CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
About 30,000 California prisoners this week began what could potentially be the biggest prison hunger strike in state history. Out of curiosity, I checked out the petition containing the prisoners' demands. The first signature belongs to Todd Ashker, a convicted killer incarcerated at Pelican Bay. He doesn't sound so bad when you check him out at “ Write a Prisoner ,” the prison pen pal website. Born under the astrological sign of Cancer, he just turned 50, is separated, and in 2008, earned a paralegal degree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 |
California's bid to end court oversight of the care it gives about 33,000 mentally ill inmates was heard Wednesday by a federal judge who voiced concern that he had only days to weigh thousands of pages of contradictory claims and issue a decision. Gov. Jerry Brown's motion to end oversight, filed in early January, triggered a federal law that requires a decision in 90 days. Documents produced in court show the state began its own preparation in late 2011, when it hired experts to review the adequacy of inmate care.
April 3, 2011 |
The lawyers who spent years fighting to free prisoners at Guantanamo Bay thought they had won in 2008, when the Supreme Court gave detainees a right to go to court and Barack Obama was elected president. But things haven't worked out as they had hoped. Last month, President Obama reversed a campaign promise and announced plans to keep prisoners at Guantanamo indefinitely. Congress has blocked moving any prisoners from the Cuba detention center to this country, even for a trial.
January 30, 2010 |
In a trial that never became the referendum on abortion that some abortion foes wanted, Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old airport shuttle driver, was convicted Friday of murdering George Tiller, one the nation's few physicians who performed late-term abortions. When he was slain in the vestibule of his church last May 31, Tiller became the eighth doctor since 1993 to be killed by antiabortion extremists. In June, his family announced that his clinic would close permanently. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for only 37 minutes before finding Roeder guilty of premeditated murder.
June 18, 2009 |
Civil rights activists plan to file a lawsuit today contesting the transfer of a Tunisian American prisoner to a federal prison facility that some inmates have dubbed "Little Guantanamo." The suit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Sabri Benkahla could be the first of many challenging the secretive units, which drastically restrict outside contact. Benkahla was transferred to the Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, Ind.
March 3, 2009 |
The new deputy solicitor general for the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday to go slow in giving prisoners a right to seek DNA testing that could free them. "Our position is there is no constitutional right to DNA," Neal Katyal, a former Georgetown University law professor, told the justices. He said establishing a right to DNA testing for inmates could "open the floodgates" to lawsuits seeking new tests of old evidence.