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DO PRISONERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE?

March 18, 2017

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Sonni Quick Recently I watched a Conservative/Catholic news station on TV.  There was an interview with the executor of a religious political group. I failed to write down the names. There was a video of a meeting he participated in with Trump. This man’s concern was if there was enough protection for the right to […]

‘America Is Full Of Hypocrites’: Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out

February 21, 2017

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By Tess Allen  |  Feb 20, 2017 Days after John Knock learned that his application for clemency had been denied – meaning he would have to continue serving out two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent cannabis offense – he found himself transfixed by a story on NPR. “There was [someone on the […]

Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general

February 9, 2017

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By Ashley Killough, Tom LoBianco and Ted Barrett, CNN Updated 10:25 PM ET, Wed February 8, 2017 Washington (CNN)The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the next attorney general, surviving a vocal push by Democrats to derail his nomination. The 52-47 vote was mostly along party lines, though one Democrat, […]

Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in South Carolina Statewide School-to-Prison Pipeline Case

November 29, 2016

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Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in South Carolina Statewide School-to-Prison Pipeline Case The Justice Department filed a statement of interest late yesterday in the case of Kenny et al. v. Wilson et al. articulating the United States’ position that […]

…47 persons have been put to death in Florida under an unconstitutional process

November 22, 2016

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  HHarry Lee Anstead, My View 2:46 p.m. EST November 22, 2016 In January 2016, in a case called Hurst v. Florida, the United States Supreme Court held that Florida’s death penalty scheme was unconstitutional and violated the Sixth Amendment, pursuant to its decision in Ring v. Arizona. The Court held that Florida’s statutory scheme […]

Every 25 seconds in the United States, someone is arrested for the simple act of possessing drugs for their personal use…

October 13, 2016

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  Summary   Neal Scott may die in prison. A 49-year-old Black man from New Orleans, Neal had cycled in and out of prison for drug possession over a number of years. He said he was never offered treatment for his drug dependence; instead, the criminal justice system gave him time behind bars and felony […]

Children of the American Police State: Just Another Brick in the Wall

October 2, 2016

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By John Whitehead   We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone … All in all it’s just another brick in the wall All in all you’re just another brick in the wall. –Pink Floyd, "Another Brick in the Wall" The […]

Marijuana Possession Played Key Role in Police Shooting of Keith Scott

September 25, 2016

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By Daniel Politi Possession of marijuana played a significant role in the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerry Putney said during a news conference that officers were trying to serve a warrant for someone else when they spotted Scott rolling “what they believed to be a marijuana ‘blunt’" […]

MotherJones.Com "My four months as a private prison guard", by Shane Bauer

July 12, 2016

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Have you ever had a riot?" I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). "The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone. "Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!" says a woman’s voice, cutting in. "We got rid of them." "When […]

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, California Pioneers Rot in Federal Prison

April 14, 2016

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Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes opened a dispensary in Modesto. Now they’re doing 20 years in federal prison. Their families want them home. By Angela Bacca / AlterNet April 13, 2016 Behind the headlines about President Obama’s historic visit to federal prisons and highly publicized releases of non-violent drug offenders, the numbers tell a different […]

From Organizing America to Operation Chronic Problem, How Cannabis Prohibition Ruins Lives

February 24, 2016

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      Katree Darriel Saunders is a 30 year old mother, cannabis activist, and an active member of her community. Katree was living in Las Vegas, NV when she was arrested during a DEA sting called Operation Chronic Problem on the charges of: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana and hashish. For 10 grams of hashish […]

Ex-judge urges Obama to commute harsh sentence he was forced to give

February 12, 2016

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A former federal judge in Utah is asking President Barack Obama to commute the sentence for Weldon Angelos, a music producer who was jailed in 2004. Pictured: In this Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, members of Safer Choice stand in protest at a Denver federal courthouse, where the court was hearing an appeal of Angelos’ […]

A Maricopa County nonprofit that makes much of its money off low-level marijuana offenders would take a big financial hit if Arizona voters legalize marijuana in November

January 26, 2016

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The Treatment Assessment Screening Center, better known as TASC, contracts with the county to provide six months of mandatory drug-treatment services for first- or second-time offenders who get busted for possession of illegal drugs. TASC participants, with exceptions for low-income offenders, pay their own way for the program If Arizonans vote "yes" on the Colorado-style […]

D.C. Circuit Questions Secrecy of DOJ Prosecution Manual

January 19, 2016

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By Michael A. Scarcella Published: Jan 15, 2016 Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse following deliberations in his corruption trial. October 27, 2008. An ethics manual prepared by the U.S. Justice Department for prosecutors in the aftermath of the botched case against Sen. Ted Stevens should […]

No Medals for Massacre — Justice for Wounded Knee Killings of Native Americans!

January 3, 2016

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Why this is important February 10, 2013 — This week President Obama awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, for conspicuous gallantry in battle during his service in Afghanistan. We too honor the heroic actions of Sgt Romesha and those of many other recipients of this nation’s highest award for […]

Monsanto to face ‘tribunal’ in The Hague for ‘damage to human health and environment’

December 5, 2015

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Published time: 5 Dec, 2015 06:08 A global group of professionals, scientists and environmentalists – the Monsanto Tribunal – are preparing a trial for the GMO seed giant in The Hague. They say the crowdfunded action, determined to charge Monsanto with “ecocide,” is more than a symbolic move. READ MORE: Putin wants Russia to become […]

HUNDREDS OF CASES PROSECUTED WITH PLANTED EVIDENCE, MANY WRONGLY CONVICTED STILL IN PRISON

December 3, 2015

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The Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at […]

New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Curb “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture, Federal Loophole Remains

November 19, 2015

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CONCORD, NH (Nov. 17) – Last week, a New Hampshire House committee passed a bill to reform and restrict civil asset forfeiture. But remaining in the bill is a loophole that would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt more stringent state laws. Introduced by Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Merrimack) along with ten […]

(Evansville police department) EPD wants U.S. Supreme Court to review SWAT raid ruling

November 11, 2015

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Posted: Nov 04, 2015 12:52 PM CST Updated: Nov 04, 2015 1:58 PM CST Posted by Audra Levy, Digital Content Director EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Attorneys for the Evansville Police Department are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling regarding a lawsuit over a SWAT raid. In August, a federal appeals […]

Ian Bell: Let’s end the war on drugs by making them legal

November 11, 2015

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IT could be a pub quiz question. What do Armenia and Argentina have in common? The Czech Republic and Chile? Paraguay and Poland? The answer isn’t football. Each has decided, in some fashion, that if you just say no to drugs, you say nothing useful at all. Depending on the definitions used, there are between […]

Three Individuals Growing Medical Marijuana In WA State Convicted And Sent To Prison

November 10, 2015

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Darren Smith 2d ago Washington By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor Nearly a year and a half ago we featured a story describing the plight of the “Kettle Falls Five” who were arrested by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency on charges relating to marijuana cultivation and firearms violations.  I am reprinting here portions of my previous […]

This Is The Man In India Who Is Selling States Illegally Imported Execution Drugs

October 22, 2015

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When states ran out of execution drugs, they started paying tens of thousands of dollars to Chris Harris, a salesman in India with no pharmaceutical background. Eight thousand miles from the execution chamber at the Nebraska State Penitentiary is Salt Lake City — a planned satellite town in Kolkata, the capital city of India’s West […]

HB161 Florida house of representatives attempt to set the stage for the governance of dui while using marijuana

September 20, 2015

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September 20, 2015 Sheree Krider On Monday, September 14, FLORIDA State Representative David Kerner, a Democrat, Filed HB161 which attempts to set a standard for measuring (via blood test) Marijuana intoxication.  It sets the "limit" of 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Anyone with a blood test showing THC level that is above 5 nanograms […]

Regarding kendra sams – "lodged" at laurel county corrections" in kentucky…

August 21, 2015

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  Ms. Kendra Sams,  29  years old, was being lodged at the Laurel County Corrections. According to Facebook posts she suffered a seizure on July 12th which caused her to fall from the top bunk in her cell and land on the floor.  She was not given medical attention at that time. At some point […]

We have to stop the Government from abusing our children!

August 5, 2015

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Sumner (center) has lunch with students at John G. Carlisle School in Covington with Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn (left) and Superintentendent Alvin Garrison (right) (RCN file) Not only do they profile us as adults, they do it to our children as well!  And it seems to me that all children are being approached and prosecuted similar […]

Conflicting Federal Laws beg to differ on Marijuana enforcement

July 9, 2015

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It Is interesting to follow the news on Marijuana/Cannabis/Hemp these days.  It seems that the law enforcement agencies have a really hard time deciphering which laws they can enforce and which ones to "not" enforce. The Federal Government has previously issued  "policy guidelines" to help "guide" the differing agencies through the process of elimination but […]

The Cannabiterians and the cops

July 8, 2015

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THE COPS Charlie Doss stood outside his house on South Rural Street and watched the cops rumble by on their motorcycles. “You’d think they were gettin’ ready for World War Three,” he muttered. The police presence in his neighborhood was making Charlie cranky. “What’s the big fuckin’ deal?” he announced. Roughly two dozen patrol cars […]

800 Years of the Magna Carta: Traditions Retained in the U.S. Constitution

June 24, 2015

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800 years ago in the fields of Runnymede, the most important political covenant in the history of the western world was made. At sword point, King John was forced by his barons to sign a document that imposed limitations upon his power. Provided that the restrictions were properly enforced, no longer would the king be […]

Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD

June 23, 2015

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Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD – The Clemency Report Bob Riley, a kind soul who "treads lightly in this world," is in the 22nd year of a federal life without parole LSD sentence. The details of his unjust sentence are summarized in this New York Times article. This story […]

This Mom Faces Prison For Medical Marijuana. Now Her Attorney Has Declared War On The Drug War Itself.

June 23, 2015

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Matt Ferner Become a fan Matt.Ferner@huffingtonpost.com A 38-year-old Kansas woman who lost custody of her 11-year-old son and faces charges that could send her to prison for 30 years over her use of medical marijuana was released on bail last week. Shona Banda, who has a severely debilitating case of Crohn’s disease, now prepares for […]

Man Serving 13 Years For Possessing Marijuana Two Joints Is Denied Clemency

June 22, 2015

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Man Serving 13 Years For Possessing Marijuana Two Joints Is Denied Clemency Posted by Johnny Green at 7:30 AM on June 22, 2015 Ending Marijuana Prohibition According to at least one reputable study, alcohol is 114 times more harmful than marijuana. Marijuana is also safer than tobacco and pharmaceuticals, both of which are legal. Knowing […]

Prison operator sued in death of former marijuana provider

June 12, 2015

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By Sanjay Talwani – MTN News Connect         HELENA – The widow of a former medical marijuana provider who died while serving time is suing the operator of Montana’s only private prison. A federal lawsuit says Corrections Corporations of America failed to give the inmate (Flor) needed medical care while at its Crossroads Correctional […]

Silk Road Mastermind Gets Life Prison Sentence

May 30, 2015

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The convicted mastermind behind Silk Road, a Deep Web marketplace that at one time was bustling with anonymous narcotics transactions, was sentenced to life in prison in a U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan on Friday .   Ross Ulbricht, 31, received his life sentence after a giving a final, tearful plea for leniency. In February, […]