There’s a strategy followed by oligarchs worldwide when they are caught out. Alan Bond , Rupert Murdoch and Weinstein revert to feeble old men who buy their way out of trouble. Is this their legal advice then what does it say about justice and the legal systems we operate under. Trump’s jailed co-conspirators were just lackeys he promised to protect but didn’t.(ODT)
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A Tale of two States
Paid for your crime and did your time yet? Not if you’re Indigenous, Working Class or belong to any other minority but Middle Class, White and Christian. Andrew Bolt with a history of guilty charges against him will tell the world that you can’t be trusted if you speak out on Q&A or protest on any other platform reinforcing this cultural bias in our justice system yet maintains he’s an exceptional victim.(ODT)
Victoria is the only state or territory in Australia that does not have a spent convictions scheme, which allows for minor convictions to be wiped from someone’s record after a period of time with no offending.
Old convictions holding back Aboriginal Victorians, inquiry told
Today, Marshae Jones is being charged with manslaughter for being pregnant and getting shot while engaging in an altercation with a person who had a gun. Tomorrow, it will be another black woman, maybe for having a drink while pregnant. And after that, another, for not obtaining adequate prenatal care,” said Yellowhammer’s Reyes. “We commit ourselves to making sure that Marshae is released from jail on bond, assisting with her legal representation, and working to ensure that she gets justice for the multiple attacks that she has endured.”
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A lawyer is supposed to be an officer of the court, and a defence counsel is supposed to argue the client’s case within the law to force the prosecution to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Yet there were a handful who crossed the line. They became gang members, advising on how to launder drug money, complicit in attempts to pervert the course of justice and prepared to intimidate witnesses. Some became romantically connected to the clients they represented.
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Ten years after the behavior of over-leveraged and fraudulent banks created a global financial disaster that resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in losses; a multi-trillion bailout using public money; and millions of people losing their homes to foreclosure, but saw not one high-level financial executive go to jail, a man in Florida has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store.
via Ten Years After Not One High-Level Banker Sent to Jail for Tanking Global Economy, This Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Stealing Cigarettes
And when did we start assuming guilt on the basis of an anonymous and unsubstantiated complaint, while denying the alleged defendant any access to due process and natural justice?
This entire situation stinks like a dead cod left in the sun.
Or, as Shakespeare more eloquently put it:
‘Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides …’
~ King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1.
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According to PeerJ Computer Science journal, an algorithm written by scientists from the University College London, University of Sheffield and the University of Pennsylvania allows an Artificial Intelligence algorithm to give a verdict with seventy-nine percent accuracy in human trials. This complex system is one of a kind, and has solely been developed to understand case …
Source: European Courts to Use Artificial Intelligence to Pass Sentence
Freelance correspondent Ben Bohane goes on patrol in Manila, where 200 drug dealers and users have been shot dead in two weeks as part of the Filipino leader’s war on drugs.
Source: Rodrigo Duterte: New President’s ‘war on drugs’ reaping lethal results on Manila’s streets – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A video of an Aboriginal child’s early interaction with the justice system should never have been used to confect outrage with no regard for his welfare.
Source: Our shameful response to the Mt Druitt handcuffing video – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
This is a story of desperation, a saga that stretches across half a lifetime and in which no one has actually done anything wrong yet but where a soul-destroying injustice is poised to happen unless one man does the right thing.
Source: You be the judge: should this man be thrown out of Australia?
Days after his deportation from the United States, the Palestinian activist and professor Sami Al-Arian discusses the end of his ordeal as the target of one of the most controversial prosecutions of the post-9/11 era. Sami was accused of ties to a militant group, but a Florida jury failed to return a single guilty verdict on any of the 17 charges against him. After prosecutors refiled charges, Sami chose jail time and deportation rather than face a second trial. For much of the three years following his arrest in 2003, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement and reportedly abused by prison staff under conditions Amnesty International called “gratuitously punitive.” In a broadcast exclusive, Sami joins us from Turkey for his first broadcast interview since being deported. We are also joined by his daughter Laila Al-Arian, a Peabody Award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C.