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Rep. Slaughter calls for ‘retroactive recusal’ to overturn Citizens United

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) told Current TV’s Keith Olbermann Tuesday that a “retroactive recusal” of Justice Clarence Thomas could result in overturning the Citizens United case. Earlier this year, the liberal group Common Cause argued that both Justices Thomas and Antonin Scalia should have recused themselves from the Citizens United…

Hundreds attend funeral of executed Georgia inmate Troy Davis

WASHINGTON — Mourners gathered in Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of murder convict Troy Davis, saying his execution last month serves as a rallying cry for the movement to end capital punishment. Hundreds of people packed the Jonesville Baptist Church in the southern city of Savannah, where many wore…

Thousands rally for democracy in Morocco

Thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers Sunday to demand greater political reforms and social justice in Morocco. The latest protests were organised by the youth-based February 20 Movement behind months of demonstrations calling for reforms in the Arab world’s oldest reigning monarchy. In…

Iraq to execute Saddam’s half-brothers

Iraq will execute two of Saddam Hussein’s half-brothers within a month along with three other former regime officials, an official said on Friday, after the five were handed over by the US military. The group, transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday morning, were among 206 high-value detainees still being held by…

Study confirms dark-skinned women get longer prison sentences

A recent study of females convicted of crimes showed a disheartening correlation that would confirm accusations of racial injustice in the legal system: The lighter a convict’s skin, the shorter their prison sentence tends to be, and the less time they serve. Researchers at Villanova University examined the records of…

Exiled former Tunisian President Ben Ali faces drug and weapons charges

Tunisia’s ousted president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali faces new weapons and drug charges in a Tunis court Thursday a week after he was sentenced in absentia to 35 years in jail for embezzling public funds. The disgraced ex-strongman, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January at the height of…

US hails Rwanda genocide verdict

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Saturday welcomed the genocide conviction of a Rwandan ex-minister for women’s empowerment, saying it was “an important step” in the long journey toward accountability for the Rwandan people. Judges at the UN court for Rwanda sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko on Friday to life in…

Mitch McConnell calls for Iraqi suspects to be sent to Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — The US Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, called Tuesday for two Iraqi nationals facing terrorism charges in his home state to be shipped to the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility. “Get these men out of Kentucky. Send them to Guantanamo where they belong. Get these terrorists out of…

Courts slow to indict military contractors accused of bribery

For proof that the wheels of justice turn slowly for private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sometimes bog down all together, look no further than the indictment this week of George H. Lee, American businessman. A federal grand jury indicted Lee on charges that he allegedly paid bribes to…

Belgian minister slammed over Nazi remarks

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Tuesday for Belgium’s justice minister to be sacked over controversial remarks he made about World War II Nazi collaborators. Stefan De Clerck has come under fire for calling for an “adult” debate in Belgium about granting amnesty to wartime…

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