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Commentary :: Human Rights
Federal Court using secret "evidence" in response to habeas corpus challenge
09 Nov 2008
Modified: 10:36:07 AM
Federal Court using secret "evidence" in response to habeas corpus challenge
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Commentary :: Globalization
Extra desk ordered for Oval office.
09 Nov 2008
We got two for the price of one.
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Commentary :: Labor
The Death of Capitalism
08 Nov 2008
The current crisis in capitalism may not be resolvable by traditional methods and lead to the death of capitalism
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News :: International
Nicaragua y Paraguay, contraste entre Izquierda auténtica y postiza
08 Nov 2008
Tanto en Paraguay con el obispo Fernando Lugo, como en Nicaragua bajo el mando del comandante Ortega, se han descubierto vínculos incontrastables de la vinculación entre ONGs y la CIA norteamericana.
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Commentary :: Globalization
The Wages of Sin
07 Nov 2008
the deepening economic crisis
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News :: Race
Frank Carlucci,Patrice Lumumbaand Stock Fraud Bill Bonner's Rascist Attack On Barrack Obama
07 Nov 2008
But more bizzare in light of the outrageous sick comments by Bill Bonner and James Dale Davidson in their latest thedailyreckoning political tirade and fraud promotion is knowing that Frank Carlucci who is also a George Herbert Walker Bush comrade and ex Carlyle CEO who some impicate in the murder of Patrice Lumumba in Africa in the 1960's Congo struggle against Belgian and U.S. imperialism.
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News :: War and Militarism
US MILITARY BATTLING MORO INSURGENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
06 Nov 2008
As part of Bush's "global war on/of terror", US military forces are supporting the corrupt Arroyo govt in suppressing Muslims demanding autonomy in southern Philippines. Help stop the massacre of civilians by protesting against the use of your tax dollars to support the brutal Arroyo regime and suppress the Moro people's right to self-determination.
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Commentary :: Human Rights : International : Politics : Race
WILL OUR US DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS CORRECT THESE AMERICAN JUDICIAL INJUSTICE'S ?
06 Nov 2008
**** THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF OUR UNDERFUNDED JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT NEEDS...C*H*A*N*G*E.......

**** GOD'S HAND IS INVOLVED IN THIS ONE ****

WHEN THIS HORROR IS PROVEN TO BE A TRUE EVENT AFFECTING THE POSSIBLE ENSLAVEMENT OF 2,500 POORER AMERICAN'S, THEN ALL OF AMERICA WILL BE AWARE THAT THIS SAME EXACT TREATMENT OF OUR POORER CITIZENS NEEDS A FORMAL US CONGRESSIONAL AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION NATIONWIDE !!!


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Posted on October 31, 2008 by Gideon
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I’m a little late on writing about this story (via several sources), but it sure is a doozy.

You know how it’s common knowlege that most appeals aren’t successful? Well, if you were a pro-se petitioner in Louisiana for the last 13 years, you knew that you wouldn’t win. Why is that? Because the Chief Judge of their Court of Appeals directed his clerk to summarily deny all appeals from pro-se petitioners without circulating the appeal to other judges.

The clerk, ridden with guilt, committed suicide earlier this year and left a note confessing everything.

This immoral and apparently illegal policy was in place until Jerrold Peterson, the staffer charged with implementing it, blew his brains out in May of last year. Peterson was driven to it in part, his suicide note suggested, by guilt over the nefarious tasks the judges made him perform.

In his note Peterson explained how the court gave indigent appellants the bum’s rush.

Although every criminal writ application is supposed to be reviewed by three judges, he was deputed to winnow out any that had been filed pro se and arrange for their automatic rejection.

Thus were an estimated 2,500 appeals deep-sixed without any judicial consideration whatsoever.

Now, facing public embarassment and possible ethical violations, the Louisiana Supreme Court has stepped in and asked…get this…the same appellate court to look at the appeals again. Note that they did not ask the Court to conduct an investigation into this practice, but simply to consider those appeals that were so summarily denied.

Because, if we placate the defendants with another cursory look at their appeals, we can sweep the ethical violations under the carpet.

At first this whole thing seemed rather odd to me. After all, how is this even possible? Here’s how:

Edward Dufresne, Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit, took charge of pro se appeals in 1994. He then had Peterson prepare rulings denying writs for all of them and signed off “without so much as a glance,” according to the suicide note. “No judge ever saw the writ application before the ruling was prepared by me,” Peterson wrote in a second suicide note to the Judiciary Commission.

The rulings also bore the names, though not the signatures, of judges Marion Edwards and Wally Rothschild. Neither Edwards nor Rothschild had any clue as to what was in the applications, or even knew that they had been filed, according to Peterson.

So you’ve got one complicit judge and maybe three. But there are 5 more on that court. What of them? Are we to really believe that these 5 (or 7) other judges never once questioned the stark absence of pro-se appeals? Particularly in Louisiana, whose system has the following characteristics:

* About 90 percent of criminal defendants in Louisiana are indigent.
* Louisiana only provides post-conviction legal aid in death penalty cases. Everyone else must either hire a lawyer, find a lawyer to handle their case pro bono, or handle the appeal themselves. Obviously, most have no choice but to opt for the latter.
* One criminal defense lawyer in Louisiana told me that if you’re convicted of murder in Louisiana and you’re innocent, you’re actually better off getting the death penalty. At least then you’ll get a team of lawyers, investigators, and experts to help with your appeal.

This from a state whose criminal justice system was already crumbling. It’s hard to believe that people such as Judge Dufresne take an oath to uphold the law and to prove equal protection under it. Disbarment may be enough, but only barely.

Justice delayed is no justice at all.
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THE SMOKING GUN LINK TO AMERICA'S JUDICIAL INJUSTICES BEING INFLICTED ON POORER AMERICAN'S !

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News :: International : Media
The Shortwave Report 11/07/08 Listen Globally!
06 Nov 2008
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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Commentary :: Politics
WE HAVE HOPE, BUT CHANGE REPRESENTS AN IMMENSE TASK
06 Nov 2008
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