The Marshall Project
Opening Statement
July 5, 2022
Edited by Andrew Cohen
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Oklahoma to crank up its “machinery of death.” A state judge on Friday set execution dates for 25 death row prisoners, creating a string of scheduled killings by lethal injection that would go through 2024. The Washington Post The men were spared, temporarily, when the state halted capital punishment after a series of botched executions eight years ago. Among those now scheduled to be killed is Richard Glossip, whose U.S. Supreme Court case set a new precedent in capital cases. The New York Times TMP Context: When Oklahoma Republicans said they wanted to fix the death penalty. The Marshall Project

A Fourth of July massacre in Highland Park, Illinois. Six people were fatally shot and at least 38 people wounded or injured when a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire on holiday parade goers Monday morning. Chicago Sun-Times Witnesses described a chaotic scene of frantic parents steering their children away from the shooting and victims lying prone on the ground. Chicago Tribune Hours later, the police arrested Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 22, whom they described as a “person of interest” in the shooting. NBC News One of the victims was a grandfather visiting his family. WBEZ

The post-Roe world means 10-year-old girls impregnated by their fathers have to travel out of state to have abortions. That happened last week in Ohio, where a victim of child abuse had to go to Indiana to get medical treatment. Many states now have anti-abortion laws without exceptions for rape or incest. Columbus Dispatch More: State constitutions, overseen by state judges, become a new battlefield for abortion rights. Bolts Related: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower-court order blocking enforcement of a state law outlawing all abortions. The Associated Press

90 shots, 60 wounds, 50 protest arrests. There were large protests over the holiday weekend in Akron, Ohio, scene of a police shooting last week. Officers fatally shot Jayland Walker, a Black motorist, following a chase captured on police cameras. Grim video of the episode released Sunday shows police officers firing at Walker as he fled his car. The Washington Post Eight officers have been suspended and placed on paid leave. The New York Times Walker was remembered as a funny, kindhearted man. Akron Beacon Journal City officials declared a “state of emergency” and a curfew on Monday. The Wall Street Journal

Questions about U.S. Secret Service agents’ actions on Jan. 6. Testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot raises new questions about the independence and credibility of the protective agency. The Washington Post Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas again warns of the peril of political violence from white supremacists and others. Politico More: Members of the far-right “Oath Keepers” say they’ll tell jurors at their upcoming trials that they believed that former President Donald Trump would turn them into his personal militia. Business Insider


More details on the three police officers who were fatally shot late last week while trying to serve a warrant in Floyd County, Kentucky. Louisville Courier-Journal The officers were allegedly ambushed by Lance Storz, who was taken into custody and charged with murder. The New York Times

The private prison company GEO Group will be allowed to keep operating a federal jail in San Diego, California, under an exception to a Biden administration order phasing out federal prison contracts for private operators. inewsource

Texas prosecutors sought the death penalty for Timothy Huff, who was convicted of murdering a Fort Worth police officer in 2018. Last week, jurors voted instead to give Huff a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"No legitimate humane system would operate in this manner," wrote a federal judge in Arizona last week in a decision striking down the state’s prison healthcare system as unconstitutional. Reason TMP Context: The grim human costs of private prison healthcare. The Marshall Project

Officials in Savannah, Georgia, authorized an expansion of the police department’s use of ShotSpotter, the acoustic sensor technology, even though police officials don’t track their current use of the controversial system. The Current TMP Context: What about the system that links crimes to shell casings? The Marshall Project


One big step closer to prosecuting the former president. “The available evidence now tilts strongly toward the claim that Trump’s words were indeed ‘intended to produce’ and did in fact produce ‘imminent disorder.” The Atlantic

This was a cult leader, a serial abuser on the level of Charles Manson, minus the murder.” R. Kelly is going to prison for 30 years for sex trafficking and other crimes against women. Slate

We pledge allegiance to the gun, no matter what. Photographing America’s deadly gun culture on the Fourth of July. NBC News

“Ordered liberty” actually means chaos. The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservatives surely knew that by striking down Roe v. Wade they would unleash bitter disputes between states with women as victims. The New York Times

Help fight the gun lobby, Generation Z. Young activists, especially those in the line of fire in schools, say they are ready to fight for the reforms their parents have been unable to achieve. Los Angeles Times


“We can’t get answers for anything.” Thousands of prisoners are still waiting to gain early release under the First Step Act but are stymied by bureaucratic inertia at the Bureau of Prisons. NBC News TMP Context: How the Bureau of Prisons failed prisoners during the pandemic. The Marshall Project

Disgraced school police chief resigns from city council in Uvalde, Texas. Pete Arredondo still hasn’t publicly answered questions about the lack of police response during the school shooting there in May. The New York Times

Another reason why more are turning away from capital punishment. A new study concludes that prosecutorial misconduct is rampant in death penalty cases. Death Penalty Information Center TMP Context: It’s been 50 years since the justices briefly ended the death penalty in America. The Marshall Project

Waiting for word on victims of human smuggling. Hope is fading in a small Mexican village as family members wait to learn whether their loved ones were among the 53 migrants found dead in a truck last week near San Antonio, Texas. The Associated Press

Don’t ask, don’t tell. More allegations of misconduct among Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials. An investigator says he was told years ago on behalf of incoming sheriff Alex Villaneuva not to ask about the police gang, the Banditos. Villanueuva has largely resisted efforts to hold police gangs accountable for misconduct. Los Angeles Times

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