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Samantha Max

Criminal Justice Reporter

Samantha Max covers criminal justice for WPLN as a Report for America corps member. This is her second year with Report for America: She spent her first year in Macon, Ga., covering health and inequity for The Telegraph and 

Previously, she was an investigative reporting intern for the Medill Justice Project and a bilingual multimedia news intern at Hoy, Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language daily. She returned to her hometown of Baltimore in 2015 and again in 2016 to work as a newsroom intern for NPR-affiliate WYPR.


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Mayor David Briley signed an executive order Tuesday morning that discourages local cooperation with federal immigration agencies. The policy comes amid growing scrutiny of Metro's relationship with immigration officials.

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Alcalde David Briley firmó una orden ejecutiva el martes que desalenta la cooperación entre departamentos local y agencias federales de inmigración. 

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Shawanna Norman was just 9 when Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman stormed into her house in February 1986. She trembled in a bedroom with her sister Katrina, who was 8, hearing everything as their mother and her boyfriend were attacked.

The sisters were spared. Three decades later, so has the life of Abdur'Rahman. Last week, a judge granted him a new sentence of life imprisonment, ending a seemingly endless cycle of appeals just months before Abdur'Rahman was to be put to death.

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After a string of delays, Metro Nashville police officers will finally start wearing body cameras this fall. The department signed a contract Thursday and will begin rolling out the new technology as early as next month. 

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A Metro Nashville police officer who shot a young black man last summer wants his murder trial moved out of Davidson County. Andrew Delke could plead his case in court as early as January.

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A notorious Nashville scammer who's been arrested more than 100 times is going to jail.

Multiple local Facebook groups with thousands of members have spent the past three months tracking Paul Aniel around town, in the hope he'd be rearrested and put behind bars.

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A Nashville death row inmate scheduled for execution next April might be spared.

District Attorney Glenn Funk is offering Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman a new sentence of life in prison. Now, it's up to a judge to decide if he'll allow the deal to go through.

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Nashville Kurds celebrated in January when the public schools board voted to offer Kurdish language classes in local high schools. But school officials now say they're struggling to recruit students.

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Docenas de manifestantes criticaron la cooperación local con Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) en el norte de Nashville el lunes por la mañana. Migrantes, Judíos y aliados se reunieron en una calle cerca de una oficina de campo de ICE con pancartas y libros de oraciones para una manifestación llena de música.

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Several dozen protesters criticized local cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in North Nashville Monday morning. Immigrants, Jews and allies gathered down the street from an ICE field office with picket signs and prayer books for a music-filled rally.