Cristian was born on January 14th of 1999 to a mother who was as old as he is today. Cristian is 12 years old. On March 15th he was arrested relating to the alleged beating of his 2 year old brother David. At the time of his arrest, David was under the care of St. Luke’s hospital, receiving treatment for injuries he sustained the day before.
David died on March 16th as a result of injuries to the head. Doctors who took care of the young child indicated that if his mother had brought him to the hospital when he was first injured he might not have died as a result. However, the child’s mother waited for six hours or more before taking him to the hospital. She did not call 911 before taking her son to the hospital.
12 year old Cristian was left in the apartment to care for his 2 year old brother even though he had broken the child’s leg while wrestling in January of the same year. Cristian’s arrest report indicated that Cristian was worried about the condition of his brother and was also concerned about what would happen to him as a result of his hurting his younger brother.
Yes! Let’s try 12 year olds as adults for murder. That will surely deter all 12 year olds from murdering. Indeed, 12 year olds, despite being unable to legally own land, serve in the military, work for wages, enter into legally binding agreements, purchase cigarettes, consume alcohol, consent to sex, or determine their own course of medical treatment, are nonetheless plainly mature enough and learned with respect to the conventions of society, to be able to comprehend criminal acts, and to appreciate the meaning of life in prison.
And SURELY throwing this young man in prison and condemning him to literally grow up in prison will make him a productive citizen when he eventually qualifies for parole (if at all). That is both a productive and sane task for our Criminal Justice system to partake in.
7 of 9 Witnesses say my Brother is Innocent. Stop Troy Davis’ Execution on September 21st.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
My brother, Troy Davis, has been on Georgia’s death row for 20 years despite strong evidence of his innocence. His execution date is now scheduled for Wed, Sept 21. He has a hearing in front of the GA Board of Pardons & Parole two days beforehand.We need to tell the Board strongly and clearly: There’s too much doubt to execute Troy Davis!
The case against my brother Troy consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, seven out of nine witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis. Here is what one had to say:
“I got tired of them harassing me, and they made it clear that the only way they would leave me alone is if I told them what they wanted to hear. I told them that Troy told me he did it, but it wasn’t true.”
We need to tell the Board strongly and clearly: There’s too much doubt to execute Troy Davis!
This — a perfectly innocent woman being hauled off a flight, handcuffed, jailed, strip-searched, and grilled for hours — because some fucking ninny on the plane thought she and the two dark-skinned people sitting next to her were “suspicious”, and because “better safe than sorry” has become a higher value to law enforcement than probable cause or reasonable suspicion or due process or common freaking sense, and because we’re too cowed as a people to say anything about it.
“Due to the anniversary of Sept. 11, all precautions were taken, and any slight inconsistency was taken seriously,” Berchtold said. “The public would rather us err on the side of caution than not.”
From what I can piece together, this woman got treated like that because she was seated in the same row as two Indian men who wen to the bathroom in succession and took longer than some passenger deemed necessary.
A woman in the state of New Mexico is asking cops to cover her medical bill after she was ordered by the Metro Narcotics Agency of Las Cruces, NM to undergo a costly cavity search — at her own expense.
The woman, whose name is being withheld, was apprehended by authorities earlier this summer. Acting on “credible information from a reliable source,” Metro Sgt. Mike Alba obtained a search warrant from Magistrate Court to send the woman into Memorial Medical Center to undergo a forcible and thorough body cavity search.
Not only did the probe come up fruitless, however, but the woman was footed with a medical bill for $1,122 for something she never wanted or asked for. Attorney Michael Lilley is representing the woman and served the county a claim last week that they will be held responsible for the hospital fees, which he is calling “unlawful.”
While Sgt. Alba says his source believed the woman was concealing up to an ounce of heroin on her person, the authorities had no other evidence against the woman other than hearsay and she had no criminal record. Doctors did not recover any drugs in the search and the woman was not formally arrested or charged with any crime. Even still, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the woman was held in custody for several hours.
The Arizona legislature has passed legislation that will now allow prisons to charge $25 for people to visit their family and friends in prison. It is a remarkably cruel law since many of these visitors are coming from low income families and have to travel great distances. Yet, legislators are pointing out that they originally wanted to charge babies and children as well but decided to be nice guys.
The fee is being justified as a one-time “background check fee” for visitors, but staffers admit that it is an effort to increase revenue at the expense of these families. Wendy Baldo, chief of staff for the Arizona Senate, confirmed that they “were trying to cut the budget and think of ways that could help get some services for the Department of Corrections.”
Prison visitation has an extremely positive impact on inmates both psychologically and socially. It maintains and strengthens family bonds that will be needed to keep them from recidivism and can weaken the hold of gangs and other bad influences. Now the state is going to tell tell families on assistance that in order to see their loved ones, each adult will have to fork over $25. The article below also details how people have had difficulty paying the fee in advance. Visiting a loved one can be a terribly traumatic experience for a family. Yet, Arizona will now be there to get its cut.
As someone who has worked in prisons for decades, I find this absolutely appalling. From the beginning of correctional systems, the one right that virtually all societies have afforded inmates has been visitation. To now charge for the right to visit is gratuitous and cruel.
Back to the birth of the English legal system when the courts were a source of profit to the crown.
The coffee burned through her clothes and caused third degree burns on her thighs and buttocks. She was hospitalized for seven days and required extensive skin grafts to repair the damage.
The bulk of her award consisted of punitive damages that the jury felt was justified on the basis of McDonalds’ reckless disregard for consumers, and cavalier attitude towards the risks of their product.
I’ve written about this case before. Some people may still be unsympathetic to her cause. I understand. But I think when most people think of spilling coffee, they think of a painful but otherwise trivial burn. That was not the case here. This woman could have died from her injuries. And I think that’s why 12 men and women on the jury (who were also originally skeptical) quickly came to a unanimous decision at the end of her trial that she deserved to be compensated, and that McDonalds should also be fiscally punished over and above what it took to compensate Ms. Liebeck for her injuries. Worth considering.
For those looking for more information, you can read about the case here.
I remember when I first heard the back story to this — this was definitely a case of sound bite trumps real news. And initially she asked them to pay for her out of pocket medical expenses and they refused!