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...
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.
There’s a growing humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border as tens of thousands of children flee gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and brave a dangerous border crossing in search of safety. It's time that governors across the U.S. step up to help care for them.
As the White House ramps up its efforts to address this humanitarian crisis, we need to make sure our state leaders are doing their part to ensure that child refugees are treated in a humane way and not rushed back to extremely dangerous situations in their countries of origin.
Fortunately, Governors Martin O'Malley of Maryland and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, have stepped up and are offering locations in their states to temporarily house these children But with thousands of child refugees still in need, we need more governors to step up and protect the children.
Conservative politicians, pundits, and extreme anti-immigration activists advocate sending these children back to certain death. Texas Governor Rick Perry has even deployed National Guard troops to secure the border rather than provide humanitarian aid. Sending soldiers to face off with children is unacceptable.
These children are not criminals. They deserve humane treatment, shelter, and appropriate legal protections. Members of Congress and the United Nations have made it clear that these children are in fact refugees who are "deserving of protection under international and domestic law."
Sheltering children who are fleeing violence is something that all states should support. This is about our obligation to protect children in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis.
WASHINGTON - Iraq Press -24 July: A number of U.S. senators on Wednesday the need to change the prime minister, because of the difficulty relied upon in the fight against insurgents, and to reconcile the communities of the Iraqi people ...
Wednesday, said that al-Maliki missed an opportunity to complete a comprehensive reconciliation among all Iraqis, stressing the need to leave his post as head of government.
"The fact that I have my doubts in the ability of Prime Minister al-Maliki, the Iraqi leadership to compatibility. In fact, the al-Maliki to leave as soon as possible. "
He said Senator bio Sears, for its part, that it is time that the Iraqis must move forward to choose a government that represents all Iraqis and serve.
He explained that "the Iraqi people alone will control the future and he alone will make the decision to change from al-Maliki."
The exposure of President Barack Obama in recent weeks to pressure from U.S. lawmakers to persuade al-Maliki to step down because of what they see as a failure of leadership in the face of a rebellion displays his country at risk.
He joined the senior officials in the U.S. government to a group of owners and critics blamed for error in the treatment of sectarian divisions exploited by the militants.
The United States, which withdrew its troops from Iraq in 2011 that Baghdad must take steps toward sectarian reconciliation before deciding Obama any military action against armed groups. Ended. M
To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me."…
Zbigniew Brzezinski’s criticism of Israel indicates a “fundamental change in policy” by the US.
Brzezinski told CNN that Netanyahu’s strategy in the Gaza Strip will not succeed.
“I think he [Netanyahu] is making a very serious mistake. When Hamas, in effect, accepted the notion of participation in the Palestinian leadership it acknowledged the determination of that leadership to seek a peaceful solution from Israel - with Israel. That was a real option. They should have persisted in that,” he said.
“Instead Netanyahu launched the campaign of defamation against Hamas, seized on the killing of three innocent Israeli kids to immediately charge Hamas with having done it without any evidence, and has used that to stir up public opinion in Israel in order to justify this attack on Gaza, which is so lethal,” Brzezinski added.
“I think he is isolating Israel. He's endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in the UN,” he stated.
Grossman said that, “the substance and intensity of [Brzezinski’s] remarks directed at Netanyahu are a very significant development and signals the possibility of a fundamental change in policy by the Obama administration.”
“This is very significant. He berated Netanyahu in the strongest possible language,” he added.
Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding numerous sites inside the Gaza Strip and killing innocent residents of the impoverished Palestinian enclave since July 8.
About 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded since the Israeli military first launched its onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.
The three-year contract with a new commissary provider, Keefe Commissary Network, would nearly halve the amount inmates and their families pay to buy credit at the jail convenience store but drastically increase the city's commission each year. In 2013, the Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling barring interstate phone rates on prison calls from including commissions, requiring rates to reflect the actual cost of providing service and capping interstate calls at 25 cents per minute - decisions that almost exclusively impacted federal prisons, not state or local lockups. [...] statewide legislation proposed this year by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, that would prohibit counties from taking any commission from a phone company for telephone services to inmates appears headed for an uphill battle in the Senate after passing the Assembly in May. The bill is supported by dozens of civil rights, faith-based, legal and immigrants' rights groups, but is opposed by the California State Sheriffs' Association, which argues that it would eliminate a county's ability to recover costs and hurt inmates, because at least some of the commission money collected by counties is used for inmate services. Micaela Davis, a criminal justice and drug policy attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, agreed, saying it's "counterproductive to re-entry and rehabilitation," to be "draining the resources of inmates and their families" at commissaries - where offenders buy pens, paper and phone cards - and through high phone fees.
Though TV shows depict prosecutors as the link in the criminal justice system that is responsible for restraining the others, always talking sense to overzealous cops, what happens in real life when the prosecutors are the ones that need to be controlled? Prosecutorial misconduct is a big problem in Texas and one that’s incredibly hard to address as there are no easy ways to check the power of rogue prosecutors. A new study by the Innocence Project has found that [...]
I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: I strongly support more rights and protections for government employees and contractors who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse within the Federal Government. I hereby demand that the Office of Special Counsel, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the House Committee on Government Reform, the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of the President of the United States of America conduct investigations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s numerous employees that have made whistle blower allegations, filed grievances, reported Prohibited Personnel Complaints, and have made allegations of bribery and investigation /case tampering. I similarly demand the investigation of AFGE arbitrations, grievances, and mediations wherein whistle blowers contended that the union worked to undermine the proceedings, obstruct justice, and signed unconscionable settlement agreements in behalf of the whistle blowers against their interest and consent. I demand that Office of the Inspector General of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission be investigated for its refusal to investigate allegations of criminal conduct and Prohibited Personnel Violations committed by management and executive management employees. Lastly, I demand the reinstatement of whistle blowers. I join my fellow citizens in urging members of Congress to act now to protect the dedicated public servants who safeguard our tax dollars and expose waste, fraud, and abuse on our behalf.
July 18, 2014 New York City police officers killed a man Thursday after he broke up a fight between two other men. The cops placed him in a chokehold and slammed his head to the pavement, piling on top of him as he gasped for air. The continuous pleas for help are hard to listen…
New information reveals that President Vladimir Putin’s plane may have been the target of an attempted assassination! He is doing many things right and standing strong for what is moral in this world. Furthermore, he is going against the grain of...