February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities prohibit live satellite TV coverage of tomorrow’s big demonstration December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Iraq News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s announcement by the military banning live satellite TV coverage of tomorrow’s demonstration in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on security grounds, and supports the Iraqi media that have condemned the ban as an act of censorship. Announcing the ban at a news conference, Baghdad military command spokesman Gen. Qassem Atta said no vehicle would be allowed anywhere near the big planned demonstration because of the danger of car bombs. To provide live coverage, TV reporters need to be accompanied by satellite uplink trucks.“The authorities are cleanly using security as a pretext for preventing live coverage of these protests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The aim is to prevent Iraqis and the rest of the world from seeing the scale of the discontent. This violates the right of journalists to work without obstruction.”Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about a spate of attacks on news media and NGOs in the past 48 hours by the security forces, which are supposed to protect them.The journalist Muntazer Al-Zaydi was arrested today when he tried to give a news conference outside the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighbourhood. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to free him at once.In a statement published by the news agency Nina, Issam Al-Husseini, the president of the board of the magazine Medias, said the magazine’s central Baghdad headquarters was raided yesterday by members of the security forces, who offered no explanation. Husseini pointed out that the magazine limits itself to covering youth and culture issues and does not touch politics.The offices of the Baghdad Media Centre, which organizes media training and development seminars, was also stormed yesterday by members of the security forces, who broke down its doors and seized archives. No warrant was shown.Ayn (Eye), an election-monitoring NGO located in the central Baghdad district of Karrada, was attacked yesterday by a joint army and police unit accompanied by armed civilians. Some of its equipment and archives were seized, including documents about the most recent legislative elections, held in March 2010.Reporters Without Borders already reported yesterday’s criminal raid on the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, which was carried out “private” security forces dressed in army uniforms. News December 16, 2020 Find out more
January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kazakhstan RSF_en Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her October 30, 2020 Find out more Kazakhstan, which considers itself a regional model after holding the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010, seems to be straying from its fine promises to embark without detours on the road to cybercensorship. In 2011, a unprecedented social protest movement prolonged by a violent uprising, a wave of odd attacks and the Head of State’s health problems made the authorities even more nervous, causing them to tighten their control over information, especially online. Read in Russian / Читать по-русски: Help by sharing this information February 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia to go further Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Organisation Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News Related documents Казахстан 2012PDF – 131.93 KB News News Website filtering and blacklistsSome twenty websites deemed “extremist” were blocked on August 20, 2011 by order of a district court in Astana (the capital), which ruled that the sites were helping to promote “terrorism and religious extremism” and contained “calls commit acts of terrorism and to manufacture explosive devices.” Unexpectedly, those blocked sites include the highly popular Russian-language blog platforms LiveJournal and LiveInternet. The blockage of these platforms seems totally unfounded, since much of the banned content has nothing to do with the terms of the decision. The latter was denounced by bloggers, notably by means of an online petition. According to the report “Central Asia: Censorship and Control of the Internet and Other New Media” by the International Partnership for Human Rights coalition, Net filtering is carried out with the assistance of the leading ISP Kazakh Telecom, which controls most of the bandwidth. The report stresses the lack of transparency of the work done by the “Center for Computer Incidents,” which involves drawing up blacklists of “destructive” websites. A presidential Security Council is already compiling lists of websites that should be blocked. According to this body, 125 websites containing “extremist” elements had been blocked by October 1, 2011. Measures are underway to block 168 more.News websites in the authorities’ line of sightThe pretext of the fight against terrorism is frequently used by the authorities to justify temporary or long-term blocking of independent news sites such as eurasia.org.ru, respublika-kaz.info, kplustv.net and krasnoetv.kz, which provide alternative insight into the struggle to replace ailing Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev, and into the most publicized and longest wave of protests in Kazakhstan’s history and subsequent unrest. Censorship gained ground the country last year. Its main thrust was an attempt to impose a blackout on news about the strikes in the oil sector, and debates over the assertion of a “terrorist” threat in a country previously spared by this phenomenon. Bombings in the western city of Aktobe in May 2011, and later in the northern town of Taraz in November, fueled speculations that they could be attributed to an organized crime plot involving Islamist insurgents or Kazakh secret service forces.News website guljan.org, which is highly critical of the authorities’ abuses and corruption, is blocked on a regular basis, and sustained massive cyberattacks shortly after it was launched. The site and its editor, Guljan Ergalieva, were fined 5 million tenge (about USD 33,800) in damages for “attacking the honor and reputation” of senior official Sarybay Kalmurzaev in January 2012. News website Stan TV has been constantly hounded by the authorities, with “inspections” of all kinds, attempted bribery, threats, attacks, and court orders aimed at closing the offices. The website produces reports that are regularly broadcast K+, an independent satellite station devoted to Central Asian news, which is very critical of Kazakh authorities. Stan TV is a popular leading source of news on the conflict that has been going on for several months between the regime and striking employees of the Karajanbasmunay and Uzenmunaygaz companies in the western province of Mangystau. Two Stan TV journalists were violently assaulted while covering these events.Clampdown on dissent: A region cut off from the worldOn December 16, 2011, the celebration of Kazakhstan’s 20th anniversary of independence was disrupted by workers who had been on strike for several months in Zhanaozen (in Mangystau). Under what are as yet unclear circumstances, the police fired real bullets into the crowd and the rebellion spread throughout the city, where most of the official buildings were burned. The official toll is at least 15 dead, but alternative sources claim the number is higher. The authorities responded by declaring a state of emergency and imposing a news and communications blackout, preventing any accurate assessment of the situation. The protest’s epicenter – Zhanaozen and surrounding cities within a radius of at least 39 miles – have been totally cut off from the world and deprived of Internet connections and telecommunications. Elsewhere in the region, and particularly in the city of Aktau (the provincial capital) where tense demonstrations persisted for several days, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to exchange SMS messages or access the Internet from a mobile phone.In the absence of updates from the state press agency, preoccupied with independence festivities, Twitter, Facebook, and K+ labeled videos on Youtube have become the only sources of information – or disinformation – as reported by Global Voices. On December 16 and 17, on Twitter, the key word #Zhanaozen produced countless alarming tweets about “massacres” and “the civil war in Zhanaozen.” The uncertainty grew when Twitter, along with a number of Russian and Kirghiz media, were blocked in the evening of December 16. Heated debates about a possible propaganda or counter-propaganda operation filled the Kazakh Web. Although Twitter was soon accessible again, several leading news websites remain blocked, including Guljan.org, the Russian citizen news agency Ridus.ru, and the site of the opposition newspaper Respublika. For several days, the security services first prevented journalists from accessing the offices of these media by blocking their entry or even stopping them for questioning them on their way there. Then they let them through, but tried to interfere with their work as much as they could by imposing an escort or preventing them from meeting certain people. In several cases, the content of their computers, USB flash drives and audio recorders were closely examined. Blogger Murat Tungishbayev was brutally assaulted while filming a police check. On January 26, 2012, the Public Prosecutor’s office announced charges against the organizers of the social protest movement that degenerated into riots, the opposition leaders who supported them, and journalist Igor Vinyavsky, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Vzglyad. The authorities also pledged to pursue the policemen accused of killing demonstrators, allegedly corrupt high-ranking officials (including Zhanaozen’s mayor), and executives of the oil companies employing the strikers. These latest measures are viewed as a gesture to calm a population who is becoming increasingly unwilling to put up with the rampant corruption of its bureaucrats. Meanwhile, a genuine manhunt was initiated to identify those who took the videos proving that policemen had fired into the crowd. The Stan TV staff members who had broadcast them have had to endure even greater pressure. On January 13, 2012, the National Security Committee (KNB) called in most of the news staff for questioning.Repressive regulationsA 2009 Internet Law puts bloggers in the same penal category as journalists and holds Internet website administrators and their ISPs responsible for any content posted by others on their platforms, obliging them to hire moderators. Criminializing defamation has consequences for online freedom of expression, yet officials are entitled to special treatment. Media and journalists critical of the government often pay for it, as shown recently in the Guljan.org case (see above).Within the framework of a policy that centralizes all news sources inside the country, a September 2010 decree forced websites using the suffix .kz to channel all their traffic through servers based in Kazakhstan. Originally implemented for newly created sites, it gradually was applied retroactively. In May 2011, the government had insisted that Google use only servers located in Kazakhstan so that it would be easier for the authorities to monitor searches. It reversed its decision after Google announced in June 2011 that it was leaving the country and suspending google.kz. On December 30, 2011, new repressive regulations on Internet access were adopted. A decree made video surveillance and filtering equipment mandatory in cybercafés. Visitors are now required to present an ID and managers must maintain a log of the websites visited. Most importantly, cybercafé owners are required to provide the security forces, simply upon request, access to their visitor register, the log of sites accessed, and the video surveillance recordings. They must also keep a record of security services’ requests. In addition, owners must install a program allowing access to banned websites to be blocked. The use of proxies is prohibited, and the sanctions for such violations are not yet known. They will undoubtedly be the subject of a forthcoming application order. These new rules are a severe blow to cybercafés, which are already closing one after the other while the number of individual Internet and mobile phone accounts keeps on growing.The authorities’ agitation vs. the international community’s silenceThe increased use of cybercensorship is symptomatic of the harsher repression being waged by a regime worried about the end of the “Kazakh stability” myth. Yet Astana leaders are still strong. Despite the many frauds attested to by OSCE observers during the last elections, people did not riot in the streets. The international community remains discreet about human rights issues. Nursultan Nazarbayev can count on Kazakhstan’s vast natural resources to lessen global criticism. One recent example is the recent USD 3 billion partnership agreement concluded in February 2012 between Kazakhstan and Germany. News
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By Digital AIM Web Support – February 14, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a more appropriate venue to hold Trump accountable than a Senate trial. “He didn’t get away with anything yet,” McConnell said. “Yet.” The insurrection at the Capitol, in which five people died, is just one of the legal cases shadowing Trump in the months after he was voted out of office. He also faces legal exposure in Georgia over an alleged pressure campaign on state election officials, and in Manhattan over hush-money payments and business deals. But Trump’s culpability under the law for inciting the riot is by no means clear-cut. The standard is high under court decisions reaching back 50 years. Trump could also be sued by victims, though he has some constitutional protections, including if he acted while carrying out the duties of president. Those cases would come down to his intent. Legal scholars say a proper criminal investigation takes time, and there are at least five years on the statute of limitations to bring a federal case. New evidence is emerging every day. “They’re way too early in their investigation to know,” said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor. “The have arrested 200 people, they’re pursuing hundreds more, all of those people could be potential witnesses because some have said ‘Trump made me do it’.” What’s not known, she said, is what Trump was doing during the time of the riot, and that could be the key. Impeachment didn’t produce many answers. But federal investigators in a criminal inquiry have much more power to compel evidence through grand jury subpoenas. “It’s not an easy case, but that’s only because what we know now, and that can change,” Levenson said. The legal issue is whether Trump or any of the speakers at the rally near the White House that preceded the assault on the Capitol incited violence and whether they knew their words would have that effect. That’s the standard the Supreme Court laid out in its 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which overturned the conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader. Trump urged the crowd on Jan. 6 to march on the Capitol, where Congress was meeting to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential election, Trump even promised to go with his supporters, though he didn’t in the end. “You’ll never take our country back with weakness,” Trump said. He also had spent weeks spinning up supporters over his increasingly combative language and false election claims urging them to “stop the steal.” Trump’s impeachment lawyers said he didn’t do anything illegal. Trump, in a statement after the acquittal, did not admit to any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles of the assault on the Capitol and whether the violence had been incited. The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, has said that district prosecutors are considering whether to charge Trump under local law that criminalizes statements that motivate people to violence. “Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it may utilize,” Racine told MSNBC last month. The charge would be a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Trump’s top White House lawyer repeatedly warned Trump on Jan. 6 that he could be held liable. That message was delivered in part to prompt Trump to condemn the violence that was carried out in his name and acknowledge that he would leave office Jan. 20, when Biden was inaugurated. He did depart the White House that day. Since then, many of those charged in the riots say they were acting directly on Trump’s orders. Some offered to testify. A phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy emerged during the impeachment trial in which McCarthy, as rioters stormed the Capitol, begged Trump to call off the mob. Trump replied: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” The McCarthy call is significant because it could point to Trump’s intent, state of mind and knowledge of the rioters’ actions. Court cases that try to prove incitement often bump up against the First Amendment. In recent years, federal judges have taken a hard line against the anti-riot law. The federal appeals court in Virginia narrowed the Anti-Riot Act, with a maximum prison term of five years, because it swept up constitutionally protected speech. The court found invalid parts of the law that encompassed speech tending to “encourage” or “promote” a riot, as well as speech “urging” others to riot or involving mere advocacy of violence. The same court upheld the convictions of two members of a white supremacist group who admitted they punched and kicked counter-demonstrators during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s possible federal prosecutors will decide not to bring charges, and if Trump were indicted in one of the many other separate investigations, federal prosecutors could decide justice would be done elsewhere. Atlanta prosecutors have recently opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn his election loss in Georgia, including a Jan. 2 phone call in which he urged that state’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s narrow victory. And Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is in the midst of an 18-month criminal grand jury investigation focusing in part on hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf, and whether Trump or his businesses manipulated the value of assets — inflating them in some cases and minimizing them in others — to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits. GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who voted to acquit along with McConnell and 41 other Republicans, argued that because Trump is no longer in office, impeachment is not the right way to hold him to account. “The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked and due process is constitutionally mandated. No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former President Trump.” ——— Associated Press writers Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak in New York and Mark Sherman contributed to this report. ——— Follow Colleen Long on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ctlong1 TAGS Facebook Previous articleBiden White House seeks to turn page on TrumpNext articleGARDENING: Spring garden prep should begin soon Digital AIM Web Support Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump Local NewsUS News Facebook
News UpdatesExpunging Remarks-While Hearing Appeal Sessions Judge Has No Jurisdiction To Judge The Judicial Officer Who Authored The Judgment: Allahabad High Court Anadi Tewari9 Jan 2021 7:05 AMShare This – x”District and Sessions Judge has administrative control over the judicial officers subordinate to him, but the administrative control cannot be equated to power of superintendence which is vested only with the High Courts”The Allahabad High Court recently in one of its orders has observed that ‘sobriety, moderation and reserve are the greatest qualities of a judicial officer and he/she should never be divorced from them.’ The Bench of Justice Alok Mathur was hearing an application filed by a Judicial Magistrate who has prayed before the Court to quash the remarks made against him by the Sessions…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court recently in one of its orders has observed that ‘sobriety, moderation and reserve are the greatest qualities of a judicial officer and he/she should never be divorced from them.’ The Bench of Justice Alok Mathur was hearing an application filed by a Judicial Magistrate who has prayed before the Court to quash the remarks made against him by the Sessions Judge, Hardoi while setting aside his judgment in a Criminal Case No. 909/2019 [State v. Yamohan Singh]. The Sessions Judge, Hardoi while setting aside the trial Court’s judgment (the applicant authored) has made certain comments and observations, aggrieved of which the applicant has approached the High Court praying to quash such remarks.The High Court has held that It is relevant to consider (a) whether the party whose conduct is in question is before the Court or has an opportunity of explaining or defending himself, (b) whether there is evidence on record bearing on that conduct justifying the remark, (c) whether it is necessary for decision of the case, as an integral part thereof, to advert on that conduct. It has also been recognised that judicial pronouncements must be judicial in nature, and should not normally depart from some petty moderation and reserve. The High Court while examining the case has relied on certain observations made by the Supreme Court where the highest court has cautioned the High Courts to refrain from making observations extending to criticism of the subordinate judicial officer. The High Court has observed that: “The Sessions Judge while hearing the appeal had full powers and jurisdiction at his command to re-appreciate the evidence to disagree and come to a different conclusion that of the trial Court; but his jurisdiction fell short of commenting upon the shortcomings of the applicant while discharging the duties of trial Court dealing with the said case. It was not expected from him to demonstrate that the applicant while discharging his duties of a trial Judge had not written the judgment as expected from the judicial officer.The said comment starkly reflects upon the persona of the judicial officer, and while deciding the said appeal the Sessions Judge was expected to judge the case which were before him, and had no jurisdiction to judge the judicial officer who was the author of the judgment”.High Court has also held thathe District and Sessions Judge has administrative control over the judicial officers subordinate to him, but the administrative control cannot be equated to power of superintendence which is vested only with the High Courts The Court while allowing the application for the deletion of the remarks and observations made against the applicant in the judgment passed by the Sessions Judge, Hardoi has observed that: “In the present case the Sessions Judge has re-examined the entire evidence and came to a contrary finding and has therefore allowed the criminal appeal. There was absolutely no occasion or any need to make any comments upon the applicant and in case he felt strongly about the shortcomings of the applicant, then it was always open for him to inform his Administrative Judge or Hon’ble the Chief Justice”. The applicant was represented by Advocate Pradeep Kumar Sai assisted by Advocate Prakarsh Pandey, Advocate Devansh Mishra, Advocate Praveen Kumar Shukla and Advocate Priyansu Singh. Case Title – Alka Pandey v. State of U.P. & Others [Case: U/S 482/378/40 No. 2389 of 2020] Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hundreds of thousands of Northern California residents are bracing for another round of widespread, deliberate blackouts after Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it may need to proactively shut off power due to high winds.The power company’s emergency operations center has been monitoring a dry, offshore wind event and may turn off power lines starting late Wednesday evening, PG&E said in a statement. About 209,000 customers, in 15 counties in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay, likely would be affected by the blackouts, expected to extend more than 48 hours.The announcement drew angry reactions from residents, ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM reported.“What PG&E is supposed to be doing is taking the billions of dollars we have been giving them and trimming the trees and taking care of the grid so we don’t have to do shutoffs in the first place,” Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, a San Francisco-based consumer advocacy organization, told KGO-AM.Heavy wind gusts caused more than 100 instances of serious damage and hazard on PG&E’s distribution and transmission lines during the last public safety power shutoff, or PSPS, event earlier this month, which afffected more than 2 million people.The deadly Saddleridge Fire in Los Angeles County ignited on Oct. 10 near an electrical transmission line operated by Southern California Edison in Los Angeles’ northernmost neighborhood of Slymar. While the company shut down some of its power lines, the transmission line running through Sylmar had not been de-energized.“The sole purpose of PSPS is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities,” PG&E officials said in a statement. “We know that sustained winds above 45 mph are known to cause damage to the lower-voltage distribution system and winds above 50 mph are known to cause damage to higher-voltage transmission equipment.”PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian told KGO-AM that the power company is trying to fix the mistakes made in the last blackout by coordinating more efficiently with state and local officials. The company is also installing devices to divide the grid into smaller segments so blackouts will be targeted to smaller areas.Sonoma County First District Supervisor Susan Gorin told KGO-AM that PG&E should have started undergrounding lines and segmenting the transmission grids, as they have been doing in Southern California, “decades ago.”“Where have they been?” Gorin asked.On Friday, PG&E President and CEO Bill Johnson said the goal is to eliminate PSPS events within the next 10 years while speaking before the California Public Utilities Commission.“It will take us some time to do that,” Johnson said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The best advice? Don’t put yourself in that situation to begin with. Check the weather prior to venturing out. If severe storms are imminent, stay in your current location and let them pass. We realize this isn’t the most convenient answer, but it’s the most prudent. https://t.co/KPVUUwArse— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) January 10, 2020What’s your plan for safe shelter? If you do NOT live in a sturdy structure, make plans to stay with a friend, relative, sturdy and safe place until any heightened weather threat is over! #lawx #okwx #txwx #arwxMore: https://t.co/xEbKVdNoc0 pic.twitter.com/a60OzBaizI— NWS Shreveport (@NWSShreveport) January 10, 2020To the north of that severe weather, heavy rain is forecast to slam into the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes, which may cause flash flooding late Friday into Saturday.SaturdayBy Saturday, the major storm system moves east into the Gulf Coast states, bringing damaging winds, large hail and possibly a few tornadoes.New Orleans, Montgomery, Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi, will all be in the cross hairs.By late Saturday and into Saturday night, even Atlanta will see some strong to severe storms.Further north, ice and snow are forecast from western Oklahoma to Wisconsin to Michigan. Some areas could see up to 1 foot of snow.SundayThe storm system moves into the Northeast by Saturday night into Sunday.Most parts of the Northeast will see rain. But in northern New England, some areas could get heavy snow and ice accumulation.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ronniechua/iStock(NEW YORK) — A major storm is developing in the southern Plains Friday and is threatening to bring tornadoes, flash flooding and freezing precipitation to the central U.S.Nineteen states from Texas to Maine are under flood, ice and snow alerts.Here’s the latest forecast:FridayDallas, Austin, Houston, Little Rock, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Shreveport, Louisiana, are all in the path of the storm Friday. Damaging winds and tornadoes are the biggest threat, but large hail is also possible.
ablokhin/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia state lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would abolish the state’s death penalty.Virginia House of Delegates member Mike Mullin and state Sen. Scott Surovell introduced bills to their respective houses that would abolish the death penalty and convert existing capital sentences to sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.Mullin said in a statement that the use of capital punishment “is flawed with wrongful convictions, inadequate representation, geographic disparity, and racial bias.”“It is not a crime deterrent, but instead perpetuates a culture of violence that does not belong in the Commonwealth,” he said in a statement.As of October 2020, Virginia had executed 113 people since 1973, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks death row inmates. Only Texas has had more executions during that period, with 570, according to the DPIC.Eleven out of the 14 executions carried out by the federal government up to October 2020 have taken place in the last two years, the DPIC said. At least four other federal executions have taken place since October, including the first woman executed since 1953.Virginia prisoners on death row are executed by lethal injection, however, the prisoner can choose electrocution, according to state law.Virginia hasn’t executed anyone since 2017 and most Virginia counties haven’t had an execution in 50 years, according to data from the DPIC. There are currently two people on death row in the state, the DPIC said.The House of Delegates and state Senate bills are each likely to have strong support after gaining a Democratic majority last year. The legislature has pushed progressive bills forward since Democrats took control.House Delegate Minority Leader Todd Gilbert did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News for comment. However, at least one Republican state senator, Bill Stanley, told The Associated Press in December he would support a new bill.Gov. Ralph Northam said he supports the bill and will sign it if passed in the state legislature.“I’m committed to abolishing the death penalty in Virginia,” he said in a statement.Robert Dunham, the executive director of the DPIC, told ABC News a death penalty abolishment would be a significant move, as most of the country’s executions take place in Deep South states.“There hasn’t been [a state] execution west of Texas in more than five years. There has been a national erosion,” Dunham told ABC News. “The last area so far that has evaded that erosion is the South.”Dunham credited the changing public opinion and election of progressive prosecutors and leaders for the change in Virginia. The state hasn’t issued a death sentence in five years, he said.“It’s become a less partisan issue and people have been able to reach across the aisle to bring reform,” he said. “We now have a situation where eliminating the death penalty can be a vehicle of healing. Now is the time for that.”Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty, according to the DPIC. Three others — California, Oregon and Pennsylvania — have issued a moratorium on capital punishment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team handed No. 1 ranked Oregon State just its third loss of the season on Thursday evening, opening a three-game series against the Beavers with an 8-7 win.Oregon State led 5-4 before Utah took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Beavers threatened late, putting two on with one out in the ninth, and although a run scored on a wild pitch, reliever Jacob Rebar got a strikeout and fly out to end the game.Key for the Utes was a season-high four double plays on the night.On the mound, Trenton Stoltz earned the victory after pitching four innings of relief, surrendering just two runs (one earned) on four hits. It was his first victory of the year. Four innings pitched is over twice as long as his previous longest outing this year. Rebar earned the save, his first of the year, after throwing the final 2/3 innings with one strikeout. Josh Tedeschi and Spencer Kevin Johnson also pitched for the Utes.Wade Gulden and Shea Kramer each had two hits for the Utes while Matt Richardson and Chris Rowan each drove in two runs. Gulden had his team-leading third triple of the year and also scored three runs.Oregon State got on the board first with a run in the top of the second inning after three hits, and a double play limited the damage. In the bottom of the second, Utah tied the game with a run of its own. Davis Delorifice and Dominic Foscalina both walked and moved over on a balk to put runners on second and third with one out and Delorifice scored on a ground out.Another double play got Utah out of the top of the fourth, and the Utes took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Gulden hit a one-out triple to right field and Foscalina was hit in the head by a pitch on a scary play that saw him leave the game. Richardson laid down a bunt and collided with the fielder on a wild play, leading to Gulden scoring the first run of the inning. Rowan drove in two runs with a double to center field.Oregon State pulled back ahead in the top of the fifth after a grand slam home run following two hits and a walk for a 5-4 lead, and took a 6-4 lead with a unearned run in the top of the sixth after a leadoff error.Utah re-took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Gulden led off the inning with a single up the middle and Kramer doubled to put two in scoring position. Rowan grounded out to send in the first run of the inning, and back-to-back RBI doubles from DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., and Oliver Dunn gave Utah a 7-6 lead.The Utes added a run in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-6 lead. Gulden drew a two-out walk and Kramer hit a ball deep into the left field corner to score Gulden all the way from first.OSU rallied in the top of the ninth with a hit batter and double into the left field corner put two runners on base with one out. Rebar survived a 13-pitch at-bat for a strikeout and although a run scored on a wild pitch, a fly out ended the game.Utah and Oregon State continue their three-game series on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. at Smith’s Ballpark. Robert Lovell March 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Upsets No. 1 Oregon State, 8-7 Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes