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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers
QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Apr 14, 2011 Despite Setbacks, Arizona Sheriff Won’t Yield the Spotlight
QUOTE: Millions of dollars had been misspent, the sheriff... is not backing down in his pursuit of illegal immigrants, or the limelight... Mr. Arpaio’s department had used nearly $100 million in funds meant to run the jails for other activities, including paying the salaries of deputies assigned to his contentious efforts to uncover human smuggling and public corruption.
New York Times Apr 13, 2011 Cuccinelli advises against proposed rules that could pave way for gay adoption
QUOTE: Cuccinelli (R) angered gay-rights activists last year when he urged the state’s public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation… Several gay-rights organizations held news conferences in Northern Virginia and Richmond on Wednesday to lobby McDonnell to eliminate discrimination in the adoption process.
Washington Post Apr 08, 2011 Utah man accused of sexually abusing kids to be freed
QUOTE: "I am outraged that a convicted child sex offender, currently facing another round of accusations, could be released without being tried for current charges… It's outrageous for both the victims and the accused that Mr. Johnson won't get his day in court.”
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 08, 2011 Supremes to decide if public domain works can be re-copyrighted
QUOTE: And advocacy groups say that free speech is at stake in this fight. Congress' decision to uphold an international treaty allowing for public works to be "restored" into copyright will create an atmosphere of uncertainty for libraries, they warn, caretakers of the public domain.
Ars Technica Aug 15, 2010 Attacks in Iraq Rise During Ramadan
QUOTE: Roadside bombs, booby-trapped cars and hit-and-run attacks reverberated across Iraq on Sunday, another violent day following insurgents’ threats to escalate their attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 U.N. Appeals for $459 Million for Pakistan
QUOTE: The United Nations is appealing for $459 million to provide immediate help to millions of flood victims in Pakistan.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Tour of Guantánamo Offers a Look, but Little Else
QUOTE: Gleaning any information about the system of camps and military tribunals operating in the constitutional gray area that is Guantánamo Bay has always been difficult for the reporters and nongovernment observers working here. And this week, as the first detainee trial since President Obama took office opened, the question of access for journalists has become a particularly tense point of dispute.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Farmers Lean to Truce on Animals’ Close Quarters
QUOTE: Concessions by farmers in this state to sharply restrict the close confinement of hens, hogs and veal calves are the latest sign that so-called factory farming — a staple of modern agriculture that is seen by critics as inhumane and a threat to the environment and health — is on the verge of significant change.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 U.S. Lawmakers Aim to Block Lebanon Military Aid
QUOTE: Several members of Congress have moved to block United States aid to the Lebanese military, saying they are concerned that it may be working with Hezbollah in light of last week’s deadly skirmish between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers on the border between the two countries.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 Mexican States Ordered to Honor Gay Marriages
QUOTE: The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that each of the country’s 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages registered in Mexico City, potentially giving gay and lesbian couples full matrimonial rights nationwide.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 Argentina Faulted for Reproductive Policies
QUOTE: The government of Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has reversed steps toward protecting women’s health and reproductive rights, and backtracked on its intention to guarantee access to legal abortions, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 S. Carolina Takes Stimulus Money
QUOTE: Two months ago, however, with the bright lights of political promise dimmed by a scandal involving an extramarital affair, Mr. Sanford quietly signed a bill passed by the Legislature that expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits. The move paved the way for the state to claim $97.5 million in stimulus money to bolster its financially ailing unemployment insurance trust fund.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 House Passes $26 Billion in State Aid
QUOTE: The House interrupted its summer recess on Tuesday to approve $26 billion in aid to school districts and states to prevent large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees and to engage in another partisan fight over policy priorities.
New York Times Aug 05, 2010 Senate musters the votes for aid to states
QUOTE: Overcoming the threat of a Republican filibuster, the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for approving a $26-billion aid package for cash-strapped states that is expected to keep 138,000 teachers from being laid off nationwide and sustain medical care for the poor.
Los Angeles Times Aug 04, 2010 Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California
QUOTE: Saying that it unfairly targets gay men and women, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing supporters of such unions a temporary victory in a legal battle that seems all but certain to be settled by the Supreme Court.
New York Times Aug 04, 2010 Alarcon, wife indicted in voter fraud
QUOTE: A grand jury unsealed a 24-count felony indictment on Wednesday against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, saying they committed perjury and voter fraud when they listed their home as being in Panorama City.
Los Angeles Times Aug 04, 2010 San Francisco might expand plastic-bag ban
QUOTE: When San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban plastic bags at big grocery and drug stores, it ignited a fierce debate over just what local governments can do to keep the ubiquitous "urban tumbleweed" out of tree limbs and landfills.
Los Angeles Times Aug 03, 2010 Lawyers Seeking Terror Suspect’s Case Sue U.S.
QUOTE: A group of human rights lawyers want to stop the Obama administration from authorizing the military and the C.I.A. to kill the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen believed to be hiding in Yemen.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 In Koreas, Floods Carry Land Mines
QUOTE: Dozens of North Korean land mines loosened by heavy rains have washed ashore on South Korean riverbanks and beaches near the border, presenting a lethal new threat to residents already wary of surprises and nefarious motives from the North.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Judge in Morris Case Revises Charges
QUOTE: A State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan dismissed some charges on Thursday in a criminal case against the political consultant Hank Morris, but ruled that many of the most serious ones could remain.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 S.E.C. Charges Brothers With $550 Million Fraud
QUOTE: Samuel and Charles Wyly, the billionaire brothers from Dallas who are large donors to philanthropies and to conservative causes, were charged Thursday with conducting an extensive securities fraud that the Securities and Exchange Commission said reaped $550 million in undisclosed gains.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 NTSB blames '09 Metro crash on track circuit failures, negligent safety attitude
QUOTE: Chronic track circuit failures and a negligent attitude toward safety made a catastrophic accident such as last year's fatal Red Line crash inevitable, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in its final report on the incident Tuesday, warning that the conditions that led to the crash pose a continuing risk.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2010 Former Nazi Guard, 88, Charged in Mass Murder of Jews
QUOTE: German prosecutors have charged an 88-year-old former Nazi guard with aiding in the murders of 430,000 Jews at the Belzec death camp during World War II, and with shooting 10 people himself during his time there.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Judge Blocks Key Parts of Immigration Law in Arizona
QUOTE: A federal judge on Wednesday, weighing in on a clash between the federal government and a state over immigration policy, blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law from going into effect.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Ex-Judge Recommends No Charges Against Paterson
QUOTE: The retired judge investigating Gov. David A. Paterson’s intervention in a domestic violence case involving a former top aide will not recommend any charges against the governor, according to a report released on Wednesday.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Congress Reduces Drug Sentence Gap
QUOTE: The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory federal sentences for crack and powder cocaine violations, a step toward ending what legal experts say have been unfairly harsh punishments imposed mainly on blacks.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Congress Rethinks Online Gambling Ban
QUOTE: With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Bell Case Underlines Limits of Wrongful-Death Payouts
QUOTE: The $3.25 million settlement that the city announced this week with the estate of Sean Bell, who was shot to death by the police in 2006, serves as a reminder of a ruthless truth about calculating settlements: It is generally cheaper to settle a case in which there was a death than one in which there was a serious injury.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 New York to Pay $7 Million in Police Shooting Case
QUOTE: Closing a key chapter in one of the most controversial police shootings in recent memory, New York City agreed on Tuesday to pay more than $7 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the family and two friends of Sean Bell, a 23-year-old black man who was fatally shot by the police in 2006 on what would have been his wedding day.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 China Pushes to End Public Shaming
QUOTE: The Chinese government has called for an end to the public shaming of criminal suspects, a time-honored cudgel of Chinese law enforcement but one that has increasingly rattled the public.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 More Troops for Somalia, but No Peace to Keep
QUOTE: If there is one place on the African continent that could benefit from new thinking, it is Somalia, a country that has been mired in mutating forms of civil war for nearly 20 years.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 Dutch Court Clears Way for Young Sailor’s Solo Trip
QUOTE: A Dutch court ruled Tuesday the girl who was born on a yacht in the South Pacific is ready to embark on her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the world -- meaning she could set sail in two weeks in a ketch named Guppy.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 Bid to ban bullfighting in Barcelona goes before regional parliament
QUOTE: The deep-rooted Spanish tradition of bullfighting is under fire in Barcelona and its region of Catalonia, where the regional parliament will vote on Wednesday whether to ban the fights.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 27, 2010 Appeals Court Rejects Effort to Create Hybrid Taxi Fleet
QUOTE: The Bloomberg administration’s years-long attempt to force the city’s cab owners to switch from gas guzzlers to hybrid vehicles was rejected by a federal appeals court Tuesday morning.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 Texas Battles Health Law Even as It Follows It
QUOTE: There are more uninsured residents of Texas — 6.1 million and counting — than there are people in 33 states. The state’s elected officials might be expected, therefore, to cheer a federal health care law that is likely to deliver billions of dollars from Washington to Austin and cover millions of low-income Texans.Instead, the Republican political leadership has greeted the law and its anticipated costs with open hostility, leaving policy makers to move forward with a complex set of changes even as the governor, attorney general and ranking legislators rage against it.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 Most Ironbound Day Laborers Report Being Cheated
QUOTE: Nearly all day laborers who gather for work in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark have had employers who have either paid them less than promised or not paid them at all, according to a Seton Hall University report on wage theft and workplace conditions among day laborers.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Iraqi Militants Stealing Blood for the Injured
QUOTE: Members of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia have been holding up blood banks and hospitals at gunpoint, stealing blood for their wounded fighters rather than risk having them arrested at medical facilities, according to Iraqi doctors, employees at health centers and the Sunni insurgents themselves.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Pressured, Nike to Help Workers in Honduras
QUOTE: Facing pressure from universities and student groups, the apparel maker Nike announced on Monday that it would pay $1.54 million to help 1,800 workers in Honduras who lost their jobs when two subcontractors closed their factories.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Europe to Investigate Antitrust Complaints Over I.B.M. Mainframes
QUOTE: The European Commission opened investigations Monday into whether I.B.M. had abused its dominant position in mainframe computers, signaling that the era of aggressive prosecution of American technology leaders in Europe did not end with the Microsoft antitrust case.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Mexican officials: Prison inmates released to commit killings
QUOTE: Top officials in Mexico said Sunday that authorities at a prison released and armed several inmates to attack a group of people during a birthday celebration last week in a killing spree that left 17 dead.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 24, 2010 Drivers on Prescription Drugs Are Hard to Convict
QUOTE: The issue is vexing police officials because, unlike with alcohol, there is no agreement on what level of drugs in the blood impairs driving. The behavioral effects of prescription medication vary widely, depending not just on the drug but on the person taking it.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 Officials Plan to Eliminate 170,000 Canada Geese in New York
QUOTE: A nine-page report put together by a variety of national, state and city agencies shows that officials hope to reduce the number of Canada geese in New York to 85,000 from 250,000. That means that roughly 170,000 geese — two-thirds of the population — will be killed.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana
QUOTE: The Department of Veterans Affairs will formally allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, a policy clarification that veterans have sought for several years.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 Oil Rig’s Siren Was Kept Silent, Technician Says
QUOTE: The emergency alarm on the Deepwater Horizon was not fully activated the day the oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 people and setting off the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a rig worker on Friday told a government panel investigating the accident.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 U.S. Releases Rules on For-Profit Colleges
QUOTE: The Obama administration on Thursday released its controversial proposed regulations to end federal student aid to for-profit colleges whose graduates do not earn enough to repay their loans.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 E.P.A. Considers Risks of Gas Extraction
QUOTE: Pennsylvania is at the center of the battle over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which promises to open up huge swaths of land for natural gas extraction, but whose environmental risks are still uncertain.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 Motorola Sues Huawei For Trade Secret Theft
QUOTE: U.S. mobile phone maker Motorola Inc has sued China's Huawei Technologies Co for alleged theft of trade secrets, highlighting the fast-growing Chinese firm's difficulty in shaking the nation's reputation for piracy.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 Letter: No charges in firing of 9 U.S. attorneys during Bush years
QUOTE: The Justice Department says it has decided not to charge former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other Bush administration officials in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 22, 2010 Baseball Minor Leagues Will Test for H.G.H. Immediately
QUOTE: Blood testing for human growth hormone will begin immediately in the minor leagues, Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, announced on Thursday. It is the first time a professional sports league in North America will test for the substance.
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