Trump Using Executions As A ‘Political Tool’: US Activist Lawyer

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and winner of the Right Livelihood Award


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“Tragic” and “political” is how Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who is to receive the Right Livelihood Award on Thursday, describes the frenzy of federal executions scheduled by US President Donald Trump before his departure from office.

“For every nine people we’ve executed in the United States, one innocent person on death row has been identified,” Stevenson told AFP in an interview.

The 61-year-old African-American attorney is to be honored with three other rights activists on Thursday with the Swedish foundation award established in 1980 which has been described as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson has been able to prove the innocence or commute the sentences of 130 condemned prisoners, a fight which is recounted in his book “Just Mercy” and a movie of the

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To Trump, land conservation law was a political pawn to help with election

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In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt listens during a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

When President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act in August, he touted himself as the White House’s greatest champion of the environment since Teddy Roosevelt.

It was a gag-worthy comparison, given Trump’s assaults on environmental regulations across the board, and now his administration has further revealed what a lie it was.

It did so by — wait for it — gutting the same Great American Outdoors Act that Trump had signed.

On Nov. 9, while no one was looking, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order giving governors and local jurisdictions the power to veto federal land acquisitions made under the measure. More specifically, the order applied to acreage purchased under the decades-old Land and Water Conservation

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Ohio political group asks Trump to impose martial law, hold new election

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An Ohio-based political organization is calling on President Donald Trump to impose limited martial law and conduct a new presidential election, a move that Ohio’s Republican attorney general called “utterly irresponsible.”

The We the People Convention, based in Akron, took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday, asking Trump to “invoke limited martial law in order to allow the U.S. military to oversee a new and fair federal election,” according to a news release.

In November, Trump lost his reelection bid to Democrat Joe Biden. Since then, Trump has alleged election fraud and attempted legal challenges in several states that he lost to Biden, but he has not been successful in changing the outcome in any of those states.

Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People group, said in the release, “It is our exclusive

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Valpo attorney arrested in harassment case now involving political entanglements | Crime and Courts



Timothy Vojslavek

Timothy Vojslavek




VALPARAISO — Suspended attorney Timothy Vojslavek turned himself in at the Porter County Jail early Sunday in a case involving both the judge he attempted to unseat 12 years ago and the candidate who succeeded in that task earlier this month.

Vojslavek surrendered to the jail on an order from Porter Superior Court Judge David Chidester.

Vojslavek faces a felony count of invasion of privacy with a prior conviction and misdemeanor harassment using a computer in allegations involving his former wife. 

An arrest warrant was issued Sept. 29 by Democrat Chidester, who fought off a re-election challenge from Republican Vojslavek in 2008.

Republican Christopher Buckley, who succeed in defeating Chidester at the polls earlier this month, jumped in to represent Vojslavek and filed a motion the day before the Nov. 3 election seeking a different courtroom for the case, court records show.

“I just saw a grave

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Restoring constitutional order, ‘political system from chaos’ is priority: Lam



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Source: Global Times Published: 2020/11/25 16:19:07

In her 2020 annual policy address, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam stressed the need to restore Hong Kong’s constitutional order and restore the political system from chaos, and proposed measures to improve the oath-taking process for civil servants and strengthen legal education for young people.

Regarding the recent disqualification of a few Legislation Council (LegCo) members, Hong Kong will submit the draft amendment to oath-taking requirements for civil servants within the year to address the legal consequences and proceedings for violating the oath of office.

Lam said that in order to implement the provisions of the Basic Law, the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law and the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on the eligibility of LegCo members, and in

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Trump Team Requests Recount of Georgia’s Presidential Race | Political News

President Donald Trump’s campaign requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race on Saturday, a day after state officials certified results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state, as his legal team presses forward with attacks alleging widespread fraud without proof.

Georgia’s results showed Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25%. State law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp formalized the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors.

The Trump campaign sent a hand-delivered letter to the secretary of state’s office requesting the recount in an election that has been fraught with unfounded accusations of fraud by Trump and his supporters.

A Trump legal team statement said: “Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia. We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law

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Second Prosecutor Leaves Trump’s Law Enforcement Commission, Says Work Being ‘Smothered’ by ‘Political Agenda’

A second prosecutor has left President Donald Trump’s law enforcement commission on Thursday.



a man sitting at a table looking at their cell phones: Attorney General William Bar Leads Law Enforcement Round Table ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 15: U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department during a round table discussion on Operation Legend on October 15, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Mark Dupree, the district attorney in Wyandotte County, Kansas, told Barr that he resigns from the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement.


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Attorney General William Bar Leads Law Enforcement Round Table ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 15: U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department during a round table discussion on Operation Legend on October 15, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Mark Dupree, the district attorney in Wyandotte County, Kansas, told Barr that he resigns from the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement.

Mark Dupree, the district attorney in Wyandotte County, Kansas, told U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a letter, obtained by Newsweek on Thursday, that the commission had been “smothered by a pernicious political agenda.”

Trump and Barr created the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice last year before George Floyd’s death in May.

Dupree also asked the U.S.

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AP Sources: FBI Is Investigating Texas Attorney General | Political News

By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.

Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton’s staff that the high-profile Republican committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul, the people told The Associated Press. They insisted on anonymity to discuss the investigation because it is ongoing.

Confirmation of the criminal probe marks mounting legal peril for Paxton, who’s denied wrongdoing and refused calls for his resignation since his top deputies reported him to federal authorities at the end of September.

A criminal defense attorney for Paxton, Philip Hilder, declined to comment. Spokespersons in the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It’s

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State’s attorney: No charges will be filed over removal of anti-Trump political signs

GREENWICH — No criminal charges will be sought after an investigation into accusations that town employees removed campaign signs from public property in October.

Stamford State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek said no arrests will be made in the case.

“The findings of the Greenwich Police revealed no criminal intent on (the part of) town employees who removed signs that were allegedly damaged or had been blown over,” Ferencek said Wednesday.

Ferencek did not elaborate on his statement.

The political action committee Greenwich Voices for Democracy filed a police complaint before the election that its signs had been taken down, allegedly by employees of the Department of Public Works.

The complaint prompted a Greenwich Police Department investigation, the findings of which were turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police officials said the department’s report was based on interviews with witnesses, canvasses for video footage, inspections of the signs in question and

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US Drops Case Against Ex-Mexican General After Pressure | Political News

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, MICHAEL R. SISAK and MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico.

The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and officials were vague about what led them to drop charges in a case they celebrated as a major breakthrough just last month, when federal agents nabbed retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles.

Two officials, one Mexican and one American, said Mexico’s tactics involved threatening to expel the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional director and agents unless the U.S. dropped the case. But they said that was only part of the negotiation. They would not elaborate.

The officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

A

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