From 2004 onward, Ryan Ferguson spent nearly a decade behind bars, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Only in 2013 did the Missouri Court of Appeals (Western District) overturn his conviction, acting on information that key pieces of evidence had been intentionally withheld from the defense during trial. On Monday, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded
Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.
Complaints against American air carriers are sky-high, according to a recently-released U.S. Department of Transportation report. April was a particularly bad month for airlines. Several high-profile public relations bungles left companies like Delta and Spirit scrambling to repair their reputations, all while fending off aggressive inquiries from Congress. Complaints about air carriers filed with the
Disgruntled Uber drivers won a tentative victory in their quest to be classified as company employees rather than independent contractors. A federal court in North Carolina gave a conditional green light for litigation to proceed as a class action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The New York Times reports that as many as
Wrongfully imprisoned New Orleans man Reginald Adams will receive a $1.25 million settlement after exculpatory evidence cleared him of a murder conviction. Adams spent 34 years behind bars for the killing of a New Orleans Police Department officer’s wife. He was freed in 2014 after information came to light revealing his conviction was largely based
A United States district judge is allowing a complaint filed by the widow of Gregory Harvey to proceed to trial, despite the objections of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Harvey, a Jamaican-born green card holder, was detained by ICE for nearly two years while awaiting possible deportation to a prison in Goshen, NY.
A coalition of attorneys general from across the United States are backing an effort to overturn a class action settlement against firearms manufacturer Remington. The attorneys general claim the terms of the settlement were too lenient, as they allowed Remington to downplay the danger their defective devices posed to the public. The sweeping class action
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections must institute a series of changes to ‘drastically reduce’ inmate abuse at juvenile detention facilities across the state. Coverage by The New York Times indicates that U.S. District Judge James Peterson delivered his verdict with the intention of reducing and eliminating constitutional violations at
Republicans in Congress are finally warming up to the idea of added consumer protections for air travelers. While The Hill reports that many GOP legislators had been opposed to regulating the airline industry just over a year ago, rejecting calls to curtail a hefty variety of fees and establish minimum seat sizes. However, recent controversies
A trial date has been set for an unprecedented climate change lawsuit being brought against the federal government. Begun when President Barack Obama was still in office, the suit was ordered to trial by U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin. Coffin set the date for arguments to begin as February 5th, 2018. The lawsuit garnered significant
Democratic attorneys general from nearly twenty states have joined in a lawsuit targeting the Department of Education and its controversial head, Betsy DeVos, over a proposed freeze on protections for student loan borrowers. The attorneys general of 18 states, as well as Washington, D.C., are up in arms over DeVos’ decision to hold off on