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Soldier: Leaks Meant to Enlighten on US Policy

Pfc. Bradley Manning entered guilty pleas to some charges Thursday, saying he sent the material to WikiLeaks to enlighten the public about American foreign a...
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Illinois Judge Orders DNA Testing in Murder Case

Illinois Judge Orders DNA Testing in Murder Case | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it

 

Nearly four decades after an Illinois man was initially convicted of the murders of a brother and sister in their home, a judge ruled that several pieces of evidence could undergo DNA testing, reported the Journal Star.

 

Johnnie Lee Savory spent 30 years behind bars before being released in 2006. Five years later, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn commuted his sentence and ended his parole.

 

In Tuesday’s ruling, Peoria County Circuit Judge Steve Kouri said that the order doesn’t allow for a new trial and that DNA testing could be conducted at Savory’s own expense.

 

 

“This means hope for Johnnie,” said Joshua Tepfer, an attorney with the Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. “He has wanted this and fought for this and a team of advocates and friends have fought for this for more than 20 years, or since this technology became available.”

 

Savory, who has maintained his innocence, was tried twice. He was found guilty in the stabbing deaths of Connie Cooper, 19, and her brother, James Robinson, 14, in June 1977. His first conviction was overturned when the Third District Illinois Appellate Court ruled Savory’s alleged confession involuntary. He was retried in 1981 and found guilty again. Two years later, two of the witnesses recanted their testimony.

 

Among the pieces of evidence being tested are items the investigators deemed relevant to the case back in 1977. They include the purported murder weapon, a knife taken from Savory’s pants, the pants Savory was wearing, fingernail clippings from Copper and Robinson as well as a bloody light switch plate.

 

Kouri noted in his order that the blood evidence used against Savory was only able to identify the group type, which is far less probative than DNA.

 

“Type O blood type is found in approximately one in two people and Type A is in approximately one in three people,” Kouri wrote. “Can it be imagined that such rudimentary ‘scientific’ evidence would be presented and argued to a jury in a courtroom today, particularly in a double-homicide trial?”

 

The Center on Wrongful Convictions already has a Texas-based DNA testing firm lined up, and Tepfer is optimistic about the results.

 

Read the full article.

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x853699644/Judge-rules-Johnnie-Lee-Savory-can-use-DNA-tests-on-old-evidence#ixzz2bILBrZaH

 

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Food bank visitors in Coventry: ‘Compassion has disappeared out of the welfare state’

Food bank visitors in Coventry: ‘Compassion has disappeared out of the welfare state’ | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
It was a muddle with a form that first made Craig, 31, lose his benefits. He had been looking for work in Coventry for nearly a year, diligently going to the jobcentre and trawling through adverts. Then he made a mistake that would leave him hungry for a month.
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Taylor man charged with 35 counts of sexual abuse involving minors - YouTube

Taylor man charged with 35 counts of sexual abuse involving minors
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Food banks: Britain has handed out one million food parcels despite being sixth richest economy

Food banks: Britain has handed out one million food parcels despite being sixth richest economy | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Shock report reveals 330,000 food parcels handed out went to hungry children in this country yet we have more millionaires than ever
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Doctors Are Talking About Creating A New Attention Disorder For 'Daydreamy' Kids

Doctors Are Talking About Creating A New Attention Disorder For 'Daydreamy' Kids | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Symptoms of "sluggish cognitive tempo" include mind-wandering, lethargy, and slow mental processing.
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Q&A: Solitary Confinement and Teens Shouldn’t Mix

Q&A: Solitary Confinement and Teens Shouldn’t Mix | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Dr. Bruce Perry is a child psychiatrist and senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His neuroscientific research has focused largely on the effects of trauma on brain development. He has consulted on high-profile cases involving children in crisis, including the Columbine High School […]
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For Some Woman Immigrants, Fear Of Sexual Abuse Is A Constant

For Some Woman Immigrants, Fear Of Sexual Abuse Is A Constant | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Some women buy contraceptives in Mexico because they fear the consequences of being raped while they’re crossing the border.
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Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit

Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A pastor who served food to the needy for the past six years was recently blocked for not having a permit.
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19 Examples Proving The World Is Full Of Good People

19 Examples Proving The World Is Full Of Good People | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The evening news, predominantly consists of countless tales of doom and gloom. Terrorism, financial meltdowns, arctic meltdowns, healthcare disputes, someone just died and someone else is just about to. It's enough to make even the most optimistic soul feel a little depressed. But it doesn't have...
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Report: Florida leads the nation on charging kids as adults

Report: Florida leads the nation on charging kids as adults | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Florida’s criminal justice system has received a lot of attention recently. And according to a report, it’s on the wrong side of international human rights law.
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Homeless GoPro offers 1st-hand look on S.F. homeless

Homeless GoPro offers 1st-hand look on S.F. homeless | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Reichart is taking part in an experiment being launched full time Monday by a team of altruistic young techies in San Francisco who want to show what homeless life is really like, through the eyes of the homeless themselves. The team believes mounting a camera on a homeless person's chest and posting edited footage on their website - www.homelessgopro.com - will give that "you are there" perspective to help people understand what it's like to walk around asking for spare change. Reaching outHe was approached over the winter by the effort's founder, Kevin Adler of San Francisco, a 29-year-old sociologist and education technology entrepreneur. Adler had wanted to do something meaningful about street poverty since blogging last year about the 2004 death of his homeless, schizophrenic uncle in Santa Cruz. The camera idea evolved out of talks with homeless people and fellow tech innovators. Help with teethHe met Reichart through people he knew at HandUp, a new fundraising site for homeless people. Reichart had turned to the site's coordinators in hopes of getting money for dental work to replace his mouthful of broken or missing teeth. Joining Adler on the Homeless GoPro team are a lawyer and a couple of students, none older than 32, who have histories of working for uplifting causes. Adler and his fellow techies aren't sure what will come from their venture, but at the very least they want to connect more homeless people to the non-homeless world. Or just arranging for those with money to spend a few bucks taking homeless people out for coffee. "Anything that reminds us of the humanity of homeless people and helps us engage with them is helpful," Bevan Dufty, the mayor's point person on homelessness, said when told of Adler's venture.
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What Happens If You Google “Eviction”?

What Happens If You Google “Eviction”? | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
“You can make money without doing evil” ~ 6th point in Google’s ‘Statement of Values’ Google asserts that it knows this to be true.  Yet, Google’s Jack Halprin is seeking to make a significant sum of money buying up a 7 unit apartment building in San Francisco’s Mission District and evicting all the tenants, including […]
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Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts.
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Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and children accessed food banks in the last year.
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NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program - YouTube

The New York City Police Department has ended a program that once kept tabs on the city's muslim population. (April 15)
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UK food bank crisis: Open letter to David Cameron from hard working professional couple who had to resort to handouts

UK food bank crisis: Open letter to David Cameron from hard working professional couple who had to resort to handouts | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
As a report reveals one million food parcels have been handed out including 330,000 to hungry children, a professional working couple tell how they had to rely on food banks to feed their baby
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The consequences of being abused as a young child run on and on

The consequences of being abused as a young child run on and on | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Jane Green: A mother of two adopted daughters who were abused as children, I struggle to deal with the daily fallout, as my elder daughter invites strangers into our home
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The faces behind America’s food stamp program

The faces behind America’s food stamp program | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Washington Post photographer Michael S. Williamson reveals with dignity the daily struggles of the Americans who rely on food stamps to survive.
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Mass Murder of Canadian Children Admitted » David Icke

Mass Murder of Canadian Children Admitted » David Icke | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it


Seventeen years after Rev. Kevin Annett publicly disclosed evidence that over 50,000 children died in Canada’s church-run “Indian residential schools”, Canadian governments have finally confirmed this genocidal mortality rate after releasing hitherto-concealed death records from the schools.

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Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court

Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear two cases Monday over the fate of four prisoners whose sentences were thrown out under North Carolina's now-repealed Racial Justice Act.
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Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty

Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A lack of a strong safety net explains why so many American single mothers live in poverty compared to our peers.
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Salvation Army Workfare Protest

On April 5th 2014, Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty hosted a protest against the workfare programme by blockading and shutting down Edinburgh's main Salvation…
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John Bishop reports on Breadline Britain: A land with 1 in 3 kids in poverty and millions hungry

John Bishop reports on Breadline Britain: A land with 1 in 3 kids in poverty and millions hungry | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
I wanted to see what life is like for the 3.6 million people living below the breadline in the UK. What I’ve seen has shocked me
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A 'clerical error' allowed a convicted man to walk free for 13 years

A 'clerical error' allowed a convicted man to walk free for 13 years | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The Missouri Department of Corrections discovered, upon preparing to release a prisoner who had served a 13-year sentence in July 2013, that the prisoner had never been incarcerated.
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Bedroom tax: Blind widow fears eviction from her home after housing benefit cut leaves her in arrears

Bedroom tax: Blind widow fears eviction from her home after housing benefit cut leaves her in arrears | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
HELEN SOCKELL, who had her housing benefit slashed in March, is terrified she will have to move and learn the layout of a new smaller home.
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Behind Closed Doors, the Pentagon Is Talking About America's 'War' in Africa

Behind Closed Doors, the Pentagon Is Talking About America's 'War' in Africa | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The U.S. is making a terrible mess. Is anyone paying attention?
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