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Survivors of Good Shepherd/Magdalene Laundries in North America

Survivors of Good Shepherd/Magdalene Laundries in North America | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Welcome to all survivors in America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, the UK and anywhere these ‘places’...
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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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'I feel very honoured to be going back to jail' says peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy as she's taken into custody - Independent.ie

'I feel very honoured to be going back to jail' says peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy as she's taken into custody - Independent.ie | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
ELDERLY peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy has been brought to Limerick prison after she was taken into custody at Galway Garda Station this morning.
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The Job Centre bar's attempt to do gentrification ironically is an insult

The Job Centre bar's attempt to do gentrification ironically is an insult | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Jane Elliott: The injury caused by austerity is all too real, so why turn this pain into whimsical scenery for people lucky enough not to depend on an actual jobcentre?
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Cuts to council budgets for single homeless people are financial lunacy

Cuts to council budgets for single homeless people are financial lunacy | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Leslie Morphy: I don't expect our homelessness services to implement stupid budget cuts that throw people on the scrapheap
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Detroit water department responds to controversy over shutoffs -

Detroit water department responds to controversy over shutoffs
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Oritse Williams meets Britain's Youngest Carers

Oritse Williams meets Britain's Youngest Carers | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
JLS member Oritse has been his mum's main carer since the age of 12 and now he meets other young carers
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Matched Giving Appeal Form Clive Stafford Smith -

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Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more
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No new hearings for Michigan juvenile lifers

No new hearings for Michigan juvenile lifers | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Michigan's Supreme Court says more than 350 inmates serving no-parole sentences for murder committed when they were teenagers won't get new hearings that could have led to their release.
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Judge allows police to kick in pregnant woman’s door and take her for enforced C-section because she has an irrational fear of hospitals but could die in child birth

Judge allows police to kick in pregnant woman’s door and take her for enforced C-section because she has an irrational fear of hospitals but could die in child birth | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The woman - who has a phobia of hospitals - gave birth to the third of her five children at home, allegeldy using barbecue tongs, and fed the child on instant soup for the first week of his life.
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Judicial Review of Mark Duggan verdict to begin tomorrow

Judicial Review of Mark Duggan verdict to begin tomorrow | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The judicial review of the inquest of a man shot dead by police will begin tomorrow.
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Gitmo detainees cite Hobby Lobby in new court filing. Read it here.

Gitmo detainees cite Hobby Lobby in new court filing. Read it here. | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
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Banks Won’t Give Mortgages To Women On Maternity Leave

Banks Won’t Give Mortgages To Women On Maternity Leave | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
CREDIT: Shutterstock A number of banks, including Bank of America and PNC Mortgage, have settled with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over allegations that they denied women mortgages...
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Food Stamp Capital of the U.S. is WHITE and REPUBLICAN

Food Stamp Capital of the U.S. is WHITE and REPUBLICAN | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
In spite of the prevailing stereotypes and assumptions about who uses SNAP Food Stamp benefits the most in the United States, the highest usage is not in
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More Than 100 Homeless People Back on the Street

More Than 100 Homeless People Back on the Street | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The beds are empty at the Columbia Emergency Shelter and close to 100 men and women are back out on the streets in the heat of the summer.
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Mentally ill hounded in Britain

Mentally ill hounded in Britain | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Ministers promise 'parity of esteem' for mental and physical health services, but the reality is scandalous cruelty.
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Oldham dad stages protest at David Cameron’s home to highlight ‘injustice’ of secret family courts | Mancunian Matters

Oldham dad stages protest at David Cameron’s home to highlight ‘injustice’ of secret family courts | Mancunian Matters | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A Manchester dad of two who has been banned from seeing his children has taken his campaign for fathers’ rights to David Cameron’s doorstep.

Chris Tompson, 38, from Oldham has not seen his eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son since March 2013 and is now staging a month-long protest in the Prime Minister’s Oxfordshire constituency of Witney.
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Study Finds Racial Disparities In Manhattan DA's Office

Study Finds Racial Disparities In Manhattan DA's Office | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A new report may shed light on why blacks and Latinos are often punished more severely than whites for the same crimes.

The study, released on Tuesday by the Vera Institute for Justice, shows that prosecutors in the office of Manhattan’s dis...
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U.N. to Confront United States on Persistent Racial Discrimination

U.N. to Confront United States on Persistent Racial Discrimination | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Imagine the government taking away your two children in a hearing that lasts less than 60 seconds.
Madonna Pappan and her husband, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, don’t have to imagine it, because it happened to them. And they’re not alone: An American Indian child...
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Children forced on a dangerous journey | SocialistWorker.org

Children forced on a dangerous journey | SocialistWorker.org | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
It is an indictment of U.S. government policy that thousands of young migrants, in their teens and younger, are treated as criminals and undesirables.
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Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more
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Mentally ill people need to be helped, not hounded

Mentally ill people need to be helped, not hounded | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Polly Toynbee: Ministers promise 'parity of esteem' for mental and physical health services. Instead the reality is scandalous cruelty
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'A Powerful Elite Carried Out The Worst Form Of Child Abuse'

'A Powerful Elite Carried Out The Worst Form Of Child Abuse' | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The alleged paedophile ring that had connections with Westminster included at least 20 prominent figures, including former MPs and government ministers, who abused children for decades, it has been claimed. After the Home Office announced a full inquiry into the ring and claims it failed to properly investigate it at the time, former child protection manager Peter McKelvie said that the ring were "a powerful elite" that included MPs and ministers at the time.
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Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era | Single | Information Hub | Just Fair

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era | Single | Information Hub | Just Fair | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
A report published today by Just Fair finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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Why Homelessness Is Rising For New York City Students

Why Homelessness Is Rising For New York City Students | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The number of homeless students increased by 16 percent over the last year.
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Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — She is a disheveled woman, hair mussed, upper teeth gone, muddy walking cane taped together.
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