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Police Torture and the Death Penalty in Illinois: Ten Years Later

The Nation
January 11, 2013

On January 11, 2003, the world watched as Illinois Governor George Ryan, days before leaving office, granted clemencies to all 163 men and women on death row in his state, reducing their sentences to life without parole. The previous day he had pardoned four death row prisoners—Madison Hobley, Aaron Patterson, Leroy Orange and Stanley Howard—all of whom had been tortured into giving false confessions by police officers working under notorious Chicago police commander Jon Burge.

Occupy and the police needn't be enemies

The Guardian
December 10, 2012

As Sandy showed  Many activists now appearing in court had organised relief during the storm. Hopefully NYPD officers will remember that.

Ninety-nine people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's 17 September anniversary actions had their court dates last week. They trooped into the courthouse accompanied by green-hatted legal observers and National Lawyers Guild representatives, and faced the judge. Their charges mostly boiled down to "being part of a public protest".

Did the FBI Use Occupy Cleveland Case to Equate Activism with Terrorism?

AlterNet
December 9, 2012

Four members of Occupy Cleveland have been sentenced over the past two weeks [3] after pleading guilty to terrorism-related charges for their involvement in an FBI-concocted plan to bomb the city’s Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge on April 30 in advance of planned May Day demonstrations across the country.

Activists Demand Replacement of Federal Judge in Hacker Case, Citing Conflict of Interest

Truthout
November 30, 2012

Lawyers for accused hacker Jeremy Hammond plan to file a motion next week asking the federal judge in the case to recuse herself; but Hammond's supporters are already calling for her removal from the case.

Journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates gathered Thursday in front of the federal courthouse in New York City where Jeremy Hammond is to stand trial, demanding that Chief US District Court Judge Loretta Preska recuse herself, following recent revelations that her husband was a victim in the expansive computer hacking incident.

Battered Rockaways Need Good Lawyers

Courthouse News
November 16, 2012

FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (CN) - Along with generators, warm clothing, candles and batteries and food and water, Hurricane Sandy survivors need pro bono legal help, according to lawyers volunteering in the Rockaways.

     A line for a makeshift legal clinic set up at a table outside St. Gertrude Parish in Far Rockaway stretched to the end of the block on Beach 38th Street.

     Several lawyers volunteered through 596 Acres, a nonprofit that helps communities organize, coordinating with the National Lawyer's Guild and Occupy Sandy, a project of Occupy Wall Street.

Jury awards $11.5M to family of slain Puerto Rican

Associated Press
November 9, 2012

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A jury in Puerto Rico has awarded $11.5 million in damages to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by police in 2007

The family of Miguel Caceres celebrated Friday’s verdict.

Three officers were charged in Caceres’ killing, which was caught on video.

Officer Javier Pagan Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and is serving 109 years in prison. The two other officers, Carlos Sustache Sustache and Zulma Diaz de Leon, were acquitted in 2011 of being accessories to murder.

The Problem of the New York Police

The New York Review of Books
October 25, 2012

Over the past decade the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division (Intel) has built an active, fully staffed spying unit devoted to “mapping” the city’s large Muslim community in search of “home-grown” terrorists with no known ties to international jihadist groups. Their sense of alienation and resentment about the mistreatment of Muslims, it is feared, might lead them to commit “lone-wolf” attacks.

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