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PM calls for Lawrence 'smear' probe

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The prime minister calls for an investigation into reports the police wanted to smear Stephen Lawrence's family, saying he is "deeply concerned".
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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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Rev. Pinkney bound over for trial

Rev. Pinkney bound over for trial | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The actual conditions throughout the state for African Americans, other oppressed groups and working people in general are worsening, Abayomi Azikiwe writes.
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Focus E15 Mothers

Focus E15 Mothers | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it

Come and join our street stall this Saturday 12th July outside wilkinsons on Stratford Broadway E.15 from 12-2pm.
Come along and have a chat about our Campaign read some of the housing stories we have collected on our storey board.
ALL WELCOME
our next meeting will be on 19th July at Bryant St Methodist Church, Bryant St, E.15. 2.30 - 4.30.
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I Was 16 and in Solitary Before I Ever Even Went to Trial

I Was 16 and in Solitary Before I Ever Even Went to Trial | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
February is cold in Northern Virginia. It's even colder when you're in a cell alone, without a mattress, a blanket, a pillow or a sheet.
When I walked into that cell in the basement of the Fairfax County Jail, my hands cuffed behind my back and stomach grumbling from a half a day without...
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Suing to Defend Americans' Right to Take Pictures in Public

Suing to Defend Americans' Right to Take Pictures in Public | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
What does an 86-year-old art photographer have in common with a young man with a video game habit?
Not just a proclivity for perfectly innocuous hobbies, unfortunately. These days, engaging in either activity can get the FBI on your case.
Today, the ACLU and our partners at Advancing Jus...
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16-Year-Old’s Rape Goes Viral On Social Media: ‘No Human Being Deserved This’

16-Year-Old’s Rape Goes Viral On Social Media: ‘No Human Being Deserved This’ | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The Texas high schooler found out she was assaulted after her peers started posting photos mocking her unconscious body.
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L.A.'s missed chance to count the homeless

L.A.'s missed chance to count the homeless | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Counting the homeless in Los Angeles County may not be as difficult as housing them all, but it is a daunting challenge nonetheless. In early 2013, an army of 5,000 volunteers, under the direction of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority — a joint agency of the county and city — fanned out across 1,350 of the sprawling county's 1,800 census tracts for two nights to count the number of people sleeping on sidewalks, in tents and cardboard lean-tos, under bridges, in cars. Simultaneously, the agency counted the number of people sleeping in transitional and emergency shelters and rescue missions.
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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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#SupportMum next Thursday RCJ Stop #ForcedAdoption

#SupportMum next Thursday RCJ Stop #ForcedAdoption | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
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Whos Willing & Able To #SupportMum next Thursday RCJ Stop #ForcedAdoption

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White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America's long war on drugs widely unpopular.

Michael Botticelli, ...
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Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned that she is apparently not too young...
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Black boys are more likely to be tried as adults in Chicago

Black boys are more likely to be tried as adults in Chicago | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
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Ninety Years Old, Deaf, and in the Hole in a Florida Prison - Solitary Watch

Ninety Years Old, Deaf, and in the Hole in a Florida Prison - Solitary Watch | socialaction2014 | Scoop.it
Elliott “Bud” Yorke, who is incarcerated at Florida’s Columbia Correctional Institution Annex at Lake City, was sent to solitary confinement on June 24. According to prison officials, he was placed in isolation for his own protection after corrections officers observed injuries suggesting that he had been assaulted. Aside from being two months shy of his 90th birthday, Yorke …
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Justice Reform: Details of REDEEM Act by Sens. Cory Booker + Rand Paul

Details of the justice reform legislation offered by Senators Booker and Paul. The legislation calls for for Comprehensive Reform Measures to Fix America’s Broken Criminal Justice System, Ease Burd...
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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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