courts http://wamc.org en Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Acquittal Of George Zimmerman : 7/16/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-acquittal-george-zimmerman-71613 <p>Across the country, communities are continuing to react to Saturday’s acquittal of Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.</p><p>On Sunday, the U.S. Justice Department said it is reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether federal criminal civil rights charges are warranted.</p><p>Today we want to hear your take on the verdict and whether George Zimmerman should face charges of racially motivated criminality. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 69307 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Acquittal Of George Zimmerman : 7/16/13 New York prosecutor knows rape suspect, passes off case http://wamc.org/post/new-york-prosecutor-knows-rape-suspect-passes-case <p>CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban district attorney has asked a neighboring county to handle a child rape case because he is acquainted with the suspect.<br><br>Putnam County prosecutor Adam Levy said Thursday in an emailed statement that he knows 35-year-old Alexandru Hossu of Southeast. His spokeswoman would not elaborate, but The Journal News reported that Hossu is the district attorney's personal trainer.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 60429 at http://wamc.org New York prosecutor knows rape suspect, passes off case Vermont Bill Weighs Sentencing Costs http://wamc.org/post/vermont-bill-weighs-sentencing-costs <p></p><p></p><p>A Senate committee is taking testimony on the bill that would require judges to consider the financial costs of possible sentences before imposing them.<br><br>Supporters say the intention is to improve results and save costs. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 02:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 56549 at http://wamc.org Vermont Bill Weighs Sentencing Costs Conviction Reversed on Procedural Error http://wamc.org/post/conviction-reversed-procedural-error <p>A 33-year-old Newport, Vermont man has been freed by a court due to what a prosecutor called a procedural error in his 2003 conviction for sexual assault on a minor, but the state says it will still pursue the case.<br /><br />The Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury reports that Christopher Smith was charged in 2002 and had served more than eight years in prison. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 43074 at http://wamc.org