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Abused Woman Given 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot

26 May

FREE  MARISSA  ALEXANDER

Victims aren’t the people who are supposed to end up in jail.
FREE MARISSA ALEXANDER.

Update: June 23, 2012 Search Twitter for Marissa Alexander. I just remembered that tomorrow is day of action. The change.org petition I posted at the bottom is circulating with less than 5,000 more signatures needed.  Here are some tweets about how you can show your support:

dlathamwhite@msladyD

JUNE 24, 2012 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR MARISSA ALEXANDER AND VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE http://shar.es/sh9oh via @sharethis

 

Darren Anthony@djanthony13

Sun 6/24/12 is a Global Day of Rallies in Support of Marissa Alexander & all domestic violence victims http://ow.ly/1NYzup @RolandSMartin

 

Happily Natural @happilynatural

Global Day of Rallies In Support Of Freedom For Marissa Alexander – In Your City or In Jacksonville, Florida http://p.ost.im/p/ec8xJv

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Note: I inadvertently posted a rough draft of this on approximately May 18th. This is the rewritten version. I mainly corrected sentence structure and fixed a few broken links, and roped in the rogue copy and paste errors

Marissa Alexander has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for invoking her unenumerated right to protect herself.  Her abusive husband threatened to kill her just nine days after she’d given birth. After an unsuccessful attempt to escape, she grabbed a gun and fired a warning shot, not aiming for any person.  I’ve read articles saying she shot into a wall, and others saying she shot into the ceiling, but she never shot her husband or anyone else.   However, Marissa Alexander, the victim, was found guilty when prosecuted by the same attorney that is prosecuting George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting.  She was given the mandatory maximum sentence of twenty years in jail.  From CBSnews.com:

Stone says the case is “not perfect from a defense perspective,” but believes Alexander may have grounds for an appeal based on the judge refusing to admit testimony from witnesses who could tell the jury about Gray’s history of violence against women.

First, according to court documents, Alexander violated her bail by returning to the home where the shooting incident took place several months later.

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AP | Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4 in northwest

26 May

By RASOOL DAWAR, Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday and killed four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed on with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week.

Drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas where Afghan and other militants have found refuge are considered a key tactic by U.S. officials in the war against al-Qaida and its Taliban supporters. But many Pakistanis resent the strikes, which they consider an affront to their sovereignty.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the latest attack took place in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region.

The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The U.S. rarely talks publicly about the covert CIA-run drone program in Pakistan.

Drone strikes have become an increasingly contentious issue between Washington and Pakistan. Pakistan’s parliament has demanded the U.S. end all attacks on its territory.

Read the rest of the story here.

 

Goldman Sachs | Progress – Human Genome Sciences Video

26 May

Goldman Sachs | Progress – Human Genome Sciences Check out the video.

 

MARTIN KRZYWINSKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

 

Other Human Genome links:

Enhanced Warfighter: A Policy Framework (pdf)

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 

Human Genome Resources from NCBI

National Human Genome Institute Research

I just happened to come across this next tasty nugget of eccentricity.  I agree with her viewpoint:  Keep the human genome out of private sector hands.

THE HUMAN GENOME:  POEMS ON THE BOOK OF LIFE  GILLIAN K FERGUSON

Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. science.energy.gov/ber/

Why The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Is A Bad Idea

26 May

redplanetcartoons.com

First, let me be honest.  I’m not a constitutional scholar, and I need to read the treaties more thoroughly.  (But I’m not a constitutional lawyer either,  so that’s a plus.)  People will argue it does not violate any constitutional rights directly, and that may be true, I need to look closer.  But that is not what I’m arguing.

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