Supreme Court Orders California to Relieve Prison Overcrowding
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With the US incarcerating more people than any other nation, will other states face similar orders? Even many conservatives say we can’t afford more prisons. Also, some portions of the Patriot Act are scheduled to expire at midnight tonight, and Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Senate it’s time for a vote to renew them. Lastly on Reporter's Notebook, former General Ratko Mladic has been arrested by Serbia, charged with killing 7500 people in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica in 1995.
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Gun Rights Make Strange Bedfellows in Patriot Act Debate ()
Some portions of the Patriot Act are scheduled to expire at midnight tonight, and Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Senate it’s time for a vote to renew them. But Indiana’s freshman Republican Rand Paul refused to allow a vote because he opposes possible invasions of privacy and gun rights if special courts issue secret warrants.
- Spencer Ackerman: Senior Reporter, Wired's 'Danger Room' blog
Supreme Court Orders California to Relieve Prison Overcrowding ()
A majority of the US Supreme Court has ruled that California must reduce its prison population to relieve overcrowding that violates the Constitution. Dissenters claim that will mean 33,000 criminals loose on the street--while state officials are looking for ways not to release any prisoners at all. With the US incarcerating more people than any other nation, will other states face similar orders? Even many conservatives say we can’t afford more prisons. We’ll hear how Texas and other states found cheaper alternatives for punishing criminals while reducing crime and maintaining standards of common decency.
- Carol Williams: Los Angeles Times, @cjwilliamslat
- Michael Bien: Partner, Rosen, Bien & Galyan
- Marc Levin: Director, Center for Effective Justice, @TPPF
- Dan Lungren: US Congressman (R-CA) 3rd District and former California state Attorney General
- Douglas Berman: Professor of Law at Ohio State University
War Crime Fugitive Ratko Mladic Arrested in Serbia ()
Since 1995, former Bosnian Serb General Rotko Mladic has been on the run after the massacre of at least 7500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the city of Srebrenica. This massacre was the worst atrocity in Europe since the end of World War II. Today he was arrested, in northern Serbia, where he’s been living under an assumed name. The process of extradition has begun for trial at the Hague.
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