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Thurgood Marshall: Activist, judge and the story for racial justice in America

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  • The first African American to sit on the highest court is the subject of a film that retells his relentless and epochal quest to achieve racial justice in America.
  • Related: Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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Marshall’s experience with capital rape cases, and specifically with cases of black men accused of raping white women, was uniquely deep. For while the later decades of his career found Marshall enrobed as the country’s first African American supreme court justice, in his early years he had virtually lived from a suitcase, crossing the country as an activist lawyer known for defending innocent black men from a system of white justice that craved their freedom and their blood.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig 

  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Battlefield America, Not the Rule of Law, Is the New Normal.

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  • Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
    • Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end?
  • Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.
    • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

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Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law, by Andrew J. Napolitano

Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end? “No way” is the betting favorite.

Andrew J. Napolitano, lewrockwell.com / Straight Line Logic 

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Here is the back story.

Andrew J. Napolitano is an American syndicated columnist whose work appears in numerous publications, such as Fox News, The Washington Times, and Reason. 

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Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.

  • If you turn the police into a military unit, who do they fight? Pat yourself on the back if you guessed the American people. “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers?”— Arthur Rizer, former police officer
  • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute / Straight Line Logic  

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While the nation has been distracted by a media maelstrom dominated by news of white supremacists, Powerball jackpots, Hurricane Harvey, and a Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the American Police State has been carving its own path of devastation and destruction through what’s left of the Constitution.

We got sucker punched.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights.

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Police Anarchy and Technology and Criminal Justice

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  • Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System
    • Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn.
  • Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems
    • In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System

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Aug 5, 2017 | On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn. Cahn is a law professor, former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founder of the Antioch School of Law which placed emphasis on serving the poor and trained prospective lawyers in social activism. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the collapse of our legal system.

RT America broadcasts news reports, features and talk shows with a totally different perspective from the mainstream American television. We delve deep into the most important issues on the US agenda, report the other side of the story, and explore unanswered – and unasked – questions.

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Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems

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In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Jennifer L. Lieberman, Counterpunch / Rise Up Times

Auguist 2, 2017 | Technological and scientific interventions in criminal justice are not always newsworthy enough to draw our attention away from urgent and sensational issues on Capitol Hill. But when a jail in Tennessee promotes sterilization by offering reduced sentences to men who volunteer to have vasectomies, we have to pay attention. The problem is not that one jail implemented a terrible eugenicist policy; it is that stakeholders in the criminal justice system are consistently looking for scientific and technological solutions to social problems, forgetting that—as fivethirtyeight contributor Laura Hudson writes— “technology is biased too.”
In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

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US Dept. of Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site

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  • This includes “names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration.” 
  • The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day.
  • Related: Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march.

Morgan Chalfant, The Hill

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08/14/17 |  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump, the Los Angeles-based Dreamhost said in a blog post published on Monday.

Dreamhost, a web hosting provider, said that it has been working with the Department of Justice for several months on the request, which believes goes too far under the Constitution.

Morgan Chalfant: I cover cybersecurity for The Hill , formerly defense/natsec for @FreeBeacon.

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Two journalists are among more than 200 people facing felony charges after mass arrests at Inauguration Day rally.

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How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

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  • In video of the video of her brutal encounter, Mendez-Medrano gets at the heart of the problem. “Why go after people trying to make a decent living?” she asks. “Why not go after gang-bangers?” The answer is that too much of what we’d call “making a decent living” is what our government calls “crime.”
  • Related: Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions.
  • Related: Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

Bonnie Kristian, Rare 

July 19, 2017 | A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit.

As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to families celebrating at a nearby high school graduation when the cops got involved. She was ticketed along with some other vendors for selling without a city permit, and when she declined to provide her name for the ticket, one officer escalated the situation into a violent arrest.

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Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions, Bonnie KristianRare

  • Why? It’s beyond ludicrous. She wasn’t a threat. She didn’t do anything wrong or violent. And now she’s dead.
  • The Minneapolis PD have a lot to answer for.

July 18, 2017 | More than 660 people have been killed by police officers in the United States this year so far. Number 661 was Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a cop in Minneapolis this week.

Unlike many other high-profile police shootings — like the death of Philando Castile, who was also killed by a Twin Cities officer — Damond’s death wasn’t caught on camera. Ironically, that’s part of why this tragedy has made headlines: Minneapolis police wear body cameras, but the officers involved didn’t have their cameras turned on when one of them shot Damond as she went out to meet them, unarmed and in her pajamas, in her own alleyway, after having summoned them by calling 911.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig 

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

 

Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig

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Front pages of Australian newspapers featuring the story of the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Damond in Minneapolis by a police officer. (Kristen Gelineau / AP)

Jul 20, 2017 | Although little is known about the circumstances of her fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, Justine Damond’s death is worldwide news, a “tragedy” that sparked protests from Minnesota to her native Australia. The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher set the process of her demise in motion by calling the cops, at about 11:30 on a Saturday night, when she heard what she believed was a sexual assault in progress outside the home she shared with her fiancé in a “quiet” neighborhood dotted with shops and cafes. Damond was standing in an alley outside her house, wearing pajamas, when a young Somali-born officer shot her in the abdomen, reportedly after hearing a loud noise.

Damond had come to the United States seeking “a new life,” according to friends. She is near-universally presumed to be innocent—which is almost certainly true, although the assumption is based almost entirely on her race and class. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges quickly announced she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” by the shooting.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town, Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_150041900567872.jpg?w=525 Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune  

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences
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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune 

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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We’ve been here for a long time. We’ve been progressives for a long time. And right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.

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Richard G. Carlson, of Minneapolis, is a retired assistant Hennepin County public defender.

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

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  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge 

Sam Levine, HuffPost

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sally%20Yates.jpg06/24/2017 | Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general who was fired by President Donald Trump in January, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to fighting crime and accused him of distorting facts.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Yates rebuked Sessions for instructing Justice Department prosecutors to pursue the toughest sentences possible against criminal defendants. In a separate Post op-ed last week, Sessions accused the Obama administration of going easy on drug offenders and suggested its policies were responsible for a spike in crime. Sessions wrote he worried the United States was facing the start of a new upward trend in violent crime ― a claim that experts have questioned.

Sam Levine is an associate politics editor at HuffPost.

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Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate, Ed Chung, American Progress 

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  • The debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today.
  • Related: "We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

 

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Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • It’s nearly impossible to claim that the current system, where inmates languish in long-term punishment centers and return to a world they’re even less prepared for than when they entered, is fair. And inmates know it.
  • Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform 
  • Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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