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  • Former Montana teacher freed from prison after serving 30-day term in rape of 14-year-old girl

    09/26/2013 9:09:37 AM PDT · by redreno · 22 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 09/26/2013 | By Associated Press
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A former high school teacher has been released from a Montana prison after completing a 30-day sentence for rape handed down by a judge who is under fire for both the sentence and his remarks about the 14-year-old victim. Fifty-four-year-old Stacey Rambold left the Montana State Prison on Thursday after completing his term for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez. Prosecutors are appealing District Judge G. Todd Baugh’s sentence, and a complaint has been filed by advocates seeking Baugh’s removal. Rambold is on probation and must register as a sex offender.
  • Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

    09/08/2013 6:59:34 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Ellen Nakashima
    The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then...
  • In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. (almost a parallel Supreme Court)

    07/06/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 131 replies
    The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become ALMOST A PARALLEL SUPREME COURT, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.
  • Areopagitica

    03/22/2013 2:16:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NY Sun ^ | March 20, 2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Lords and Commons of England, consider what Nation it is whereof ye are, and whereof ye are the governours: a Nation not slow and dull, but of a quick, ingenious, and piercing spirit, acute to invent, suttle and sinewy to discours, not beneath the reach of any point the highest that human capacity can soar to.* * *Those words were penned by John Milton in 1644, when he wrote, in “Areopagitica,” his plea for unlicensed printing. Where is the Mighty Milton now that England’s monarch, Elizabeth II, is getting set to establish by royal charter a new body, cooked up...
  • DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering

    11/24/2010 3:18:25 PM PST · by Non-Sequitur · 322 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Press ^ | 11/24/10 | Unknown
    For five years, the case against Tom DeLay for money laundering through his Texans for a Republican Majority PAC has been seemingly trapped in the Texas courts facing pre-trial appeals. On November 1, it finally made it to trial and today the verdict is in: guilty on both money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The slightly-less-than-humble DeLay lost his majority leadership in Congress after the indictment came down, but he has maintained his claims that this case was politically motivated throughout the entire process right up to defense attorney Dick DeGuerin's closing arguments. The jury clearly didn't buy...
  • The Case for a Truth Commission (Leahy's Bilious Blathering and Projectile Puking Alert)

    02/20/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies · 1,232+ views
    Time ^ | 2/19/2009 | Patrick Leahy
    ....The parallels with today are clear, and so are the lessons. Then, as in recent years, some were willing, in the name of security, to trade away the people's rights as if they were written in sand, not stone. For much of this decade, we have read about and witnessed such abuses as the scandal at Abu Ghraib, the disclosure of torture memos and the revelations about the warrantless surveillance of Americans. So what is to be done about the abuses of the Bush years? Some say do nothing, and a few Senators even tried to make Attorney General Eric...
  • Obama campaign cracks down on misleading TV ads

    09/27/2008 1:36:34 AM PDT · by GeeMoney · 73 replies · 1,674+ views
    Video On Demand ^ | 9-23-08 | Video on Demand
    The Barack Obama campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign.
  • Branchflower Establishes Tip Line for Monegan Investigation

    09/17/2008 8:05:22 AM PDT · by justkate · 4 replies · 86+ views
    adn.com ^ | 8/14/2008 | Press Release
    (PRESS RELEASE BEGINS) Branchflower Establishes Tip Line for Monegan InvestigationSpecial Counsel Asks Public to Call in With Information(ANCHORAGE) – Today Steve Branchflower, Special Counsel to the Legislative Council, Alaska State Legislature, activated a tip line for Alaskans with information that could help the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the firing of former Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.The tip line number is 907-264-6617 Callers will hear a brief recorded greeting from Mr. Branchflower with an invitation to leave information. Mr. Branchflower served the State of Alaska for more than 20 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting violent...
  • We must stand (against Canada's "human rights" tribunals)

    07/18/2008 2:12:40 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies · 157+ views
    DavidWarrenOnline ^ | 7/5/2008 | David Warren
    The best, the most pointed and comprehensive opinion on the award of the Order of Canada pin to Henry Morgentaler, in the course of this long grim week, was by Ian Hunter in the National Post: “In old Canada, Morgentaler was prosecuted and sent to jail for performing illegal abortions. But that was in another era and, as far as I'm concerned, another country -- a country as dead as any of the recipients of Morgentaler’s attentions.” I shall say something about that award tomorrow. For today I want to focus on the New Canada -- the one that is...
  • A disaster for Canada's Human Rights Commission

    03/28/2008 5:47:28 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 20 replies · 790+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Friday, March 28, 2008 | Jonathan Kay
    Earlier this week, I argued that Canada's human-rights censors have managed a seemingly impossible task: They've found a way to rehabilitate the image of neo-Nazis, transforming them from odious dirtbags into principled free-speech martyrs. Case in point: At this week's much-anticipated human-rights hearing in Ottawa, a team of journalists and bloggers were campaigning openly in support of hatemonger Marc Lemire. The villains were Canadian Human Rights Commission (HRC) investigator Dean Steacy and the other apparatchik who've made a career out of parsing Lemire's phobic Web postings. Tuesday's hearing probably won't change the outcome of the case against Lemire: Like a...
  • Haditha Bombshell: Pentagon Had Secret Committee

    03/26/2008 2:00:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies · 5,404+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 26, 2008 | Philip V. Brennan
    A shadow legal body was set up by the Defense Department to manipulate the prosecutions of U.S. Marines accused of massacring Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005. That’s the bombshell disclosure from the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm that is representing one of the accused Marines, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani. And it could prove to be the most damning piece of evidence showing the political motivations behind the ongoing prosecutions of the Haditha Marines. “The hysteria and media firestorm over Abu Ghraib and the Pat Tillman investigations led to fear of a similar media reaction...
  • New St. Cloud human rights office to focus on discrimination (MN "Human Rights" Commission)

    01/22/2008 1:05:55 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies · 77+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 1/21/2008 | unattributed
    St. Cloud is getting a new office with the power to investigate discrimination cases. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the city's new human rights office on Monday morning at a Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration at St. Cloud City Hall. More than a dozen bias-motivated incidents have been reported at St. Cloud State University since November, including swastikas and a report of white men spitting at a female student of color. Police, the university and the local FBI have been investigating. The new human rights office will have the power to enforce Minnesota's human rights law and reach out to...
  • Growing Number Say DeLay Charges Politically Motivated

    09/30/2005 6:05:44 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 182 replies · 9,163+ views
    RasmussenReports.com ^ | September 30, 2005 | Scott Rasmussen
    September 30, 2005--On the second evening following the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a growing number of Americans believe the charges against the powerful Republican are politically motivated. On Wednesday night, 43% said the charges were based upon the facts involved while 31% said they were politically motivated.On Thursday, following a full day of news coverage, 37% said the charges were based upon the facts while 39% said they were politically motivated.The rest of the data changed little from night to night. Seventeen percent (17%) had a favorable opinion of DeLay on both nights. Overall, 38% had an...
  • International Tribunal or Star Chamber? The ICTY’s decision to impose counsel on Slobodan Milosevic

    09/14/2004 1:31:38 PM PDT · by uplandgame · 4 replies · 293+ views
    BRITISH HELSINKI HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP ^ | 13-Sep-2004 | Editorial
    On 10th September 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia imposed defence counsel on its most famous defendant, Slobodan Milosevic. This decision overturned previous rulings: the Prosecution had tried, at the beginning of the trial, to force a lawyer on Milosevic, and the judges had addressed the issue several times during the hearings. On 3rd July 2001, the very first day of the trial, the presiding judge, the late Sir Richard May, said, “Mr. Milosevic, I see that you’re not represented by counsel today. We understand that this is of your own choice. You do have the right,...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Clark to testify at Tribunal, But U.S. Can Edit Transcripts

    12/15/2003 1:08:54 PM PST · by FloridaGeezer · 5 replies · 225+ views
    NYT | December 14, 2003 | Marlise Simons
    Paris - Washington has agreed that Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the former NATO commander and a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, can testify in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic. But the Bush administration has demanded the right to edit videotapes and transcripts of the sessions before they are made public.The former opponents, the general and the formal president of Yugoslavia, will face each other in court Monday and Tuesday, but the sessions will be behind closed doors, with the public gallery off limits and minus the usual television and internet broadcasts.Closed sessions are routine at the U.N....
  • MILITARY TRIBUNALS; A SHORT HISTORY

    04/07/2002 4:54:28 PM PDT · by one2many · 52 replies · 889+ views
    The Texas Mercury ^ | March 24, 2002 | Paul Weber
    Military Justice& Other Oxymorons Abraham Lincoln vs the Sioux Paul Weber When King George the Second (surnamed Bush) announced that some of the soldiers (or is it detainees? or criminals?) captured in the undeclared war in Afghanistan would be tried in military tribunals, a lot of people got twisted out of shape. Military Tribunals, it seems, are not open to the public; the military serves as judge, jury, and hangman; and the accused can be convicted and sentenced to summary execution merely on a "preponderance of the evidence", rather than the usual "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" standard used in...