'Round the Blogosphere and Open Thread

If you're online this afternoon and evening, here's some stuff to check out:

  • Instapundit Glenn Reynolds' op-ed in the New York Post on the Supreme Court decision to review the D.C. gun control law.

What are you reading?

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    King County Jail (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Packratt on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 04:24:43 PM EST
    The King County Jail, where I was tortured when they intentionally withheld medical care for me after I was brutally beaten by a dozen people last year, was hammered by a DOJ investigative report for ongoing civil rights abuses and negligence, even cited for causing the death of at least one prisoner when he died of a preventable infection due to lack of medical care.

    I plan on posting more about it when I have some time later at my new blog, http://injusticeinseattle.blogspot.com

    I guess... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Packratt on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 01:50:27 AM EST
    It's ok when democrats violate the human rights of prisoners who haven't had their day in court. People only get upset about civil rights abuses when Bush is responsible for them.

    At least judging by the lack of interest in this story.


    Police State (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by squeaky on Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 04:10:45 PM EST
    Welcome to the jackboot state, not to mention the jackboot campus, anno domini 2007. A doctor gives verbal advice to protect the life of an unconscious man and she duly gets hit with attempted felonies by vindictive campus cops, with the connivance of the University of Michigan. Jury selection for her trial starts on Monday in a county courthouse in Ann Arbor.

    This case began with an on-campus talk about Iran last November 30 by Raymond Tanter, a former Reagan administration foreign policy advisor and nutball cofounder of the Committee on the Present Danger.

    Here's how Dr. Catherine Wilkerson described what happened next...


    The cop used his far-greater strength and body weight, along with the force of his knee on his victim's back to press his chest against the floor. It would be impossible for a person to inflate his lungs pressed against the floor with his hands cuffed behind his back like that. Asphyxiation being a well-known cause of death of people in custody, when the man started calling out that he couldn't breathe, I approached, identified myself as a doctor, and instructed the cop to turn him over immediately. The victim went limp. The cop turned him onto his back. I saw that the victim had a wound on his forehead and blood in his nostrils. He was unconscious. Reiterating numerous times that I was a doctor, I tried to move to where I could assess the victim for breathing and a pulse. The cop shoved me, until finally, after my imploring him to allow me to render medical care to the victim, he allowed me to determine that the victim was alive.

    Alexander Cockburn

    Well, as usual for me, a bit of Glenn Sacks... (none / 0) (#2)
    by jerry on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 04:50:21 PM EST
    I think he details some issues that are familiar to criminal defense lawyers: overzealous prosecutors and attorney generals, false allegations of rape, overcharging of rape against 8 year olds, punishments that impoverish and take away any ability to earn a living, and on and on.


    State Secrets (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 07:38:09 AM EST
    Thanks for recommending the post by firedoglake on the recent terrorism case where the government acknowledged that they misled a judge and kept prosecutors in the dark about the existence of evidence (tape recordings) related to the case.

    Perhaps someone can explain this to me. The Bush administration says it is tough on  terrorism.  However, when our government breaks or circumvents the law it makes prosecution of terrorism difficult if not impossible.  How is that being tough on terrorism?      

    Rudy will not be the GOP nominee (none / 0) (#5)
    by desmoinesdem on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 08:19:06 AM EST
    He cannot withstand any kind of scrutiny. At some point before February 5, Romney or other rivals are going to give voters an education about the real Rudy.

    Clinton Rough Patch (none / 0) (#6)
    by Aaron on Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 12:21:24 AM EST
    Stun Gun=Torture (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 05:32:49 PM EST
    TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill, a UN committee has declared after several recent deaths in North America.

    "The use of these weapons causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture,'' the UN's Committee against Torture said.

    "In certain cases, they can even cause death, as has been shown by reliable studies and recent real-life events,'' the committee of 10 experts said.

    Three men, all in their early 20s, were reported to have died in the United States this week, days after a Polish man died at Vancouver airport after being Tasered by Canadian police.

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