Posts tagged justice
Posts tagged justice
Breaking news: Oklahoma’s ban against same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional!
1. Lock people up in privately-run jails for unreasonable sentences with no rehabilitation — preferably those from minority groups and/or the poor.
2. Release them into a society that won’t hire people with even a non-violent conviction, boosting recidivism.
Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.
Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”
Indeed. What the hell, Florida?
By noon, the crowd was already pushing 300.
Once the rally began 15 minutes later, nearly 400 people — neighbors and friends, activists, members of the national media and the mother of rape victim Cherice Moralez — watched, cheered, shouted, waved protest signs and called for the resignation of District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh…
On Monday Baugh sentenced former Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold — who pleaded guilty to raping Cherice Moralez, one of his 14-year-old students — to serve 31 days in jail. He received credit for one day already served.
Baugh explained the sentence by saying the victim was “older than her chronological age” and said she had some control over her relationship with the teacher…
Moralez was 14 when she was raped by Rambold. The girl killed herself weeks before her 17th birthday as her sexual relationship with Rambold became a criminal case. Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse, which makes Rambold’s crime felony rape.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he disagrees with the sentence, and that his office has contacted the appellate division of the Montana State Attorney General’s office.
The judge’s justifications of she’s “older than her chronological age” and that the victim is in control are disgusting, and used by child rapists frequently. She was not in control. Rambold was in a position of authority over her, and he abused that power — not to mention the public trust. Baugh should do the right thing and step down. NOW.
It’s heartening to see Montana folks and others stepping up and demanding justice.
This piece, written by a former soldier and military defense contractor, is incredibly powerful. I encourage everyone to read it. Here’s an excerpt:
"I hereby resign in protest effective immediately. I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.
At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.” — Brandon Toy
From the issue capias filed by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder.
It’s affirming to see it.
Now that would be interesting…
Trayvon Martin’s family watches the announcement of a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. (From @trymainelee)
There are no words. Please read and share.
En memoria de Erica y Miriam Delgado. Su historia no debe ser silenciada.
A group of married gay current and former military personnel sued the US government on Thursday, seeking equal recognition, benefits and the same support as married heterosexual couples who serve in the military.
The lawsuit filed in US district court in Boston says the government’s defence of marriage act violates their constitutional rights and asks the military to recognise their legal marriages.
"This case is about one thing, plain and simple," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which filed the suit. "It’s about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our armed forces rendering the same military service, making the same sacrifices, and taking the same risks to keep our nation secure at home and abroad."
I knew it was a matter of time before US military members filed a challenge. The benefits awarded to spouses are quite far-reaching, and have legal implications. For example, if a gay U.S. Marine is killed in combat, under federal law, his husband is not his next of kin, cannot receive his body or any of the death benefits with which to bury him. He cannot have his spouse’s GI Bill benefits passed on to him. This is an excellent case to overturn DOMA. Let’s hope it succeeds.
This is America.
Ultimately, federal prosecutors sought 6 years versus a life term for Allen. The New York Times article cited on Reddit doesn’t even mention Allen as being up for a life term. That was the mastermind of the scheme, Lee Farkas. Here’s Allen’s plea agreement.
Roy Brown exhibited remorse and gave back what he stole. The feds have been unable to locate most of the assets stolen by Allen and his co-conspirators.
Did Brown commit a crime? Yes. But why is a man who steals $3 billion somehow worthier of a lesser sentence? Where was the greater harm?
Here’s why Roy Brown says he committed his crime:
A man who said he robbed a downtown Shreveport bank because he was out of a job and hungry has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree robbery.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said in an e-mailed statement, “Today’s sentence sends a strong message that corporate fraud by senior executives will not be tolerated.” Sean Ragland, 37, a former senior financial analyst at Taylor Bean who also pleaded guilty to the fraud, was sentenced today to three months in prison.
I do get your point. But I feel Paul Allen and his ilk caused much greater harm than Roy Brown ever will.
Some men rob you with a six-gun, others rob you with a fountain pen. - Woody Guthrie
The conviction that private prisons save money helped drive more than 30 states to turn to them for housing inmates. But Arizona shows that popular wisdom might be wrong: Data there suggest that privately operated prisons can cost more to operate than state-run prisons — even though they often steer clear of the sickest, costliest inmates.
The state’s experience has particular relevance now, as many politicians have promised to ease budget problems by trimming state agencies. Florida and Ohio are planning major shifts toward private prisons, and Arizona is expected to sign deals doubling its private-inmate population.
The measures would be a shot in the arm for an industry that has struggled, in some places, to fill prison beds as the number of inmates nationwide has leveled off. But hopes of big taxpayer benefits might end in disappointment, independent experts say.
Isn’t it a good thing if prison beds aren’t filled? Wait… not if you’re in it for profit! Hence why privatizing something that should never be a for-profit industry was a bad thing.
A union member, a tea partier, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”
Laughing keeps me from screaming.
Please note how rarely MSM is calling her murderers white supremacists and how rarely the organization they are a part of is called a hate group. Notice how key phrases like “hotly contested issue” keep coming up as code words for “white supremacist violence.” Notice how the Minutemen are never called a terrorist organization.
Notice how Brisenia is always mentioned in context of the little white girl shot during the Giffords shooting—as if Brisenia only became important and a tragedy *after* a white girl was killed. As if the only thing that could help us to understand the tragedy of Brisenia is first understanding a tragedy through a lens of whiteness.
Remember that Brisenia was killed first. And that she was specifically murdered because of the color of her skin. What happened to Brisenia was an act of white supremacist violence.
White supremacy is gendered male—and sees brown children as “anchors” and brown girl children as the next generation of resource drainers. Race IS gender. Citizenship IS gender. Border crossing is a direct threat to white supremacy. This is the truth we miss unless we teach other how to find it.
Class, race, gender. In violence like this, it’s all intertwined. Brisenia and her father deserve their own justice outside the context of another murder. They got it yesterday.