Afternoon News Update

Quick afternoon update, we've got to get back to work:

Fabio Ochoa, convicted Colombian former cartel leader, was sentenced to 30 years today. Roy Black, his attorney, says the sentence violates the terms of his earlier extradition agreement which stated 12 years was the maximum sentence for a violation.

It shows the bad faith of the U.S. government," said defense attorney Roy Black. "The U.S. government, despite its arrogance in refusing to follow international agreements, must be held responsible for making promises to the government of Colombia."

In the Sniper case, the Judge ruled the prosecution must turn over exculpatory statements in witness interviews but refused to hold a hearing on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Bioterror expert Dr. Steven Hatfill, long the subject of the federal anthrax probe, has sued Attorney General John Ashcroft and other officials for " ...trampling his constitutional rights and using him as a scapegoat for their failure to make an arrest in the case."

Saving the best for last, Ashcroft On Tour and Unplugged:

– Like an aging rock star promoting a new album, John Ashcroft hit the road for a summer tour last week. Armed with a repertoire that includes such timeless hits as "We Are Safer" and "Our Liberties Are More Secure" the attorney general set out on a four-week 18-city jaunt that will take him from the heartland to the East Coast.

[thanks to Patriot Watch for the link]

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