Bar, Media Groups Shirked Their Duties In Jailed Journalist Case

Jimmy Carter A Call To ActionJimmy Carter Call To Action on Women, ReligionCommon Dreams, Ukraine’s IMF Deal Means Greece-Like Depression, Jack Rasmus, March 28, 2014. On Thursday, the IMF released the broad outlines of its terms and conditions for loans and other measures for the Ukrainian economy. What those terms and conditions mean is less a rescue of the Ukrainian economy than the onset of a Greece-like economic depression for the Ukrainian populace. The IMF deal calls for $14-$18 billion in IMF financial support provided over the next two years, 2014-15. Another potential $9 billion reportedly will come from other countries, although in yet unspecified form. The $27 billion total is well in excess of the $15 billion that was being talked about in prior weeks by the public press and more than the $20 billion Ukraine had asked the IMF for at the end of 2013—an indication that the economy has been deteriorating more rapidly than reported since the beginning of 2014. In previous articles on the Ukraine economic situation a few weeks ago, this writer estimated that at least $50 billion would be needed to stabilize the Ukraine’s economy over the next two years. That figure may even rise by 2015. A $21 billion net IMF injection is an economic illusion. Here’s why.

Peter B. Collins, Journalist Roger Shuler Recounts His 5 Months in Alabama Jail, Peter B. Collins, March 28, 2014. Roger Shuler, journalist and publisher of the LegalSchnauzer blog, was just released after 5 months in jail, and reports on his hellish experience. As regular listeners know well, Roger Shuler was dealt one injustice after another by the corrupt court system in Alabama. In 2013, his reporting exposed hypocrisy on the part of powerful Republicans in the state, prompting defamation suits from Rob Riley (son of former governor) and current Attorney General Luther Strange. Riley’s case was placed bfore retired judge Claud Neilson, who inappropriately sealed the proceedings and issued an unconstitutional preliminary injunction, ordering Shuler to remove the articles from his website. In an attempt to serve papers on Shuler, a deputy staged a traffic stop less than 24 hours before a hearing in the Riley action, which Shuler did not attend.  On October 23, deputies came to the Shuler home and grabbed Roger. This conversation begins with his detention, and the deputies failure to present a warrant or initially even mention a warrant. We discuss the charge of resisting arrest, and Shuler’s conviction in a January hearing that resulted in a suspended 90-day sentence.

Shuler gives a detailed account of what he observed–and his limited participation–in a hearing on November 14, 2013.  In front of Shuler, Judge Neilson introduced a man thought to be his brother to Riley, exhibiting a coziness with the plaintiff that is rather brazen.  Much of the commentary of the judge and plaintiff lawyers was inaudible to Shuler, who was shackled throughout the proceeding, and had no legal counsel.  Shuler reports that the main focus was tallying lawyer’s hours for the order that the Shuler’s pay Riley’s legal fees, and that he was surprised to learn later that the judge framed the proceedings as a trial on the defamation claims, and found Shuler guilty.

There’s much more, including his emotional description of life in jail and the hardship this episode caused for Shuler and his wife, Carol. Your financial support for the Shulers is critical, as they are broke and their house is set for foreclosure at the end of April.

 Bar, Media Groups Shirked Their Duties In Jailed Journalist Case


DC Media Group, Park Police Raid Long-Running Peace Vigil at White House, Connie Victor, March 16, 2014. Concepcion Picciotto and Victor Kee, visiting from Ukraine, at the Peace Vigil, John Zangas, The thirty-three year-old Peace Vigil at the White House almost came to an end late Friday night when a dozen U.S. Park Police officers were dispatched to remove it. When Park Police came, they told Clark Sullivan, who was standing watch at the vigil, to remove the chairs, tent and square wooden platform. The vigil had been using them to keep warm and off the sidewalk. They gave Sullivan fifteen minutes to do it, else they would confiscate the entire vigil. Sullivan uses a wheelchair so there wasn’t much he could do. But he did have a tool Park Police understand well: a video camera. He videotaped the police officers’ actions.

eople well hasn't proven to be true in most circumstances," he said, adding that the light sentence for the member of the one percent raised questions about “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system.” (Though perhaps it provides more answers than questions.)

According to the The News Journal, several attorneys claimed treatment over jail time was a deal more typically granted to drug addicts, not sex offenders.

Kendall Marlowe, executive director of the National Association for Counsel for Children, told The News Journal that sex offenders are jailed for the safety of the children they threaten.

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