October 2011 Archives

Supreme court rules on Inmate's rights

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Supreme Court met to discuss proceedings for privately-held correction facilitates.

Prisoner Richard Pollard was injured severely at a private institution, reported the Miami Herald.

The court's decision could provide privately-held prisoners the same rights as those held in U.S. government prisons, reported the Wall Street Journal.

It would give prisoners the rights to sue in federal courts.

Oral hearings begin Tuesday, reported the Wall Street Journal

Pakistani militant case goes out with a whimper

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A Pakistani militant accused of killing Shiites was released from jail due to political reasons.

Malik Ishaq killed 70 Shiites in 1997, reported the Star Tribune.

He was released because of his ability to negotiate with other militants in Pakistan, reported Dawn.com, Pakistan.

Officials warned the United States against this deal because it could bring an end in the country's attempts to make peaceful negotiations bet wen Afghanistan and Pakistan, reported Star Tribune.

Minn. man released on parole

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A Minn. man was released on parole after the Correction Commissioner appeared at a hearing for his parole.

Timothy Eling was serving a life-sentance for killing an Oakdale police officer in 1982, reported Minnesota Public Radio

Corrections Commisssioner, Tom Roy, made the parole decision, reported Star Tribune.

Eling told the Start Tribune he regretted his actions and continues to make better changes in his life.

Law schools sent to court

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Law schools were sent to court for over stating graduate job rates.

Students said they felt misleaded due to universities' advertising higher job rates for law school grads, reported the Minnesota Daily

The University of Minnesota Law school had a 10 percent disparity from reported rates and actual rates in 2010, said its Career Center to the Minnesota Daily.

Universities around the nation saw similar cases, reported the Minnesota Daily

Humane treatment for pigs

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The U.S. Supreme Court extended humane animal treatment policies to include pigs, Saturday.

The National Meat Assn. challenged a Calif. law that required slaughterhouses to humanly remove pigs that couldn't stand on their own, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court, reported the Los Angeles Times

The meat industry lost money due to the law and sued , reported The Press-Enterprise, with nearly 2.5 percent of animals euthanized. The association claimed the goverment overstepped their authority by implementing the law.

"Hogwash," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals told the Los Angeles Times, who was in favor of the Calif. law. The court ruled in a 3-0 decision, favoring the state of Calif.

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