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.
The Nevada rancher who forced the federal Bureau of Land Management to back down last week may have been targeted because a Chinese solar company with ties to Sen. Harry Reid's son wants the land for an energy plant, several websites report.
(NaturalNews) In 1989, members of China’s Democracy Movement staged a massive protest in Tiananmen Square. In response, the communist Chinese government commanded near-total control over the nation’s media while dispatching heavily armed soldiers and tanks to surround and intimidate the protesters. Today, the U.S. government has dispatched hundreds of heavily armed soldiers, snipers and helicopters to [...]
he feds drew blood by shooting Dave Bundy with a Taser. A video shows Dave smacking the taser probes away from his body in self defense. This show of blood and violence against conservative ranchers is all but encouraged by the liberal media by their silence. If this were happening in any other country, the U.S. media would cover it as international news.
The media’s silence on this story is an endorsement of federal brutality against ranchers. If this were taking place in Russia, North Korea or China, it would be international news. But because it’s taking place in America, the U.S. media has defaulted to near-silence as a way to cover for the Obama administration which apparently can do no wrong, not even when aiming government snipers at American families.
The liberal media appears to wholly endorse these violent actions, including the brutality which has been exercised against innocent protesters, by trying to downplay the reality of the situation. The Washington Post, for example, characterized this massive armed siege as “government wanting to move a few cattle, and some people aren’t happy.” That sort of downplaying of realitysmacks of a government-run press publishing propaganda rather than factual reporting.
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a "horrific" violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
Karlton called the revisions "a critical step forward" but inadequate. His ruling requires closer monitoring of pepper spray use within prisons by the state and reports to a court-appointed special master.
"Without more ... seriously mentally ill inmates in California's prisons will remain subject to uses of force by custody staff armed with (capsicum) pepper spray and expandable batons 'without regard to the impact of those weapons on their psychiatrict condition,'" Karlton wrote.
Lawyers representing inmates in the class action case showed mentally ill prisoners were many times more likely to have force used against them by prison guards, and, in some prisons, accounted for more than 90% of the incidents.
WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had some harsh words Thursday for Republicans who won't allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, saying she believes it would be an easier haul for the GOP if undocumented immigrant...
"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," she said at her weekly press conference. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it were just you, this would be easy.'"
Pelosi and other Democrats have urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote on an immigration bill that has support from a majority of the Democratic caucus and three GOP members.
So far, they haven't had any luck: Boehner promised a piecemeal process, if anything, and has said passing even smaller-scale legislation could be difficult given distrust of the president within the Republican conference. Despite releasing principles for reform in January, there have been no votes on immigration legislation since then.
Pelosi said she believes the bill would pass if Boehner allowed a vote.
"Let's have a debate," she said. "We think the votes are there. We're absolutely certain that they're there."
A video of a San Francisco police officer with his arms around the neck of a Giants fan at Tuesday's game has some people raising questions about how police handle crowds.
Giants fan Cisco Lutu was at the home opener when he happened to walk through the concession area and the confrontation between the officer and the fan.
Lutu said the fan appeared to be unruly and drunk, but he was struck by the control hold the officer put the fan in. Lutu shot video of the confrontation with his cell phone.
"The kid's already in handcuffs. He brought him down, took him to the ground and put all his weight on top of the kid's neck. People around were saying, 'Hey he's not fighting back. He's not resisting, '" Lutu said.
Lutu hosts an online radio show called Big Body Radio and has a following online. He posted the first 16 seconds of the video on his Facebook page. In a matter of hours it had been shared more than 500 times.
More than 100 people made comments about it, most of them negative towards police.
Lutu said he thinks the video touched a nerve.
"Stuff like this happens all the time. It's just not documented on video," Lutu explained. "I understand cops have their way of dealing with these situations, but it seemed a little bit excessive, especially when the kid's in handcuffs already."
San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Albie Esparza told KTVU the video was taken after officers had been called to remove the fan from the stands for shouting profanities and being belligerent.
"Just because a person's handcuffed doesn't mean they don't pose a threat. People's feet can be used as a weapon. People can kick officers," said Esparza. "Of course to the public it appears this use of force was a little bit excessive to the untrained eye. But in reality, this officer did do what he was supposed to do."
Esparza said the officer engaged in a control hold and said it's an appropriate tactic under SFPD policy. Esparza said it appeared as though the officer was preparing to place the fan in a "carotid restraint" -- another approved police tactic -- where pressure is put on the carotid artery and can cause a person to pass out.
But Esparza said the fan complied with the officer's instructions and the restraint wasn't used. Esparza said under SFPD policy, a carotid restraint is considered a "use-of-force" tactic, but a control hold is not.
"When an officer has someone in a control hold they try to de-escalate the situation, like this officer did yesterday," Esparza said.
In the full, 30 second video, not posted on Facebook, you see the officer and fan stand up and walk away.
Privately owned probation companies are routinely jailing probationers for not being able to pay fees.
The jailing of people unable to pay fines and court costs is no longer a relic of the 19th century American judicial system. Debtors' prisons are alive and well in one-third of the states in this country." Last week, I received a Press Release from the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union that appeared to strike a blow against this appalling phenomenon.
The release stated that "the Supreme Court of Ohio distributed a new 'bench card' to all of the state's judges, giving much needed instructions to avoid the unconstitutional practice of sending people to jail when they owe the court fines and are unable to pay. The Ohio Supreme Court's "bench card" was a definite blow to what had become the routine jailing in several states of people who were not able to pay fines imposed for a relatively minor crime committed."
April 14, 2014 "He's not fighting back, he's not fighting back" scream the onlookers at the jackboot thug brutalizing a teen. Choking a helpless teenager half your size, who is handcuffed on the ground is apparently standard procedure for the SFPD. Post by Bigbody Cisco. The more and more that this happens, the more likely…
The Prosecution’s evidence falls into three categories: Institutional Genocide, Child Sacrifice and Ritual Killing, and Child Trafficking. Each of these will be addressed by the witnesses and corroborating material.
The sixteen witnesses in this first round of evidence have direct, firsthand experience and knowledge of the role of the Defendants and their agents in all of these crimes, including in the so-called NINTH CIRCLE child sacrificial cult. Besides participants in this cult and survivors of government experimental programs, these witnesses include former officials of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, retired and serving policemen, indigenous elders, a retired senior politician from England, an operative of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), and a former civil servant in the Argentine military junta.
The Prosecution has also received an affidavit from Rev. Kevin Annett, ITCCS Field Secretary, that connects his own victimization by church and state in Canada with his discovery of the activity of NINTH CIRCLE members at Indian residential schools across Canada, and with the continued murder of indigenous women and children by this Circle on the west coast of Canada. Rev. Annett will appear in Court next week, sometime after April 14, to be examined by the Prosecution and present further evidence.
BOSTON (AP) — An aunt of President Barack Obama who was denied asylum in the U.S. but stayed illegally for years has died in Massachusetts. Zeituni Onyango (zay-TOO'-nee ohn-YAHN'-goh) was 61. Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong represented Onyango in her immigration case. She says Onyango died Tuesday in a Boston...