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Lashing
asianews.it

When They Say No Parties, They Mean it

Four hundred thirty-three foreigners were arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for attending a party that served alcohol and allowed men and women to dance together. So far, 20 have been sentenced to lashings and months of prison time. (Photo above involves a separate case.)

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Ehren Watada
from commondreams.org

Watada Trial Off to a Rocky Start

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq, began on Monday with the judge refusing to allow most of the defense’s witnesses to testify. Watada’s civilian lawyer, Eric Seitz, had some harsh words for the judge: “If you are going to tie my hands and you are going to script these proceedings, then in my view we’re all wasting our time.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


drivers' license
secureidnews.com

States Revolt Against ID Law

The Real ID Act of 2005 requires all states to meet a national standard for identification cards and participate in a shared database, but some have objected, citing privacy and budget concerns. Maine has led the charge of about a dozen states that may pass laws objecting to and opting out of the federal mandate.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


protest
peakpeak.com

Seattle Loses WTO Case

A jury has found the city of Seattle liable for the unlawful arrests of roughly 175 protesters during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, which attracted 50,000 activists. The demonstrators in question were arrested while sitting and singing in a “no protest” park.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Judge Preska
law.fordham.edu

Judge Says Doctor Can’t Treat Terrorists

A judge has ruled that a Florida doctor can be prosecuted under federal law for vowing to treat members of al-Qaida. Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir argued unsuccessfully that the Constitution protects a doctor’s right to perform medical services.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales and Bush
smh.com.au

Gonzales Installs Bush Loyalists in Key Positions

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is exploiting a loophole in the Patriot Act to appoint U.S. attorneys whose principal qualification is their loyalty to the Bush administration. Recently a number of attorneys have been fired, apparently to make way for Bush-friendly replacements.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Coulter voter registration form
from Bradblog.com

Ann Coulter’s Growing Legal Troubles

You may recall that right-wing hate-monger Ann Coulter was accused of voter fraud not too long ago, for registering to vote using her real estate agent’s address. Now it turns out she may have used the same address to register a driver’s license—meaning Coulter could be charged with two third-degree felonies and one misdemeanor, if only someone would prosecute the case.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Project Amad

The Story of Detainee ISN 940

The lawyers for Adel Hamad, a Guantanamo detainee, put together this video after traveling the globe to verify his story. After five years, the notion that potentially innocent men continue to be held without charge or trial undermines the very decency of our society.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bush as the emperor
from Fark.com

Bush Thinks He’s the Emperor

Adding to a long list of subversive signing statements, George W. Bush has taken the knees out from under recently passed postal legislation that requires a warrant to open mail. You’d think with his army of advisers and aides someone might explain to the president that when Congress passes a law, and he signs it, that’s the law, not a prompt for interpretive rule.

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Golden Gate
mikelevin.com

Golden State’s Green Law

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Industrialists and environmentalists alike are watching intently as the world’s seventh-largest economy prepares to meet that goal—assuming the landmark law survives numerous court challenges.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney
cbc.ca

Cheney Will Testify in Plamegate

“Scooter” Libby’s defense team said it intends to call Vice President Dick Cheney to testify on its behalf in the high-profile perjury trial that resulted from an investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity. The vice president’s spokeswoman indicated that he would comply with the request: “We’ve cooperated fully in this matter and will continue to do so in fairness to the parties involved.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


New Jersey Gets Civil Unions

Both houses of New Jersey’s Legislature have approved the creation of civil unions, granting the protections of marriage to gay couples as required by a recent court ruling.  The governor has said he will sign the bill, making New Jersey the third state to adopt civil unions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Nicaragua Abortion Law Leaves Women and Doctors With No Options

Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger.  Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term.  An estimated 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


A Glasnost in Bush & Co.‘s Gay Stance?

We could be wrong, but it appears Tony Snow just defended Condi Rice for recognizing the mother of a new White House appointee’s gay partner as his “mother-in-law.” (h/t AMERICAblog) More after the jump…

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Bush: Up Yours!
From murkyview.com

Bush to FEMA Law: Drop Dead!

He’s done it again: After signing into law a bill that would mandate minimum requirements for the new FEMA director, Bush added a “signing statement” that declared those requirements null and invalid. (more…)

  • Update: ThinkProgress has the statement

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart and torture

    ‘Daily Show’ Rips Torture Bill

    Jon Stewart and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver put Bush’s torture bill in historical perspective.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo torture
    From Matt Groller / Rolling Stone

    The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr

    Rolling Stone presents one of the most harrowing stories we’ve read all year: a blow-by-blow description of the experience of a teenage jihadist who has been tortured by Americans in Gitmo for the past four years.

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghan Detainees File Preemptive Suit Against Bush

    Lawyers for 25 men being held in Afghanistan filed a habeas corpus petition in advance of Bush’s plan to outlaw that exact motion.
    If Congress isn’t going to stand up to Bush on this travesty of a law, it’s good to see that some parties are.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    To Our National Shame, America Codifies Torture

    As expected, the Senate sent the despicable detainee interrogation bill to the president’s desk last night. See its horrifying provisions here.
    As long as this law stands, we too shall stand in forfeit of the moral high ground in this struggle. It’s a sad day for our once-proud republic.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage

    This version of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping bill—which appears headed for passage—will apparently still allow Bush the option of submitting his surveillance programs to a court for review.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times and Wash. Post: Interrogation Bill Allows Torture

    The editorial boards of the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post, along with First Amendment lawyer Glen Greenwald, condemned the interrogation bill agreed upon by the president and a group of GOP senators.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    tank in Bangkok
    Bangkokpost.net

    Thai Coup Leader Promises Deadline

    Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led a military coup in Thailand on Tuesday against controversial Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has promised to relinquish power in two weeks.  After declaring martial law and abolishing every branch of the democratically elected government, the military announced it would appoint an interim prime minister and legislature that would draft a new constitution, with an election to be held in one year.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Driving while holding
    Béatrice de Géa / LAT

    Arnold Outlaws Handhelds-While-Driving

    With the governor’s signature, California becomes the fourth state to ban drivers from holding cellphones while driving. The law goes into effect in July 2008, and motorists will still be allowed to use hands-free phone technology.

  • Cool tidbit: Schwarzenegger said he sometimes follows his 16-year-old daughter to make sure she’s not driving while holding a phone.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush
    From CNN

    Empty Threat of the Day

    Bush says that questioning of suspected terrorists “won’t go forward” unless Congress passes a law clarifying the treatment and interrogation of such detainees.
    Believe that? If so, there’s a nice Nigerian billionaire we met on the Internet who’d love to discuss a business opportunity with you…

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony

    Sen. Graham: White House Coerced Lawyers on Torture Letter

    GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham is telling reporters that White House officials effectively forced military lawyers to sign a letter supporting President Bush’s new legislation on harsh interrogation tactics—after the lawyers previously testified publicly against those measures.

  • Watch the video.
  • Andrew Sullivan called the move “breathtaking and shameless.”
  • This article gives needed background to this complicated issue.

  • Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Effort to Limit Surveillance Bill Is Blocked

    From the AP: “Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to rein in President Bush’s domestic wiretapping program Wednesday, endorsing a White House-supported bill that would give the controversial surveillance legal status.”
    The November elections can’t come soon enough….

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

    Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


  • Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

    Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Jim Crow Poll Tax 2.0

    GOP’ers say it’s just a coincidence that Democratic voters are the ones most likely to be disenfranchised by new photo ID requirements at the voting booths. Yeah, and I’ve got some fertile Missouri mules to sell you.

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    John Conyers
    AP / Dennis Cook

    Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. John Conyers

    Truthdig salutes Rep. John Conyers Jr., a Democrat who has compiled and released a 371-page report that attempts to detail every alleged instance of wrongdoing that the Bush administration made during the run-up, prosecution and aftermath of the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq prison abuse

    Bush Tries to Neuter Detainee Abuse Law

    From the Washington Post: “The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners.”

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Hilton sisters
    From images.blackeyedpeas.com

    Sprinkling the Poor, Showering the Rich

    House Republicans tacked a cut in estate taxes onto a bill to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, you read that correctly: The economically distressed would get an additional $2.10 an hour, whereas the Walton kids and the Hilton sisters would get untold millions.
    Must be that compassionate conservatism we’ve heard so much about.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Abramoff Must Be Smiling…

    ... Because the House is considering an anti-gambling bill that would include an exemption for horse racing and intrastate lotteries. The disgraced lobbyist worked to ensure the latter in a bill several years ago.

  • Gambling is bad, bad, bad. Unless it’s on horsies or lotteries. Then it’s OK.
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    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Peter Hoekstra
    From Crooks and Liars

    Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Peter Hoekstra

    Truthdig salutes Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who rapped Bush in a letter for not briefing Congress on various intelligence-gathering programs. Check out a video of Hoekstra publicly defending the letter on Fox News: “It is not optional for this president ... or people in the executive community not to keep the intelligence committees fully informed of what they are doing.”

    Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


    FEC: Frist Violated Election Law in 2000

    The Federal Election Commission, acting on a report by a watchdog group, found that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan that made it appear as though he had significantly more money than he did.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Newspaper Retracts Iranian Jewish Arm Badges Story

    The National Post has retracted an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other non-Muslims to wear distinctive insignia.
    Also, it turns out the author of the article is aligned with many of the same neocons who beat the drums for war with Iraq.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Scalia to Conservatives: Butt Out!

    Justice Antonin Scalia told fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill to butt out of the Supreme Court’s business in regards to using foreign law in its constitutional rulings. “It’s none of your business,” he said during a speech.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Missouri Town May Evict Unwed Couples With Kids

    Current law in Black Jack, Mo., prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by “blood, marriage or adoption.” The City Council rejected amending that law to include unmarried couples with children.
    We’re speechless.

     

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Leaders Let Vaccine Makers Write Their Own Law

    Republican heavyweights Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert inserted a provision into a bill in the dead of night that was worth billions to vaccine makers. Roll Call said the move was unprecedented.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Will Hold Hearing on Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’

    The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used “signing statements” to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years.
    Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush’s use of “signing statements” is unprecedented.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Female Subway
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

    The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
    (thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mexico to Allow Some Heroin, Coke and Ecstasy Use

    The all-but-passed bill would allow Mexicans to possess small amounts of hard drugs for personal use. Some U.S. observers fear this will prove a huge draw for Americans.

    Posted on Apr 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

    “While the top Bushies lunge about test-driving new wars…Congress just keeps right on cranking out those corporate goodies.”

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: I Won’t Pay Attention to Patriot Act Requirement

    You may want to swallow your food before reading this….
    Just as he did with the anti-torture law, Bush placed an addendum on the Patriot Act saying he doesn’t have to obey parts of the law.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge_holds_bible
    AP

    Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

    He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law. (Above: A judge holds the accused’s Bible.)
    If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
    Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

    A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
    That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
    Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

    Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

    Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
    Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


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