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Life without parole for children

Monday, November 9th, 2009   8:51 am | Author: Isabelle | Life | Add Comment
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“The United States could be the only nation in the world where a 13-year-old child can be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, even for crimes that do not include murder.”


There is a NYT editorial about this issue. An issue that should bother most people since many adults who commit violent crimes in this country receive short sentences or are released on parole after one or more hearings.


The Supreme Court is to hear two Florida cases today. 


“Joe Sullivan, the petitioner in Sullivan v. Florida, was sentenced to life without parole in 1989 — when he was just 13 — after a questionable sexual battery conviction. His two older accomplices testified against the younger, mentally impaired boy. They received short sentences, one of them as a juvenile.”


“The case of Terrance Graham has similar contours. A learning disabled child — born to crack-addicted parents — Mr. Graham was on ..continue reading

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Supreme Court may damage democracy

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009   6:17 am | Author: Jerry | Politics/Government | Add Comment
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The Supreme Court is getting ready to possibly overturn a ruling that corporations can not spend directly on federal elections. This ruling has been in place since 1947 when corporations and unions were prohibited from this type of spending. Corporations were also barred from contributions to elections since 1907.


Can you imagine what would happened if these rulings were overturned. Major corporations would direclty pour millions into every elections to assure that their positions and candidates will always win.


This may be even more relevant today when we are on the verge of health care reform, energy reform and much more. If corporations in these industries could control the elections process, even more than they are already trying to do through backdoor support of special interest groups, it could spell catastrophe for democracy as we know it.


This is what you get when a conservative, corporate friendly Supreme Coutrt rules over the ..continue reading

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10 of the dumbest statements by Repubs about Sotomayor

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009   6:09 pm | Author: chris | Politics/Government | Add Comment
Tags: , , , listed 10 of the dumbest things that Republicans said in the last few weeks about Sotomayor. There are probably many more. It is surprising that some of these people are not embarrassed by their stupidity.



1. Early Tuesday morning, Jeff Sessions seemed surprised that Sotomayor’s legal decisions sometimes diverge from those of other judges of Puerto Rican descent. During a series of questions about Ricci v. DeStefano, Sessions scolded:



You voted not to reconsider the prior case. You voted to stay with the decision of the circuit. And in fact, your vote was the key vote. Had you voted with Judge [Jose] Cabranes, himself of Puerto ..continue reading

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Trying to derail Sotomayor a bad idea

Monday, July 13th, 2009   8:51 am | Author: Drew | Politics/Government | 1 Comment
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Following the Judge Sotomayor confirmation hearings I sense that the Republicans and right wing will try to derail her nomination for partisan reasons. 


They have already floated that she is a liberal, she is a racist, she is an activist judge and more. But the reality is that they just don’t want her because Obama nominated her. Impartial reviewers agree that she is more than qualified for the position.


I believe the Republicans will be making a very big mistake if they continue to bash her. She will most probably be nominated. And she represents a large part of the voting public, female and minority. Senator Patrick Leahy, Judiciary Committee Chairman said at the opening of the hearings today ”  Judge Sotomayor’s journey to this hearing room is a truly American story”.  There are many Americans that relate to this statement.  If the Republicans push the limits here there may be many who ..continue reading

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