American standards--in this case). Let me know what you think.
Since 2000, juvenile marijuana arrests have increased while arrests for narcotics have fallen, and adults have seen a decline in both marijuana and narcotics arrests, according to a report from the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center.
During Thursday night's California gubernatorial debate against Republican Neel Kashkari, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) revealed that nearly 30% of the state's schoolchildren are either illegal immigrants or do not speak English.
For the last five years, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District has coordinated the Youth Leaders program, training students to serve as social "captains" at their schools in the region. Since the program began, the region has gone from eight student suicides in 2008 to none for the past four years.
What kind of violence abroad should allow women and children to win asylum in the United States? The recent influx of both families and kids traveling on their own from Central America is adding the urgency of large numbers to this question. So far, the prospects for asylum look better...
The justice system in South Africa operates differently than the one in the U.S. Here is a look at what Oscar Pistorius is facing after the double-amputee Olympic athlete was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Before we can understand what makes some suburbs so miserable, we first have to understand what makes others succeed. The most successful suburban neighborhoods fall into two categories. First, there are the dense and walkable ones that, like the most successful urban neighborhoods, have town centers that give local residents easy access to retail and employment opportunities. These neighborhoods generally include a mix of single-family homes and apartment buildings, which allows for different kinds of families and adults at different stages of life to share in the same local amenities. The problem with these urban suburbs, as Christopher Leinberger recounts in his 2009 book The Option of Urbanism, is that there are so few of them, and this scarcity fuels the same kind of gentrification that is driving poor people out of successful cities.
The other model for success can be found in sprawling suburban neighborhoods dominated by households with either the time or the resources to maintain single-family homes and to engage in civic life. As a general rule, the neighborhoods in this latter category don’t allow for apartment buildings or townhomes on small lots. They implement stringent local land-use regulations that keep them exclusive, and they attract families that tenaciously defend the character of their neighborhoods.
Forget about smart cities, Playable City ideas – like Bristol’s water slide or its temporary play streets – are a human response to the coldness and anonymity of the urban environment (yeah: your city might aspire to be *smart*, but is it playable?
Timothy Jones Jr. is awaiting extradition from Mississippi to South Carolina after the bodies of his five children, ages 1 to 8, were found along a highway in Alabama on Tuesday. The children were reported missing by their mother on Sept. 3.