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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.
15:13 // 4 months ago
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
15:14 // 4 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 // 4 months ago
March 12, 2014
Glenn Ford has been freed from the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana having lived under the shadow of the death sentence for 30 years. He becomes one of the longest-serving death row inmates in US history to be exonerated.
Ford was released on the order of a judge in Shreveport after Louisiana state prosecutors indicated they could no longer stand by his conviction. In late 2013 the state notified Ford’s lawyers that a confidential informant had come forward with new information implicating another man who had been among four co-defendants originally charged in the case.
17:48 // 4 months ago
March 11, 2014
The City Council is set to spend $2 million for clip-on cameras for police officers so that officials can monitor the officers’ interactions with the public.
The move comes amid two high-profile cases of allegations that on-duty officers abused women.
One officer has been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors and has resigned; a second officer has been suspended and is under investigation, although no charges have yet been filed.
18:19 // 4 months ago
Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault said Tuesday that they have decided to try to renegotiate a plea bargain with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
Judge Col James Pohl sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations around the world after defense lawyers for Brig Gen Jeffrey A Sinclair announced their decision. The two sides now enter intense negotiations to try to resolve the case.
“There are other issues that have come up in this trial,” Pohl told the jurors as he dismissed them. “Sometimes there are twists and turns you can’t anticipate.”
17:48 // 4 months ago
March 6, 2014
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source
14:17 // 4 months ago
February 25, 2014
The Ukrainian parliament has voted to send the fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych to The Hague to be tried over the violence that led to at least 82 deaths in Kiev last week.
Yanukovych is on the run and believed to be in Crimea. The interim government is trying to hunt him down and capture him.
The parliament voted that the former interior minister Vitali Zakharchenko and the prosecutor general, Viktor Pshonka, should also be sent to the international criminal court. The pair have also fled Kiev, along with a number of other key Yanukovych aides.
14:43 // 5 months ago
February 24, 2014
Robots, valued for their speed and maneuverability, can serve as the first eyes on drug-smuggling tunnels that traverse the United States border with Mexico.
So… how should we feel about the fact that robots are now patrolling our borders?
(Source: nytimes.com )
12:00 // 5 months ago
February 13, 2014
A US federal judge has temporarily blocked an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy from selling a drug to the Missouri department of corrections for use in an upcoming execution.
The restraining order was issued in a lawsuit filed a day earlier in US district court by the Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor. His attorneys allege that the department contracts with the Apothecary Shoppe to provide the drug set to be used in Taylor’s 26 February lethal injection.
The lawsuit argues that several recent executions involving the drug, compounded pentobarbital, indicate it will likely cause Taylor “severe, unnecessary, lingering and ultimately inhumane pain”.
18:39 // 5 months ago