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Shannon WattsVerified account @shannonrwatts 6h6 hours ago

 
 

The armed white man who beat a Black woman in Dallas was originally charged with 3 misdemeanors.

After public backlash, he’s back in jail and charged with

aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd-degree felony, and unlawfully carrying a gun. #txlege

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2019/03/28/dallas-police-charge-deep-ellum-attack-suspect-aggravated-assault

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What’s in the DOJ’s scathing report on Alabama prisons

Nation Apr 4, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

A report from the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday accused the state of Alabama of failing to provide adequately safe conditions for their male inmates. The department says it has “reasonable cause” to believe that Alabama’s prison conditions violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishments.”

The 56-page notice, addressed to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, pointed to understaffing and overcrowding at prison facilities as key factors that lead to physical and sexual violence between inmates. ......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/whats-in-the-dojs-scathing-report-on-alabama-prisons

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School Bus Driver Who Raped 14-Year-Old Girl Gets No Prison Time

New York Judge James P. McClusky defended his controversial sentencing for Shane Piche,
pointing out that there was only one victim in the case.
 
......“This judge has NO problem letting rapists go when a young girl’s life has been forever changed and will cause her emotional problems for many years to come at a cost of thousands of dollars for therapy,” the petition reads. “Where’s her justice?”
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Whistleblowers describe culture of racism, abuse and coverups at Florida prison

.... a dozen former and current employees at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution described a culture of abuse, bullying, racism and administrative cover-ups in the mental health dorms. Officers selected inmates they had problems with for unsanctioned forms of punishment: to include physical violence or withholding their food to the point where prisoners lost considerable weight, employees said.

“It frustrates us and makes us angry every time this happens and we report it and these officers are still there working,” said Betty Young, a former activities technician. “They won’t fire them because they’re so short on staff, and they keep them.”

Several employees complained all the way to the top — Warden Walker Clemmons.....

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Cuebas had written home, expressing fears that officers were going to hurt him, kill him or hire other prisoners to do the job for them.

“They tell me they are going to brutally murder me and cover it up, then tell my family that I did it to myself, or just make something up, because that’s what they do” Cuebas wrote in a letter to his mother dated about a year before he died......

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190508/whistleblowers-describe-culture-of-racism-abuse-and-coverups-at-florida-prison

 

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San Francisco parents rally around teacher with cancer who has to pay for her own substitute

Parents at Glen Park Elementary School are pitching in to help the teacher fighting breast cancer cover the costs for her substitute.

 

The parents at Glen Park Elementary School were stunned to learn that the teacher's paycheck was being docked $195 for each day she is out ill with the disease.

 

Teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District get 10 sick days per year, and then another 100 days of extended medical leave time.

But after a teacher uses the 10 sick days and is on the extended leave, the district bills them for the cost of a substitute, in keeping with a little-known provision of California's education code.....

 

Years ago, California teachers opted not to pay into the state's disability insurance program, so they can't draw from those benefits. So lawmakers in 1976 inserted into the education code that a teacher who couldn't work due to illness or injury must pay for his or her substitute. .....

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/san-francisco-parents-rally-around-teacher-cancer-who-has-pay-n1003871

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20 hours ago, mr6666 said:

San Francisco parents rally around teacher with cancer who has to pay for her own substitute

Parents at Glen Park Elementary School are pitching in to help the teacher fighting breast cancer cover the costs for her substitute.

 

The parents at Glen Park Elementary School were stunned to learn that the teacher's paycheck was being docked $195 for each day she is out ill with the disease.

 

Teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District get 10 sick days per year, and then another 100 days of extended medical leave time.

But after a teacher uses the 10 sick days and is on the extended leave, the district bills them for the cost of a substitute, in keeping with a little-known provision of California's education code.....

 

Years ago, California teachers opted not to pay into the state's disability insurance program, so they can't draw from those benefits. So lawmakers in 1976 inserted into the education code that a teacher who couldn't work due to illness or injury must pay for his or her substitute. .....

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/san-francisco-parents-rally-around-teacher-cancer-who-has-pay-n1003871

This is not about justice, but healthcare.

Regardless, the teachers opted out of the disability system.  Their union also probably negotiated the deal on 10 days sick leave per year and 100 days of medical leave.  I think many states require teachers to pay for their substitutes under certain circumstances.

Most jobs may not have this requirement, but they also do not pay the person while out on extended medical leave.  Other employees are usually asked to perform the work.  The teacher's pay is probably much more than what is deducted for a substitute.

This is an unfortunate situation, but is being blown out of proportion.  If people want to donate money to help, that is great - but don't blame CA for this situation.  And I am sure it is not the first occurrence by far.

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Jury orders Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

Nation May 13, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A jury ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.05 billion to a couple who claimed the company’s popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.....

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/jury-orders-monsanto-to-pay-2-billion-in-weed-killer-cancer-case

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The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes

 

Breaking News: President Trump is showing signs he will pardon several servicemen accused of war crimes.

He asked for paperwork to be prepared by Memorial Day

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Glenn KirschnerVerified account @glennkirschner2

 

1. As a former career prosecutor, including 6 years as an Army JAG, this makes me sick.

Please bear with me as this will take a minute: Our military criminal justice system protects the rights of soldiers accused of crimes as well as, if not better then, many civilian systems...

 

.... cases including murder during Operation Just Cause, espionage during Operation Desert Storm, death penalty litigation & many others. Today I saw this NYT’s article that Trump is ginning up pardons of soldiers who criminally killed others, intending to use it as some sort of...

twisted Memorial Day celebration. Among the pardons reportedly being contemplated are cases involving the Blackwater security firm. Please bear with me for a moment while I relate some basic public facts about the Blackwater case. The defendants were US civilians (veterans)...

who were being paid to perform security services in Iraq. Multiple Blackwater employees opened fire on innocent Iraqis in what was a massacre in broad daylight. They killed 14 unarmed Iraqi citizens and injured 17 others in front of dozens of witnesses...

see: https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1129944893995012096

 

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Senate Dem calls for hearings after NBC report on solitary confinement at ICE facilities

"We must open an investigation, seek testimony from DHS whistleblowers and hold individuals responsible for these abhorrent conditions," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.

 

Blumenthal's call for congressional hearings came after the publication of an NBC News investigation in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Intercept

that documented the extensive use of solitary for immigrant detainees held in jails around the country.

 

"This report should shock the conscience of every member of Congress," Blumenthal said in a statement to NBC News on Friday. "Putting immigrants fleeing for their lives in solitary confinement, alone and away from any human contact for days, weeks, months is inhumane. It is un-American."...........

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/senate-dem-calls-hearings-after-nbc-report-solitary-confinement-ice-n1009376?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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MSNBCVerified account @MSNBC 2h2 hours ago

 
 

BREAKING: Former Parkland security officer Scot Peterson arrested on 11 charges related to not entering school during mass shooting, Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement says.

Peterson, who worked as a security guard at the school, was charged with 7 counts of neglect of a child and 3 counts of culpable negligence and 1 count of perjury, the agency says.

“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen says. .....

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-parkland-security-officer-scot-peterson-charged-neglect-not-entering-n1013831?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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NBC ChicagoVerified account @nbcchicago 1h1 hour ago

 

New Jersey Judge Spared Teen Rape Suspect Because He Came From 'Good Family'

"When a 16-year-old New Jersey boy was accused of **** an intoxicated girl, filming the assault and sending the video to his friends, the prosecutor sought to try him as an adult.

But a state Superior Court judge in South Jersey shot down that request in part because, the judge said, the boy "comes from a good family" and is destined "for a good college."

Now a state appeals court has overturned the decision and warned the judge against showing leniency to juveniles of privilege, raising the question of what such judicial reasoning would mean for "juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores."............

 

http://nbcchi.com/7yf8TL9 

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Elie HonigVerified account @eliehonig

 

Bail will be interesting.

SDNY has to seriously consider trying to get him locked up

given wealth, connections overseas, incentive to flee and seriousness of charges.

 

If so, Epstein’s lawyers will fight like mad to keep him out

and probably offer enormous cash / property bond.

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Ted LieuVerified account @tedlieu 1h1 hour ago

 

The Epstein case is another example of the irrationality of money bail.

How dangerous a person is has no relation to cash on hand.

Rich people also can flee in a way that poor people cannot.

We need to move to a straight risk assessment & eliminate money bail.

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'Quite A Few Powerful, Important People' May Be Named in Jeffrey Epstein Case-

..... Brown, a Miami Herald investigative reporter who has been covering the alleged sex trafficking crimes of Epstein for the past several years, joined MSNBC Sunday morning to discuss the evidence against Epstein and the "rogues gallery" of rich, powerful, and famous people who are suspected to have used his services. .....

"I've felt a lot of pressure," Brown answered. "Needless to say, these are very powerful people and I think that they're sweating a little bit, especially today. We don't know how much, how deep this went, how far-reaching it went in government, but there have been a lot of names that I could see on these message pads [listing clients] on a regular basis as part of the evidence."

Brown continued: "These message pads where they would call and leave Epstein messages, such as, 'I'm at this hotel.' Why do you do that, unless you're expecting him to send you a girl to visit you at your hotel?

So there are probably quite a few important people, powerful people, who are sweating it out right now. We'll have to wait and see whether Epstein is going to name names.".......

https://www.newsweek.com/miami-herald-investigative-reporter-quite-few-powerful-important-people-may-named-jeffrey-1447929?utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&amp;__twitter_impression=true

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Daniel DaleVerified account @ddale8

Epstein's jail time: 13 months; private section of a county jail;

permitted to leave to work from an office for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

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Alexandria Ocasio-CortezVerified account @AOC 4h4 hours ago

 

One of the most devastating aspects of throwing people in jail is that they can lose jobs, miss rent, & lose their home,

triggering a cycle of poverty w/ generational consequences.

Many don’t even learn about special jail exemptions until they’re given to the rich & connected ⬇️

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CBS NewsVerified account @CBSNews

 

BREAKING: Federal prosecutors won't charge an NYPD officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner,

whose last words, "I can't breathe," sparked protests across the U.S.

".......The decision to end a yearslong civil rights investigation was made by Attorney General William Barr

and was announced the day before the five-year anniversary of the deadly encounter, just as the statute of limitations was set to expire.

Barr disregarded a recommendation by civil rights prosecutors in Washington who favored filing criminal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, siding instead with prosecutors......

Justice Department civil rights prosecutors in Washington recommended charging the officer. Barr made the ultimate decision, ......

 

https://cbsn.ws/2lJpDKd 

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The Justice Department Can’t Keep Its Own Law Secret Forever

"......For decades, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has flexed its interpretive power as the ultimate arbiter of what the law is for the executive branch, building a whole body of secret law that remains shielded from public view. Very little is known about these opinions—which carry the force of law, resolve disputes between agencies, direct the conduct of federal officials and can even affect civil rights and liberties. In the view of one scholar, these opinions date “to the beginning of the Republic” and can even “rival the opinions of the Supreme Court.”......

without transparency to test these legal opinions in a court of law or the court of public opinion, it is often the case that the Justice Department has the final say on the actions of federal agencies and officers, and there’s not much anyone can do about it.

From Robert Mueller’s decision to follow a 1973 Justice Department recommendation that a president can’t be indicted while in office to numerous pronouncements shielding Donald Trump or officials in his administration from congressional oversight, the Office of Legal Counsel makes law that holds tremendous sway over issues of public concern.

And yet despite the influence of the office’s opinions across the executive branch and their centrality to many of Trump’s controversies, all the public knows about them is the smattering of decisions that are made public from time to time......

 

More than 25 years ago, (Barr) was behind some of the Justice Department’s darkest hours: From a lawless surveillance program he approved that long predated the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 excesses to his role in recommending pardons for officials implicated in the Iran-Contra affair,

the American people deserve to know how much secret law he helped create for the presidents he’s served—and how much of it may still be good law for the rest of the executive branch today. .

These decisions number in the thousands, and the few that become public see the light of day at the discretion of the Justice Department. But the vast majority stay secret—binding executive branch officials and activities across administrations.....

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/29/the-justice-department-cant-keep-its-own-law-secret-forever-227984

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Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy
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It's no shock that Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing comes 48 hours after my office exposed ~$1 billion in wire transfers involving Swiss bank accounts.
 
NY opposes this deal & we will not be deterred in our lawsuit
 
to hold the Sackler family responsible for the opioid crisis.
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Rep. Barbara Lee

@RepBarbaraLee

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5h

Forced arbitration isn't alternative justice, but it is:

Immunity from accountability

Rigged by design, allowing the company to pick arbitrator

Held in secret

Forced arbitration signs away your constitutional rights. #FAIRAct gets it back

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Lawmakers want to give Americans back their right to sue companies

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon passed a bipartisan bill, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, that would end forced arbitration. Experts say they expect the legislation to pass in the full House as well.

 

A recent academic study found that 81 of the biggest 100 companies in America have put legal clauses in the fine print of their customer agreements that bar consumers from suing them in federal court and instead force victims to pursue a private dispute resolution method called arbitration, where they argue their case outside of the court system.......

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/10/lawmakers-want-to-give-americans-back-their-right-to-sue-companies.html

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Amber Guyger sentenced to 10 years for murdering neighbor Botham Jean

 Guyger, who fatally shot Jean after she mistakenly entered his apartment and believed he was a burglar.
 
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The jury was allowed to consider whether Jean's death was the result of "sudden passion," which meant Guyger acted in the heat of the moment. It carried a lesser sentence of two to 20 years behind bars.

Guyger, a five-year police veteran, lived one floor below Jean, 26, an accountant, in their apartment complex. She testified that she was off-duty but in uniform when she mistakenly entered his unit on Sept. 6, 2018, after a long shift at work, believed Jean was a burglar and shot him in the chest, saying she feared for her safety.

....... Dallas County prosecutors built a case through Guyger's police disciplinary records, texts and social media posts to speak to her character and argue that she was undeserving of a lenient sentence. .......

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amber-guyger-sentencing-resumes-after-murder-conviction-death-botham-jean-n1061146?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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