Category Archives: Courts

How Wells Fargo, and the 1% Use the Drug War

A new book, Amexica: War Along the Borderline, reveals details of how Wachovia bank (now owned by Wells Fargo) was caught red-handed laundering hundreds of billions of dollars from Mexico.  This is a major pillar of the banking system.  What … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Client Put To Death: The Latest Legal Controversy

If there ever was an indication that the law is an ever changing tool with which we use to govern society, one need only look at the rulings in Death Penalty law.  For those of us who sharpened our legal … Continue reading

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Latest Immigration Case May Hit For-Profit Prisons In the Pocket

This week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals cast down a landmark ruling on Immigration Detention and Due Process.  In what should be known as yet another victory for one man and his pen, Chiekh Diop fought his way out … Continue reading

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New Report on Public Defenders: Again Missing the Mark

Back in February I posted about the fact that underfunded Public Defenders are a smokescreen for the real issue: underfunded prosecutors and courts cannot handle the number of crimes coming at them.  A new report by Justice Policy Institute, System … Continue reading

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Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome Faces 10 Years for Police Brutality

Reposted by request of the family: Young man with Asperger’s syndrome responds appropriately to police by George Sand Posted on April 29, 2011. Reginald “Neli” Latson, a 19 year-old, sat in the grass outside the library and waited for it … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Drug War Finally Kills the American Revolution

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally cast down the 4th Amendment and harkened back to the police powers of 1772.  In last week’s Kentucky v King ruling, an 8-1 Court decided that it was okay to break in a door … Continue reading

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Unshackled Pregnancies: Idaho, Nevada, Rhode Island…

UPDATE: By a vote of 48-16, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed H 5257, echoing passage of the same bill by the Senate several weeks ago. The bill should end up on Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s desk within a few … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement Arises!

Alabama represents the answer to a clarion call.  This is a call that speaks to us in our own voice; clear, loud and urgent.  A voice that speaks to our identity and emanates from the soul, ringing true both in … Continue reading

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Judges, Integrity, and Coming Up Short… (Facebook? Really??)

Just in case you felt that judges were above the fray, this Facebook post by West Virginia Circuit Judge John Yoder says it all.  This man has a history of flagrant behavior, such as illegally forcing indigents to pay fees, … Continue reading

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Underfunded Public Defenders are Only 1/3 of The Equation

As state budget discussions heat up around the nation, each department will be fighting to keep their slice of the pie while a few will be bold enough to tout their need for expansion.  In a time of economic hardship … Continue reading

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