A US Ally Is Literally Beheading People Over Nonviolent Drug Charges
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-27/us-ally-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.
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
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
The Supreme Court granted certiorari Thursday in three cases addressing whether 10 U.S.C. §973, a statute prohibiting active-duty military officers from holding most “civil offices” in the federal government, applies to the Article I Court of Military Commission Review.
Source: Court Documents in Dalmazzi v. United States
Good news, Californians! Attorney General Xavier Becerra is using your tax dollars to punish the real evildoers: those who would besmirch the good name of water . You might not think anyone would want to destroy water, since we’d all die without it.
Source: California Demands Money from Gatorade to Protect Water from Slander
In their focus on the creative artistry of wedding cakes, the briefs that are now piling up in Masterpiece Cakeshop read more like an episode of Cake Boss rather than a typical SCOTUS argument. Many focus on a question that, I shall suggest after the jump, ought to be legally irrelevant — whether baking a wedding cake is sufficiently “expressive” to qualify as “speech” the compulsion of which violates Wooley v. Maynard’s “forced speech” doctrine.
Source: Who Cares Whether Cake-Baking Is “Expressive”? The Doctrinal Costs of Focusing on Private Burdens Rather Than Governmental Purpose
Washed up among the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey is an old debate: Price Gouging—Heinous Crime or Useful Tool? When a natural disaster like Harvey monkeywrenches the normal operations of daily life, basic necessities suddenly become scarce, and merchants often start charging much more for them.
Source: Laws Against ‘Gouging’ Are Simplistic and Wrong