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March 20, 2014

General avoids prison time and loss of benefits with plea deal

  • Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the sexual assault charges against Sinclair, clearing the way for a sentence that includes little real punishment other than the revocation of four months’ pay. Because justice, or something. More details here.
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March 19, 2014
Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

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Toyota agrees to pay more than $1 billion in new settlement

  • $1.2B in fines will be paid by Toyota as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department; a settlement that also requires the company to admit it misled consumers about a safety issue that caused some cars to speed up instead of applying the brakes. The fine is the largest ever levied against an automobile manufacturer in the United States, and could serve as a blueprint for a similar settlement in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of General Motors. source
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March 18, 2014
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They cheated us again and again, made decisions behind our back, presenting us with completed facts. That’s the way it was with the expansion of NATO in the east, with the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They always told us the same thing: ‘Well, this doesn’t involve you.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin • During a 47-minute speech, delivered in front of hundreds of elected officials at the Grand Kremlin Palace, before signing a draft treaty to annex Crimea back into the Russian Federation. Putin repeatedly rebuked Western demands to remove itself from the ongoing situation in Ukraine, saying Russia’s actions followed the precedent set by NATO when Kosovo sought independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. Though the decision is expected to draw additional sanctions from Western governments, few expect Putin to back down on the matter. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
March 13, 2014
Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason.
Attorney General Eric Holder • While outlining a new proposal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would drastically reduce the amount of jail time being served by non-violent drug offenders. The changes include an 15 month reduction in the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony crack and cocaine possession charges, and the combined changes should reduce the average drug offender’s period of incarceration by 17 percent. source
18:24 // 7 months ago

New numbers from Wednesday’s building collapse in NYC

  • 7 people have been confirmed killed by an explosion that left two East Harlem buildings in ruins on Wednesday morning, and rescuers continue to dig through the remains in search of survivors.
  • 5 people are still missing and more than 60 people have been treated for injuries as a result of the explosion. The New York Fire Department, NYPD and National Transportation Safety Board are now working to determine an official cause for the explosion, which is currently being blamed on a gas main leak. source
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March 12, 2014
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