Cambodia group blasts short penalty for pedophilia

first_imgA spokesman for the group Action Pour Les Enfants, which fights against sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia, called the sentences unacceptable. It said the convicted men would be encouraged to continue their behavior.The two men were arrested in October 2011 at a Battambang hotel and accused of luring two teenage boys from a local park and paying them for sex.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BATTAMBANG, Cambodia (AP) – A Cambodian child protection organization has attacked the short jail sentences given to two Frenchmen convicted of pedophilia.A court in Battambang in northwestern Cambodia convicted 67-year-old Jean Vidon and 63-year-old Denis Page on Tuesday of child sex abuse and gave them jail terms of two years, with one year suspended. They are set to be released in about three weeks because of time already served. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ann Levin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 3:36 am PDT Holocaust scholar surveys rising tide of anti-Semitism This cover image released by Schocken Books shows “Antisemitism: Here and Now,” by Deborah E. Lipstadt. (Schocken Books via AP) “Antisemitism: Here and Now” (Schocken Books), by Deborah E. LipstadtDeborah E. Lipstadt was surprised at how hard it was to write her latest book. A leading authority on the Holocaust, she was used to “skulking in the sewers of antisemitism and genocide.” But that was history.What made her latest work so challenging — documenting the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and America, on the right and the left — was that it was happening now.The end result was well worth it.“Antisemitism: Here and Now” is an indispensable guide to contextualizing activities as diverse as the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign, also known as BDS.And it’s about as even-handed as it could be, given the disturbing subject matter and the fact that Lipstadt’s strong self-identification as a Jew made the topic intensely personal for her.The book is structured as a series of letters between a Jewish student of hers named Abigail and a colleague named Joe at the law school at Emory University, where Lipstadt is on the faculty.They are fictional characters who are composites of many people she’s had discussions with over the past few years.The letter format gives the book an urgency that might otherwise be lacking in a scholarly work, although at times, it can seem a little contrived.Lipstadt is best known for being sued for libel by David Irving after calling him a Holocaust denier. She won the case, which was later made into the 2016 film “Denial” starring Rachel Weisz.At the outset Lipstadt expresses her hope that both sides of the political divide will be discomfited by her analysis and conclusions, and they probably will.For instance, she classifies both Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, the head of Britain’s Labour Party, as “antisemitic enablers” — Trump for failing to call out the white supremacists, racists and anti-Semites who support him and Corbyn for tolerating the anti-Semitism of his political allies.“While Trump is probably not an antisemite,” she says, “enabling antisemites is itself an antisemitic act that causes as much damage as something that comes from an ideological antisemite.”Lipstadt wrapped up the manuscript in August 2018 after noting that pace of anti-Jewish incidents and rhetoric had made it almost impossible to finish. Sadly, she was right.Just weeks after penning her note to readers, a man gunned down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. The suspect had a history of posting anti-Semitic vitriol online.Ann Levin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rendon has 9 bills pass the Legislature

first_img Lawmaker closes 2013-14 session with 6 laws on the books and 3 awaiting the governor’s approvalLate legislative nights to close out Michigan’s 2013-14 House session were productive for state Rep. Bruce Rendon, who saw one bill signed into law and three more awaiting the governor’s signature before the end of the year. “I believe this has been a good term because I was able to successfully work on issues and ideas that our local residents were having, and get them fixed,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “There are always more items to work on, so I’ll get back on them in the new year and also continue to listen to people’s concerns to be their voice in our government.” House Bill 5472 was signed into Public Act 373 of 2014, a law creating an alternative court track docket for individuals chronically behind in child support payments. Those with eligible medical, psychological, substance abuse, illiteracy, homelessness or unemployment conditions could qualify for an alternative compliance plan. Three other bills awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s consideration after the Legislature’s approval include:HB 4485, which addresses insurance licensing requirements and notifications for self-storage owners who only sell policies for stored property;HB 5036, that requires Michigan community colleges to inform applicants that military, National Guard or reserve service transcripts may qualify for class credit; andHB 5743 to allow all adoption hearings to be held in the same county where parental rights were terminated so the same judge can preside over the proceedings.In total, Rendon introduced 16 bills and seven resolutions in the House during his second term in office. Previous Rendon bills signed into law include revising qualified forest property tax rules; using military experience toward building license training qualifications; restructuring the state’s snowmobile advisory council; allowing optional ORV helmet use on private property, similar to snowmobile rules; and creating a college tuition assistance program for Michigan National Guard members. His resolutions, which all passed, indicated Michigan’s support of hunting and fishing rights, gun safety, Stand4Change, Hispanic Senior Citizens Day, America Recycles Week, Sons of the American Revolution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month. Rendon can be contacted by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling his toll-free Lansing office number at 1-888-DIST-103 (1-888-347-8103); sending e-mail to or visiting his online office website at 22Dec Rendon has 9 bills pass the Legislature Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

Rep Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison create

first_img Measure authorizes privately-operated prison in Lake CountyA bill was approved by the Michigan House this week to permit the reopening of Lake County’s Baldwin prison, announced state Rep. Bruce Rendon.In a county where jobs can be hard to find, Rep. Rendon said he celebrates the opportunity to reestablish this facility and create approximately 150 career opportunities for Michiganders.“The Baldwin facility can safely and effectively house inmates,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “Reopening this local employer will result in significant economic influence to the people of Lake County and surrounding areas.”House Bill 4467—sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead and co-sponsored by Rep. Rendon—allows a privately-run prison to house inmates of any security level because the Michigan Department of Corrections has determined that the Baldwin facility can handle prisoners without issue.“Opening the facility after 10 years of inactivity would make use of currently underutilized infrastructure and create employment and economic growth that this community deserves,” said Rep. Rendon.The bill will be considered further by the Senate. 07May Rep. Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison, create jobs Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

Rep Cole honors local heroes in special 911 tribute

first_img10Sep Rep. Cole honors local heroes in special 9-11 tribute Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, pays tribute to local first responders today during a special ceremony at the Capitol honoring the victims and heroes of 9-11.“As we reflect upon that infamous day on Sept. 11, 2001, I am humbled to be standing alongside Charlevoix Chief of Police and Fire Gerard Doan, and Charlevoix Deputy Sheriff Rob Scholey,” Rep. Cole said. “These two men epitomize the very definition of a hero and have selflessly served our local community day in and day out and it is privilege to have them join me as we unite to pay special tribute to the folks who have paid the ultimate price in sacrifice for their country.”#####LANSING, MI – State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona (MIDDLE) welcomed Charlevoix Chief of Police and Fire Gerard Doan (LEFT) and Charlevoix Deputy Sheriff Rob Scholey (RIGHT) at the Capitol today during a special tribute honoring the victims and first responders who lost their lives during the Sept. 11th terrorist attack 14 years ago.center_img Tags: #SB, Cole, Sept 11 tribute last_img read more

Rep Hornberger Macomb St Clair counties benefit from 2017 House action

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,News ####(Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township represents the 32nd District in the Michigan House.) 28Dec Rep. Hornberger: Macomb, St. Clair counties benefit from 2017 House actioncenter_img My first year in the Michigan House was eventful and productive, with significant progress made to improve the quality of life for residents of Macomb and St. Clair counties.We increased funding for schools and expanded opportunities for students to get involved with skilled trades and other exciting career opportunities. We secured money to fight pollution, help fix the Fraser sinkhole and improve mental health services in the region. Our work continues to uphold the Second Amendment and to protect our children, including the unborn.Here is a brief look at some of the major initiatives I supported and sponsored in 2017:The budget for the current government year is fiscally conservative, yet it emphasizes our priorities with record funding for K-12 schools and road repairs.We emphasized skilled trades training to help match students and workers with in-demand jobs. Recently approved legislation will expose students to more career options while they are still in high school, because the pathway to success doesn’t always travel through a four-year college.Our Legislature recently approved funding to monitor, test and provide technical assistance at sites where PFAS contaminates groundwater – including the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. The chemical contaminant has been used in fire suppressants, carpeting, food wrappers and other consumer products.We improved services for military veterans with increased funding for staffing and training in veterans homes.I was a main sponsor in a legislative package to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit. The bills were approved by the House and are awaiting action in the Senate.The House approved my legislation to ensure unborn children are considered victims if they are hurt, killed or placed in danger during the commission of a felony.I am the sponsor of legislation offering Michigan foster children much-needed stability. It was overwhelmingly approved this month by the House and is pending in the Senate. The package spells out the rights all foster children should expect to receive in Michigan.My legislation to require all forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect cases be recorded on video is pending in our House Judiciary Committee. The measure will improve accuracy and reduce the need for repeated interviews.Your input is crucial to shaping legislation in Lansing for 2018 and beyond. My office may be reached by calling 517-373-8931 or via email at read more

Rep Whiteford plans consumer education forum on identity theft

first_img13Apr Rep. Whiteford plans consumer education forum on identity theft State Rep. Mary Whiteford has scheduled a consumer education event in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to educate residents on identity theft.The forum will feature information on protection against identity theft and what steps to take in the event you become a victim of this crime.“As technology continues to become more and more prevalent in our lives, it’s important we provide the tools and knowledge people need to protect themselves and their personal information,” Whiteford said. “This forum will give people in the community a crash course on how to protect their information.” The event starts at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the Perrigo Wellness Center, 490 Eastern Ave. in Allegan. There is no charge to attend.  Please RSVP to Rep. Whiteford’s office by Friday, May 4. For more information, contact Rep. Whiteford’s office at 517-373-0836 or by email at Categories: News,Whiteford Newslast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser votes for balanced budget with more education road funding

first_img##### School safety. The plan dedicates roughly $60 million to upgrading school security in buildings across Michigan. The OK2SAY confidential tip reporting program will be expanded. Smart financial planning. The new budget pays down debt and puts more money into the state’s main savings account, key steps that will continue to reduce the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers in the future. Categories: Leutheuser News,News House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to the governor for his consideration. Legislator applauds emphasis on early learning, skilled trades 12Jun Rep Leutheuser votes for balanced budget with more education, road funding State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today voted to approve a state budget that prioritizes K-12 education and roads.Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, said the budget is fiscally responsible and reduces government spending while paying down debt. He said the plan addresses key priorities for hard-working taxpayers and families.“Teachers need to be free to do their good work. Our education budget places a priority on early literacy education to ensure children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade through additional instructional time and early literacy coaches.” Leutheuser said. “It is vital to the success of students to identify a literacy issue and provide the tools needed to give children a path to success.”Leutheuser also applauded increased emphasis on skilled trades instruction so students who choose not to go to college have the ability to fill in-demand, good-paying careers that are available throughout the state. This is something Branch and Hillsdale counties have begun already.Leutheuser said the budget continues to invest money into our roads and bridges to give families smoother, safer travel.“A decade ago, no money was budgeted by a previous administration for road upkeep. We’re playing catch-up,” Leutheuser said. “I drive the same roads we all do and I understand the frustration we share. We are on the right path for funding repairs to our transportation system.”Other key elements of the budget are:Savings for taxpayers. While investing more in top priorities, overall the state is spending less in the next budget year than during the current year. A prison will be closed and budgets for several state departments will decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Health care. Community mental health funding will increase by more than $65 million statewide so residents can live happier, more independent lives. Also supporting the House CARES initiative, about $15 million will be invested in a range of programs including increased access to health care, services to military veterans, problem-solving courts and crime victims’ rights programs. More resources also will be dedicated to battling the opioid abuse crisis.last_img read more

Howrylak to insurers mental health is as important as physical health

first_img13Jun Howrylak to insurers: mental health is as important as physical health State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a measure preventing insurers from discriminating between coverage provided for mental illness and physical illness.His proposal will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same coverage for mental health services as traditional medical care.“There should be no question about the need to fully, consistently and adequately care for those in need of mental health services,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “I want to recognize the importance of removing the stigma behind mental illness, improving access to care and creating an atmosphere where people who are struggling feel comfortable seeking treatment and talking about their condition.”The bill comes in the wake of the House bipartisan mental health task force, named for its commitment to community, access, resources, education and safety. Task force members traveled throughout the state to listen to mental health experts, families, law enforcement professionals, addiction specialists and more. The group compiled a report containing recommendations about how to improve Michigan’s broken health care system.“Insurance coverage should never be the thing that prevents an individual from seeking mental health care,” Howrlak said. “Caring for the mind is as important as caring for the body and I have so much respect for those who seek out mental health care, and for the many professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping those in need.”Other states such as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois have already successfully implemented similar mental health parity legislation.Rep. Howrylak encourages any questions about this legislation to be directed to him at or (517) 373-1783.House Bills 6190 and 6192 were referred to the House Health Policy Committee.### Categories: Howrylak Newscenter_img Tags: CARES, CARES Task Force, Health Policy, insurance, Mental Health Care last_img read more

Racial Disparities Persist 31 Years after MLK Day Made a National Holiday

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 18, 2014; Capital TimesA report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy indicates that racial disparities are distinctive in Wisconsin. “Wisconsin has the regrettable distinction of ranking among the worst states in the nation in terms of racial equality,” concludes the nonprofit think tank.The COWS report examines the ratio of blacks and whites on a number of social and economic measures in most states, finding that Wisconsin surprisingly ranks among the worst states in terms of racial disparities: third worst in terms of unemployment and high school graduation rates; second worst in family poverty, educational attainment, and incarceration in state or local facilities; and the absolute worst on labor force participation, dropout rates, and eighth grade math test scores.Some states actually stand out worse than Wisconsin on a number of variables. For example, Minnesota is the worst in the nation in terms of incarceration rates, family poverty, individuals without health insurance, and educational attainment, while Nebraska is worst in unemployment and high school graduation rates.Just saying “best” or “worst” doesn’t reveal just how sharp the disparities really are. For example, the unemployment rate for whites in Wisconsin as of 2012 was 5.9 percent, but for blacks, it was more than three times higher at 19.3 percent. The family poverty rate for whites was 6.1 percent; for black families, 35.0 percent. The high school graduation rate for whites was 96 percent; for blacks, 66 percent.Unfortunately, the nation is awash in a wide variety of disparities between nonwhites and whites. One of the most shocking is the recent finding of differences in mortality rates for almost 174,000 Medicare cases—3.6 percent for the entire populations, 34 percent for people of color. Pick nearly any indicator, and the disparities are difficult to understate.Even President Obama explained part of his recent support for the legalization of marijuana by citing racial disparities in marijuana arrests and incarceration. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” the President said. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”A society that proclaims itself to be racially “colorblind” should find these huge gaps between blacks and whites intolerable. The issue isn’t whether Wisconsin is better or worse off than Nebraska or Minnesota as measured by racial disparities. It is that society should be redoubling its efforts to find programs to reduce or eliminate these so-far persistently intractable racial disparities.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The Republican Partys New White Strategy for Election Victory

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 SharesMay 20, 2014; New York TimesThe latest semi-super primary has passed, with establishment Republicans such as Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell overcoming Tea Party challengers bent on replicating the performance of their predecessors such as Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell to lose Senate and House seats that ordinarily a mainstream Republican might have won.But Republicans, establishment types as well as Tea Partiers, have pursued policies that seem destined to lose to Democrats in general elections, particularly their avoidance of any policies that would put them in better stead with blacks and Latinos. Writing for the New York Times, Thomas Edsall explores the basis for Republican thinking that the party can win based on white turnout—its “white strategy” for winning in 2014 and potentially in 2016.Edsall notes three studies, including one by the Public Religion Research Institute that NPQ has cited recently, that suggest that whites are very uncomfortable with the demographic changes of the U.S. that will lead to a majority-minority population in less than three decades. The presumption is that these demographic changes will evoke even more explicit and implicit racial bias on the part of whites, leading to whites voting for Republican candidates in larger proportions than they did in 2012, when Mitt Romney won the white vote over Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent.To transform the hostility of whites toward this demographic shift into increased white turnout for Republican candidates, Republicans might have to pursue a strategy that works “to intensify white suspicion of and hostility toward minorities and immigrants.” While not endorsing that kind of political behavior, Northwestern University doctoral candidate Maureen A. Craig and psychology professor Jennifer A. Richeson, the authors of one of the studies, note that their experiments revealed that exposing whites to information about their approaching minority status in the nation could lead to more suspicion and hostility to minorities and potentially lure even moderate whites to support Republicans.Election experts are divided as to whether the “white strategy” could work. Republicans who believe it is important to reach out to people of color haven’t found much within the party to confirm their ideas. Generally, Republicans pursuing alternatives to the white strategy have tried to come up with an approach to immigration reform that would give them some positive inroads into Latino voters. So far, it hasn’t worked; witness the intraparty beating that Florida Senator Marco Rubio took for his immigration reform ideas. White Republicans made sure to convey to Republican congressional leaders that even the tepid proposals of the likes of Rubio were anathema to their beliefs.Given that Romney, winning the white vote with the largest plurality since Ronald Reagan overwhelmed Walter Mondale in 1984, still lost convincingly to Obama, it is difficult to see how a white strategy can overcome the demographic of more people of color becoming eligible to vote and, because of Republican Party positions on issues such as immigration reform, predisposed to vote Democratic. That may not mean much to white evangelical voters and Tea Party Republicans who are dead-set against immigration reform, no matter how it is framed. Some elements of the Republican Party, however, will pursue the white strategy regardless of the demographic trends going against it.That may explain why some states, rather than rejecting stand-your-ground laws in light of the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, have actually strengthened their statutes and others have pursued enacting new laws. Twenty-two states have some sort of stand-your-ground law on the books.Similarly, despite court rulings tossing out some of the laws, 34 states have some sort of voter identification statutes on the books, and several states have new voter ID bills being considered in their legislatures.The white strategy seems destined to fail in the end because, in the words of census expert William Frey, for Republicans, “demography is running against them.” However, that doesn’t mean that some influential elements of the Republican Party won’t try to test parts of the strategy in the 2014 midterm elections as a step toward developing a strategy for 2016.For nonprofits and foundations that see themselves as addressing issues of “structural racism,” the Republican Party’s “white strategy” for an election victory will make 2014 a year in which ideas about taking on structural racism will have to be concretized and deployed.—Rick Cohen Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more

Income Inequality in Physical Space Exiling the Poor to the Back Door

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 10, 2014; Los Angeles TimesA couple of weeks ago, social media was abuzz with the story of a New York City luxury apartment building that obtained approval to build a separate entrance for low-income residents. The property, planned by Extell Development, will have “219 units, including 55 affordable units overlooking the street. Those renting and buying the apartments at the market-rate will have waterfront views.” One might ask, “Why would Extell Development want to have any low-income residents at all,” considering they are going to go through the labor of creating a service entrance for them. As outlined in an article in Newsweek, it was “as part of a program Inclusionary Housing Program application, under which developers can build larger projects if they also provide low-income housing, either on- or off-site.”The problem is not reserved for the expensive real estate of Manhattan. The community of West Hollywood saw some strife this week as a number of residents expressed outrage at the idea that low-income tenants of a new building would not have access to all of the building’s amenities and would have a separate entrance. According to the Los Angeles Times, developers are seeking permission to build a mixed-income housing unit: “Lower-income residents would be denied access to a pool that can be viewed from their apartments. The developers also planned to build a separate entrance for the affordable housing area.”The practice, called “poor doors” by social critics, also has seen notoriety in London, where a number of buildings have already started the practice. In an in-depth expose by the Guardian, real estate agents and buyers talked about the practice of selling a mixed-use facility to wealthy inquirers. According to the report, an agent named Tracey Kellett, whose job entails looking for homes for her wealthy clients, stated a “number of developments have separate entrances ‘so the two social strata don’t have to meet.’” Kellett outlined the stark differences between the lobbies for the wealthy and their poor counterparts; the low-income entrance “has vile colored plastic panels on the outside rather than blingy glass.” Another location discovered by the Guardian discovered wealthy owners accessed their apartments “via a hotel-style lobby area, while social housing tenants enter through a side door in an adjacent alley alongside trade entrances.”In New York City and West Hollywood, several leaders vowed to not follow the same path as seen in London. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, through his spokesman, stated, “We fundamentally disagree with that approach, and we are in the process of changing it to reflect our values and priorities. We want to make sure future affordable housing projects treat all families equitably.” In West Hollywood, the local planning commission voted against the project and the commission’s recommendation will now go to the City Council, to be voted on at a later date.—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

SCOTUS Rules Racial Bias in Juries Is Grounds for Retrial

first_imgShare37Tweet2Share5Email44 Shares“Jury Summons” by Andrew BaisdenMarch 10, 2017; National Public RadioLast week, the U.S. Supreme Court made a significant decision: When there is evidence of overt racial bias on a jury, it is permissible to question jurors about whether racially biased statements were made that might have influenced the deliberations. If the jury is found to be racially biased, a retrial is in order.The decision came in the case of a horse trainer, Miguel Peña-Rodriguez, a Colorado horse trainer who was arrested in 2007 after two teenage girls identified him as the man who groped them in a darkened restroom at a horse barn.Peña-Rodriguez’s jurors were initially unable to reach a verdict, but the Colorado judge sent them back into the deliberation room until they could reach a decision. After a 12-hour screaming match that could reportedly be heard out in the courtroom, they found him guilty of two misdemeanors but innocent of the felony charge.According to National Public Radio,With the trial judge’s permission, the lawyers…obtained affidavits in which the two jurors quoted H.C. as saying that, from his experience as an ex-law enforcement officer, he suspected the defendant was guilty because Mexican men “believe[d] they could do whatever they wanted with women,” and that where he used to patrol, “nine times out of ten Mexican men were guilty of being aggressive toward women and young girls.”The affidavits also quoted H.C. as saying that the alibi witness wasn’t credible because, among other things, he was “an illegal.” In fact, the alibi witness had testified at trial that he was a legal resident of the United States.The Supreme Court ruled that the case must be retried with a new jury to fulfill the intent of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, which demand a fair trial by jury.This issue has come before the court before. According to the New York Times, Justice Sandra Day O’Conner opined in 1987 that “After-the-fact challenges based on jurors’ testimony…would make it less likely that jurors would speak candidly during deliberations. Allowing such challenges would encourage lawyers to harass former jurors, she said, and undermine the finality of verdicts.”The dissent by Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. expressed concern that the precedent would be abused and jury deliberations, which are traditionally secret even long after the fact, would be subject to lawyers’ interrogations and a wider array of perceived biases in the future.However, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, indicated a narrow scope of justification for inquiry.Not every offhand comment indicating racial bias or hostility will justify an investigation into jurors’ deliberations…For the inquiry to proceed, there must be a showing that one or more jurors made statements exhibiting overt racial bias that cast serious doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the jury’s deliberations and resulting verdict.Racial bias has been shown to have a statistically significant impact on jury outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic or Latino Americans, and other minorities. It can also have an impact on trial outcomes for white defendants in racially motivated crimes.Said NPR, “Kennedy noted that in the years 1865 and 1866, all-white juries in Texas heard a total of 500 prosecutions of white defendants for killing African-Americans. In all 500 cases, the white defendants were acquitted.”The full impact of this decision is not yet clear. Justice Kennedy was vague in his prescriptions for addressing the issue; he did not outline a procedure for inquiry, or state a threshold for determining bias.Ryan J. Owens, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote:It will take time to determine just how expansive the court’s decision is. In the hands of some judges, it is likely to be narrow. In the hands of others, it is likely to be broad. One thing that seems quite clear, though, is this: the circuits will split over how to interpret and apply the court’s decision. And so the court will revisit the issue in the future. [Friday’s] decision was just the beginning of a new Sixth Amendment jurisprudence.In other words, there is continued need for legal community to stand up against racism in courtrooms and defend the right to a fair trial. Still, Friday’s decision opened the possibility of self-interrogation by the courts, and got one step closer to justice for all.— Erin RubinShare37Tweet2Share5Email44 Shareslast_img read more

French telecom regulator ARCEP has launched a publ

first_imgFrench telecom regulator ARCEP has launched a public consultation on net neutrality following a request by the country’s parliament.Parliament has asked the regulator to consider issues of internet transparency, quality of service, interconnection and traffic management. ARCEP’s starting point is a series of six principles outlined two years ago.The consultation will be open for submissions until June 20.Over the summer, ARCEP will establish indicators of the quality of fixed-line broadband services in line with work already done for mobile networks. It will also collect information on interconnection agreements between internet players. Finally, it will look into traffic management practices, where the regulator said it had some concerns particularly relating to mobile broadband networks.last_img read more

Chello Central Europe is rebranding its two movie

first_imgChello Central Europe is rebranding its two movie channels, Flimmuzeum and Zone Romantica to Film Mania and Film Café.The rebranded channels will be launched on July 2 with new identities and logos designed to attract a wider audience.Film Mania and Film Café will offer a combination of popular films and TV series focusing on Hollywood hits and studio content, tailored to the needs of Hungarian viewers.The two brands have been developed by Danish design studio Frame. The July launch will be accompanied by a major marketing campaign. The channels are available on UPC, Magyar Telekom, Digi, Invitel, Tarr, and PR Telecom in Hungary.Levente Málnay, CEO Chello Central Europe said: “The new brands will effectively reflect the heritage of the two channels that is engaging and innovative. Film Mania will feature movies from Hollywood and the biggest studios in the world while retaining the values of Filmmuzeum. Film Café will continue offering high-quality female focussed entertainment and relaxation. Our goal is to offer varied, fresh programming to meet the demands of Hungarian viewers, in line with the cultural values.”last_img read more

Cyfrowy Polsat has launched three Viasat channels

first_imgCyfrowy Polsat has launched three Viasat channels under a joint Polsat-Viasat banner as part of deal agreed last year between the two firms.The Modern Times Group-owned Viasat pay channels Viasat Explorer, Viasat History and Viasat Nature have now become Polsat Viasat Explorer, Polsat Viasat History and Polsat Viasat Nature on Polsat’s DTH satellite platform.Last year the two firms formed a strategic alliance to launch the co-branded channels in the Polish market early in 2013.The channels first went live under their Viasat names as part of Polsat’s Family HD package of channels in November. From January Polsat’s sales house Polsat Media started selling ads on the channels ahead of the planned rebrand.last_img

Some 36 of smartphone owners and 35 of tablet ow

first_imgSome 36% of smartphone owners and 35% of tablet owners search for product or service information on the device while watching TV, according to new research by US-based Parks Associates.In a new report, released ahead of the Connections connected home conference in Las Vegas next week, the market research firm said that consumers are increasingly using mobile devices and second-screen apps as alternatives to traditional remote controllers and interactive programming guides.Citing second screen apps for shows like Glee and Breaking Bad, Parks Associates said that over one-third of device owners now regularly use apps to search for show-related information or to check listings.“Younger viewers are driving this change in viewer habits. Over 25% of millennials (aged 18-30) with a smartphone engage in second-screen activity at least weekly while watching TV. Further, almost 20% of these millennials access pay TV programs via their service provider on their smartphone, a rate 1.6 times higher than the general smartphone population,” said Parks Associates senior research analyst Heather Way.last_img read more

Leading German broadband trade fair ANGA COM has a

first_imgLeading German broadband trade fair ANGA COM has announced that 80% of its exhibition space is now booked and has unveiled a new presentation platform for exhibitors.ANGA COM, which last year attracted 450 exhibitors and 17,000 visitors, 50% of whom were from outside Germany, will this year focus on next-generation networks, content delivery, smart TV, multiscreen, video-on-demand and the connected home.This year, ANGA COM will also offer a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ feature for exhibitors, allowing them to present products and solutions with demonstrations to attendees in addition to the event’s regular conference panels.About 150 seats will be made available in an area in Hall 10.1 at the Cologne Messe, with further standing room also available. The agenda for the Speakers Corner will be presented in April.last_img read more

A relatively strong showing in TV and fixed broadb

first_imgA relatively strong showing in TV and fixed broadband across its international markets failed to prevent declines in both top line and EBITDA numbers for Telekom Austria last year.Telekom Austria had 235,700 domestic TV subscribers at the end of 2013, up 7.7% year-on-year. In Bulgaria it had 77,800 TV customers, up 22.9% year-on-year.In Austria, where the group experienced a 7.6% decline in revenue, the company said that “higher broadband and TV revenues could only partly offset the continued decline of the fixed-line voice business”.Croatian subsidiary Vipnet had 157,100 TV customers at the end of the year, up 28.4% year-on-year. The group said that the strength of its TV and fixed line offering in Croatia had mitigated the impact of mobile price pressure and regulatory decisions. However Vipnet experienced no growth in TV subscribers in the final quarter, losing about 1,000 net customers.The consolidation of Digi TV customers in March 2013 which reported lower average revenue per customer than Vipnet’s traditional fixed-line customers resulted in a decline of average revenue per fixed-line (ARPL) in a year-on-year comparison.Telekom Austria as a whole posted revenues of €4.8 billion, down 3.4%, and EBITDA of €1.29 billion, down 11.6%.last_img read more

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has signed a sixye

first_imgSwedish public broadcaster SVT has signed a six-year deal with transmission services provider Teracom to distribute its existing channels plus two additional services in HD on the country’s terrestrial network.The deal will see Teracom continue to transmit SVT’s channels SVT1 and SVT2 on its network, along with two additional services, Barnkanalen/SVT24 and Kunskapskanalen (Knowledge Channel), which will air from next year.Per Björkman, head of distribution at SVT said free-to-air terrestrial broadcasting remained a central platform for SVT and that the broadcaster was pleased that the entire Swedish population would now have access to all its channels in HD.last_img