Last week, we shared the efforts of several Cleveland activists to have the police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice charged with felony homicide. We reported that a local judge had found probable cause to charge the officers, but that he had inexplicably declined to actually charge them or issue arrest warrants. The activists have now filed a pro se appeal that would require those officers to be arrested and charged.
It’s time for a new episode of Legal Bits, our occasional series on fascinating legal news and opportunities for pro se litigants. This week, we look at a novel use of citizen participation laws to force the prosecutor’s hand in the case of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot dead by police for playing with a toy gun. We also check out the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the appellate rights of undocumented immigrants, along with an international lawyer’s fresh take on the rights of extraterrestrials. Stay in the know with Legal Bits!