Henry Hill was 16 when he was charged for his involvement in a shooting that took place in a Michigan park. He is now 48 and has spent two-thirds of his life in a prison cell. Although in recent years the Supreme Court has struck down some laws that allow children to be committed to die in prison, the United States remains the last country in the world where children can still be sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole.
Today's worldwide celebrations of international Human Rights Day coincide with the commemoration of the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela – the freedom fighter, political prisoner, African National Congress leader, and first president of post-apartheid South Africa.
An earlier blog on this site argued, rightly, that Dan Snyder, owner of a certain Washington football club, should voluntarily change the name of his team. He should. It's demeaning and wrong, full stop.
For years now, the ACLU and a coalition of other civil rights and civil liberties organizations have been working to roll back the NSA’s unconstitutional warrantless surveillance regime. This past summer’s revelations made the extent of this surveillance even more clear — and even more frightening.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Washington is in full holiday mode after the National Christmas Tree was lit last Friday evening. For too many political observers, however, it’s hard to look at the festive décor without thinking of what comes after the holidays are through: 2014 and its midterm elections.
While the looming specter of the next election always hangs over the heads of Washingtonians, look for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to grow even more cautious as November 2014 ticks closer.
Below is an excerpt from The Columbus Dispatch:
It’s no big secret that manipulating voting laws is a partisan blood sport in Ohio. The controversies of 2004 are the stuff of legend, and in 2012 we saw a voting bill so obviously partisan that the voters themselves organized a ballot referendum to strike it down.