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The story of Tyrone Brown, sentenced to life in prison in 1990 for violating his probation by smoking a joint, is gaining steam. 16 years after his initial incarceration at the age of 17, Brown is one Texas Governor away from freedom.

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AP

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that foreign-born prisoners seized as potential terrorists and held in Guantanamo Bay may not challenge their detention in US courts, a key victory for President Bush's anti-terrorism plan.

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Truthdig

Despite spending an estimated $80 million, the government was unable to prove that Dr. Sami Al-Arian was a terrorist, yet he remains in prison and his sentence will likely be extended. The abusive imprisonment of this nonviolent Palestinian dissenter

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Reuters

U.S. prison doctors have deemed suspected al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla mentally competent to stand trial on terrorism charges, based in part on a review of military interrogation documents that will be turned over to his lawyers, court records sho

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LA Times

"A lot of people are angry about what kids are doing and what's happening on the Internet," said Parry Aftab, a leading Internet child safety expert. "That's fine. But it is not MySpace's role to raise your child."

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USA Today

The prisoner lived in isolation in a cell with only a steel slab for a bed. At times chained to the floor, deprived of light, sleep and heat. His interrogators injected him with "truth serum" and threatened him with execution. A U.S. citize

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Phoenix New Times

[anything for a camera] When prosecutors accused the owners of Ajo Al's of violating the county's health code and sickening diners, it took the restaurateurs 7 months to get their day in court — but only 4 hours for the judge to toss out the

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PC World

Have you ever faced a pop-up that wouldn't go away? You try clicking it closed and another pops up in less than a nanosecond. You reboot the system. That's a hassle, sure--but chances are, your experience won't land you in jail. But ....

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NY Times

The new forensic DNA sampling was authorized by Congress in a little-noticed amendment to a January 2006 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides protections and assistance for victims of sexual crimes. The amendment permits DNA coll

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Boston Globe

Two weeks after a senior Pentagon official suggested that corporations should pressure their law firms stop assiting detainees at Guantanamo Bay, major companies have turned the table on the Pentagon and issued statements supporting the law firms

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AP

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a key terrorism charge, the only one carrying a potential life sentence, against alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla. A three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with federal p

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Washington Post blog

If you have been using the internet for sometime you or someone you know has probably had the unfortunate experience of hitting a web site that installs a piece of software that bombards you with a stream of pop-ups that will just not go away. Other

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El Nuevo Herald

It's official and final: Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, held in Miami-Dade on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, will be released from prison on Sept. 9 after completing his sentence.

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AP

The state bar has added ethics charges to a complaint filed against the prosecutor who brought sexual assault charges against 3 Duke lacrosse players, accusing him of withholding DNA evidence and misleading the court.

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NBC

The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and put to death. A terror suspect's defense lawyer cannot reveal classified evidence i

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In these times

It never occurred to me that four years after being captured (and more than one year after the Supreme Court affirmed their right to hearing and counsel) individuals were still being held without legal representation.

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NY Times

A 50-year-old Dallas man whose conviction of raping a boy in 1982 cost him nearly half his life in prison and on parole won a court ruling declaring him innocent. He said he was not angry, “because the Lord has given me so much.”

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