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Verdict in Oscar Grant murder case met with protests

OAKLAND, Calif. -A  jury found former police officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of  Oscar Grant III.

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Protestors take a swing at MLB on Arizona

NEW YORK-What do you do when the most American of pastimes intersects with the most un-American of laws?

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Jazz fest hears preview of tribute to Dr. King

SAN FRANCISCO - For some years now, bassist, composer, band leader and educator Marcus Shelby has been bringing to musical life some of the most dramatic and significant episodes in American freedom and civil rights struggles.

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Lawmakers move to lift statute of limitations on police torture

CHICAGO - Just days after the conviction of former police Commander Jon Burge here, Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would make police torture of suspects a crime against humanity and a federal crime with no statute of limitations.

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Justice delayed but not denied, Jon Burge found guilty

A federal jury here on Monday, June 28, found former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge guilty on all three counts of obstruction of justice and perjury for lying about torture in a civil lawsuit.

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GAO probe clears ACORN of mishandling federal funds

A GAO probe concluded this week it has found no evidence that ACORN or related organizations, mishandled the $40 million it received from the federal government.

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Arizona GOP targets children born to undocumented immigrants

Arizona Republicans say they plan to introduce new legislation this fall that, if passed, would block the children of undocumented immigrants from becoming citizens.

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Burge trial exposes police torture and racism

CHICAGO — While the circus trial of disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich has garnered the headlines, another more important trial is underway.

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Mural in Arizona town sparks racist remarks

A local politician in Prescott, Ariz., who recently mocked an elementary mural featuring minority students was fired from his radio talk show and now faces a mounting recall campaign due to his remarks that critics say were racist.

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Civil rights enforcement top priority for Justice Department

Enforcement of employment, disability rights and other anti-discrimination laws have been stepped up.

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