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Wrongfully Convicted Louisiana Man Asks Justice Department to Investigate New Orleans Prosecutors

Wrongfully Convicted Louisiana Man Asks Justice Department to Investigate New Orleans Prosecutors | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Unsuccessful before the U.S. Supreme Court, a man who served 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit asks the Justice Department to hold prosecutors accountable.
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If this man's suffering was not caused by incompetence and poor training, than can we reasonably infer that it was caused by intent? To say that the prosecutor handled this case as he handled hundreds of others is hardly an exoneration of that prosecutor. That this Louisiana parish would contest Mr. Thompson's demand for restitution is, IMHO, an example of institutional racism. I have no doubt that were he a white man, the courts and the state of Louisiana would have handled both the original case (including the evidence) and the reaction to Mr. Thompson's exoneration differently. 
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“It’s like a nightmare that just won’t go away”: The Corinthian Colleges scam demonstrates the madness of student debt

“It’s like a nightmare that just won’t go away”: The Corinthian Colleges scam demonstrates the madness of student debt | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Victims of Corinthian still find themselves hounded by collectors to repay loans deemed fraudulent in federal court
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Should bankruptcy protect a person or a corporation against repayment of monies taken through fraud? I certainly don't think so. Should buys of fraudulent loans, especially if they buy them after they are declared fraudulent, be allowed to collect from the debtors? At what point should the law be clarified to protect the victims of fraud instead of their being hounded by scum who seek to profit on the misfortune of others? Once upon a time, we had tar and feathers for people like these, now we have endless harassment for their victims. Is that the rule of law? 
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White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger

White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The parents of the victim have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the high school where the incident allegedly occurred, claiming coaches and administrators did nothing to stop months of racial abuse. 

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This is so despicable, so inexcusable, so vile as to set my gorge afire with outrage. This is not the small town America that I love and celebrate in "Broody New Englander." Indeed, this is not any kind of America. While I'm sure there are decent people living in Dietrich, Idaho, I imagine that they truly wish they were living someplace else. As for the young men involved in this travesty, I can only hope that they find themselves in cages, because the rest of us surely don't want them near other humans. And by the way, in case you don't get it, yes this is both bigotry against the weaker and against Blacks. 
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Cleared by DNA in Murder, Prosecuted Again Anyway

Cleared by DNA in Murder, Prosecuted Again Anyway | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anthony Wright spent 23 years in prison before new evidence revealed another man raped the woman he was accused of killing. Now he’s been put on trial again.
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If Anthony Wright is found innocent, there should be an investigation of the police and District Attorney's office and it should be conducted by an outside agency. If that shows malfeasance, those involved should pay the highest price possible. No wonder the DA's office is so determined to railroad him again. 
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Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back

Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Debt buyers are using the courts to sue consumers and collect debt, then preventing those same consumers from using the courts to mount a challenge.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is enough to drive the common person to drink. The bottom line is that the American system is becoming more and more fascist, putting the partnership between government and business ahead of the people, whom the government should be serving. And the legal system, just as it did in Nazi Germany, is greasing the way. Will Americans be sheep in this process, use their vote to change the nation's direction, or end in revolution? There is a desperate need for leadership that will change the national dialog away from hate-mongering and fear and towards realistic social and economic change. 

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Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit?

Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Racist investigators and a lack of evidence have cast doubt on the conviction of 4 native teens in a 1997 Alaska murder. So why are they still in jail?
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Justice cannot coexist with racism—not racism towards Blacks, Native Americans, or any other group. Clearly, justice has not been served in this case, and the state of Alaska should take a g hard look at itself.

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The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black

The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct.
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Forget the argument that there are many good police officers; there is something simply wrong about our nation's approach to policing, especially in its disregard for the dignity of our Black citizens. Yes, Black Lives Matter, but more than that, the Quality of Black Lives Matters.

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Video 'shows Israeli officer shoot fleeing Palestinian' - BBC News

Video 'shows Israeli officer shoot fleeing Palestinian' - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A human rights group publishes a video it says contradicts the account of an Israeli army officer who shot dead a Palestinian teenager a week ago.
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Pesky reality getting in the say of those who believe that force makes right. We should all be thankful for video cameras and cellphones with video. That may actually help contain the bullies of the world, including some Israeli army personnel and out-of-line American cops

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Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We cannot give back the time that he served"
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I commend the Comptroller of the City of New York for acting so quickly in offering recompense to this man who has suffered so egregiously. Obviously, what still needs to be done is to find those in the police and the DA's office at the time who concealed evidence of his innocence and to punish them appropriately. While the system can and will make mistakes, it should not tolerate those who for whatever reason choose to feather their careers and statistics at the expense of the rights and freedom of another.

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Is Baltimore’s Prosecutor Wrong About Freddie Gray’s ‘Legal’ Knife?

Is Baltimore’s Prosecutor Wrong About Freddie Gray’s ‘Legal’ Knife? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The weapon police described is definitely illegal—so why did Marilyn Mosby say it wasn’t? Part of her case vs. the cops may be in jeopardy.
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This case reminds me of Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Dysfunctional people, hangers-on, seldom get proper justice. It's just too easy.

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The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Debbie Milke, born in Berlin, was placed in solitary confinement Arizona for 22 years after being falsely convicted of conspiring to kill her son. Following her acquittal, she discusses her experience in prison and a life destroyed by a miscarriage of justice.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Sometimes the abuse of power by police (and courts) is so egregious as to warrant real and severe consequences. If Armando Seldate and Cheryl Hendrix are still alive, I hope they spend the rest of their lives in the agony they so completely deserve. As for compensation from the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix, I can only say that this woman should have the funds to live however she wants, wherever she wants, and with whatever conveniences and services she desires. We as a community owe her big-time. This was not a mistake; it wasn't even a miscarriage of justice; it was a travesty and a dishonor to us all.

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Prosecutor pens apology to innocent man he sent to prison for 30 years: ‘I wasn’t interested in justice’

Prosecutor pens apology to innocent man he sent to prison for 30 years: ‘I wasn’t interested in justice’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it

After apologizing to Ford and all involved in the trial, Stroud called for an end to  the death penalty saying it was “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.”

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Now, will the state of Louisiana take responsibility for doing something so wrong to an innocent man.

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Outside judge to take Ferguson cases

Outside judge to take Ferguson cases | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A state judge will oversee the court in Ferguson, Missouri, after a federal report found that the town's justice system routinely violated residents' constitutional rights.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So it took Michael Brown's death to make the state of Missouri and the U.S. government aware that there was injustice in Ferguson. Somehow, I don't think this story is over. One resignation? What about that entire police force, that entire city government, and that entire local judicial system? There's a lot of fixing to do and a lot of people to hold accountable.

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Mexican rape victim, 13, refused access to abortion

Mexican rape victim, 13, refused access to abortion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Girl in Sonora barred from terminating pregnancy after judge downgrades crime from rape to ‘sexual coercion’
Kenneth Weene's insight:
How horrific! Only 13 and condemned by two men, the perpetrator and the judge, to bearing a child. After the health issues of pregnancy at such a tender age, will come the burdens of motherhood or, if she is fortunate, the pain of giving up her child for adoption. Somewhere in hell, I hope that both these men will find the torment they deserve. And what, I ask, is the difference between rape and sexual coercion. I guess the son of a bitch didn't beat the kid only broke her hymen. If you don't like abortion, you should at least be prepared to protect children. Will this Mexican judge take the girl into his home and provide her with medical care? Will he at least pay for her child's upbringing and allow this young girl the support she will need to continue with her life? I doubt it. Like the Catholic priests who have abused their powers and the children in their thrall, he will walk away with a sanctimonious sermonette on his lips. 
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How Davontae Sanford, wrongly imprisoned for murder, found justice

How Davontae Sanford, wrongly imprisoned for murder, found justice | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Davontae Sanford, a Detroit man who pleaded guilty to four murders he did not commit when he was 14 years old, was released from prison Wednesday after nine years in prison.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
As long as we need the Innocence Project and similar programs, we have to recognize that our system of justice is flawed and needs  attention. The nine years taken from this young man cannot be replaced. How do we hold the police who were responsible for this travesty accountable? 
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The Last Nazi Trials

The Last Nazi Trials | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Reinhold Hanning was a Nazi guard 70 years ago. Now he's charged with being an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people at Auschwitz.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
As a person of Jewish ancestry, I cannot forgive those who killed and tortured so many for no reason other than that ancestry I share with them. On the other hand, is it not too late to pursue the long-dead perpetrators by trying a few old men who followed the same orders as an entire nation, for didn't the German people as a whole turn a blind eye to the Holocaust? Today, as Germany struggles with the refugees who come from Syria and the rest of the third world, there is a question more important than criminal justice for the Jews, Gypsies, and others who died in the camps. Can the new Germany rise above the nationalism of the past that created the horrors of World Wars and genocides and lead a world that needs to find a way of bringing all people together in the common cause of humanity? That would be true atonement and justice for the horrors of Auschwitz. 
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Why This Palestinian Clown is Being Jailed Without Trial

Why This Palestinian Clown is Being Jailed Without Trial | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The detention of a Palestinian performer has highlighted Israel's policy of detention without trial
Kenneth Weene's insight:
We must never forget that laughter is the strongest weapon against oppression and tyranny. That is why dictators fear mimes and clowns and why I feel so strongly that we need a mime at the Downtown Phoenix Open Mic—next on March 30.
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Mixed Verdict for Donald Blankenship, Ex-Chief of Massey Energy, After Coal Mine Blast

Mixed Verdict for Donald Blankenship, Ex-Chief of Massey Energy, After Coal Mine Blast | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Donald L. Blankenship, whose leadership was criticized after the deaths of 29 miners in 2010, was convicted of conspiring to break safety rules but exonerated of three felony charges.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So this SOB will spend a couple of months at a federal country club and maybe pay a small fine, the kind of fine what would bankrupt you or me but that won't dent his fortune. Sorry, this is a charade of justice. The only question is will this conviction open him to any personal liability in lawsuits from the surviving victims and the  families of those who died?

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36 Years for a Murder He Didn’t Commit

36 Years for a Murder He Didn’t Commit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
California jailed Michael Ray Hanline for 36 years until DNA proved he was innocent. Now he wants justice.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Obviously if a person is wrongfully convicted, freedom should be accompanied by adequate funds to start over and to have a decent life. However, if official misconduct is involved in order to secure that conviction both criminal penalties should be adjudicated to the perpetrators of such miss-justice and the entirety of their property should be confiscated and given to their victim. There is no greater crime than the deliberate incarceration of the innocent by the jstice and law enforcement system.

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The secret (and sinister) history of American surveillance

The secret (and sinister) history of American surveillance | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Our modern-day surveillance state back to the 1870s, when a new technology launched an information revolution VIDEO
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Despite the bad writing (using the same material twice in one article) this is an interesting read if you are concerned with civil liberties, domestic surveillance, or history.

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20 Philly Cops Beat Him, Say He Injured Himself

20 Philly Cops Beat Him, Say He Injured Himself | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Video shows officers attacking Tyree Carroll and calling him a ‘piece of shit.’ The district attorney’s office says it has no plans to investigate yet.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We can hope that the availability of video on phones will eventually change police practices. Even assuming that Mr. Carroll was carrying crack cocaine and that there was grounds to make a stop, the use of excessive force is so egregious as to be totally unacceptable. We can only hope that the federal justice department will launch an investigation. Every incident like this makes it harder for the many good cops out there to perform their duties and harder to get the cooperation of the community.

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After 4 decades in solitary, Albert Woodfox's release ordered by federal judge

After 4 decades in solitary, Albert Woodfox's release ordered by federal judge | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Baton Rouge has called for the unconditional release of Albert Woodfox, the only remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3. For more than 40 years, Woodfox, 68, has been in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, and...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Justice deferred is justice denied. 40 years of isolation for a murder which he may well have not committed, and why? Because he worked to change a system based on corruption, discrimination, and cruelty. While I am happy that Mr. Woodfox, the last of the Angola Three, will soon be free, I cannot help but feel outrage that the process of justice has been so slow and halting. Shame on the state of Louisiana.

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The Last Time Freddie Gray Was Arrested

The Last Time Freddie Gray Was Arrested | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The bondsman who bailed him out of jail says the 25-year-old learned that staying put meant certain arrest.
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The real question isn't why didn't Freddie Gray run but why didn't he run fast enough. There is something so sadly inevitable about the lives of people like Freddie Gray, from the lead paint in their childhood homes, to their lack of educations and jobs, to their addictions, to their arrests, and ultimately to their lives in prison or deaths by violence. It is time for America to recognize the need to make the whole trajectory different.

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Ga. Judge Allegedly Uses N-Word in Court

Ga. Judge Allegedly Uses N-Word in Court | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After two sheriff’s deputies reportedly referred to a witness as “N--ger Ray,” several people overheard county Judge Roger Bradley tell a story about “N--ger Bob.”
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Wrapped in the black robe of a judge or white robe of a Klan member, a bigot is still a bigot. This is the face of a bigot and a man of whom the state of Georgia should be rightly ashamed.

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Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution

Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution | Upsetment | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests he testified in the murder case as part of a deal to have his own sentence reduced.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The state of Texas has a serious justice problem. I guess they never learned the lessons of the classic film "The Oxbow Incident." Maybe they just enjoy a good lynching. As it is Texan justice is an oxymoron.

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