Wednesday, March 2, 2005

  • U.S. Court Reverses $54M Verdict Against Salvadoran Generals Convicted of Torture

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    A 54.6 million dollar verdict against two retired Salvadoran generals accused of torture in their home country two decades ago was reversed this week by a federal appeals court which ruled that the victim’s claims failed to meet a 10-year statute-of-limitations rule. We speak with one of the plaintiffs in the case who was tortured in El Salvador and one the lawyers in the suit. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sen. Leahy on Bush’s Judicial Nominees: You Can’t "Make The Judiciary An Arm Of The Republican Party"

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    As the battle over President Bush’s judicial nominees reopens in the Senate, we speak with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We also talk to him about restoring ties to the Indonesian military and 48 towns in Vermont that voted yesterday against war, calling for the Vermont National Guard be brought home. [includes rush transcript]

  • 48 Vermont Towns Vote Against Iraq War, Call for State’s National Guard to Come Home

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    In Vermont, 48 town meetings voted last night to condemn the war in Iraq and to call on political leaders to bring home the state’s National Guard. We speak with an organizer with the Iraq Resolution Campaign that coordinated the town meetings. [includes rush transcript]

  • Supreme Court Abolishes Death Penalty For Juveniles in Landmark Ruling

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    In a landmark decision on the death penalty, the Supreme Court abolished the execution of juveniles. We speak with a mother whose son was executed for an offense he committed when he was 17 and the sister of a murder victim who now campaigns against the death penalty, as well as the coordinator for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. [includes rush transcript]

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