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Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee

Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...
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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.


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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.

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Photos: New Jail Breaks Ground

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The Sheriff’s Department and several local officials held a ceremony at the location of the new Maple Street Correctional Center.
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‘Ferguson everywhere’: Hundreds protest cops killing Latino worker in Washington

‘Ferguson everywhere’: Hundreds protest cops killing Latino worker in Washington | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
Around 1,000 people took part in a peaceful protest to denounce the recent fatal police shooting of a Mexican-born 35 year-old American in a town of Pasco, Washington State.
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Israel Provided IAEA with Fake Documents on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Israel Provided IAEA with Fake Documents on Iran’s Nuclear Program | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it

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Attached here is the URL of an important USG report 'Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations. http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/02/12/nuc%20report.pdf

Remember Vanunu? [1986].

 

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As Early as 2016, Robot Cops Will Be Patrolling Your Streets…….No, Seriously

As Early as 2016, Robot Cops Will Be Patrolling Your Streets…….No, Seriously | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
These new police robots, designed to "intimidate and display a sense of authority,” are undergoing their final tune-ups and will be on the streets as early as next year.
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Federal Lawsuit Against Cop Who Broke Leg of 11-Year-Old Who Filmed Him

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Just over two years ago, a New York City Police officer kicked a now-11-year-old boy in the leg when he filmed him. The boy had recorded the officer who
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Mr. Orta is not the only one that is retaliated against by the police for recording them so was this 11 year old child , is it a crime or not?

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Manitoba reserves the worst in Canada

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OTTAWA -- Last week Maclean's magazine ruffled a lot of feathers when it boldly proclaimed Winnipeg ... - Analysis - Winnipeg Free Press.
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The Lakota vow to die rather than let the KXL pipeline pass

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BY ALBERT BENDER | Peoples World The Oglala Lakota and activists of the American Indian Movement have taken a vow that the only way the KXL Pipeline will pass through South Dakota is if they are de...
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Native American Elder and Master Storyteller, Willy Whitefeather (Hundreds of Free Out of Body Travel Resources) Marilynn Hughes

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The Out-of-Body Travel Foundations Marilynn Hughes and Native American Cherokee Elder and Master Storyteller
Willy Whitefeather Work to Preserve the Stories from the Last Seven Generations and Many Tribes. (Books by Marilynn Hughes on Out of Body Travel)
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Watch Jon Stewart Destroy Mainstream Media Over Brian Williams Coverage

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Do you think Jon Stewart is on to something here?
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Cop Arrests Public Defender Trying to Represent Client - YouTube

The San Francisco Public Defender's Office released cellphone videos Wednesday of a deputy public defender who was placed in handcuffs outside of a courtroom...
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Adachi, ACLU call for Police Commission review of public defender's arrest

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An American Civil Liberties Union representative voiced his organization's concern Wednesday to the San Francisco Police Commission regarding the arrest of a deputy public defender last...
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Bernie Sanders: Preventing a US Oligarchy Is 'A Struggle We Must Win' | BillMoyers.com

Bernie Sanders: Preventing a US Oligarchy Is 'A Struggle We Must Win' | BillMoyers.com | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
Sen. Sanders says the wealth gap, high poverty rates and the health care crisis are signs of the growing power of a small billionaire class.
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US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC on Monday to talk about his proposed recovery program and to address the economic challenges facing the US, both at present and in the future, particularly as the wealth gap grows and financial institutions escape accountability.

“[W]e are moving rapidly away from our democratic heritage into an oligarchic form of society,” Sanders said. “Today, the most serious problem we face is the grotesque and growing level of wealth and income inequality. This a profound moral issue, this is an economic issue and this is a political issue.”

“We need to take a hard look at our trade policies which have resulted in the outsourcing of millions of good paying jobs,” he continued. “Since 2001 we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this country, and more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.) which enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to China and other low-wage countries.”

His recovery program, An Economic Agenda for America, would invest in infrastructure; turn away from fossil fuels; raise the federal minimum wage; and close the gender wage gap, among other tenets.

“We need to end the race to the bottom and develop trade policies which demand that American corporations create jobs here, and not abroad,” Sanders said.

“Today, the most serious problem we face is the grotesque and growing level of wealth and income inequality.”

Sanders also spoke about the country’s failure to provide for its most vulnerable people.

In addition to high unemployment rates — which become higher when age and race are taken into account — the US has “by far, the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth,” Sanders said.

“In today’s highly competitive global economy, millions of Americans are unable to afford the higher education they need in order to get good-paying jobs. Some of our young people have given up the dream of going to college, while others are leaving school deeply in debt.”

Reform must also come to the financial sector, Sanders said.

“We must finally address the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of Wall Street … Their speculation and illegal behavior plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. In my view, Wall Street is too large and powerful to be reformed. The huge financial institutions must be broken up.”

Finally, Sanders said, the US must “join the rest of the industrialized world and recognize that health care is a right of all, and not a privilege.”

“Despite the fact that more than 40 million Americans have no health insurance, we spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation. We need to establish a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system,” Sanders said.

Yet those issues highlight only some parts of the “unprecedented struggle that we’re engaged in now against the Billionaire Class.”

“The real struggle is whether we can prevent this country from moving to an oligarchic form of society in which virtually all economic and political power rests with a handful of billionaires,” Sanders concluded. “And that’s a struggle we must win.”

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Wesley Clark Admits Allies Created Islamic State

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Video was recently posted of Wesley Clark on CNN admitting that the Islamic State was the result of funding terrorists.
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Deutsche Bank the incomprehensible contradiction and the indefensible union

Deutsche Bank the incomprehensible contradiction and the indefensible union | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
The Daily Record championing NO Campaign scaremongering Deutsche Bank on the 13th of September last year claimed that a Yes vote would go down in history as a political and economic crisis for Scotland as big as the Great Depression in the US, has just published a report that states that Scotland
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Cop Shoots at Unarmed Fleeing Man, Never Reports it to Department, Retired Cop Exposes Him

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Not until a retired cop, who witnessed the atrocity, went to the media, did this corrupt cop's department even find out about the shooting. But it was of no consequence, the department stands by their officer.
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How 2 Pro-Nazi Nobelists Attacked Einstein’s "Jewish Science" [Excerpt]

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In a chapter excerpted from his new book science writer Philip Ball describes “Aryan physics” and other ludicrous ideas that accompanied the rise of Adolf Hitler -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

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It’s Time To Face The Truth That Republicans Are Traitors

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It is likely that throughout America's short history, except for the traitorous Confederacy, no group of individuals has exhibited the characteristic betrayal of a traitor more than conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular.

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Facebook deactivated account of Rosebud Sioux grandmother

Facebook deactivated account of Rosebud Sioux grandmother | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
Vienna Elk Looks Back was locked out because her name wasn't considered authentic.
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Facebook deactivated the account of a grandmother from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota because of her Indian last name, ABC News reports.

 

Vienna Elk Looks Back tried to log into the social networking site earlier this month but was locked out because her name wasn't considered authentic. She had it restored after sending in a copy of her photo identification and her Social Security card.

 

"It's very upsetting to me," Elk Looks Back told ABC News. "I feel this is harassment and another form of racism us Native Americans are facing, especially considering there are a lot of actual fake accounts, but here were are being targeted for our real names."

 

Tribal members across the country have been locked out for similar reasons. Some believe they are being singled out for their activism on Indian issues.

 

More than 12,500 people have signed a petition on change.org that urges Facebook to adopt more culturally appropriate policies.

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Adachi blasts deputy public defender’s arrest; police say arrest was lawful

Adachi blasts deputy public defender’s arrest; police say arrest was lawful | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
In an unprecedented incident, Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson was arrested and booked Tuesday on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge for refusing to let a...
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Update:Police Arrest Public Defender For Refusing To Allow Police Intimidation Of Her Clients - YouTube

The San Francisco deputy public defender who was arrested at the Hall of Justice for allegedly obstructing police filed a misconduct complaint Thursday again...
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Adachi blasts deputy public defender’s arrest; police say arrest was lawful

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In an unprecedented incident, Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson was arrested and booked Tuesday on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge for refusing to let a...
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Published on Jan 29, 2015

The San Francisco Public Defender's Office released cellphone videos Wednesday of a deputy public defender who was placed in handcuffs outside of a courtroom on Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to represent her client while a plainclothes police officer tried to question and photograph him.

Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson, who has worked as an attorney with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office for 18 years, was detained and handcuffed around 2 p.m. Tuesday inside the San Francisco Hall of Justice.He said Tillotson refused to let her client be questioned without the presence of his attorney and she was subsequently detained. She is now facing charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest, a charge Adachi said has a maximum penalty of one year in prison.Adachi said he hopes the case against her is thrown out immediately.

Tillotson said she was in Department 17 on Tuesday afternoon representing her clients facing misdemeanor charges, as she routinely does, when she was informed that police in the hallway outside of the courtroom were attempting to detain and question one of her clients and another person.

She exited the courtroom and saw her client, a black male, accompanied by another black male. Both were being questioned by police officers.

The videos show San Francisco police Inspector Brian Stansbury who tells the two males being detained that he needs to take their photographs. Stansbury is among the officers facing a lawsuit filed by a black San Francisco police officer in federal court that claims he was racially profiled during a traffic stop and then allegedly choked and tackled to the ground by officers in May 2013.

In the video, Tillotson repeatedly tells Stansbury and other officers, "I am representing my client here" as she intervenes in the interaction between police and the young men.

Stansbury warns Tillotson that if she doesn't step aside she will be arrested, to which she replies "Please do." Stansbury then handcuffs Tillotson, placing her under arrest, and she is then led away from her client.

The two videos showing Tillotson's detainment were shot by other attorneys, according to the public defender's office.

Tillotson said she was taken to the Southern Police Station and handcuffed to a wall in a holding room for about an hour before she was let go.

Adachi said he felt Tillotson's constitutional rights were not respected by the San Francisco Police Department.

"This is not Guantanamo Bay, you have an absolute right to have a lawyer with you when you are questioned," Adachi said.

He said he "can only imagine what might be happening out there on the streets," if police are acting "outside the law" inside the courthouse.

Adachi said the client that Tillotson was trying to represent was in court that day for a misdemeanor petty theft-related charge.

Tillotson said Stansbury wanted to take photos of her client and that after she was taken away, her client was released without a citation or arrest.

"We are very concerned about racial profiling in the Police Department," Adachi said.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Tillotson was detained by Stansbury for allegedly resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer trying to perform an investigation.

Esparza said Stansbury noticed two individuals in court that day who he thought might be related to a burglary that is still under investigation and called them aside to question them.

Esparza said anyone interfering with a police investigation can be detained by officers.

Esparza said it appears Stansbury "acted appropriately," but said that San Francisco police Deputy Chief Lyn Tomioka will be reviewing the cellphone footage handed over by the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.

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SF public defender attacks role of criminal justice system in school board member’s death

SF public defender attacks role of criminal justice system in school board member’s death | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
Public Defender Jeff Adachi has questioned the role of the criminal justice system in the death of Daly City school board member Joseph Waters. Adachi...
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Anonymous exposes Kendrick Johnson death conspiracy

Anonymous exposes Kendrick Johnson death conspiracy | Educating & Enforcing Human Rights For We The People !! | Scoop.it
The ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous has been a consistent source of counter cultural news and activism. The latest alleged video from Anonymous now deals with the mystery surrounding the death of black teen Kendrick Johnson
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