CIRCLE of HOPE: Jeffrey Havard `s Case

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“I thought I was going to die in this 8×8 animal cage”

English: Slogan for the support of the persecu...
English: Slogan for the support of the persecuted American ex-soldier who is claimed to have leaked secret documents to WikiLeaks Deutsch: Slogan für die Unterstützung und Freilassung von Bradley Manning, der beschuldigt wird, geheime Dokumente an WikiLeaks weitergegeben zu haben (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BRADLEY MANNING SPEAKS: ‘I had pretty much given up. I thought I was going to die in this 8×8 animal cage’ – on Kuwait

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Tonight special event at Colosseum to inaugurate the 10th International day of Cities against the death penalty

Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)
November 29 2012 | ROME, ITALY


Tonight special event at Colosseum to inaugurate the 10th International day of Cities against the death penalty

Gigi Proietti, Max Giusti, international testimonials for Cities for Life – FOLLOW THE LIVE STREAMING from 7 p.m.

Death Penalty, Cities for life
Starting 19:00 at the Colosseum of Rome, there will be exceptional personalities, from Shujaa Graham and Fernando Bermudez, innocent people sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit in the United States, to David Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition against the Death Penalty, Tamara Chikunova, founder of Mothers against the Death Penalty, responsible for the abolition of capital punishment in many countries of Central Asia, justice ministers from several countries in the world and leading figures in the recent struggle for abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut will take part, along with the Community of Sant’Egidio, in a special evening for life.    
It will be the official inauguration of the International Day of Cities for Life, started ten years ago in Rome with the Community of Sant’Egidio and supported by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Special illumination of the Colosseum, “Testimonial for Life”, this year celebrates the abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut: the fifth American state to abolish capital punishment in the United States in the past five years (2007 New Jersey 2008, New Mexico 2010 New York, 2011,Illinois, 2012 Connecticut).The event in front of the Colosseum, which will inaugurate the World Day of Cities against the Death Penalty, will be hosted by Max Giusti. Gospel music and readings of Dostoyevsky and Victor Hugo by Gigi Proietti against a singular background will turn Rome, tomorrow night, into the capital of the battle for life toward abolition of the death penalty, while at the U.N. in New York the final approval of the resolution for a universal moratorium continues. The appointment for the event, which is open to everyone, is for 18.30, when youths and students from several schools in Rome will converge on the Colosseum.
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Massachusetts high court rules agaisnt prolonged solitary confinement …

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Subject: [PRUP] Massachusetts high court rules against prolonged solitary confinement without due process

Massachusetts high court rules against prolonged solitary confinement without due process<BR>November 28, 2012<BR>Supreme Judicial Court reaffirms principle that use of solitary must be balanced with firm legal protections, including a 90-day limit without due process.<BR><BR>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR>CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; <A href=”” rel=nofollow target=_blank data-mce-href=””></A><BR><BR>BOSTON — Ruling today in LaChance v. Commissioner of Correction–a case involving an inmate held in solitary confinement for 10 months at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., following an original incident in which Mr. LaChance threw pudding at another inmate–the Massachusetts Supreme Court reaffirmed the principle that use of solitary confinement is a harsh punishment that must be balanced with firm legal protections. The American Civil Liberties Union, which submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, hailed the ruling for its significance both in Massachusetts and across the country.<BR><BR>Specifically, the Court ruled that the state Department of Corrections (DOC) can no longer use labels such as “administrative segregation” as an end-run around legal protections designed to prevent prisoners from being held in solitary confinement without end and without due process. The Court also found that placing a prisoner in solitary without due process for over 90 days is unlawful, and ordered the DOC to put into place regulations to prevent such confinements in the future.<BR><BR>”This is an exciting decision for Massachusetts–and for the rest of the nation,” said Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s National Prison Project. “This decision sets a good example for courts to start reigning in the excessive use of solitary confinement in prisons that has been allowed to fester without proper legal restraints.”<BR><BR>”We are grateful to see the Court’s conclusion that isolating people from other human beings, rather than the label that prison officials attach to that isolation, is what matters under the law,” said Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts.<BR><BR>Mr. LaChance–who was limited to two “non-contact” visits under an hour per week, with restricted access to books, the prison canteen, and educational, religious and other programming–brought suit alleging violations of his constitutional due process rights and of state statutes and regulations. Mr. LaChance sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages.<BR><BR>A Superior Court judge granted LaChance’s partial motion, ruling that the defendants had violated his right to due process under the state and federal constitutions. The judge denied the defendants’ cross motion, which sought to dismiss LaChance’s claims as barred under the doctrine of qualified immunity for public officials, and their motion for reconsideration. When the defendants appealed, Justices moved to transfer the case from the Appeals Court to the Supreme Judicial Court.<BR><BR>National ACLU senior staff counsel Amy Fettig, with ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matthew Segal and senior legal counsel John Reinstein, submitted the ACLU’s amicus brief in the case.<BR><BR>For a copy of the ruling, go to:<BR><A href=”;sid=120&#8243; rel=nofollow target=_blank data-mce-href=”;sid=120″>;sid=120</A><BR><BR>For more information about the ACLU National Prison Project, go to:<BR><A href=”; rel=nofollow target=_blank data-mce-href=””></A><BR><BR>For more information about the ACLU of Massachusetts, go to:<BR><A href=”; rel=nofollow target=_blank data-mce-href=””></A><BR><BR><A href=”; rel=nofollow target=_blank data-mce-href=””></A&gt;




Ex-judge spends hours tearfully testifying at misconduct inquiry

By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel

November 28 2012, 9:00 PM EST

Former Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner spent more than three hours on the witness stand Wednesday tearfully explaining why she never disclosed the exchange of 1,420 phone calls and text messages with a prosecutor who was trying a death-penalty case before her.

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Holmes Blames Therapist…

A drug-abusing inmate unleashed wild allegations about James Holmes, claiming that the suspected movie theater gunman said his therapist brainwashed him to commit murder.

Steven Unruh — speaking exclusively to the Denver Westword — said he had a four-hour conversation with Holmes in jail on July 20 after the graduate school dropout was brought in for allegedly killing 12 people and shooting 58 others.

Though locked in different cells, Unruh, 38, claims he heard Holmes slamming himself into the wall. By yelling across the hall, Unruh says he talked the 24-year-old out of committing suicide.

Officers with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office disputed that detainees can communicate the way Unruh described, Nevertheless, Unruh — who was locked up on theft and drug charges — says Holmes described the massacre to him.

“He felt like he was in a video game,” Unruh said, according to the news site. The former doctoral student allegedly told Unruh that his therapist “programmed” him to carry out an attack.

There’s been a steady flow of sensational tales about Holmes’ behavior in the slammer. Shortly after his arrest, an unnamed jailhouse employee claimed that Holmes frequently spat at the guards.

In another allegation, a worker said that Holmes acted like he had amnesia and didn’t know why he was locked up.

While there’s no stopping the jailhouse anecdotes and recollections from seeping into the media, official documents pertaining to Holmes’ life before his arrest have been withheld. The University of Colorado — where Holmes was a neuroscience doctoral student — denied a request to release campus police records involving him, according to station KUSA on Nov. 25.

A judge had earlier imposed a gag order on the case, limiting the amount of information available to the public.  Continue reading…

Ray McGovern: The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

Ray McGovern: The Humiliation of Bradley Manning.

November 29, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment while other military officers privately took note but did nothing.

That was one of the revelations at Manning’s pre-trial hearing at Ft. Meade, Md., on Tuesday, as Manning’s defense counsel David Coombs used email exchanges to show Marine officers grousing that the Marines had been left holding the bag on Manning’s detention at their base in Quantico, Va., though he was an Army soldier.