In the wake of Glenn Greenwald's post about the inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention
("For 23 out of 24 hours every day -- for seven straight months and counting -- he sits completely alone in his cell"), Jeralyn at the criminal justice blog Talkleft offers a detailed argument
that both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and relevant case law suggest that "Bradley Manning should not be in maximum security or solitary confinement." As the Justice Department tries to build a case against Julian Assange
based on his contacts with Manning, what do we really know about the 22-year-old queer
intelligence analyst being held at Quantico who says he leaked the Collateral Murder
video and all those diplomatic cables? [more inside]
"If it were a plot of a John Grisham novel it would be considered to be perhaps too contrived."
transcript of the comments of state ethics panel chairman F. Lane Williamson, discussing why "there’s no discipline short of disbarment that would be appropriate" for Duke lacrosse case prosecutor Mike Nifong
. In related news, Durham police investigator Linwood Wilson
, hired by Nifong and criticized for manipulating witnesses
in that case and others
, is still employed.
- an exhibit of not-so-rare objets d'art stolen from European galleries
. Apparently, it's "a reaction to the commoditization of art and to gallery monopolies
that price art, dictate which artworks have value, and set themselves up as the arbiters of artists' qualities," but you might find the gag funny anyway. [via mlarson.org]
Tawdry, tawdry stuff
"Another prison guard smuggling dope, another cop caught tweaking, an airport security professional trying to get rich, a horny Florida deputy, and a Michigan police chief who sounds like a real decadent party animal." Lots of not-so-fun reading
in Corrupt Cops Stories
, a weekly feature
in the Drug War Chronicle
. The archive
goes back a few years.
The Best Investigative Reporter You've Never Heard Of
died Wednesday from a rare blood disease
he picked up reporting in the slums of Bombay. Robert Friedman was beaten by religious zealots after writing about Rabbi Meir Kahane, had a contract taken out on his life after writing about "The Most Dangerous Mobster in the World"
and got a Valentine's card threatening rape and murder
after writing about Russian organized crime links to the NHL. This December article about the Israel/Palestine situation
, which may be the last piece he wrote, is detailed, balanced and yet pulls no punches -- a good example of his hard-hitting style. His death leaves a gaping hole in journalism.
The Stanley Cup finals
-- a perfect time to reflect on what we know
about the extortion of former Eastern bloc players
in the NHL by Russian organized crime groups
. A 1999 Frontline/Fifth Estate joint investigation
lays it out nicely, including an eye-opening interview
with a U.S. sports marketer who was run out of the Russian hockey world by mob greed. Also check the story of investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman
, author of the alarming (some say alarmist) book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America
, the subject of a detailed eXile review here