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Trump links from Radley Balko, including Trump’s asking Comey to jail journalists

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Radley Balko in the Washington Post:

Here’s the latest roundup of the Trump administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and the criminal justice system. As usual, if you can think of anything I’ve missed, please feel free to leave links in the comments section.

  • Perhaps the most overlooked and disturbing bit to come out of the Trump-Comey affair: President Trump urged then-FBI Director James B. Comey to jail journalists who publish classified information.
  • About 30 current and former prosecutors in several large cities around the country — including Manhattan, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston and Kansas City — have written a letter to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s directive to federal prosecutors to seek harsher sentences.
  • Report: The Justice Department is using a law designed for attorneys who defraud immigrants to attack the attorneys who provided pro bono assistance to immigrants affected by the Muslim ban.
  • “Bad hombres” update: Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a 158 percent increase in arrests of immigrants with no criminal history so far this year over the same period last year. Of the immigrants arrested who had a record, 91 percent involved only nonviolent crimes. Put another way: “For every arrest of an immigrant with a violent conviction, ICE arrested four immigrants with no criminal history and 10 with a previous non-violent conviction.”
  • A preliminary look at how Trump’s immigration policies are affecting policing: Latinos in Dallas, Denver and Philadelphia have been less likely to report crimes to police since Trump took office.
  • Gay people in Chechnya are reportedly being kidnapped, beaten and murdered. Some are seeking asylum in the United States. So far, the United States is refusing to grant them visas. 
  • This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference in Saudi Arabia, but neglected to inform U.S. media.
  • Here’s a thorough critique of the new “sanctuary city” bill now under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 May 2017 at 9:01 am

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