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Once again, a police-involved shooting has sparked national outrage. An additional 150 body cameras have been ordered today on top of the 101 body cameras that have already been ordered in North Charleston after the shooting of unarmed man, Walter Scott, Saturday evening. According to CNN, a news conference in North Charleston City Hall, Mayor Keith Summey told reporters the body cameras were ordered so every officer on the streets can have one. The video shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott as he had his back turned away from the officer and running away. Slager is charged with murder and the FBI is still investigating.
-Eryka Villarreal

A Massachusetts jury charged 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 federal counts today and a possible death sentence for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. According to CNN, 17 of the 30 charges carried a possible death penalty including, the deaths of 4 people and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Tsarnaev showed no emotion while the verdict was read, mostly staring at the defense table and occasionally looking straight ahead. At one point, the 21-year-old college student crossed his arms as federal Judge George O’Toole read the lengthy verdict.
-Eryka Villarreal

A lawsuit filed today alleges that the Justice Department violated the constitution by gathering billions of telephone call logs from the United States and over 100 countries. According to USA Today, the Human Rights Watch lawsuit asked the judge to declare the surveillance operation illegal, and to block the government from ever restarting it. Electronic Frontier Foundation Attorney Nate Cardozo says that it’s time to end the bulk surveillance once and for all. In January, the Justice Department disclosed that the DEA was gathering logs of international phone calls since the early 1990’s.
-Joe Teagle

This legislative session Texas lawmakers are considering several bills to raise the states minimum wage. In Texas the minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour, and one of the seven bills Texas lawmakers are considering would raise that to $10.10 per hour. According to KUT San Antonio State Representative, Trey Martinez, writer of one of the bills, urges lawmakers to reform minimum wage and also to shape them through the house and senate in a way that would let voters have a say. At this current rate, a livable wage in cities such as Austin and Dallas is equivalent to three full-time minimum wage jobs.
-Trevor Frank

A Williamson County judge was indicted on nine federal charges yesterday. According to the Austin American Statesman, Judge Tim Wright’s home was raided by federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last month and was indicted on three counts of selling a firearm to a felon, as well as other federal charges. Wright is also accused of helping to smuggle guns to Mexico. The Williamson County judge is expected to turn himself in this morning.
-Allie Ibarra

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