Even most lawyers will admit it’s rare that a legal complaint makes for captivating reading. The complaint that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed this week against CoreCivic, a private prison company, as part of a class action suit is the exception. Unfortunately, it’s the worst kind of captivating—the kind you can’t put down because it’s just that shocking. Individuals detained at the Stewart Detention Center (“Stewart”) in Lumpkin, Georgia work because they have no other meaningful choice. Defendant CoreCivic, Inc., (“CoreCivic”), the billion-dollar private prison corporation that owns and operates Stewart, maintains a deprivation scheme intended to force detained immigrants to work for nearly free. CoreCivic deprives detained immigrants of basic necessities like food, toothpaste, toilet paper, and soap—and contact with loved ones—so that they have to work in order to purchase those items and costly phone cards at CoreCivic’s commissary. CoreCivic then threatens detained immigrants who refuse to work with serious harm, including the deprivation of privacy and safety in open living quarters, referral for criminal prosecution, and, ultimately, the sensory and psychological deprivation of their humanity resulting from solitary confinement. Under these circumstances, no labor is voluntary – it is forced. What type of work, you ask? CoreCivic is padding its already substantial profits by making detainees keep the facility running. CoreCivic’s deprivation scheme ensures that the individuals detained in Stewart provide the billion-dollar corporation with a ready supply of available labor needed to operate the facility. Detained immigrants mop, sweep, and wax floors; scrub toilets and showers; wash dishes; do laundry; clean medical facilities; and cook and prepare food and beverages daily for the nearly 2,000 individuals locked inside Stewart. For this labor, CoreCivic pays detained immigrants between $1 and $4 per day and occasionally slightly more for double shifts. When CoreCivic needs “volunteers” to work double shifts in the kitchen or to work more than five days per week, as it often does to run Stewart, it employs a policy of threatening detained immigrants until they comply. Under no circumstances does CoreCivic pay the detained immigrant workers anything close to the federal minimum wage. The plaintiffs’ stories are devastating. There’s Shoaib Ahmed, a Bangladeshi man who gave up his claim to asylum as a result of the living conditions at Stewart; Wilhen Hill Barrientos, a Guatemalan citizen still seeking asylum; and Margarito Velazquez Galicia, a Mexican citizen fighting deportation whose wife and children are U.S. citizens. Barrientos and Galicia earn just $1 to $4 most days—and $8 only when they work 12 or more hours in a day.
State Sen. Troy Balderson has picked up an endorsement for the May 8 GOP primary from former Rep. Pat Tiberi, who represented Ohio's 12th Congressional District until he resigned at the beginning of the year to lead an industry lobbying group. But Tiberi, who still had a massive $5.78 million in Friends of Tiberi, his old campaign account, at the end of March, isn't stopping there. Friends of Tiberi is spending $147,000 on an ad staring the former congressman praising Balderson as «a conservative fighter» who shares «the same values and wonderful story that make our country great.» This is the second major outside group that's aired ads for Balderson: Defending Main Street, a super PAC set up to stop anti-establishment candidates from winning GOP primaries, recently began a $240,000 ad campaign to support him. Defending Main Street is the political arm of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which Tiberi was involved with in the House. Tiberi's decision to get involved here may be about a whole lot more than just him liking Balderson. The nihilistic House Freedom Caucus's allied House Freedom Action group has begun spending for Liberty Township Trustee Melanie Leneghan, and some establishment Republicans tell the Columbus Dispatch that they're afraid that she could win the primary. One Republican privately told the paper that they're worried an ultra-conservative nominee like Leneghan could cost them the August special election in this 53-42 Trump seat. (The primary for both the special election and the regular two-year term will be on May 8.) Another Republican also said that GOP donors were unhappy that they had no idea which non-Leneghan candidate they should back, and frustrated that NRCC chair Steve Stivers was essentially helping Leneghan by refusing to take sides or give them any sort of guidance. Tiberi, who was a close ally of the House leadership, could make it easier to stop Leneghan by declaring that Balderson is the candidate to back. State Sen. Kevin Bacon and Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien are both competing with Balderson for establishment support. And national Republicans may have good reason to fear that Leneghan will be a weak nominee. Back in 2012, Leneghan was issued a formal reprimand by her colleagues after Kelly Imler, who was Liberty Township's only front-line female firefighter, recounted Leneghan telling her, «You’re the girl, the girl firefighter, the token female.» Another firefighter also said that Leneghan had made «snide comments about Imler being a single woman and sleeping in the same engine house as ‘all those male firefighters.»
About thirty miles east of Cincinnati, Louie Jones, Jr. lives with his daddy in a house that would disturb pretty much any person of color, and most white people. The front porch is positively saturated in creepy black statues and Confederate flags. Despite complaints from fellow residents of Lindale and New Richmond, Louie and his friend Tammy want the world to know that it’s just “antique art.” Nobody should have to see this in their neighborhood. Most of the statues appear to be from the same set, and have been modified with cheap black wigs and miniature lanterns, but Tammy, who offers no surname, claims they’re simply “baseball players,” even though they’re dressed in ceramic button down shirts and slacks, rather than uniforms one would associate with America’s pastime. Other statues include a watermelon-munching child; another weather-beaten piece is waving its very own Rebel flag. Additionally, a more modern black store mannequin, dressed for a late ‘90s prom, has dramatically oversized lips drawn on, and looks over the brood of bigotry. You can see her lips from the street. Jones seems content to let Tammy do most of the talking, and she’s happy to explain the meaning of the collection. When (reporter Maytal) Levi asked about the meaning of each figure on the porch, Tammy replied, «All the baseball players on there are actually from the first blacks that played the baseball game.» Levi asked, “What’s the black mannequin supposed to represent?” Tammy replied: “Like, the mom of the baseball players, basically.” Oh. That clears it right up, Tamster! The statues with Rick James wigs are a tribute to Jackie Robinson, see? Jones and Tammy, who apparently have declared themselves the arbiters of both good taste and what people are allowed to be offended by, talk over each other to insist that “In no way, shape, or form should anybody think that it’s racist.« x Embedded Content When pressed about the Confederate flags, Jones gets a bit confused, while Tammy gets more insistent. »They went up a few of them at one time and then a couple more were added, but the flags have always flown, that's for our country,« she said. [...] “The rebel flag, it's not racist,» Jones said. «It's for the war that we won, you know?» «Which war? The Civil War?» questioned Levi. Jones looks away to the road when asked if “we” means the North or the South. “We, as in the north.” «So, that would be the wrong flag to fly,» Levi says. «In some people's eyes,» said Tammy. Ohio, for those who don’t know, stayed in the Union during the Civil War, and Clermont County, where this KKKollection collection can be found, is home to 33 Freedom Trail sites, “19 of which are approved to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.” The county website claims that’s the largest network in the nation. Looks like Louie and Tammy missed the memo. Levi asked Jones: «What would you say to someone driving by this saying that family hates black people?» “Everybody hates everybody, ya know?« Jones said. »It just depends on what you hate and what you like. It ain’t got nothing to do with race, we ain’t racial.” ”Thank you!” Tammy exclaimed. You can watch the full interview here, but be warned: it’s ridiculously offensive.
Several weeks ago, when Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was delighting in Donald Trump finally breaking his silence on the $130,000 hush-money payment executed by Michael Cohen, Avenatti made the point that Cohen was about to come under intense pressure as the lynchpin in both the Stormy saga and the Russia probe. «If this guy doesn't hold up ultimately,» he observed, «very bad things are going to happen to this administration.» That was the Thursday before the FBI's no-knock raid of Cohen's office and residences that have infinitely increased Donald Trump's legal jeopardy—expanding it beyond the Russia/election probe and into at least a decade of Trump's seedy business dealings. In other words, Avenatti predicted Trump's fate was about to lie in the hands of Cohen days in advance of the raid that has indeed initiated a tectonic shift in the forces bearing down on Trump's presidency and, now, also the family business that bears his name. After a year of cascading stories claiming that «All roads lead to...» Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort—the Cohen prophesy now stands apart for being manifestly true. And on Thursday of this week, Avenatti leveled another forecast while appearing on MSNBC's Deadline: «I do not believe this president will serve out his term—that's how serious I think this is.» «This» appeared to refer to Trump's entanglement with his own client, Daniels. But let's face it, the more tantalizing part of his declaration came before the em dash. The commingling of the Daniels case, which is a civil proceeding, with the criminal investigation that is now advancing in the Southern District of New York, makes it sometimes difficult for non-lawyers (myself included) to track them and their relevance to each other. That legal haze was only made more murky this week by yet another civil proceeding with yet another alleged Trump mistress, who made news when she was freed from a contract that was also intended to silence her, much like Daniels. Where the civil proceedings of Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal meet up with the criminal investigation led by federal prosecutors in New York is that the payments to them provided at least part of the impetus for authorities to search Cohen's premises. But the two civil cases also took sharp turns away each other this week based on the lawyers handling them and presumably the goals of their clients. McDougal sought to be released from a contract with the parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc. (AMI), that prevented her from telling her story to other outlets. AMI had originally threatened to fight McDougal's lawsuit but, following the Cohen raid, decided settling would be the smarter move rather than going through the process of pre-trial discovery (which could have gotten sticky for Trump, Cohen, and AMI). There's been some debate about whether McDougal got the best possible deal given the leverage she had following the Cohen raid, but ultimately she isn't under AMI's thumb anymore and that seemed to be her primary goal. Daniels and her lawyer Avenatti, on the other hand, appear to be on a take-no-prisoners mission aimed straight at the Oval Office. When Daniels made an appearance this week outside the New York courthouse where Cohen and his lawyers were battling the criminal case, she put them on notice.
Football quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received Amnesty International's highest honor. Amnesty International, the global human rights organization, gave Kaepernick its highest honor — the 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award — in Amsterdam on Saturday. Past winners of the award, which “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice,” include former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, and rock group U2. The organization recognized Kaepernick for his protest against police violence: his action, kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games, sparked a movement replicated across America and the world, starting a debate about free speech and patriotism that was inflamed by the President of the United States, one of Kaepernick’s most relentless critics. [...] “This is an award I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said in statement released by Amnesty International. “To quote Malcolm X, when he said that he, ‘will join in with anyone — I don’t care what color you are — as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth,’ I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence.
Another round of champagne, fellas! Despite running on a “drain the swamp” platform, Donald Trump and his greedy Republican enablers passed a tax cut that has done little or nothing for the average American. A tax cut that was nothing more than a massive giveaway to the Wall Street swamp Donald Trump conned his believers into thinking he would take on for the little guy. At a time when more than 54,000 U.S. bridges have been deemed “structurally inefficient” and remain in dire need of repair, a time when students from Oklahoma to West Virginia and across the country are using dated, crumbling 25-year-old textbooks, a time when teachers are forced to work two or even three jobs just to get by, executives at JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America are popping champagne and ordering another round of Russian caviar. Because for them, life is good. Real good. From the Associated Press: The nation’s six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump. While higher interest rates allowed banks to earn more from lending in the first quarter, the main boost to bank came from the billions of dollars they saved in taxes under the tax law Trump signed in December. Combined, the six banks saved at least $3.59 billion last quarter, according to an Associated Press estimate, using the bank’s tax rates going back to 2015. How many new textbooks would $3.6 billion buy? How many low-income families could get health care for $3.6 billion? That nearly $4 billion payoff was only for the last quarter. The annual savings will be much larger.
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If baseballs could talk, they’d tell us of unnecessary abuse at the hands of one Aaron Judge. Already in the record books, the young New York Yankees slugger continues to dominate from the plate unlike anything we’ve seen in recent MLB history.His latest victim, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, found this out first hand Saturday afternoon. Just check out this towering homer Judge hit off the veteran pitcher. It’s about as majestic as they come. That represents Judge’s sixth homer of the season. He’s now hit a whopping 62 homers in 201 career games. Most of these homers have been of the towering variety we saw against Stroman at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.