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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- The United Nations' lead torture investigator says he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and wants access to California lockups to ensure that prisoners' rights are being protected. "We should have more justification" for putting prisoners in isolation, Juan Mendez, the UN's special rapporteur (reporter) on torture told The Times' editorial board Friday. He called for greater scrutiny of prison systems that routinely put inmates in solitary confinement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
When it comes to “Zero Dark Thirty,” there's been a lot written about the CIA and torture - whether it looked in real life the way it does on screen, whether it was effective, whether it was ethical. As we've been reporting this week, John McCain and other lawmakers don't agree it went down that way . The film, they say, misrepresents how the CIA found Osama bin Laden. Filmmakers say they've created an accurate depiction. Now that the movie has opened, we thought we'd ask you what you thought of the scenes.
OPINION
August 12, 2009
If Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. believes that crimes may have been committed in the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists, he has no choice but to ask a respected prosecutor to weigh the evidence and, if appropriate, bring charges. But the appointment of such a figure, which The Times has reported is imminent, won't provide critics of the CIA with the legal equivalent of a wide-ranging "truth commission" they have been seeking. Nor is it likely to illuminate the conduct of White House lawyers or policymakers.
WORLD
December 31, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - On the eve of Mexico's Day of the Dead this year, authorities in Veracruz declared triumphantly that they had solved one of the decade's most notorious slayings of a journalist in Mexico. They trotted before reporters a sad-sack figure, one Jorge Antonio Hernandez Silva. They proclaimed him guilty of the April slaying of Regina Martinez, a highly respected reporter for the national Proceso magazine. He had confessed, the Veracruz government said, and the motive was robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County woman was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison for the torture and murder of her 3-year-old daughter, who had been found beaten and burned, prosecutors said. The sentence against Yolanda Guadalupe Pena was handed down by Judge James Hawkins in Indio. A jury found Pena guilty in June of one count each of murder, torture and assault on a child resulting in death, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Pena, a resident of La Quinta, was also convicted of one count of inflicting injury on a child, relating to another daughter, who was 12 years old at the time of the crime, prosecutors said.
OPINION
May 16, 2010 | Albie Sachs
In 1983, when Nelson Mandela was in prison and his great friend and legal partner, Oliver Tambo, was leading the African National Congress in exile, I was summoned to the ANC headquarters in Zambia. On my arrival, Tambo told me they had a problem and he hoped that I, as a lawyer in the movement, could help find a solution. The ANC, he said, had captured a number of people sent by Pretoria to infiltrate and destroy the organization, and now the ANC needed regulations on how such captives should be dealt with.
OPINION
November 14, 2005
Re "When torture is the only option ... " Opinion, Nov. 11 So, David Gelernter has explained to us in his best neo-condescending manner that a little torture is a good thing. Us lazy-thinking, Cabernet-sipping hot-tub baskers, he says, should realize that sometimes the CIA must be required (his italics) to torture, "because it may be the only option we've got." As support, he drags out the tired example of a ticking nuclear bomb. The hypothetical saving of Manhattan in neocon think tanks has nothing to do with torture rooms in ClA black sites.
WORLD
April 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iran's judiciary chief Wednesday ordered a ban on the use of torture for obtaining confessions -- a move widely seen as the first public acknowledgment of the practice in the country. "Any kind of torture of the accused to obtain confessions is banned, and confessions extracted through torture will not be religiously or legally legitimate," Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi said in a statement addressed to interrogators and other judicial officials.
OPINION
September 12, 2006
Re "CIA Can Still Get Tough on Detainees," Sept. 8 In life, very few things are truly black and white. Torture happens to be one. President Bush and his administration have shamed this country with their policies of torture, secret prisons and proposed "tribunals" that fall far short of anything any American would recognize as justice. Congress should rectify these aberrations and put us back on the path that follows the rule of law and reflect the values on which this country was founded.
OPINION
February 5, 2008
Re "Mukasey's confession," Opinion, Feb. 2 I enjoyed Tim Rutten's "keep it simple, stupid" logic that disrobes Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey's attempt to dress his words in some sort of distorted rationale and acceptable response to the simple question of whether or not waterboarding is torture. Mukasey is only a cut above former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, as he doesn't try to use the excuse that he cannot remember or recall whether waterboarding is torture. At least Mukasey is willing to admit that if he were a victim of waterboarding, it would be torture and therefore illegal.
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