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Cheerleader Required to Cheer for Man Who Assaulted Her

Help hold Silsbee (TX) High School officials accountable for their actions.

Caroline Heldman, Ms. Magazine

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If someone assaulted you, would you want to then cheer for his performance on a basketball court? A 16-year-old Texas high school student sure didn’t.

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High school football star Rakheem Bolton and two others were indicted for sexual assault of a child–identified only as H.S.–at a post-game party in 2008. According to H.S.–a fellow student and cheerleader at Silsbee High–Bolton, football player Christian Rountree and another juvenile male forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. When other party-goers tried to get into the room, two of the men fled through an open window, including Bolton, who left clothing behind. Bolton allegedly threatened to shoot the occupants of the house when the homeowner refused to return his clothes.

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In September 2010, Bolton pled guilty to a lesser charge of Class A Assault and was sentenced to one year in prison, a sentence that was suspended by the judge in lieu of two years probation, a $2,500 fine, community service and an anger management course.

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Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts

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  • "I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where (sic) he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."
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  • A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government
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  • The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas
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Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post.com

With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections -- a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of -- a Democratic congressman is raising the prospect of impeaching the Supreme Court's chief justice over the issue.

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"I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They've opened the floodgates, and personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where (sic) he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."

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A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government, Steve Cobble, Huffington Post

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  • "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."
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  • Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return
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The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post

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  • The impeachment case against Thomas is based on clear legal and constitutional (Article III, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution) grounds, that a Supreme Court Justice that "lacks good behavior" can be impeached.
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  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts
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Justices Scalia And Thomas's Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate

Their presence at the conference still raises questions of transparency and, for some, broader concerns about judicial independence.

Sam Stein, Huffington Post

Reports that two Supreme Court Justices have attended seminars sponsored by the energy giant and conservative bankroller Koch Industries has sparked a mild debate over judicial ethics.

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On Tuesday (Oct 19) evening, the New York Times reported that an upcoming meeting in Palm Springs of "a secretive network of Republican donors" that was being organized by Koch Industries, "the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes." Buried in the third to last graph was a note that previous guests at such meetings included Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, two of the more conservative members of the bench.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor

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  • Maricopa County stands to lose $113 million in federal funds if Arpaio doesn't produce proof that he's not engaging in racial profiling.
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  • Arpaio's Abuse Of Power
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Marc Morial, Other Words

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In April 1963, while confined to jail in Birmingham, Alabama for leading peaceful civil rights demonstrations in what was then considered to be the most segregated city in America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an open letter challenging a group of local ministers and the nation to speak out against the brutal, segregationist tactics of the infamous Birmingham police commissioner, Bull Connor. Forty-seven years later, in Maricopa County, Arizona, there's another police official who seems bent on defying the Constitutional rights of non-white, law-abiding citizens.

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For more than a decade, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio has been the subject of numerous investigations and lawsuits for his inhumane treatment of prisoners and overzealous enforcement of immigration laws, including Arizona statues that amount to outright racial profiling.

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Arpaio's Abuse Of Power,  Andrea Nill and others, Think Progress
Arpaio does enjoy a 61 percent job approval rating and has cemented Arizona's neo-Nazi and nativist votes

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The Mississippi Pardons

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The Scott sisters have been in prison for 16 years. Jamie, now 38, is seriously ill. Both of her kidneys have failed. Keeping the two of them locked up any longer is unconscionable, grotesquely inhumane.

Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

Bob Herbert / Damon Winter (New York Times)

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Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has to decide whether to show mercy to two sisters, Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are each serving double consecutive life sentences in state prison for a robbery in which no one was injured and only $11 was taken.

This should be an easy call for a law-and-order governor who has, nevertheless, displayed a willingness to set free individuals convicted of far more serious crimes. Mr. Barbour has already pardoned four killers and suspended the life sentence of a fifth.

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The Scott sisters have been in prison for 16 years. Jamie, now 38, is seriously ill. Both of her kidneys have failed.

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Keeping the two of them locked up any longer is unconscionable, grotesquely inhumane.

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