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Late Night FDL: Mule

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:00 pm

Gov’t Mule – Mule

Gov’t Mule has new vinyl coming out…

Gov’t Mule have premiered their live version of the Rolling Stones’ Monkey Man with The Blues Magazine.

It’s taken from upcoming vinyl-only title Stoned Side Of The Mule, which is released on April 20 via Mascot Label Group.

The set of Stones covers, recorded in 2009, includes guest appearances by Jackie Greene and Steve Elson, and continues the band’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Mainman Warren Haynes recently explained: “These archive releases allow us to highlight some of our influences – as well as how far we’ve come since our first album.”

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Corrections Corp. of America Reaches Settlement in Idaho Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:00 pm

Idaho Correctional Center, Screenshot from Google Maps

Idaho Correctional Center, Screenshot from Google Maps

On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Pierce’s disturbing story is one of several to have come out in the wake of Idaho’s decision to take back control of the facility last year. Under CCA’s watch, ICC was nicknamed “gladiator school” for its high levels of violence, and allegations have surfaced indicating the private prison contractor may have manipulated prisoner medical records to cover up neglect and mismanagement. Pierce’s story provides an additional perspective on the atmosphere permitted, and sometimes encouraged, by CCA leadership within ICC.

Pierce was hired as a Licensed Practical Nurse at ICC in 2012 when CCA was running the facility. Her primary job was to run the medication cart, conducting rounds in the housing units to distribute prescriptions to prisoners. Guards were required to accompany her on those rounds as a safety measure.

On the night of September 13, 2012, Pierce went into a housing unit to collect “kites,” which are forms that prisoners fill out when they want to see medical staff or report a health issue. Pierce encountered three male CO’s in the unit: Officers Spurgess, Vasquez and Omerevich.

Judge Decides FBI, Justice Department May Keep Records on Investigation Into WikiLeaks Secret

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:16 pm

A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.”

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for records on “individuals targeted for surveillance” for their support or interest in WikiLeaks. They requested records of any lists of names of people placed on lists for their support or interest in WikiLeaks. They requested records of communications with Internet or social media companies on any lists of individuals who have shown support for WikiLeaks.

The organization also requested records on any communications with financial services companies, including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, on lists of individuals who have donated money and shown support for WikiLeaks.

When EPIC failed to obtain the records, the organization sued the FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD) and Criminal Division (CRM).

Even though there were records released related to Twitter litigation involving “customer account information” for Chelsea Manning, a WikiLeaks spokesperson, Jacob Appelbaum and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, EPIC is not entitled to the release of records with “investigatory techniques” similar to techniques in the Twitter litigation. That may “reveal information regarding the scope of this ongoing multi-subject investigation.” [PDF]

The records are exempt from release, according to Judge Barbara Rothstein, because they were related to the “unauthorized release of classified material on the WikiLeaks website.” Such files are “obviously related” to the FBI and CRM’s duties to “enforce criminal laws and to protect against national security threats.”

Defendants FBI and CRM have filed seven declarations in this case, three of which were filed ex parte and in camera. David Hardy from the FBI states that “responsive records are contained in files pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the disclosure of classified information that was published on the WikiLeaks website.” Similarly, John Cunningham from CRM states that “the responsive records in the possession of the Criminal Division are all part of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information that resulted in the publication of materials on the WikiLeaks website.” [emphasis added]

Rothstein adds that defendants’ search for documents “has not produced documents” because “there are no surveillance records for individuals, who ‘simply support’ or have interest in WikiLeaks.”

Explanation of how the peremptory challenges were made in the Boston Marathon Bombing Case

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:00 pm

Remember to include your client in the decision process because his life is at stake and he may have gotten a good or bad feeling from AB at some point during the voir dire process.

Also remember that a mistake with AB could get your client killed and no amount of post trial rationalizing will eliminate the stain of a bad decision.

This why death penalty lawyers understand like no other person the giddy terror of Icarus flying too close to the Sun.

Rally Connects Reports of Chicago ‘Black Site’ to Push for Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:05 pm

Young organizers in Chicago held a downtown rally on March 2 to communicate to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the outcome of a recent primary was a message from marginalized communities in the city. That message involves dissatisfaction that Emanuel has failed to support a reparations ordinance for police torture survivors. But organizers also sought to [...]

What Role Did Chicago Police Detective Deployed to Guantanamo Play in Renditions?

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:00 am

If one did not know who Richard Zuley was from reporter Jess Bravin’s account, or from my article linking Zuley, the interrogation leader in the torture of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, with a history of alleged Chicago police frame-up and coerced confessions (reported at The Dissenter last November), the splash of notoriety from a recent series [...]

Bridgegate: Jamie Fox’s Problematic Lobbying Records

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:01 am

MT @mattkatz00: Released Friday night: $10,678,799.83 for #Bridgegate lawyers,so far — AFTNJ (@AFTNJ) February 17, 2015 Last month the seemingly unending and ever-expanding political vortex known as Bridgegate sucked in yet another major figure in New Jersey politics and government, James P. “Jamie” Fox. A story in the Bergen Record revealed that a subpoena [...]

The Roundup for March 3rd, 2015

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:00 am

Hey there folks, apologies for the site issues. I’m sure a solution will be made. Like the old saying goes, always look on the bright side of life. Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress yesterday despite former Israeli generals and security advisers warning him not to do [...]

Over Easy: Opening Statements Today in Boston Bombing Case

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:39 am

Opening statements are not evidence and they are not arguments. They are statements by the lawyers to sketch out their respective cases for the jury.

Late Night FDL: I Am I Said

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 8:00 pm

Neil Diamond – I Am I Said

Neil Diamond says he’ll tour until he can’t…

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