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US federal prosecutors often threaten drug offenders with decades of prion time in an effort to intimidate them into waiving their right to trial and agreeing to plead guilty, a Human Rights Watch investigation has determined.
A whopping 97 percent of federal drug defendants agree to a plea bargain, foregoing their constitutionally-protected right to a fair trial. Government attorneys convince them to do so by charging a defendant with crimes that have high minimum mandatory sentences attached, meaning a judge has no choice but to follow the pre-disposed guideline.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organization that lobbies for human rights around the world, found that the three percent of defendants who take their chances with a trial are often disappointed. Federal drug offenders convicted in a trial are given prison sentences that are on average three times longer than those who accept a plea deal, according to “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” the 126-page HRW report.
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As the world remembers Nelson Mandela’s legacy as South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, he was also deeply skeptical of American power, the Iraq invasion, and was a key supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Here are seven quotes from the leader that are less likely to be published as his life is honored and his death commemorated in the mainstream media.
Prior to the US invasion of Iraq, Mandela slammed the actions of the US at a speech made at the International Women’s Forum in Johannesburg, declaring that former President George W. Bush’s primary motive was ‘oil’, while adding that Bush was undermining the UN.
Leaders of the New York City Jewish community are calling for the capture of participants involved in the recent rash of violent “knockout” assaults, and are offering a cash award for information leading to their arrest.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) announced this week that they’re willing to pay upwards of $5,000 to anyone who can assist local law enforcement with the wave of attacks, which have made national attention in recent weeks and spawned a trend of similar assaults across the country.
Authorities say youths in New York and elsewhere have been increasingly participating in these games of “knockout,” in which groups are reported to spontaneously flock and then assault their victim with the intention of taking them to the ground in a single punch.
A police officer in Washington, D.C. is currently under investigation for possibly running a prostitution ring out of this apartment, where a 16-year-old missing girl was found on Tuesday evening
The unnamed officer has yet to be to charged with a crime, though the Metropolitan Police Department has placed him on paid leave while it wraps up the investigation.