Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Please see the press release below and online here <https://www.nlg.org/news/releases/nlg-strongly-objects-oppressive-and-discriminatory-law-enforcement-tactics-ferguson-mo>.
To support the NLG's efforts in Missouri, please visit nlg.org/ferguson.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tasha Moro, Communications Coordinator 212-679-5100, ext. 15 firstname.lastname@example.org
*National Lawyers Guild Strongly Objects to Oppressive and Discriminatory Law Enforcement Tactics in Ferguson, Mo. * *NLG Members Offering Legal Support to Ferguson Protesters*
NEW YORK -- The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is on the ground providing legal support to Ferguson, Missouri residents protesting in the wake of last week’s fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Since then, community protests and neighborhood demonstrations have been violently confronted by the Ferguson Police Department, armed with military-grade weaponry. Yesterday morning, Governor Jay Nixon deployed the Missouri National Guard to supplement St. Louis County police, while the state of emergency he announced on Saturday remains in effect. In light of the police brutality aimed at protesters thus far, the NLG is deeply concerned about the use of the National Guard for civilian police duties, normally reserved for natural disasters or insurrection.
In response to needs of local demonstrators and organizers, the NLG is mobilizing a range of legal support such as criminal defense, jail support, injunctive relief, and Legal Observers – NLG-trained volunteers who protect the rights of protesters by monitoring and documenting police activity at demonstrations. The NLG’s presence in Ferguson includes legal workers and lawyers from the St. Louis area, as well as others from Chicago, Detroit, and New York in collaboration with local St. Louis and Ferguson organizers.
Interim NLG Executive Director Dan Gregor, currently in Ferguson helping with legal support, said, “Nobody should have assault weapons leveled at their chests by police or tear gas rounds fired at them for exercising free speech and petitioning government for a redress of serious grievances. This is a community expressing legitimate anger at not just the murder of one unarmed black teen a week ago, but also the countless young men of color brutalized every day across the country by the police, and now, the military.”
The Guild recognizes that the ongoing events in Ferguson reflect a dynamic and complex struggle around issues including race, class, state repression, and free speech. The NLG urges Gov. Nixon and law enforcement to respect the protesters’ right to free speech and assembly, while treating them with the dignity they deserve.
*The National Lawyers Guild was formed in 1937 as the nation’s first racially integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.*
Monday, August 18, 2014
Arizona Loose With Its Rules in Executions, Records Show ("That improvisation is not unusual for Arizona, where corrections officials and medical staff members routinely deviate from the state's written rules for conducting executions, state records and court filings show. Sometimes they improvise even while a convict is strapped to a table in the execution chamber and waiting for the drugs coursing through his veins to take effect.")
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Op-Ed Columnist: Where's the Justice at Justice? ("The Justice Department is trying to scuttle the reporters' privilege - ignoring the chilling effect that is having on truth emerging in a jittery post-9/11 world prone to egregious government excesses.Attorney General Eric Holder wants to force Risen to testify and reveal the identity of his confidential source on a story he had in his 2006 book concerning a bungled C.I.A. operation during the Clinton administration in which agents might have inadvertently helped Iran develop its nuclear weapon program.")
Friday, August 15, 2014
New Case About the DA's Duty to Turn Over Police Misconduct Material
DUTY OF PROSECUTOR TO REVIEW POLICE PERSONNEL FILES FOR BRADY MATERIAL
What duty does the DA have to review police officer personnel files for Brady (373 US 83) material? The C/A says that the DA must conduct such a review. If the DA finds Brady material, the DA must make a Pitchess motion in order to obtain a court order disclosing that material to the defense.