Saturday, May 26, 2012

PeaceCamp2010 Appeals Online

Today Ed was telling me about India surpassing the USA in advancing human rights laws, by declaring sleep a basic human right. That was after telling me about the PeaceCamp2010 Appeals documents that are available online. Perhaps Santa Cruz, California will cease perpetrating regressive cruelty. That is unlikely to occur here, nor in California, nor the USA, before the Appeals hearing occurs on June 14th, 2012, because corporations hate us to death.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Court June 14th

Ed let me know that there is a hearing on June 14th, on the first appeal, now that the filings and responses are filed.

He also has[had, case dismissed!] a hearing this Friday, for contempt, because he didn't wear a suit during the second trial.

Yes, the courts are that broken, in Santa Cruz.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Don't Let Them Do That To You

AMY GOODMAN: Are you concerned about the police crackdown on the Occupy movement, a level of militarization of the police in this country that we have rarely seen before?

ROBERT REICH: Yeah, and it’s ironic that, under the First Amendment, we now have a Supreme Court that says corporations are people and money is speech, and yet when the people really do mobilize under their First Amendment rights to free assembly, the police, in city after city, crack down and don’t allow the people to be heard. I mean, if corporations are people and if money is speech, then it becomes even more critical that we expand and enrich the definition of First Amendment—of the First Amendment to allow people to express themselves.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/8/we_need_to_make_a_ruckus

Monday, May 7, 2012

Meanwhile, Back At The Front Lines

Crimes Of Process

The misdemeanor machine has inspired a slew of epithets: “meet ‘em and plead ‘em lawyering,” “assembly line justice,” “cattle herding,” and “McJustice.” They reflect the reality that once people charged with misdemeanors get to court, they are pressured by judges, prosecutors, and their own lawyers into pleading guilty, often without knowledge of their rights or the nature of the charges against them.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2012/04/misdemeanors_can_have_major_consequences_for_the_people_charged_.single.html

Locally, the terms public pretender and dump truck are popular.