Bey gets life without parole in Bailey murder

Yusuf Bey IV was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for ordering the killing of three men, including Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey, who was working on a story about the financial troubles of Bey’s Your Black Muslim Bakery. As the AP notes, Bailey was the first American journalist killed on U.S. soil for reporting story in nearly two decades. Bailey, 57, was gunned down in broad daylight in downtown Oakland while walking to the newspaper in 2007.

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Bey IV convicted in Chauncey Bailey murder

Bey IV Bailey Jeff Shuttleworth of Bay City News reports that former Your Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey IV was convicted today of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in Oakland in the summer of 2007. Bakery associate Antoine Mackey was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, but jurors deadlocked on a third murder charge against him. A mistrial was declared on that charge. The seven-woman, five-man Alameda

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Jurors to see video mocking Bailey’s death

Thomas Peele of the Bay Area News Group reports that a judge ruled Tuesday that large portions of a secretly recorded police video on which former Your Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey IV laughed about the 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey can be shown to jurors. The Alameda County Superior Court jury in Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey’s triple murder trial could see the video as early as Wednesday, after other witnesses testify in the case. Judge Thomas

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Chauncey Bailey murder trial opens

A spent shotgun shell fired from the gun that killed journalist Chauncey Bailey was found in the bedroom of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV the next day, a prosecutor said today during opening statements in Bailey’s murder trial in Oakland, according to the Contra Costa Times. Bey IV and bakery member Antoine Mackey Mackey are on trial for Bailey’s death and the unrelated killings of two other men in summer 2007. Deputy District Attorney Melissa Krum

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‘Hit list’ intercepted in Chauncey Bailey case

Yusuf Bey IV, who is about to go on trial for allegedly ordering the murders of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men, used his attorney to smuggle a witness “hit list” out of jail, according to an affidavit obtained by the Chauncey Bailey Project. KTVU reports that two of those witnesses have been placed in protective custody. According to the affidavit filed Tuesday, Bey’s previous lawyer — Lorna Patton Brown — “smuggled written communication and materials out of

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Chauncey Bailey murder inspires film

The 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey has inspired a movie that’s hit the film festival circuit, the Chronicle reports. Carmen Madden, a lifelong Oakland resident and English teacher at Ohlone College, raised $300,000 to produce “Everyday Black Man,” which she wrote and directed. Its official theatrical premiere is at the historic Bal Theatre in San Leandro, next Friday and Saturday.

Chauncey Bailey Project reporters win McGill Medal

The University of Georgia has announced that four reporters associated with the Chauncey Bailey Project — Thomas Peele, Josh Richman, Mary Fricker and Bob Butler — will receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. A news release says: “Peele, Richman, Fricker and Butler’s reporting was truly courageous,” wrote Oakland Tribune editor Martin G. Reynolds in his nomination. “A reporter was killed and they continued and expanded his work despite obvious dangers.” The reporter was Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland

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Whoops, was that off the record?

Duffy Carolan, the attorney representing the Chauncey Bailey project, was chewed out by a judge for telling reporters that prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty for Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey for the murders of Bailey and two other men. Prosecutor Chris Lamiero told Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson about the decision in a closed session in his chambers where Carolan was present, according to Bay City News. Here’s BCN’s account of the courtroom action: Jacobson told

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Bailey Project wins Tobenkin Award

The Tobenkin Award, founded in 1959 to honor former New York Herald Tribune labor reporter Paul Tobenkin, has been awarded this year to the Chauncey Bailey Project. The award, which carries a $1,500 prize, will be presented on May 19 at the school’s Journalism Day Ceremony during commencement week at Columbia. The award recognizes courageous work on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination. The project is investigating the assassination of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey (pictured), who was looking

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Bailey project reporters finalists for Medill Medal

Three journalists investigating the killing of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey — were named finalists for the 2008 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism awarded by Northwestern University, the Bay Area News Group reports. BANG-East Bay investigative reporter Thomas Peele, retired journalist Mary Fricker and Bob Butler, perhaps best known for his work on KCBS radio, were honored for their work in the wake of Bailey’s 2007 killing, exploring the circumstances of the killing and the police investigation that ensued. The

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