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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Justice, Immigration, and Surveillance
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Plea Deal To Avoid Worse Sentence-That's Justice... right?
Our prisons are full of people who take plea deals in exchange for a “lesser” sentence because the alternative is so harsh.Our system is coercive and some of our prosecutors use that to full effect. If Prosecutor Kane wants to ensure integrity in our system, maybe he should start there. Maybe he and his office should oppose mandatory-minimums.

Why Do Children and Teenagers Risk Their Lives To Sneak Into America?
A gang member who asked not to be identified for security reasons told me that young people join the “maras” because they lack opportunities to work and study. But human rights advocates describe another reality. They say gangs go after young people and force them to join their ranks or pay the price, often with their lives. And many young people corroborate this: They’re not emigrating, but fleeing in fear.

NSA Surveillance Of Foreign Individuals Has An Unexpected Side Effect... Of Capturing Information On Americans
Data on Americans may be retained and further processed when it was “incidentally” or “inadvertently” collected through surveillance that did not have the goal of “targeting a U.S. person” in the legal sense.

Attorney-Client Privilege: You Have It... Unless You're In Prison.
In Brooklyn, Steve Zissou, a lawyer for Mr. DiFiore, tried to persuade a judge to stop prosecutors from monitoring his client’s emails. Prosecutors had confirmed that they “intended to read my communications with Mr. DiFiore over Trulincs,” he wrote. “Regardless of whether such communications qualify for protection under the attorney-client privilege, the government’s decision to read our communications with our client is entirely inappropriate.”

D.C.- Who Knew It Was Part Of America?
Gray told the agent he wasn't carrying his passport and asked why he needed it. The agent said he didn't recognize the license. Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know.

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