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Oklahoma sheriff and staff quit over unsafe jail
An Oklahoma sheriff and all of her deputies have quit in protest of dangerous - possibly lethal - conditions at an old rural county jail.

Nowata County Sheriff Terry Barnett said the dilapidated jail had near-toxic carbon monoxide and mould levels and no fire alarms, among other issues.

Prisoners have been housed in another jail since the end of February due to these safety concerns.

The officers quit after a judge ordered them to return prisoners to the jail.

At a news conference on Monday, Ms Barnett announced that she, along with her undersheriff, deputies, head dispatcher and the majority of the jail staff, were resigning over the "inexcusable" conditions.

The rural jail's carbon monoxide levels were just two points away from lethal and four employees had been taken to hospital as a result, she said. The jail has been closed since that incident.

Other problems at the facility include exposed wiring with outlets that have shocked inmates, no surveillance cameras, faulty sewage lines with methane leaks, inadequate staffing and even "an episode of a snake falling on the head of a prisoner when opening a door".
safety  health  legal  politics  police  oklahoma 
yesterday by jtyost2
Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says
The two slaves, a father and daughter, were stripped to the waist and positioned for frontal and side views. Then, like subjects in contemporary mug shots, their pictures were taken, as part of a racist study arguing that black people were an inferior race.

Little did they know that 169 years later, they would be at the center of a dispute over who should own the fruits of American slavery.

On Wednesday, Tamara Lanier, 54, filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts saying that she is a direct descendant of the pair, who were identified by their first names, Renty and Delia, and that the valuable photographs — commissioned by a professor at Harvard and now stored in a museum on campus — are hers.

The images, Ms. Lanier said, are records of her personal family history, not cultural artifacts to be kept by an institution.

“These were our bedtime stories,” Ms. Lanier’s older daughter, Shonrael, said.

The case renews focus on the role that the country’s oldest universities played in slavery, and also comes amid a growing debate over whether the descendants of the enslaved are entitled to reparations — and what those reparations might look like.

“It is unprecedented in terms of legal theory and reclaiming property that was wrongfully taken,” Benjamin Crump, one of Ms. Lanier’s lawyers, said. “Renty’s descendants may be the first descendants of slave ancestors to be able to get their property rights.”

Jonathan Swain, a spokesman for Harvard, did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the lawsuit.
legal  history  slavery  humanrights  civilrights  culture  lawsuit  copyright 
yesterday by jtyost2
US air strikes killed Somali civilians - Amnesty - BBC News
US air strikes have been killing civilians in Somalia, in a possible violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International says.

The rights group said it had recorded 14 civilian deaths in five recent air strikes on territory held by jihadist al-Shabab militants.

The US has stepped up its air war in Somalia, carrying out 110 strikes in the past two years.

It says the strikes killed more than 800 people, none of them civilians.

According to the US military, its drones and manned aircraft carried out 47 air strikes in Somalia in 2018. They have already conducted more than half that number of strikes in the first three months of 2019.
usa  military  drone  legal  humanrights  warcrimes  somalia 
yesterday by jtyost2
Facebook won’t let employers, landlords or lenders discriminate in ads anymore — ProPublica
Facebook advertisers can no longer target users by age, gender and ZIP code for housing, employment and credit offers, the company announced Tuesday as part of a major settlement with civil rights organizations.

The wide-ranging agreement follows reporting by ProPublica since 2016 that found Facebook let advertisers exclude users by race and other categories that are protected by federal law. It is illegal for housing, job and credit advertisers to discriminate against protected groups.

ProPublica had been able to buy housing-related ads on Facebook that excluded groups such as African Americans and Jews, and it previously found job ads excluding users by age and gender placed by companies that are household names, like Uber and Verizon Wireless.

“This settlement is a shot across the bow to all tech companies and platforms,” said Peter Romer-Friedman, a lawyer with Outten & Golden in Washington who represented the plaintiffs along with the ACLU. “They need to understand that civil rights apply to the internet, and it’s not a civil rights-free zone.”
facebook  legal  civilrights  discrimination  employment  housing  business  advertising  humanrights  usa 
yesterday by jtyost2
Fasting: What the Church Actually Requires Will Probably Surprise You | ChurchPOP
very clear reading of recommended and required fasting and abstinence laws or guidelines, along with what are the penitential days or seasons of the year
catholic  religion  fasting  lent  guide  canonlaw  legal 
yesterday by nikki578
Robert Mueller’s team says it will be very busy in the coming days
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office asked a court for an 11-day extension on a filing deadline Tuesday — claiming that, for the time being, key attorneys on their team were too busy with “the press of other work.”

The reference immediately raised eyebrows among close watchers of the special counsel’s work — because there are no known important deadlines in Mueller cases coming up. So what, then, is Mueller’s team so busy with at the moment?

For months now, rumors have been rampant that Mueller’s final report and the conclusion of his work are imminent. Some top attorneys on his team are leaving, and his top FBI agent has already left. All the specific predictions about when, exactly, the report would be done have turned out to be wrong so far, but all things must come to an end eventually.

Now, Tuesday’s request comes in response to a request by the Washington Post to unseal certain materials related to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. The deadline for Mueller’s team to respond was supposed to be this Thursday, March 21 — but they’ve asked it be extended to April 1. Here’s the key paragraph:
RobertMueller  politics  fbi  legal  crime  scandal 
yesterday by jtyost2
Mexico has one gun shop. So how come all the murders? - BBC News
There were more than 33,000 killings in Mexico in 2018 - but there's only one legal gun store in the country.

US weapons are feeding the crisis in Mexico - as is a high demand for drugs in the US.
guncontrol  mexico  drugs  violence  legal  politics  usa 
yesterday by jtyost2

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