crime http://wnpr.org en NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://wnpr.org/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20214 at http://wnpr.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later http://wnpr.org/post/looking-back-boston-marathon-bombing-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded hundreds more.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It also changed the city of Boston, which was essentially shut down during the ensuing manhunt for the bombing suspects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We look back at that long week in April, and how things have changed both in Boston and throughout the country since the bombing. We're joined by people who were at the marathon that day, including a local professor who will once again run in this year's race.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20128 at http://wnpr.org Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later Sexual Assault at Colleges Gets Local and National Attention http://wnpr.org/post/sexual-assault-colleges-gets-local-and-national-attention <p>On Thursday morning, the Board of Regents governing Connecticut state colleges unanimously passed <a href="http://www.ct.edu/images/uploads/BOR-AgendaPacket-03-13-2014.pdf?83945">a sexual assault policy</a> which would, among other things, require campuses to give victims detailed descriptions of what they can do.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:45:53 +0000 Alan Yu 18382 at http://wnpr.org Sexual Assault at Colleges Gets Local and National Attention Holder Backs Reduced Sentences For Some Drug Traffickers http://wnpr.org/post/holder-backs-reduced-sentences-some-drug-traffickers Attorney General Eric Holder is backing a proposal to shorten sentences for nonviolent drug dealers in an effort reduce federal spending on prisons.<p>Holder appeared before the <a href="http://www.ussc.gov/">United States Sentencing Commission</a> on Thursday to announce his support of the panel's recommendations to trim federal guidelines for sentencing of drug traffickers to 51 months from 62 months.<p>"This overreliance on incarceration is not just financially unsustainable, it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate," Holder said, adding that the harshest penalti Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18369 at http://wnpr.org Holder Backs Reduced Sentences For Some Drug Traffickers State Supreme Court Takes the Case of Eddie Perez http://wnpr.org/post/state-supreme-court-takes-case-eddie-perez <p>The <a href="http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=41515&amp;Type=PartyName" target="_blank">Connecticut Supreme Court</a> has agreed to take up the case of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, according to the court's clerk.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:58:16 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17641 at http://wnpr.org State Supreme Court Takes the Case of Eddie Perez Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market http://wnpr.org/post/risk-low-and-business-booming-malware-market Malware is malicious, bad software. It's the code that cybercriminals use to steal credit card numbers and bank accounts. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:33:00 +0000 editor 17308 at http://wnpr.org Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market Federal Authorities Want Testimony From Man Convicted in Shoe Bomb Plot http://wnpr.org/post/federal-authorities-want-testimony-man-convicted-shoe-bomb-plot <p>Federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to testify at the sentencing of two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:11:30 +0000 Diane Orson 17119 at http://wnpr.org Federal Authorities Want Testimony From Man Convicted in Shoe Bomb Plot Yale Hosts Law Enforcement and Hacking Conference http://wnpr.org/post/yale-hosts-law-enforcement-and-hacking-conference <p>Yale Law School is <a href="http://www.yaleisp.org/event/law-enforcement-and-hacking" target="_blank">hosting a conference on law enforcement and computer hacking.</a> The conference, "Law Enforcement and Hacking: When Cops Control Your Webcam," starts at 1:00 pm on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>It will focus on the increasing use of sophisticated tools to hack into the computers of targets, including remotely enabling webcams, turning on microphones, and downloading documents and other files from hacked computers.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Associated Press 17046 at http://wnpr.org Yale Hosts Law Enforcement and Hacking Conference Mistrial On Murder Charge In Florida Gas Station Shooting http://wnpr.org/post/mistrial-murder-charge-florida-gas-station-shooting A mistrial was declared on Saturday in the first-degree murder charge of Michael Dunn after a Florida jury failed to come to an agreement. The jury did find Dunn guilty on four lesser charges, including three counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of a teenager in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot.<p>Police say Dunn shot and killed an unarmed man, Jordan Davis, 17, after an argument broke out over loud music coming from Davis' car. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:29:48 +0000 Bill Chappell 17058 at http://wnpr.org Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights http://wnpr.org/post/holder-calls-restoring-felons-voting-rights Attorney General Eric Holder called on 11 states to repeal "counterproductive" laws that bar convicted felons from "the single most basic right of American citizenship-the right to vote."<p>In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University law school, Holder used his bully pulpit to note that 5.8 million people are prohibited from voting because of current or former felony convictions, including 1-in-5 black adults in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.<p>"By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future cr Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 16811 at http://wnpr.org Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind http://wnpr.org/post/escaping-forced-prostitution-and-leaving-shame-behind It hasn't been easy for Barbara Amaya to talk about her past. She was abused at home as a child, and when she was 12 she ran away to Washington, D.C. — where she was picked up by sex traffickers and forced into prostitution.<p>"I fell into the hands of a woman. I was sitting in the park and she just started talking to me," Barbara tells her daughter, Bianca Belteton, on a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va.<p>"I was hungry and cold and young, and she took me to an apartment. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 editor 16609 at http://wnpr.org Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind Connecticut Ranks in the Top Ten States for Exonerations in a Record Year http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-ranks-top-ten-states-exonerations-record-year <p>Connecticut was among the states with the most recorded exonerations in 2013, <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Exonerations_in_2013_Report.pdf" target="_blank">according to a new report </a><a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Exonerations_in_2013_Report.pdf" target="_blank">from the National Registry of Exonerations.</a></p><p>It was a record year for exonerations. Eighty-seven prisoners falsely convicted of crimes were exonerated in the U.S. in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 16470 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Ranks in the Top Ten States for Exonerations in a Record Year FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist http://wnpr.org/post/fbi-arrests-reputed-mobsters-linked-1978-goodfellas-heist The FBI nabbed five alleged mobsters in a series of predawn raids in New York on Thursday in connection with the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted $6 million in cash and jewels and that inspired the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099685/"><em>GoodFellas</em>.</a><p>Among those arrested was Vincent Asaro, 78, who is allegedly a ranking member of the Bonanno crime family. He was seized at his home in Queens, N.Y. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 15842 at http://wnpr.org FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist Neiman Marcus Notifying Customers Whose Cards Were Compromised http://wnpr.org/post/neiman-marcus-notifying-customers-whose-cards-were-compromised The luxury retailer Neiman Marcus says it has begun notifying customers whose <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/10/261474867/neiman-marcus-says-hackers-stole-credit-card-data">credit cards were compromised during a security breach</a>.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/neiman-marcus-victim-cyber-security-attack">The AP spoke to Ginger Reeder</a>, spokeswoman for Dallas-based company, who would not estimate how many customers could be affected.<p>"We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security," Reeder t Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:50:00 +0000 editor 15314 at http://wnpr.org Neiman Marcus Notifying Customers Whose Cards Were Compromised Malloy Makes a New Cabinet Appointment; Boughton Announces Gubernatorial Run http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-makes-new-cabinet-appointment-boughton-announces-gubernatorial-run <p>Governor Dannel Malloy announced an appointment Wednesday to a newly-created cabinet level position within his administration advocating on behalf of the state’s disability community.</p><p>Jonathan Slifka will be responsible for increasing outreach on behalf of the governor and executive branch agencies to people with disabilities, in order to provide policy and practical recommendations for advocacy and employment programs.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:34:00 +0000 Teri McCready 15164 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Makes a New Cabinet Appointment; Boughton Announces Gubernatorial Run Police Say Hartford Crime Went Down in 2013 http://wnpr.org/post/police-say-hartford-crime-went-down-2013 <p>The 2013 crime statistics from the city of Hartford are in. And&nbsp;police say most major crime numbers are down.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:09:37 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15154 at http://wnpr.org Police Say Hartford Crime Went Down in 2013 The Final Report on Sandy Hook http://wnpr.org/post/final-report-sandy-hook <p>There are a lot of people who, for understandable reasons, would like the story of the Sandy Hook shootings to fade away. But, of course it never will. It's part of our molecular structure, especially here in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p>This hour, we touch on some of the questions answered &nbsp;by the release of the state's so called <a href="http://cspsandyhookreport.ct.gov/">final report</a> on the murders. We also talk about some of the questions that haven't been answered and the peculiar, to some of us, reluctance by the state to release this report.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:33:03 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 14696 at http://wnpr.org The Final Report on Sandy Hook State Numbers Show Fewer Young People in Adult Prisons http://wnpr.org/post/state-numbers-show-fewer-young-people-adult-prisons <p>The state said that a new law aimed at getting juveniles out of the adult prison system is working.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's called the "</span><a href="http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/where-we-live-raise-age-transcript" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">raise the age</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" law and was fully implemented last year.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:52:17 +0000 Jeff Cohen 14111 at http://wnpr.org State Numbers Show Fewer Young People in Adult Prisons How Do We Determine the Value of Art? http://wnpr.org/post/how-do-we-determine-value-art <p></p><p>A Francis Bacon triptych, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" sells for $142.4 million.</p><p>Jeff Koons work sells for $58.4 million, making it the most expensive art by a living artist to sell at auction.</p><p>Is any art really worth this much or do a few wealthy investors artificially drive up the market to divert the rest of us from the reality of overall declining sales. If art is not worth as much as certain vested interests want us to believe, how do we determine the real worth of art?</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:41:20 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 14086 at http://wnpr.org How Do We Determine the Value of Art? Two British Terror Suspects Plead Guilty in New Haven Federal Court http://wnpr.org/post/two-british-terror-suspects-plead-guilty-new-haven-federal-court <p>Two terror suspects who were extradited from Britain a year ago <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2013/20131210.html" target="_blank">pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in New Haven</a>. The men admitted to raising funds for terrorists through a Connecticut-based web company that was unaware of it's clients' business practices.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:52:32 +0000 Diane Orson 13774 at http://wnpr.org Two British Terror Suspects Plead Guilty in New Haven Federal Court Bringing Back Boy Bands: Did They Ever Really Leave? http://wnpr.org/post/bringing-back-boy-bands-did-they-ever-really-leave <p></p><p><a href="http://www.monkees.com/">The Monkees</a> were the first group to exhibit all or most of the qualities we now associate with the term "boy band." They were assembled through auditions. They had a set of visual styles imposed on them. They were incredibly popular with tween-aged girls. They were plagued by the accusation that there was less to them than meets the eye. That last accusation was false, by the way.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:37:17 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 13528 at http://wnpr.org Bringing Back Boy Bands: Did They Ever Really Leave? The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-privacy-public-information-and-mental-health-policy <p>This week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-released">the long-awaited report</a> was released on last year’s shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. On our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse, we discuss the report and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/judge-orders-release-newtown-911-tapes">other evidence that may soon be released to the public.</a> Also on the day the report came out, we had yet another campus scare, this time at Yale University.</p><p><strong>Note:</strong> During the show, Colin mentioned this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/" target="_blank">New York Times story about a death in St. Augustine, FL</a>. That story presents what we see as a compelling reason for the public release of crime scene documents and 911 calls. This story was also the subject of a <a href="http://www.cpbn.org/program/frontline-program-page/episode/frontline-death-st-augustine" target="_blank">PBS Frontline documentary</a>, which you can <a href="http://video.cptv.org/video/2365128108/" target="_blank">watch here via CPTV</a>. - jd</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:19 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 13044 at http://wnpr.org The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy Catching Fire, Culture, Condoms, and the Law http://wnpr.org/post/catching-fire-culture-condoms-and-law <p></p><p>Why should sex feel bad? It shouldn't, and Bill Gates is offering $100,000 to the inventor of a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/03/25/bill_gates_funds_condoms_gates_pledges_100_000_for_a_more_pleasurable_condom.html">condom</a> that puts the pleasure back in sex. And, it isn't just about pleasure. Scientists at the University of Manchester's <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-25016994">National Graphene Institute</a> say a "redesigned condom that overcomes inconvenience, fumbling, or perceived loss of pleasure would be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty."</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:18:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 12957 at http://wnpr.org Catching Fire, Culture, Condoms, and the Law Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal http://wnpr.org/post/examining-red-flags-massachusetts-crime-lab-scandal Former chemist Annie Dookhan began serving a 3-to-5 year sentence in a Massachusetts prison on Friday after pleading guilty to falsifying tests of drug evidence and helping to create one of the nation's largest drug lab scandals.<p>Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says the state is taking steps to improve forensic testing:<p>"It is certainly lessons learned," she says. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:38:00 +0000 editor 12905 at http://wnpr.org Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion? http://wnpr.org/post/jpmorgan-says-it-broke-no-law-so-why-pay-13-billion State and federal regulators have hailed Tuesday's <a href="http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/69520131119191246941958.pdf" target="_blank">$13 billion settlement</a> with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:12:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 12884 at http://wnpr.org JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion? Chemist Pleads Guilty In Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal http://wnpr.org/post/chemist-pleads-guilty-massachusetts-crime-lab-scandal A former chemist for the state of Massachusetts' crime labs pleaded guilty Friday to falsifying drugs tests that potentially compromised tens of thousands of criminal cases. <a href="http://www.wbur.org/" target="_blank">WBUR reports</a> she admitted all 27 counts against her.<p><strong>Update at 4:40 p.m. ET: Prison Sentence Of 3-5 Years</strong><p>Judge Carol Ball sentenced Annie Dookhan, 36, to three to five years in prison, plus a probation period. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 12854 at http://wnpr.org Chemist Pleads Guilty In Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Released Today on $1.2 Million Bond http://wnpr.org/post/kennedy-cousin-michael-skakel-released-today-12-million-bond <p>Michael Skakel&nbsp;walked out of Stamford Superior Court this afternoon after posting a $1.2 million dollar bond.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He has served eleven years in prison after being convicted in the 1975 death of Greenwich neighbor, Martha&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moxley</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;when they were 15.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:39:07 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 12786 at http://wnpr.org Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Released Today on $1.2 Million Bond The Benefits of Rats; a Long-Awaited Report; and Losing Gambles http://wnpr.org/post/benefits-rats-long-awaited-report-and-losing-gambles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re less than a year away from the 2014 midterm election, but we’re still wrapping up a major story from the last congressional election. One of the key figures in the Chris Donovan scandal involving illegal campaign contributions was sentenced on Monday.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:18:03 +0000 Tucker Ives 12735 at http://wnpr.org The Benefits of Rats; a Long-Awaited Report; and Losing Gambles Judge Sentences 'Whitey' Bulger To Two Life Terms In Prison http://wnpr.org/post/judge-sentences-whitey-bulger-two-life-terms-prison James "Whitey" Bulger has been sentenced to two terms of life in prison, to run consecutively, plus five years for his role in the murder of 11 people. Bulger, 84, is also being punished for racketeering and other crimes. Before announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper read aloud the names of Bulger's victims.<p>Relatives of the victims testified at a hearing in Boston yesterday. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 12382 at http://wnpr.org Judge Sentences 'Whitey' Bulger To Two Life Terms In Prison 'Got You, You Rat,' Woman Tells 'Whitey' Bulger At Sentencing http://wnpr.org/post/got-you-you-rat-woman-tells-whitey-bulger-sentencing <em>(With the day's court action over, we updated this post at noon ET.)</em><p>Confronting James "Whitey" Bulger, who she believes killed her father in addition to the 11 people he's been convicting of murdering, a woman told the mob boss Wednesday morning that "we got you, you rat."<p>Relatives of the notorious gangster's victims testified at his sentencing in Boston. Our colleagues at WBUR <a href="https://twitter.com/wburLive" target="_blank">tweeted from the courthouse</a>. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:53:25 +0000 Mark Memmott 12316 at http://wnpr.org 'Got You, You Rat,' Woman Tells 'Whitey' Bulger At Sentencing