Alprentiss Nash was cleared by DNA evidence last year after serving 17 years in prison for the 1995 murder of Leon Stroud in his home on the South Side of Chicago. One year after his release, Nash has filed sued against the city of Chicago and eight current and former police officers.
Stroud, Nash’s lawsuit claims, was a known “bootlegger” who illegally sold alcohol, cigarettes, and crack cocaine out of his house. Two masked robbers broke into Stroud’s home at approximately 1:45pm on April 30, 1995 and robbed him. Stroud, 54, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.
Nash, then 19, was a drug dealer in his own right and soon arrested, at which point he told police that he could not have murdered Stroud because he had been selling drugs that morning before buying a new set of clothes. He claims he was wrongly arrested after returning home around 4:30pm.
“Seeing an opportunity to quickly resolve the case involving the death of a bootlegger in a poor neighborhood by arresting Nash, a drug dealer from the neighborhood who had been running his mouth about…officers, defendants conspired to defame Nash,” the complaint says, as quoted by Courthouse News.
Nash lived just two blocks from Stroud’s home, where officers found a ski mask on the floor at the scene of the crime. Recent DNA tests revealed that skin cells on the mask belonged to another man and that Nash could have not possibly been the second suspect. Prosecutors had no choice but to dismiss the charges against Nash, setting him free in August of last year.
“I can’t tell you with certainty whether he was involved, at this point, in the crime,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez told ABC last year. “The investigation continues, but I would tell you, if we were to retry this case now, we don’t believe we could meet our burden against him that’s for sure.”
Police also arrested Alvin Wyatt in connection with the crime and promised him a reduced sentence of 10 years if he agreed to testify against Nash. He told investigators that Nash helped plan the robbery.
In the lawsuit filed this week, Nash asserts that Wyatt identified him as ‘Moose’ - the nickname of a man who was known to be involved in the crime.
“Wyatt knew Nash by name and owed him $350 at that time,” the lawsuit states. “He had purchased drugs from Nash earlier that day. Wyatt knew Nash’s nickname was ‘Lemeke,’ not ‘Moose.’”
‘Moose’ was in fact the nickname of Demetrius Loggers, another man who lived in the neighborhood,” the suit states. “On information and belief, defendant officers were aware that Loggers’ nickname was ‘Moose’…Loggers’ DNA was discovered on the mask found at the scene.”
Nash claims that police avoided interviewing witnesses who would confirm that he was at a clothing store when Stroud was killed. He also accused officers of coercing other witnesses to identify him out of a police line-up.
“There was no physical evidence linking Nash to the crime,” according to the Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions. “Two bullets had been recovered at the crime scene – the one that killed Stroud and the one that the gunman fired into the floor – but they were of no evidentiary value because no weapon was recovered. Although forensic DNA testing had been in use for more than eight years by the time of the trial, the mask was not tested for DNA.”
Nash was eventually sentenced to 80 years in prison for the murder.
He began pursuing his freedom by penning his own legal briefs before contacting Kathleen Zellner, who had helped free wrongfully convicted men in the past. Nash convinced her to take the case based on the evidence surrounding the mask.
“Now that I am free, why be bitter when life is so wonderful now?” Nash said in 2012. “I always said I was innocent from day one…The hardship is never ending. And you have to be strong.”
Rusbridger called ports and airport transit lounges a “stateless bit of Britain,” where a government can use the word “terror” to “suspend all the normal rules.”
The comment was made in reference to UK authorities detaining and questioning David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, for nine hours in London’s Heathrow airport on Sunday under Schedule 7 of the UK’s anti-terrorism law.
Miranda told the BBC in an interview that he felt threatened during his 9-hour detention and as if “he were naked in front of a crowd.”
Greewald’s partner said that he was “forced to give passwords” to email and social media accounts to his interrogators. Authorities allegedly threatened him with prison if he did not comply.
Inside Britain, journalists and anyone else carrying material have more opportunities to stand their ground. “You can go before a judge, you can argue about public interest and the public interest of that work,” Rusbridger said.
“The disturbing thing about the way they treated Miranda was the use of this terror act, and there is a little noticed section there, Schedule 7, which effectively suspends all the normal checks and balances that you would have if you were arrested in the Heathrow car park,” he added.
Rusbridger believes there are “confusions in law” when it comes to where you are when you’re in a transit lounge and “whose laws you apply to.”
The UK created this “lawless bit of Britain” over a decade ago, according to the editor. It is a place “where anybody can be questioned for up to nine hours without access to a solicitor and where all your belongings can be confiscated and there’s nothing you can do about it,” he said.Financing Miranda’s lawsuit
Rusbridger revealed that the Guardian is funding Miranda’s legal actions as he seeks a judicial review of the legal basis for his detention and assurances that the property seized from him by police will not be examined.
“The Guardian is supporting that action and we are supporting that in terms of financing it, because David Miranda was acting on behalf of Glenn Greenwald at the time that he was detained. I think it’s a good thing to challenge that law and see exactly why terror and journalism are being aligned in this disturbing way.”
“Miranda wasn’t really on assignment, he is Glenn Greenwald’s partner and Glenn Greenwald is a very busy man and he assists Glenn in his journalistic work. And he was acting as a messenger or intermediary in a way that is difficult for Glenn at the moment because he’s got a lot of work to be doing in Brazil and I think he’s also a bit nervous about traveling at the moment.”‘The best choice was to destroy hard drives’
Rusbridger also explained that he chose to destroy the Guardian’s hard drives instead of complying with the government because he wanted to avoid a legal dead-end, where the paper would be prevented from publishing Snowden’s leaked documents.
“We were faced effectively with an ultimatum from the British government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it then they would move to law,” he said. “That would mean prior restraint, a concept that is anathema in America and other parts of the world, in which the state can effectively prevent a publisher from publishing, and I didn't want to get into that position.”
Rusbridger revealed in an article posted on the British newspaper's website on Monday that intelligence officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) told him that he would either have to hand over all the classified documents or have the newspaper’s hard drives destroyed.
Rusbridger told security officials that the Guardian had other copies in America and Brazil, “so they wouldn’t be achieving anything.”
“But once it was obvious that they would be going to law, I would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting.”
“I don’t think we had Snowden’s consent to hand it back and I didn’t want to help the UK authorities know what he had given us. So to me I was not going to hand it back to the government and I was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting, we would simply do it from America and not from London.”
Rusbridger described the UK as being “genuinely torn” during negotiations.
“To begin with they were reasonable conversations, it was a reasonable dialogue and all I can say is that at some point something changed and that switched into a threat of legal action. I don’t know what changed or why they changed, I imagine there were different conversations going on within the security apparatus within Whitehall and within Downing Street and at some point a message came to me that we had had our fun and that the time had come to return the documents.”Revealing the destruction of hard drives
Rusbridger told The Huffington Post that the Guardian could not reveal the destruction of the hard drives earlier because of “operational reasons.”
“Having been through this and not written about it on the day for operational reasons, I was sort of waiting for a moment when the government’s attitude to journalism – when there was an issue that made this relevant,” Rusbridger said.
The editor believed that moment was Miranda’s detention.
“The fact that David Miranda had been detained under this slightly obscure schedule of the terrorism act seemed a useful moment to write about the background to the government’s attitude to this in general,” he said.
When asked why the Guardian did not devote a front-page article to the issue, Rusbridger said “it was a personal take really.”
“I felt this was a piece of background that readers ought to know about it, but I wanted to write about it in my voice instead of putting in a news story.”
“It wasn’t immediate news…it felt more natural to write about it in a more discursive way,” he added.‘On a road to total surveillance’
The Guardian editor highlighted that in this age of “mass collection of millions of emails, details of phone calls, texts...the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult.”
“Journalists should be aware of the difficulties they are going to face in the future because everybody in 2013 leaves a very big digital trail, which is very easily accessed.”
Snowden risked his own freedom to draw attention to the “degree to which we are on a road to total surveillance, we are not there yet, but in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and save it all and to master the internet.”
Rusbridger argued that the UK faces the danger of being “complacent about what is being revealed.”
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It’s been a few months since Google acquired mobile mapping service Waze and promised to bring crowd-sourced data about traffic accidents and other conditions on the roads to Google Maps.
Now it’s available. Waze incident reports about construction, road closures, and other conditions will start showing up in Google Maps for Mobile in the US, UK, France, Germany, and other parts of Europe as well as a few countries in South and Central America.
Meanwhile folks still using Waze now have Google search functionality and Google Street View.
Here’s a roundup of mobile tech news from around the web.
- Google Maps for mobile now includes real-time, crowd-sourced traffic reports from Waze
Following its acquisition of crowd-sourced map and traffic data app Waze, Google is now adding support for real-time traffic updates from Waze to Google Maps for mobile. [Google]
- Root the Boxee Box and install Boxeehack to make the discontinued $100 media center more useful
The Boxee Box is a few years old at this point, and there’ll probably never be a new one now that the team behind it have been hired by Samsung. But you can add new features with a few software hacks. [HackADay]
- KDE Plasma Media Center running on a tablet (video)
The folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux desktop and notebook computers are also working to make their software more touch-friendly. Here’s a new media center app (conveniently called KDE Plasma Media Center) running on a tablet. [YouTube
- Google bringing Google Translate to G+ to let you translate text for any posts
Want to follow people who speak a different language from you on Google+? Now you can do that without copying and pasting each post into Google Translate to figure out what it means. [+Ed Chi]
- Archos may have canceled the Archos 35 Carbon smartphone, replaced it with the Archos 45 Titanium
Earlier this year Archos introduced its first smartphones, but the smallest and cheapest model has yet to make it to market. Now it looks like it may have been replaced with a phone with a larger display. [ArcTablet]
Google’s latest crazy idea to change the world involves using balloons to blanket hard-to-reach areas with internet access. It’s called Project Loon, and in June the company announced it had already been running a limited test in New Zealand. Now it looks like Google is ready to expand that test — and this time it’s closer to home.
Google is seeking folks in California’s Central Valley interested in testing the service by attaching a Loon antenna to their homes or businesses.
You can apply to join the test by filling out a survey from the Project Loon team.
It’s not clear how many people Google plans to bring into the test, but the company is looking to load-test the service, which suggests there could be a lot of testers (and a lot of balloons) involved. The initial New Zealand pilot program initially only provided internet service to about 50 testers.
Project Loon’s balloons float about 12 miles above the ground, and when the air streams carry one balloon out of range, another should float into place to provide uninterrupted access. At least that’s how things are supposed to work.
The idea is that balloons in the air can provide 3G-like data speeds in places where wires and cellular towers aren’t readily available (or easy to set up).
Google has finished rolling out Google Play Services 3.2 to most Android phones and tablets around the world. What that means is that folks running Android just received updates that should save battery life when using location services, enable support for a few new key features in third party apps, and you can remotely locate or wipe your device using Android Device Manager.
Google introduced the Android Device Manager at the beginning of August. Since then it’s been gradually rolling out to devices running Android 2.2 and later, and now most phones and tablets should have the feature.
You can access the settings by opening the Google Settings app from your Android app drawer and tapping the option for Android Device Manager.
From there you can choose whether to enable remote location or wiping. This lets you login to the Android Device Manager website and find your phone on a map, cause your device to ring so you can find it if it’s in your other pants pocket or lost in couch cushions, or perform a factory reset if the phone’s been lost or stolen.
Other new features in Play Services 3.2 include support for hardware-based geofencing on some devices (including the Google Nexus 4), and a Snapshot feature in the Google Maps API which lets apps capture a picture of a map instead of showing a live map when you don’t need interactive features. This can help free up resources and improve performance.
The Photo Sphere viewer also now has a compass mode, letting you move your phone to navigate spherical images.
The HP Split X2 is a 13.3 inch notebook or a 13.3 inch tablet, depending on how you use it. The tablet has an Intel Core i3 processor, at least 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or more of storage. Connect the included keyboard dock and you get an extra battery, extra ports, and… you know, a keyboard.
HP normally sells the Split X2 for $750 and up, but there’s a deal running that can save you close to $40.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
- HP Split X2 13″ detachable ultrabook/tablet w/Core i3 for $712 - HP (coupon: SVD8492)
- Refurb Microsoft Surface RT tablet w/32GB for $330 – BluTekUSA (via eBay)
- Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 7″ Android tablet for $129 and up - Lenovo (coupon: IDEASFORSCHOOL)
- Refurb Acer Aspire S3 13″ ultrabook w/Core i3 Sandy Bridge for $340 – Acer (via eBay)
- Refurb Acer Aspire S7 11.6″ ultrabook w/Core i5 Ivy Bridge for $700 – Acer (via eBay)
- Avatar 14″ ultrabook w/8GB RAM, Core i5 Ivy Bridge for $600 – Newegg (coupon: EMCXMVX35)
- LG USB 2.0 potable DVD writer for $20 after rebate - Newegg (coupon: EMCXMVX78)
- TRENDnet 802.11n WiFi range extender for $20 – Adorama
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM for $80 – Newegg (coupon: EMCXMVX43)
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
A handful of new mini-computers featuring Intel Celeron dual-core processors, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of solid state storage have popped up at AliExpress.
These little computers are about the size of a Nintendo Wii, but they’re full-fledged computers. They come without an operating system, but they should be able to run most versions of Windows or most popular GNU/Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, or Fedora.
The best part: these mini-PCs are cheap, selling for under $200.
A model called the X-26 sells for under $140, although international shipping brings the price up to about $190. Another model is available for $145, or about $185 after shipping — although you’ll have to pay an extra $10 if you want WiFi on that model.
The first model is probably the better bargain, unless you need a few extra USB ports. The second model has 6 while the first has 4. But the X-26 description also says the system is fanless, while the other model seems to have a small fan which could generate a bit of noise.
Both systems feature 1.8 GHz Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core processors and Intel HD graphics with a clock speed running between 350 MHz and 1 GHz. That’s a 17W processor which is designed for low-cost laptop and desktop applications, but it should provide enough oomph for HD video playback, among other things.
The 8GB of storage won’t give you a lot of room for a lot of apps, music, movies, or other large files if you decide to install Windows on one of these little computers. But for under $200, you could probably build a halfway decent media center designed to stream videos from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu and other sites. Or you could build an XBMC system and stream content from the internet or from other drives on your home network.
There’s also nothing stopping you from adding an external hard drive or even cracking open the case and installing a larger SSD or hard drive.
The computers appear to have 2.5 inch drive bays, Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI ports, audio jacks, and wireless antennae.
via Fanless Tech
Barnes & Noble appears to be reversing a decision to stop making color NOOK tablets like the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+.
The company has been offering affordable tablets with an Android-based operating system and a focus on apps for reading digital content from the B&N store for the past few years — but the NOOK lineup hasn’t had the same kind of success as Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.
In June the company announced plans to discontinue its NOOK tablet line while continuing to produce NOOK eReaders with black and white displays. The idea was to partner with other device makers to continue offering tablets at retail locations. But now the company says it “intends to continue to design and develop cutting-edge NOOK black and white and color devices.”
In a conference call today, B&N officials clarified that while they may partner with other companies to actually build upcoming color NOOK tablets, but that B&N plans to design and develop the devices in-house.
According to the new NOOK CEO Mike Mike Huseby, many people misinterpreted what the company meant when it mentioned a possible partnership model in June — although one has to wonder why it’s taken nearly two months to clarify the point.
The “clarification” comes after the departure of former CEO William Lynch… and it’s part of a footnote in the company’s latest earnings report. Incidentally, the report contains pretty lousy news — revenues are down 20 percent from last year.
B&N places partial blame on the lack of a blockbuster book series such as The Hunger Games or 50 Shades trilogies. But the company also clearly faces pretty strict competition as it tries to straddle the line between offering physical books in retail stores and digital books which can be read on eReaders and tablets.
It’s not clear if we’ll see a new NOOK tablet this year, but the company says at least one new NOOK device will be launched before the holiday season.
Pretty much every member of the NOOK family has received a price cut in the past few months. That’s at least partially a response to supply and demand — the company thought there’d be more demand, and produced an awful lot of devices which weren’t selling very well… at least until the price drops.
But since the company appears to be cleaning out inventory of all of its eReader and tablets, it’s hard to predict which one will be replaced with a new model this year. My money would be on a new NOOK Simple Touch, possibly with a higher-resolution display.
Since the company seems to have changed direction on tablets sometime in the past two months, it seems unlikely (but still possible) that we’ll see a new Android tablet in the next few months.
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