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.
India, the world's largest consumer of gold, is seeing a record rise in its smuggling, reports Shantanu Guha Ray.
Indians traditionally hoard gold in the belief it will bring financial security. Now India, the world's largest consumer of gold, is seeing a record rise in smuggling, reports Shantanu Guha Ray.
An estimated 700kg of gold is smuggled into India every day.
Officials at India's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) say the country has not seen such a sharp rise in contraband gold for two decades.
They claim smugglers are using innovative ways to bring in the metal illegally.
Sometimes gold is melted into seed-shaped chips and hidden in dates from Dubai, or ground into granules and mixed with other metals to look like ore. The metal is also being converted into gold belt buckles and torch batteries.
The smuggling is becoming increasingly difficult to contain, admit regulators.
Officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence say smugglers are regularly using the air route, taking advantage of airlines that club international routes with domestic ones using the same flight
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Six Men Are Wrongly Incarcerated.... The Justice Department needs to order an investigation and demand the release of 200 pages of missing transcript from the trial proceedings in the case of the IRP6. These pages show gross violations that occurred in the court room and would exonerate six innocent men.www.freetheirp6.org
One private Idaho prison is so viølent that inmates have given it the name "Gladiator School." Now the FBI is investigating the prison, which is run by one of the most notorious private prison companies in the U.S. Corrections Corporation of America runs Idaho's "Gladiator School", and has admitted to understaffing the prison. As if that weren't troubling enough, CCA has also admitted to falsifying paperwork to hide vacancies at the prison. An investigation by the Associated Press, which showed CCA listing some guards as working 48 hours to cover up the vacancies, forced CCA to come clean. The governor of Idaho ordered an investigation last month as the evidence against CCA continued to moun†, but Democratic lawmakers in the state were the ones to call in the FBI. Now the FBI has taken over the investigation, with the Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray confirming last week that the FBI met with department director Brent Reinke. By [...]
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's air force chief has denied saying military radar tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, adding to...
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's air force chief has denied saying military radar tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, adding to the mystery surrounding the fate of flight MH370, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people aboard.
A massive air and sea search now in its fifth day has failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777, and the last 24 hours have seen conflicting statements and reports over what may have happened after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper on Tuesday quoted Air Force chief Rodzali Daud as saying the plane was last detected by military radar at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca at 2.40 a.m. on Saturday, hundreds of kilometers off course.
"I wish to state that I did not make any such statements," Rodzali said in a statement on Wednesday. The air force chief said he had merely repeated that military radar tracking suggested the plane might have turned back.
A senior military officer who had been briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Tuesday that the aircraft had made a detour to the west after communications with civilian authorities ended.
"It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the officer said.
Imagine what would happen if the Crown suppressed thousands of pages of police evidence from an important trial? It wouldn't take a legal expert to tell you there would be an immediate mistrial -- especially if the Crown also prepared a false evidence sheet that mislead the judges. And yet, this was done to the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School.
It only takes seven days locked alone in a tiny cell to significantly slow down someone’s brain activity. With no human interaction, there is little to distinguish one hour from the next — people’s brains deteriorate. Solitary confinement often causes mental and physical sufferin...
"I've been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government," Zuckerberg wrote, adding, "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government." Zuckerberg also noted that he has called good personal buddy President Obama to discuss reports of extensive snooping and data collection in bulk.
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