#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 23 – Just recently the NYCLU won a historic civil rights victory – 50 years in the making – with significance for equal justice across the country.
Just as the NYCLU’s lawsuit for public defence reform was set to go to trial, New York State agreed to a settlement that lays the foundation for statewide reform of our broken public defence system and provides equal justice for all.
New York State recognized that the right to an attorney is not an empty promise but a fundamental right of every single American, rich or poor.
For the past 50 years, New Yorkers who could not afford private attorneys were systematically denied justice.
People like Kimberly Hurrell-Harring, who committed a misdemeanor, but was advised by her public defense attorney to plead guilty to a felony – and lost her job and home while in jail.
Or like James Adams, who was accused of stealing deodorant yet sat in jail for three months, causing his family to be evicted.
Untold thousands of poor people and people of colour were needlessly incarcerated and branded with criminal histories for the rest of their lives.
As we celebrate the success of the NYCLU’s historic class action lawsuit and the promise of equal justice in the future, we dedicate this victory to the many poor New Yorkers we represented – people who suffered tremendous losses in the state’s broken public defense system yet fought by our side for more than seven years for the rights of all New Yorkers.
Please join us in thanking the past and present named plaintiffs in Hurrell-Harring v. New York by signing our letter.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Ohio) – October 23 – News and Views:
“NO REFUSAL” BLOOD DRAW CHECKPOINT PLANNED FOR OHIO
Controversial procedure considered a 4th amendment violation by some ………..!
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by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 23, 2014
A “no refusal” checkpoint where drivers will be forced to stop and potentially submit to having their blood taken on the side of the road by law enforcement authorities is planned for Clark County, Ohio tomorrow.
“Every car will be checked to ensure that drivers are not impaired. If there is sufficient probable cause to believe that a driver is operating a vehicle while impaired, law enforcement will seek a blood search warrant from a “neutral and detached magistrate,” reports ABC 22.
The time and location of the checkpoint will not be released until hours before it is set to begin.
Once a search warrant is obtained, a nurse will draw blood to check for alcohol or drugs. It is not specified whether the blood draws will take place on the side of the road or at a nearby jail.
Although the practice of taking blood from motorists suspected of being under the influence has been the law in numerous states for years, many remain unaware of how those who refuse to consent to the procedure are treated.
Last year we highlighted shocking video footage out of Georgia which showed police officers forcibly strapping down citizens accused of drunk driving before putting them in a headlock and having a nurse draw blood.
As the clip shows, even compliant individuals who are showing zero resistance have their heads forcibly pushed down as the blood is taken.
“We all are American citizens and you guys have me strapped to a table like I’m in Guantanamo f***ing Bay,” complains one individual.
Another man screams “what country is this?” as officers hold him down and take his blood without consent.
“Holding down and forcing somebody to submit to this is really intrusive in terms of that level of invasive procedure into someone’s body is ridiculous for investigating a misdemeanor,” Attorney David Boyle told Fox 5 Atlanta, describing the forced blood draws as an “unreasonable search” under the 4th Amendment.
In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that it is not unconstitutional for the state to hold down Americans and forcefully withdraw blood. A January 2013 ruling affirmed that a warrant must be obtained for the process, although police could dispense with the warrant requirement in an “emergency”.
As we reported last December, citizens are also being intimidated into participating in so-called “voluntary” drug survey checkpoints, during which private firms working on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy take DNA samples from motorists by swabbing their cheek.
Evidence clearly indicates that sobriety checkpoints have little to do with saving lives or catching drunk drivers and everything to do with revenue generation. In states like California, the number of vehicles impounded as a result of license violations is seven times higher than the number of drunk driving arrests during checkpoint operations.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 23 – The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.
Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
Adesanya has also been charged with four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry.
#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 23 – Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistani-Canadian cleric whose supporters have overrun the government quarter of Islamabad in a protest against corruption, on Monday issued a darkly mysterious ultimatum.
Canadian cleric ‘ready to be martyred’ as he sets two-day deadline for end of ‘corrupt’ Pakistani government
Waving a burial shroud, Mr. Qadri, 63, who has twice left a quiet life of retirement near Toronto for the roiling cauldron of Pakistani politics, set a 48-hour deadline for the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister.
Failing that, Mr. Qadri told thousands of supporters his own life could be the price.
“I am giving this deadline today as I am ready to be martyred and I have taken the last bath today,” Mr. Qadri said in front of Pakistan’s parliament, raising fears protestors would storm the building, despite its military guard.
“I’m calling on people from across the country to come out and reject this corrupt and undemocratic government,” he told the Sunday Times.
“People saw what we could do before. This time we will not stop until the government is removed,” Mr. Qadri said, referring to the march he led last year, which ended with the arrest of the previous prime minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
The channel’s management approached the Sindh High Court on Tuesday to lift the suspension, and a judge allowed cable providers to resume broadcast of the channel that has been vocal in support of a movement led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.
#AceWorldNews – CANADA – October 23 – The Canadian government will expedite plans to give more powers of detention and surveillance to security agencies in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.
“They need to be much strengthened, and… that work which is already under way will be expedited,” Reuters quoted him as saying in the House of Commons.