While Politicians Call for Restricting Freedom After NYC Attack, This Immigrant Has Been Fighting For Yours

Since Tuesday’s attack in New York City, our politicians have mostly bickered about who was most responsible for failing to end the Diversity Visa Lottery program that allowed alleged rental truck killer Sayfullo Saipov into the country.

Source: While Politicians Call for Restricting Freedom After NYC Attack, This Immigrant Has Been Fighting For Yours

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ACLU Sues Nevada Over Inadequate Public Defender System

Nevada’s public defender system leaves lawyers underpaid and rural defendants underrepresented, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada. In a lawsuit arguing Nevada has abandoned its Sixth Amendment duty to provide meaningful legal representation to poor defendants, the Nevada ACLU writes that the state’s public defender system is “plagued with serious structural deficiencies that have created a patchwork approach to indigent representation and rendered access to justice a function of geography.” The suit is the ACLU’s eighth ongoing legal challenge to what criminal justice advocates say is a national epidemic of underfunded and inadequate public defender systems.

Source: ACLU Sues Nevada Over Inadequate Public Defender System

Document: Brig. Gen. John Baker Habeas Petition

Brig. Gen. John Baker, chief defense counsel of the military commisions, petitioned the federal district court in Washington for a writ of habeas corpus Thursday morning. Col. Vance Spath, the military judge presiding over the al-Nashiri military commission, held Baker in contempt Wednesday morning and sentenced the chief defense counsel to 21 days confinement.

Source: Document: Brig. Gen. John Baker Habeas Petition

Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

This is truly appalling 

The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine. Air Force Col.

Source: Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

Declassified Docs Show NSA Trying To Prosecute A Journalist For His Successful FOIA Requests

MuckRock has been digging into a large pile of declassified CIA documents for the past several months and has come up with some surprising finds. It recently liberated nearly 13 million pages of CIA documents — known as the CREST archive — via a FOIA lawsuit.

Source: Declassified Docs Show NSA Trying To Prosecute A Journalist For His Successful FOIA Requests