FROM Don Thompson
Governor Brown Files Yet Another Appeal It's been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5% of capacity. Governor Brown says he's done all he can, and today he said he'll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land. This comes after last week's scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat to hold Brown in contempt of court.
Early Release for Female Prisoners More than 4000 women inmates in California prisons could be released early — if they have less than two years left on their sentences, if their crimes were nonviolent, non-serious and non-sexual — and if they have children. That's according to a law signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Supreme Court Tells California to Release Thousands of Prisoners The US Supreme Court today upheld a lower court order that California cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates. It was a 5 to 4 decision with the majority saying overcrowding and inadequate care are depriving prisoners of their constitutional rights. The minority called the decision "radical" and a threat to public safety. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
Governor Brown's Deal with Prison Guards Could Be Costly Former Governor Gray Davis gave California's prison guards a 34 percent raise, twice what other state employees received. After he was recalled, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked the Correctional Peace Officers Association as an example of public-worker unions with too many perks and too much power. Last year, the 30,000-member union supported current Governor Jerry Brown as Schwarzenegger's replacement, and Brown has negotiated a contract that could be costly to taxpayers. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
Supreme Court Hears Prison Overcrowding Case For 20 years the State of California has been charged with unhealthy and inhumane treatment of prisoners, but failed to meet many promises to ease overcrowding. Today, the US Supreme Court took up the state’s appeal of an appellate court ruling that 40,000 prisoners be released.
Three-Month Overdue State Budget Agreement Unveiled In a secret meeting late last week, Governor Schwarzenegger and the leaders of both parties in the Assembly and Senate worked out a deal on the state budget. Today, they began to reveal the details at a committee hearing in Sacramento. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?