Florida Governor Rick Scott may have just one more day to veto Florida’s big-bank friendly foreclosure act, HB 87. Nearly 1,200 Floridians have signed the Veto Florida’s Foreclosure Act Petition, despite indifferent coverage by Florida’s mainstream media. We would know the exact deadline required for the governor’s veto if HB 87 appeared on the governor’s [...]
In Floriduh, a state where fully one-quarter of death row inmates have been exonerated since the 1970s, you’d think lawmakers would want to exercise an abundance of caution. No sense in executing innocent people…RIGHT?? (Unless, of course, Republicans want to demonstrate their law and order bona fides.)
Au contraire, mon ami, for this is Floriduh, [...]
Supreme Court seems worried about letting prosecutors use silence against suspects in court
(WaPo) – The Supreme Court seems worried about letting prosecutors use a suspect’s pre-Miranda silence against them in court.
The justices heard an appeal Wednesday from Genovevo Salinas. During police questioning, and before he was arrested or read his Miranda rights, Salinas [...]
Justice Clarence Thomas may not be the single stupidest man ever to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. That honor may fall to Samuel Alito: (Image: DonkeyHotey)
“You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution, which is newer than [...]
Via the Chicago Humanities Festival:
Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator from Wisconsin, is one of this era’s most progressive and independent political voices. His record includes party-breaking votes on the Iraq War, longtime opposition to capital punishment, and contributions to the national discourse on immigration reform. Arguably, it may be campaign finance reform that [...]
Military Times, By David Kolpeck
FARGO, N.D. — A freshman lawmaker from North Dakota is one of numerous state legislators around the country suggesting regulations to limit the use of unmanned planes for law enforcement, an effort that’s gaining bipartisan support and fostering unlikely political alignments.
The bill proposed by Republican State Rep. Rick Becker, [...]
What an interesting turn of phrase the NRA has resorted to, after nearly five days of utter silence with regard to the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter:
After days of silence, the National Rifle Association released a statement Tuesday on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make “meaningful contributions to help make [...]
Did you know that if I think it’s morally objectionable for women to work, or drive cars, or leave their homes unaccompanied by a male relative, or wear pants or short skirts or sleeveless shirts; or if I believe it’s immoral to play card games, or dance, or sing, or laugh out loud; I can [...]
A US District Court Judge in New York has ordered Argentina to pay more than $1.3billion to vulture funds that held out and refused to do a deal when Argentina restructured its debt in 2001. She also decided that Argentina should immediately pay the whole amount into an escrow fund pending any appeal, and that [...]
Washington Post, By Robert Barnes, November 9
The Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide the constitutionality of a signature portion of the Voting Rights Act.
The justices three years ago expressed skepticism about the continued need for Section 5 of the historic act, which requires states and localities with a history of discrimination, [...]
Washington Post, By Richard Barnes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Apart from the battle for the state’s prized electoral votes and aside from the roiling campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, Florida is experiencing a high-stakes political contest unlike any it has ever seen.
It involves the most determined effort ever to defeat the reelection bids of [...]
Did the Oklahoma Supreme Court act correctly when it struck down a proposed personhood amendment? The US Supreme Court declined to enter the fray Monday.
CSM, By Warren Richey
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined an invitation to examine whether the Oklahoma Supreme Court acted correctly when it struck down a proposed “personhood” amendment [...]
A federal appeals court has thrown out the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Hamdan was convicted of material support for terrorism in August 2008 at a Gitmo military court but was sent from Gitmo to serve only a few months of his remaining sentence in Yemen in November of that year.
In a [...]
New York Times, By Robert Barnes, Published: September 27
AUSTIN— More than a half-century after the Supreme Court ordered the University of Texas to admit a black man to its law school, the sprawling live-oak-and-limestone campus is again the site of a monumental battle over the use of race in university admissions.But this time [...]
Ruling raises questions about the ability of the American justice system to seize material held by media outside the United States.
The Independent, By Cahal Milmo, September 24
The BBC has been ordered by an American court to surrender unused footage filmed for a documentary about former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to American victims [...]