Nikolas Cruz sentencing: Jury selection starts today for panel that’ll help decide if Parkland school shooter gets the death penalty

CNN — Potential jurors arrived Monday at a Florida courthouse where they could be chosen to help decide the fate of Nikolas Cruz more than four years after he killed 17 people in the deadliest high school shooting in US history. Cruz, now 23, pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of murder and 17 … Read more

The conversation that Ketanji Brown Jackson’s SCOTUS nomination sparked

CNN — As the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court has ignited a discussion about the historic lack of diversity on the nation’s highest court, her ancestry has also renewed focus on the absence of Black judges on the federal judicial’s lower courts. Of the 3,852 people who have been confirmed as … Read more

Jury awards more than $10 million to family of Gilbert Flores, who was fatally shot by deputies

CNN — Jurors in a federal civil trial awarded $10.37 million to the family of Gilbert Flores, who was shot and killed outside his home by Bexar County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies in 2015. On Thursday, the jury found that officers Robert Sanchez and Greg Vasquez violated Flores’ civil rights by using “excessive and unnecessary deadly … Read more