“It’s impossible that nobody knew what was going on here, with vehicles coming in and out. If that wasn’t with the complicity of authorities, I don’t know how it was done.”
Jorge Winckler, the new state prosecutor of Veracruz, Mexico told reporters regarding the discovery of a mass grave containing more than 250 skulls in a neighborhood field on the outskirts of Veracruz. The former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, faces charges of working with organized crime and embezzling state funds during his 2010-2016 term of office.
“The Paradox of Mexico’s Mass Graves” by Ioan Grillo in the July 19, 2017 The New York Times.
“This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make.”
Joseph T. Deters, Cincinnati’s top prosecutor told reporters regarding a bodycam video in which officer Raymond M. Tensing killed Samuel DuBose with a shot to the head during a traffic stop in 2015.
“No third Trial for Ex-Officer Who Killed Driver, Cincinnati Prosecutor Says” by Jess Bidgood The New York Times TIMES
July 19, 2017
“I am sorry things turned out the way they did.”
O.J. Simpson told the four-member parole board on Thursday July 20. O.J. was up for parole after serving the minimum time on an up-to-33-year sentence from a 2008 conviction in Las Vegas on charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.
“Simpson Is Granted Parole by Nevada” by Sara Randazzo nytimes.com/national July 21, 2017
“The great responsibility we have in Uruguay is to show the world that this system of freedom with regulation works better than prohibition.”
Eduardo Blasina, founder of the Montevideo Cannabis Museum, told reporters regarding the legalization of marijuana which took effect in July. Uruguay is the first nation to fully legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use.
“Marijuana Use Is Fully Legal” by Ernesto Londono in July 19, 2017 nytimes.com/international
“How can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that?”
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Prime Minister asked about the police shooting and killing of Justine Damond, and Australian native living in Minneapolis. Neither officer involved in the incident had their body cameras on, however, one claims to have heard a loud sound before the shooting.
The Week, July 28, 2017 www.the week.com
“No one – not even the government itself – has ever been able to specify with any certainty the precise number of federal crimes defined … in the 27,000 or so pages of the U.S. Code.”
In the 1980s, lawyers at the Department of Justice estimated that the criminal code contained 3,000 crimes. Today, the Heritage Foundation estimates the federal laws currently enumerate nearly 5,000 crimes, a number that grows every year.
Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, told Foreign Affairs Magazine in “The Prisoner Dilemma” March /April 2017 www.ForeignAffairs.com
“We’ve already said and reaffirm very clearly that we will not let our local law enforcement officers to become ICE agents in the streets.”
Said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as the city is set to change its sentencing ordinance to help some immigrants avoid deportation.
JON MURRAY | jmurray@denverpost. www.denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: April 27, 2017
“Amazon uses third party providers to fulfill many of these orders, which may allow opportunities for concealed contraband in products and/or packaged items mailed from private citizens into our institutions.”
Kathleen Allison, Director of Division of Adult Institutions said in a June notification to all the CDCR prisons regarding the suspension of Amazon’s right to mail purchases of books to inmates.
“Despite a decline in both its prison population and the number of prison staff, California’s prison spending rose $560 million between 2010 and 2015, primarily because salary, pension and other employee and retiree benefits continued to increase, also a result of union negotiated increases.”
Reported the Vera Institute for Justice https://www.vera.org/projects/the-price-of-prisons