Justice Articles from 2018

In Refusing To Defend Assange, Mainstream Media Exposes Its True Nature

[Media]
In Refusing To Defend Assange, Mainstream Media Exposes Its True Nature
by Caitlin Johnstone
Posted July 31, 2018

corporate media betrayal of AssangeIt is now public knowledge that the Ecuadorian government is actively seeking to turn Assange over to be arrested by the British government. This was initially reported by RT, then independently confirmed by The Intercept, and is today full mainstream public knowledge being reported by mainstream outlets like CNN. It is also public knowledge that Assange’s asylum was granted by the Ecuadorian government due to a feared attempt to extradite him to the United States and prosecute him for WikiLeaks publications.

The New York Times is aware of this, and as evidenced by McCraw’s comments it is also aware of the dangerous precedent that such a prosecution would set for all news media publications. The New York Times editorial staff are aware that the US government prosecuting a publisher for publishing important documents that had been hidden from the public would make it impossible for the Times to publish the same kind of material without fear of the same legal repercussions. More…

If a Prosecutor Breaks the Law in Secret, Does the Crime Exist? Not According to Texas Prosecutors.

[Justice]
If a Prosecutor Breaks the Law in Secret, Does the Crime Exist? Not According to Texas Prosecutors.
by Jordan Smith
Posted July 29, 2018

prosecutorial misconductFully 95 percent of criminal cases are resolved by plea, but generally, as part of that process prosecutors are not required to turn over discovery materials to the defense — evidence against the defendant or evidence that may be exculpatory or mitigating — that would help them to evaluate whether the plea offer is fair. And, for the most part, taking a plea means waiving many rights, including to appeal. “So, who knows what misconduct happens there, right?” said Angela Davis, a longtime defense attorney who was director of the venerable D.C. Public Defender Service before becoming a professor of law at American University.

Prosecutors will often overcharge a defendant as a means of pressuring the person into taking a plea — slapping on a slew of charges, some of which they may ultimately never be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. And “a lot of times, it is before the defense attorney even has an opportunity to investigate the case,” she said. “But it looks like a good deal and you have to tell your client about it, but you haven’t had a chance to even get basic discovery — much less discover misconduct.” More…

Secret Documents Expose Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists

[Justice]
Secret Documents Expose Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists
by Stacy Malkan
Posted July 25, 2018

tumors after glyphosate exposureDeWayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father dying of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, became the first person to face Monsanto in trial last week over allegations the company hid evidence about the cancer-causing dangers of its Roundup weedkiller. Johnson is the first of some 4,000 people suing Monsanto in state and federal courts claiming their cancers were caused by glyphosate-based Roundup. The litigation, and documents coming to light because of it, are shining light on the heavy-handed tactics Monsanto (now a subsidiary of Bayer) has used to deny cancer risk and protect the chemical that is the lynchpin of its profits.

“Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews,” Bloomberg reported, and an EPA official reportedly helped Monsanto “kill” another agency’s cancer study. An investigation in Le Monde details Monsanto’s effort “to destroy the United Nations’ cancer agency by any means possible” to save glyphosate. More…

Perhaps justice will finally be served to Bayer/Monsanto similar to how the tobacco companies were finally forced to pay dearly for their distortions on the dangers of tobacco.

The U.S. and Canada Are Preparing for a New Standing Rock Over the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline

[Political]
The U.S. and Canada Are Preparing for a New Standing Rock Over the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline
by Alleen Brown and Will Parrish
Posted July 26, 2018

fighting tar sands pipelineResistance to the pipeline is already escalating: On July 3, seven pipeline opponents rappelled from Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in a daylong blockade of tanker traffic associated with the existing Trans Mountain line. Last week, the Tiny House Warriors wheeled the homes into a provincial park that sits on the site of a historic village near Clearwater, British Columbia, in an assertion of their title to the land.

Calling themselves the Tiny House Warriors, a group of Indigenous Secwepemc people from Canada are building tiny houses in the path of the massive Kinder Morgan tar sands oil pipeline’s planned route through their territory. The house is a symbol of the home they are fighting to protect, creating hope and community in the face of destruction.

That’s exactly what law enforcement agencies on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border fear. For more than a year, U.S. and Canadian authorities have been girding for a mobilization comparable to the 2016 resistance in North Dakota, according to law enforcement communications and government reports obtained by The Intercept. In Canada, Trudeau received a Cabinet memo discussing the implications of Standing Rock for Trans Mountain one week after his administration approved the pipeline expansion. More…

Monstrous AT&T/Time Warner Merger

[Justice]
Monstrous AT&T/Time Warner Merger
By Stephen Lendman
Posted July 26, 2018

Judge Rchard  Leon approved ATT-Time Warner mergerUnless overturned by Supreme Court rulings, ending Net Neutrality and the AT&T/Time Warner merger could kill digital democracy in America – the last frontier of press freedom.

America is run by men and to a much lesser degree by ideologically likeminded women – not laws or high moral standards. Executive, congressional, and judicial officials systematically lie, connive, and pretty much do what they please for their own self-interest. Democracy is pure fantasy. Most High Court and other federal judges are as unprincipled and deferential to powerful interests exclusively as political officials in Washington, states and local governments.

On Tuesday, US District Court Judge Richard Leon approved the monstrous At&T/Time Warner merger without imposing conditions. More…

With “Mountainous” Evidence On Plaintiffs’ Side, Hundreds Of Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Get Green Light

[Justice]
With “Mountainous” Evidence On Plaintiffs’ Side, Hundreds Of Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Get Green Light
By Jessica Corbett
Posted July 24, 2018

Monsanto/Bayer may finally face justice“We’re going to see for the first time evidence that nobody has seen before, evidence that has been in Monsanto’s files that we’ve obtained from lawyers and the people in Monsanto.”

After opening arguments kicked off in California state court on Monday for a Bay Area man’s landmark lawsuit alleging that Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup caused him to develop cancer, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that hundreds of unrelated but similar cases against the agrochemical company can also proceed to trial.

The attorney argued that Monsanto—which recently merged with German pharmaceutical giant Bayer—“has specifically gone out of its way to bully…and to fight independent researchers.” Wisner, the newspaper noted, “presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products.” More…

Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces And U.S. Police Are Training Together

[Community]
Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces And U.S. Police Are Training Together
by Domenica Ghanem
Posted July 24, 2018

who is the enemy?The Israeli forces mowing down unarmed Palestinian protesters also train U.S. police forces that brutalize communities of color. U.S. police departments are sent to Israel, or sometimes Israeli forces come to the United States, under the pretense of counter-terrorism training.

Apparently that training includes learning the benefits of “skunk water”—a liquid developed by Israel that’s used to break up anti-occupation protests like the ones occurring right now. After protests in Ferguson, the St. Louis department started stockpiling the stuff.

And that now infamous NYPD Muslim surveillance program? The NYPD Intelligence Division Chief responsible for that one got the idea from a similar program used to spy on Palestinians.

It begs the question of whom the U.S. police consider terrorists. More…

David Hogg Just Got “SWATTED”. Here’s Why That’s So Messed Up.

[Social]
David Hogg Just Got “SWATTED”. Here’s Why That’s So Messed Up.
By Joe Jarvis
Posted July 23, 2018

most SWAT raids are for minor offensesThe number of raids conducted by SWAT-like police units has grown accordingly. In the 1970s, there were just a few hundred a year; by the early 1980s, there were some 3,000 a year. In 2005 (the last year for which Dr. Kraska collected data), there were approximately 50,000 raids.

Now 80% of no-knock SWAT raids are used to execute minor search warrants. Only 7% are used for the original purpose: hostage and barricade situations.

No-knock raids–when the police do not announce themselves, and instead break into a home with battering rams–routinely get both officers and civilians killed. More…

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