Gitmo Judge Convicts U.S. General—Because He Stood Up for Detainee Rights

Brigadier General John Baker protested the government’s surveillance of Guantanamo Bay defense lawyers. And that got him sentenced to 21 days in confinement.

…Baker is a senior officer within in the highly controversial military commissions process: the Chief of Defense Counsel. 

“The military commissions are willing to put people in jail for defending the rule of law,” Jay Connell, who represents another Guantanamo detainee facing a military commission, told The Daily Beast.

…Earlier this month, three civilian attorneys for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused bomber of the USS Cole in 2000, abruptly quit the death-penalty case. The attorneys said that they had significant reason to believe the government was listening in to their communications. [They were] barred them from discussing the issue with Nashiri, since it was classified. [Which means,] Nashiri had lost his lawyers without ever knowing exactly why.

Gitmo Judge Convicts U.S. General—Because He Stood Up for Detainee Rights

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How Vets And Doctors Get Around The VA’s Medical Marijuana Policy

“While on federal property in a federal rehab program, [veterans] can be allowed to use a federally illegal substance,” Fruchter told Task & Purpose by phone. “On a patient-doctor level, if this is what you want, it’s doable.” Through a combination of persistence, vague regulations, and an open-minded medical team, Fruchter had stumbled upon an unusual loophole in the VA’s approach to medical marijuana — one that is putting individual VA clinics at odds with the department’s publicly stated policy.

How Vets And Doctors Get Around The VA’s Medical Marijuana Policy

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Cops Fatally Shoot Pregnant Native American Woman During ‘Wellness Check’ 

Sheriff’s deputies in Washington state fatally shot a pregnant Native American woman on Friday after being dispatched to her home for a “wellness check.”

Cops Fatally Shoot Pregnant Native American Woman During ‘Wellness Check’ – THE INDIGENOUS AMERICAN

For God’s sake people, stop calling the police and asking them to take care of your loved ones. They will kill them. Just stop.

Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job 

A Salt Lake City police detective was fired and his supervisor demoted Tuesday for their roles in the arrest of a nurse who was manhandled and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of an unconscious patient.

Detective Jeff Payne was fired and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust.

…Wubbels and her attorney Karra Porter say they went public with the footage of the arrest because they believed police were not taking the matter seriously enough. Porter told the Tribune on Tuesday that she was pleased that Payne had been fired, and said she had not formed an opinion about Tracy’s discipline.

“Chief Brown took significant steps, and seems to understand the importance of regaining public trust,” Porter wrote in a tweet. “But further discussions are needed.”

…Wubbels told reporters she was grateful her arrest was recorded.

“I think I owe it to the body camera footage,” she said. “Without that, my story never would have had the impact it has had.”

Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job – The Washington Post

Although it seems obvious that the police Chief responded to the bad PR, rather than the bad behavior of his subordinates, any time a police officer faces negative consequences for abusing the public trust and the power of his or her badge it is a small step forward.