Tuesday News: Bringing justice to the justice system

BAIL BOND REFORM MAY BE ON THE HORIZON IN NC: Members of the North Carolina Courts Commission are gathering information about the need for changes to the state's pretrial release laws. The state is one of several weighing reforms of the cash bail system. "Those folks can often spend more time incarcerated pre-trial than they could ever get if they were convicted," Smith said. Advocates from several criminal justice reform groups attended the meeting, including Southerners on New Ground. Kyla Hartsfield, an organizer with that group, said they recently bailed out nine people, including single mothers and family breadwinners, who were in jail solely because they couldn't afford to make bail. Hartsfield said the consequences of pre-trial incarceration can be disastrous, regardless of the accused's innocent or guilt. "Lose your job, possibly lose your kids, lose your home," Hartsfield said. "What could I lose in a month? I could lose everything I have."

DUKE UNIVERSITY TEACHES BUSINESS STUDENTS HOW TO DEAL WITH TRUMPISM: Professor Aaron Chatterji forces his students to take and defend controversial positions that real CEOs confront while under attack from President Donald Trump, such as Nike’s strategy behind its “Just Do It” ads. The ad campaign features Colin Kaepernick, the former pro quarterback who has become a polarizing figure and Trump foil for leading pre-game protests of racial injustice during the singing of the national anthem. “You have to be careful, but if you walk away from that stuff, how can we be saying that we’re training leaders of consequence across all these schools unless we’re dealing with these issues they actually have to face?” said Chatterji, adding that he first thought of calling the class Business and Politics in the Age of Trump. It’s just one example of how grad schools, universities and educators are launching new courses or ripping up old syllabi to help students prepare and succeed in a politically charged culture.

CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ACCUSED OF RAPING 12 YEAR-OLD KILLS HIMSELF: Police say a North Carolina principal accused of raping a 12-year-old student has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted injury. Goldsboro police said on their Facebook page Monday that Orange County sheriff's deputies notified them that the body of 35-year-old Richard Omar Knight was found in a wooded area with a self-inflicted injury. The specific nature of the injury wasn't given. A warrant obtained by police on Friday charged Knight with statutory rape and a sex act and indecent liberties with a female student at Dillard Academy Charter School in Wayne County. Police said Knight had been suspended from his job at the school, and added that an investigation into the incident is continuing.

TRUMP'S DAUGHTER IVANKA USED PRIVATE E-MAIL TO CONDUCT GOVERNMENT BUSINESS: Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence. Austin Evers, executive director of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, whose record requests sparked the White House discovery, said it strained credulity that Trump’s daughter did not know that government officials should not use private emails for official business. “There’s the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal email as a central tenet of his campaign,” Evers said. “There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn’t know better. Clearly everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal email use.” Ivanka Trump and her husband set up personal emails with the domain “ijkfamily.com” through a Microsoft system in December 2016, as they were preparing to move to Washington so Kushner could join the White House, according to people familiar with the arrangement.

JUDGE TELLS TRUMP HE MUST CONTINUE TO ACCEPT ASYLUM APPLICATIONS: A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States, dealing at least a temporary setback to the president’s attempt to clamp down on a huge wave of Central Americans crossing the border. Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the government from carrying out a new rule that denies protections to people who enter the country illegally. The order, which suspends the rule until the case is decided by the court, applies nationally. “Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Judge Tigar, an Obama appointee, wrote in his order. After the judge’s ruling on Monday, Lee Gelernt, the A.C.L.U. attorney who argued the case, said, “The court made clear that the administration does not have the power to override Congress and that, absent judicial intervention, real harm will occur.”