Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Small Victory for Chauncey Bailey Lawyers; Another Assault Near Lake Merritt

by Ellen Cushing
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Stories you shouldn't miss!!

1) Lawyers in the Chauncey Bailey case have been granted permission to play large portions of a potentially damning videotape, according to Thomas Peele at the Chauncey Bailey project. In the video, taken secretly in a police office five days after Bailey was gunned down in August 2007, former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV is said to laugh about the murder and refer to other acts of violence. The lawyer for co-defendant Antoine Mackey had tried to block the tape, saying it would unfairly damage his client, who isn't in the video, but judge Thomas Reardon threw out that argument at a hearing yesterday. The tape may be played for the jury as early as today.

2) Yet another woman was allegedly assaulted near Lake Merritt yesterday; the OPD is, per the Trib, "urging caution."

3) The two Richmond cops who are alleged to have illegally bought firearms for young volunteers so the youth could do double-duty for the officers' security firm have, unsurprisingly, been fired. One, Danny Harris, accepted the firing and left the department on Monday, while the other Ray Thomas, is bringing his case to hearing, and is currently on paid leave. (Harris and Thomas have also been accused of hiring now-notorious Antioch PI Christopher Butler to scam one of the youth into DUI charges after he filed internal paperwork against them.)

4) The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to dismiss a landmark global warming lawsuit brought by California and five other states against coal-spewing power plants in other parts of the country. The lawsuit, brought by six coastal and heartland states, essentially argues that greenhouse gas emissions are a public nuisance that can be regulated by federal judges — and therefore, it'd set a powerful legal precedent were it to pass. But if the court dismisses the case, as it has indicated it will, the onus for regulating emissions will fall more heavily on the EPA and various state agencies.

5) And finally, today is (in addition to various other things), the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Everybody go home and hug your coastal birds.

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