Oct 2, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Obama Demands Gun Control After Umpqua Shooting
Oct. 2, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Hi people, it’s been an eventful 24 hours – here’s what you need to know:
- President Obama called for tougher gun control legislation after Chris Harper-Mercer shot and killed 10 people and left many injured at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. This incident marks the 45th mass shooting this year.
- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a state court for an indefinite stay of all upcoming executions until he is satisfied that that the Department of Corrections can obtain the correct mix of drugs and carry out executions in accordance with the state’s execution protocol.
- The US Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to hear an appeal from Pennsylvania death row inmate Terrance Williams. Williams claims that former Chief Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself from hearing his appeal at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in December 2014, as he had been serving as District Attorney at the time of Williams’ conviction in 1984.
- Convicted serial killer Alfredo Prieto was executed in Virginia after his appeals failed. Prieto claimed that he was intellectually disabled and that one of the drugs to be used was unsafe.
- Congress unveiled a bipartisan proposal on criminal justice reform on Thursday. You can read Scott’s take here.
- Former Baltimore City prosecutor Molly Webb has been indicted on charges of a theft scheme related to overtime pay and of misconduct in office.
- Five members of staff at Miami-Dade’s Juvenile Detention Center were fired amid allegations that the use of treats as an inducement for detainees to fight each other in the lock up was common practice. Authorities in Florida launched an investigation into the death of 17-year old Elord Revolte last month after he was attacked by over a dozen detainees. The detention center has since been closed down.
- Two former cops in Florida were fired after they kneed Robert Liese so hard it ruptured his spleen. Liese had been arrested by Officers Peter Delio and William Faulkner for skipping out on a $60 bar tab. Liese is suing Orlando and Officer Delio faces criminal battery charges.