The chief of police of Stamford, Connecticut, personally oversaw the arrest of a protester who held a sign that criticized the police department’s disrespect for freedom of speech. In April, Michael Picard staged a protest outside the Stamford courthouse with a sign that read “Fuck Free Speech —Stamford PD.” Picard was showing support for a buddy, Michael Friend, who had been arrested earlier that month for standing around in public holding a sign warning drivers of a police checkpoint designed to catch and ticket distracted drivers.
Google : Today, we’re announcing a new policy to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services from our platforms. Studies show that for-profit bail bond providers make most of their revenue from communities of color and low income neighborhoods when they are at their most vulnerable, including through opaque financing offers that can keep people in debt for months or years.
For the past four years, dozens of homeless sex offenders have lived in tents in a makeshift encampment along a set of railroad tracks in Hialeah, a city in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. The residents live in squalid conditions , as documented by the Miami New Times in an investigation last year.
A US Ally Is Literally Beheading People Over Nonviolent Drug Charges
Submitted by Carey Welder of AntiMedia
Saudi Arabia, the United States’ main ally in the Middle East, has executed 48 people so far this year, half of them over nonviolent drug charges, Human Rights Watch reported this week.
“Many more people convicted of drug crimes remain on death row following convictions by Saudi Arabia’s notoriously unfair criminal justice system,” the advocacy organization said in a release.
Though Human Rights Watch did not specify the method of execution, the Guardian classified the 48 killings as beheadings, and the Saudi government has a reputation for this type of sentence.
“Saudi Arabia has carried out nearly 600 executions since the beginning of 2014, over 200 of them in drug cases. The vast majority of the remainder were for murder, but other offenses included rape, incest, terrorism, and ‘sorcery,’” HRW noted.
Aaron Booth, 36, is in jail in Galveston County, Texas, for felony drug possession. He would be free if he could afford the $20,000 bail. But he can’t, and so in jail he remains. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm Arnold and Porter filed a class-action suit Monday on behalf of Booth and people like him.
There is another horrific report from Pakistan where village elders ordered a “revenge rape” as a punishment. After a man was accused of raping a woman in Pir Mahal in the Toba Tek Singh district of Punjab province, the village council formed and ordered the sister of the accused to be raped by the brother of his victim as justice.
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.” Yesterday, in Turner v. United States , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, sitting en banc , considered whether this right applies prior to criminal indictment.