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Dying to Live: Cesar DeLeon on hunger strike in Wisconsin prison

By LUCAS ALAN DIETSCHE As of December, Cesar DeLeon is the only  confirmed one out of an initial seven prisoners on a hunger strike that started in Wisconsin in June 2016. Visitors have said he is delirious, underweight, and suffering hunger pains, as well as displaying signs of physical abuse. In letters, DeLeon has also reported on physical…

Does Tsarnev deserve the death penalty?

By JOE AUCIELLO  — BOSTON — “I don’t favor the death penalty, but this case makes me question my beliefs.” “Give ‘im what he deserves—the electric chair!” “There is no way this guy ought to live.” “Let him get the most gruesome death possible.” These are a sample of the comments readily heard in Boston…

‘Advantages’ of CIA torture?

BY JEFF MACKLER While mass murder via “legally approved” wars remains the weapon of choice of today’s imperial conquerors—especially the United States—torture, conducted properly and legally and with the help of modern science, does have its advantages. Or so we are given to understand. The forme moderne now practiced by the CIA and defined as…

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Making torture legal

By MUMIA ABU-JAMAL In the week of the Senate Intelligence Select Committee’s report on CIA torture of terror suspects, we’re reminded how little Americans know about how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency rolls in the real world. Predictably, the 500-page summary of a 6700-page report erupted into a political and media firestorm. Networks and cable…

Children trapped at the border

By LISA LUINENBURG Since October 2013, about 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have been apprehended crossing the border into the United States. This number jumped 159% between 2011 and 2013, and the total number of children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year is expected to reach 74,000. Most of these children come from…

Lynne Stewart — Free!

By MUMIA ABU-JAMAL By the time you hear this, Lynne Stewart, New York’s people’s lawyer, will be home, sleeping in her own bed, in the company of her beloved husband, Ralph Poynter, and their children and grandchildren. It has been a long and tortured hole from judge to judge, from bias to hatred, with no…

Victory! Lynne Stewart is free!

By JEFF MACKLER Jeff Mackler is the West Coast coordinator of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee. Lynne Stewart is free! With almost 100 family and supporters chanting, “We love you, Lynne,” she rose from a wheelchair and bravely walked forward for a half-hour rally at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She landed at 1:10 p.m. on…

Michael Saffioti: Death in a county jail

By ANN MONTAGUE We often hear about abuse, brutality, mistreatment, and cover-ups in state and federal prisons, but county jails are seen as being more benign. County jails, after all, are either where people are being held while waiting for trial or where they have been given a short sentence for a misdemeanor. Last year,…