ACLU Slams, Prosecutors welcome Sessions’ Call For Tougher ChargesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “repeating a failed experiment” by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.Udi Ofer, director of the organization’s Campaign for Smart Justice, said it sounds a lot like a throwback to the war on drugs. He says that effort in the 1970s and ’80s “devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans” and disproportionately hurt minorities. He says Sessions risks repeating “a vicious cycle of incarceration” at a time when crime rates are low.Sessions’ memo to U.S. attorneys is an undoing of Obama-era policies that aimed to ease federal prison overcrowding and show lenience to nonviolent, lower-level drug offenders. Sessions says the opioid scourge shows the need to return to tougher tactics.Ofer says the policy is “draconian.”Some prosecutors, however, are praising Sessions’ new policy urging them to charge the most serious crimes against suspects.The move has been criticized by defense attorneys and advocates as likely to crowd federal prisons and subject lower-level drug offenders to long mandatory minimum sentences they see as unfairly harsh.But the head of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys says the new guidance will make the public safer.Lawrence Leiser said the policy will “restore the tools that Congress intended” federal prosecutors to use to punish drug traffickers and dismantle gangs.He says the policy is simply an application of sentencing laws approved by Congress.The policy undoes Obama-era guidance that Sessions says sidestepped federal law by allowing prosecutors to avoid charging some people with the most serious charges.The head of a defense attorneys organization the directive that prosecutors pursue tougher charges against suspects has stripped them of their ability to seek justice.Barry Pollack, of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, says the new policy will “yield unfair results” and marks a return to the failed policies of past administrations.Sessions is telling the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects. That is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions announced the move in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys. It’s long been expected from the former prosecutor who has made fighting violent crime the Justice Department’s priority.The change undoes Obama administration policies aimed at easing prison overcrowding and showing leniency for lower-level drug offenders. Critics of the shift say it will revive the worst aspects of the drug war. But Sessions has said a spike in violence in some big cities shows the need for a return to tougher tactics.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Catena Media has announced a strengthening of its financial services, with the acquisition of all affiliate assets in German financial lead generator, BrokerDeal.de.With an expected total acquisition cost of €3.6m, the initial purchase consideration will see an upfront payment of €1.2m, of which €840,000 will be made in cash and the remaining €360,000 sum in newly issued Catena shares. Based on revenue performance over a two year period, a maximum acquisition cost could be €4.8m, with the statement detailing: “In a reasonably anticipated scenario, with a total earn-out payment of EUR 2.4 million, the sellers would need to generate revenue growth of between 25 and 80 percent during the period. Up to 30 percent of the earn-out may be paid with shares in Catena Media plc.”Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO of Catena Media, commented: “This acquisition is of strategic importance to Catena Media. In November last year, we took the first step in entering a new vertical – the financial services market. “Since then, we have acquired assets and staffed up our organisation. We are now in a position to speed up this strategic initiative, and the acquisition of BrokerDeal.de demonstrates that this is happening right now.”Strengthening it’s affiliate position within Germany through this deal, Catena states that BrokerDeal.de currently generates quarterly sales in the region of €300,000, as well as being considered “one of the top-five sites in financial services in Germany”.With a focus on large scale private investors, it compliments the Catena acquisition of the affiliate assets of Beyondbits Media, which included Aktiendepot.com and Qomparo.de, among other sites. Ekdahl added: “I’m proud to welcome BrokerDeal.de to the Catena Media family and I’m very glad that Michael Hinterleitner, MD of BrokerDeal.de, has decided to remain with the company following the acquisition. I believe this constitutes a solid foundation for continued growth and profitability.” StumbleUpon
The now-closed NN Cannery at South Naknek. Since 2015, the NN Cannery History Project has been working to preserve the story of the cannery. (Courtesy of Katherine Ringsmuth)In canneries, the term “Mug Up” means coffee break. It’s also the name of a new effort to share the history of the NN Cannery, a now-closed cannery in South Naknek that functioned almost continuously for 120 years. At last weekend’s Bristol Bay Fish Expo, the NN Cannery History Project launched the new effort with the MugUp Conversations event, where they invited former cannery workers to share their stories.Listen now“I think that you know you may have never even worked in a cannery or even care about canneries, but there’s something to be said for appreciating the history of work,” historian Katie Ringsmuth, who started the project, said.Since the cannery closed in 2015, Ringsmuth has been working with partners like the National Park Service and the state historic preservation office to ensure its place in history isn’t forgotten. In May, the project received a $50,000 Maritime Heritage Grant from the park service to collect oral histories from people who lived and worked there. They’re partnering with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and the stories will be available on UAF’s site Project Jukebox.Katie Ringsmuth in the fish house in South Naknek (Courtesy of Katie Ringsmuth, ca 1989)“Many of the people who worked at these canneries, no one knows about them,” Ringsmuth said. “And when you start looking at these canneries and you’re looking at the international crews that contributed to one of Alaska’s most significant industries, I think it’s very important to record these stories.”Until the mid-90s, Ringsmuth’s father ran the cannery, which is now owned by Trident Seafoods. She spent time sliming fish there in the summers to work her way through college, working shoulder to shoulder with people from all over the world.“The experience of being able to work next to people who were different than me, had different customs, a different perspectives, different understanding of the world, but nevertheless, we all were working toward a common goal,” Ringsmuth said. “Allowed me to, without even knowing it, appreciate the world.”The grant also means the project is one step closer to becoming the first Alaskan cannery designated as a Maritime Historic District. The designation would make it easier for the project to receive additional funding in the future and recognize its importance in Alaskan and global history.“In part, what I’m trying to do is bring dignity to the cannery work, the cannery story. Yeah sure it’s great you know everybody talks about how cool it is to be a Bristol Bay fisherman,” Ringsmuth said. “But I want kids out there to speak equally as proud of the cannery work. Yeah, my mom worked in an egg house, that’s awesome, right.”The storytelling project is just one piece of a multi-faceted effort to preserve the cannery’s history. They’re also working to create a traveling MugUp exhibit that would bring the story of the cannery around the state, the country and the world.