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Anthony Graves prosecutor who withheld evidence disbarred

Anthony GravesA former Texas prosecutor lost his law license Friday after the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and falsified testimony to win a capital murder conviction against now-exonerated death row inmate Anthony Graves.

A three-person panel determined Charles Sebesta committed "professional misconduct" when he prosecuted Graves in 1994 for the slaying of six people, four of them children. While the conviction was overturned in 2006, Graves wasn't released until 2010, after spending 18 years in prison, 12 of those on death row.

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Former police chief facing retrial in killing of black man

Richard Combs retrialWhen a South Carolina jury first heard the case of a former small town police chief who shot and killed an unarmed black man, the trial lasted six days and the jurors deliberated for 12 hours before telling the judge they had deadlocked.

On Monday, Richard Combs, the white former police chief of Eutawville, will be retried on a murder charge in the May 2011 death of Bernard Bailey. Bailey died outside the small community's town hall, which also houses the town's one-man police department.

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Tamir Rice report: witnesses contradict officer on warning to boy shot dead

Tamir Rice reportAn Ohio prosecutor released a comprehensive account of the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice on Saturday, including witness reports that contradict a police officer’s claim that he shouted a warning before shooting and killing the 12-year-old boy last November.

Tamir was shot as he played in a Cleveland park, after police responded to a 911 call reporting a male with a firearm. He was playing with a toy plastic gun. The death and a delay in its investigation sparked public outrage and protests.

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South Carolina police body cam videos to remain hidden from public

poloice cams South CaroloinaUnder the terms of a bill that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law this week, every law enforcement agency in the state will be required to outfit its officers with body cameras — but the recordings from those cameras will not be available to the public.

Late in the legislative session on May 13, South Carolina House of Representatives members introduced an amendment to the bill, citing privacy and safety concerns, stipulating that “data recorded by a body-worn camera is not a public record subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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Federal Government Employee Data Breach Could Affect 14 Million

Federal government breachIt now appears the hackers who breached the federal government's clearinghouse of records on past and present workers was even more successful than first believed.

A federal law enforcement source tells CBS News the number of people affected could reach 14 million -- more than three times as many as were initially suspected -- including some FBI and CIA employees.

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NAACP leader of Washington state chapter lied about being black, parents say

Rachel DolezalA prominent NAACP leader, civil rights activist and African studies instructor is a Montana-born white woman who passed herself off as black for years, her parents told the Daily News.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter, asked her younger adoptive brother Ezra not to “blow my cover” when he visited her in Washington state three years ago, he told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

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North Carolina Allows Officials to Refuse to Perform Gay Marriages

North CarolinaUnder a law that took effect Thursday in North Carolina, employees who issue marriage licenses can refuse to complete paperwork for gay couples by invoking their religious beliefs — a move that could mean longer waits at courthouses for all those who want to wed, especially in rural counties with small staffs.

Gay rights groups and some Democrats said legal challenges were likely to come soon for the new law, the second of its kind nationwide. Utah passed one this year.

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