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Thursday, December 7, 2000

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  • Lawsuit Filed On Voting Rights Violations in Duval County

    After hearing about thousands of complaints across the state, and holding many demonstrations nationwide, the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking a hand recount of 26,000 presidential ballots that were thrown out in Florida’s Duval County, many of them cast by black voters. [includes rush transcript]

  • Lead Mumia Abu Jamal Organizer Jailed

    Yesterday, one of the leaders in the movement to stop the execution of journalist Mumia Abu Jamal was jailed for violation of probation. Clark Kissinger received a 90 day jail sentence in Philadelphia after having been arrested in that city at a demonstration in support of Mumia in July 1999. He was charged with "failure to obey a lawful order" — a petty offense, on a par with leaving a dog off a leash. His one-year probation barred the New Yorker from traveling without the court’s permission. [includes rush transcript]

  • FBI Asks Clinton Not to Release Leonard Peltier, As His Supporters Fight for Executive Clemency

    FBI Director Louis Freeh yesterday urged President Clinton not to commute the life sentence of Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist who has served almost 24 years in prison. Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975, a crime he has always said he did not commit. In a show of support for Freeh, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Henry Hyde, a Republican of Illinois, has released a letter to Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno also opposing clemency. [includes rush transcript]

  • Organization of American States Rules Against Guatemalan Military in Case of Murdered Rebel

    The Organization of American States issued a harsh ruling yesterday against the Guatemalan military. In a case that has been fought now for eight years, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found that the Guatemalan army is guilty of murder, torture and other crimes in the case of Mayan rebel Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, who disappeared in 1992. [includes rush transcript]

  • COINTELPRO 25 Years Later: New York City Settles with Former Black Panther Who Was Wrongly Imprisoned

    On the 19th of May, 1971, two New York City police officers were wounded in a burst of machine gunfire while standing guard outside the home of the Manhattan district attorney, Frank Hogan. Two years later, after three trials, a leader of the Black Panthers, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, was convicted of the crime by a jury that deliberated for less than one hour. He was sentenced to 25 years to life. [includes rush transcript]

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