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Tag Archives: Criminal Justice

Horrifying hate crime in Portland: Two Good Samaritans stabbed to death on a MAX train

Excerpt: Police say they have taken into custody a suspect who allegedly murdered two men who tried to stand up for two young women who were being verbally abused on a MAX train.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Detainees at NWDC immigration prison revive hunger strike in response to abuse

Excerpt: Today at noon, over one hundred people being detained in the West Coast’s largest immigration prison in Tacoma — the Northwest Detention Center  — launched a hunger strike in response to inhumane living conditions at the prison. Detainees refusing their lunches circulated a letter of demand regarding violations of what most Washington residents would consider […]
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson unveils bipartisan legislation to abolish executions

Excerpt: Flanked by former Attorney General Rob McKenna and Governor Jay Inslee, current Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a major new effort to abolish the barbaric practice of state-sponsored executions in Washington, supported by a bipartisan group of legislators from each house. Declaring that it is the responsibility of leaders to lead, Ferguson said the […]
Written by:Christian Cahua
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: A significant victory for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional – and the only chance at fixing it is to punt the issue to the already-divided General Assembly. The top court released its ruling Tuesday that said Delaware’s current capital punishment statute violates the U.S. Constitution by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Connecticut’s Supreme Court puts an end to all executions in the Nutmeg State

Excerpt: This is a great victory for human rights that deserves to be celebrated: After a sweeping two-year review, the state Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in Connecticut, saying the state’s death penalty no longer comports with evolved societal values and serves no valid purpose as punishment. The 4-3 decision would remove 11 convicts from Connecticut’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Nebraska lawmakers abolish executions, overriding Republican governor’s veto

Excerpt: Joyous news to report on today. Lawmakers in the reliably conservative state of Nebraska today took a courageous stand for human rights and dignity by overriding Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of legislation that would permanently abolish executions. With no votes to spare, the unicameral Nebraska Legislature voted to make the Cornhusker State the nineteenth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Loretta Lynch confirmed as the United States of America’s new Attorney General

Excerpt: Well, it’s finally happened. After many contemptible delays, the United States Senate finally took up Loretta Lynch’s nomination today and voted to confirm her as the nation’s next Attorney General, which means that incumbent Eric Holder can finally pack his bags and leave office, as he has wanted to do for many months. A relieved […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Service
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Federal grand jury returns ten count indictment of State Auditor Troy Kelley

Excerpt: State Auditor Troy Kelley has been indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false tax returns, making false declarations, obstructing justice, and possessing stolen property, the United States Attorney for Western Washington announced today. The ten count indictment was returned by a jury in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. Kelley is due to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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