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Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case.

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  • The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
  • Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
  • Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
  • Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

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Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence

Stanford law professor leads campaign against judge who gave six months to the former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.

Sam Levin and Joanna Walters, Guardian

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Monday 6 June 2016 | The victim of a sexual assault by a former Stanford University swimmer said on Monday she was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the deluge of support for her as the judge who gave her attacker a light sentence faced a recall campaign.

Brock Allen Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation – a punishment that is significantly less severe than the minimum prison time of two years prescribed by state law for his felony offenses.

Sam Levin is a reporter for Guardian US in San Francisco.

Joanna Walters is a freelance news, features and travel journalist, based in New York City.

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Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

Two letters, one from the victim and one from the offender’s father, have pushed a California case to the forefront of a national conversation about sexual assault.

Marina Koren, Atlantic

Jun 6, 2016 | In the days after a 20-year-old former Stanford University student received his jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the school’s campus, two letters related to the case and made public have been widely read: one by the victim, and one by the offender’s father.

The victim’s letter was published in full by BuzzFeed on Friday, a day after the 23-year-old woman, who has chosen to stay anonymous, read it aloud to Brock Allen Turner during his sentencing hearing. In the 7,244 word-letter, the woman provides a harrowing, detailed account of her attempted rape in January 2015 and the struggle of trying to survive it. At times, she directly addresses Turner, telling him how that night destroyed her life.

Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at the Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.

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Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

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  • Family and community were shaken, but not surprised, by Thursday’s announcement. They are responding with action.
  • Related: Jamar Clark case - Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Jess Sundin, Fight Back! News

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He and Minneapolis FBI director Richard Thornton claimed that hundreds of hours of investigation failed to produce evidence that the killing of the unarmed African American 24-yea- old man was unlawful. This press conference, much like that of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s at the end of March, was dedicated to all the ways a defense attorney could work to exonerate the police who killed Clark 61 seconds after arriving on the scene.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
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Nothing About the 1994 Crime Bill Was Unintentional

  • In the ’90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.
  • The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest showing up at feel-good candidate events.
  • Related: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

Bruce Shapiro, the Nation

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April 11, 2016 |  “I know those young people were just trying to get good television,” said Hillary Clinton’s husband as he reflected on his earlier decision to go horns-first after Black Lives Matter protesters. Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush had said those words after being confronted by angry Iraq War veterans. Instead, the ex-president is Bill Clinton, and the protesters were young African Americans whose parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors still endure the consequences of his 1994 Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act.

The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest continually showing up at feel-good candidate events. Twenty-two years ago, William Jefferson Clinton instigated the bill; Hillary Clinton lobbied for it; Bernie Sanders, then in the House, voted for it, reluctantly, after denouncing its core provisions. In recent months, both Clintons have stepped away from the crime bill’s legacy, allowing that, in the former president’s words, “too many laws were overly broad instead of appropriately tailored.” Candidate Hillary now declares that “the era of mass incarceration must end,” without quite saying who inaugurated it. But with 2.3 million Americans in behind bars and policing abuses a national scandal, the crime bill just keeps coming back.

Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to the Nation <http://www.thenation.com>, is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.

Federal Court Affirms Constitutional Rights of Kids in Landmark Climate Case

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  • Federal Court Affirms Constitutional Rights of Kids and Denies Motions of Government and Fossil Fuel Industry in youths' landmark climate change case.
  • Victory in landmark climate case!

Our Children's Trust

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April 8, 2016 | U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young Plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry.

The Court’s ruling is a major victory for the 21 youth Plaintiffs, ages 8-19, from across the U.S. in what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” These plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging, and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production, and combustion of fossil fuels.

Our Children's Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for the benefit of all present and future generations. Through our programs, youth participate in advocacy, public education and civic engagement to ensure the viability of all natural systems in accordance with science.

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