Dozens Of CPS Caseworkers Caught Lying, Falsifying Documents


Dozens Of CPS Caseworkers Caught Lying, Falsifying Documents When Child Protective Services received a complaint that a Harris County father had choked his teenage daughter, caseworker Michelle Robinson said she hurried to the house, conducted a thorough investigation, determined there … Continue reading

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The Constitution – Ex Cathedra


 

The Constitution – Ex Cathedra

 

 “We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff” (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302. evangelicaloutreach.org
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The Magna Carta or Great Charter.  It is known world-wide as being the founding of modern principles of democracy and individual rights and freedoms while curtailing the power of the State which at the time was King John.

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King John is one of the more controversial monarchs of Medieval England and is most associated with the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. John was born on Christmas Eve, the youngest son of Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine.

John was born around Christmas in 1166 or 1167 in Oxford, the youngest and favourite son of Henry II.

On his father’s death in 1189 his brother, Richard, became king. In 1199, Richard died and John became king. War with France was renewed, triggered by John’s second marriage. While asked to mediate between the rival families of Lusignan and Angoulâme, he married the Angoulâme heiress Isabella, who had been betrothed to Hugh de Lusignan. A rebellion broke out and John was ordered to appear before his overlord, Philip II of France. His failure to do so resulted in war.

By 1206, John had lost Normandy, Anjou, Maine and parts of Poitou.  He was determined to win them back. This required money, so his government became increasingly ruthless and efficient in its financial administration. Taxes soared and he began to exploit his feudal rights ever more harshly.

Civil war broke out in May 1215 and the rebels seized London, John was compelled to negotiate further and, on 19 June at Runnymede on the River Thames, he accepted the baronial terms embodied in the Magna Carta, which limited royal power, ensured feudal rights and restated English law. It was the first formal document stating that the monarch was as much under the rule of law as his people, and that the rights of individuals were to be upheld even against the wishes of the sovereign.

Ex Cathedra

adjective, adverb
1.
from the seat of authority; with authority: used especially of those pronouncements of the pope that are considered infallible.

2.

(RC Church(of doctrines of faith or morals) defined by the pope as infallibly true, to be accepted by all Catholics.

First recorded in 1810 – 20, ex cathedra is fromthe Latin word ex cathedrā literally, from the chair.

Note Figuratively, any authoritative pronouncement may be called ex cathedra.”

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Committee On Civil Liberties, Justice And Home Affairs (LIBE) European Parliament Committees


Committee On Civil Liberties, Justice And Home Affairs (LIBE)

European Parliament Committees

via Protected: Data Protection – Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is a standing committee of the European Parliament that is responsible for protecting civil liberties and human rights, including those of minorities, as listed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Its current chair, elected on 7 July 2014, is Claude Moraes, a British Indian Labour MEP.

Responsibilities

Specifically, the committee deals with data protection issues; asylum, migration, and “integrated management of the common borders”; and the EU approach to criminal law“, including police and judicial cooperation and terrorism, all while ensuring that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are respected.[2] Additionally, it oversees several agencies of the European Union, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental RightsEuropolEurojust, the European Police College (Cepol), the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and other such agencies.

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Texas pushes back on federal judge’s foster care ruling, though children’s lawyers say let it rip


Texas pushes back on federal judge’s foster care ruling, though children’s lawyers say let it rip

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NEW ORLEANS — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office and lawyers representing foster children slugged it out Thursday 15th February 2018 over whether a federal appeals court should make Texas obey a judge’s demands while the state appeals her ruling that its long-term foster care system is “broken.”

Three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals complained they don’t have enough information on whether the Legislature’s infusion of cash and new hires at Child Protective Services last year have alleviated some of the problems cited by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack.

Texas has resisted the class-action suit challenging its foster care system more ferociously than any of about 20 other states and counties previously sued by Children’s Rights, a New York-based advocacy group, and A Better Childhood, a spinoff group started by its founder.

The Texas case was tried more than three years ago. The data on which Jack based part of her ruling — much of it disturbing — is far from fresh.  Continue reading →

A federal judge ruled  that the Texas foster care system for nearly 30,000 children is unconstitutionally broken, saying that kids rescued by one of the largest child protection agencies in the U.S. often leave state custody in worse shape than before.

via Judge Finds Texas’ Foster Care Unconstitutionally ‘Broken’

A class-action lawsuit in 2011, brought by the New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights, accused the state of perennial mismanagement, understaffing and putting kids at risk for abuse and neglect. Eight foster children died from maltreatment in foster homes in fiscal year 2013, a fourfold increase from the year prior. In 2014, three died in foster care. Click Here To Read The Full Article>>

 

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USA – Freedom Of Information – Part 2


 

USA – Freedom Of Information – Part 2

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.

Freedom of Information Act – Wikipedia

While the Right to Know Law makes many (if not most) government records accessible to the public, the law contains specific provisions that allow the types of records you are looking for to be withheld.

via USA – Freedom Of Information.

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FOR 10 YEARS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been used in court to show how ICE’s push to lead on denaturalization cases stands in contrast to the language of federal law governing the process, an immigration lawyer said. “We could have used it as an exhibit in a motion to dismiss” in previous denaturalization cases, said Philip Smith, an immigration attorney from Portland, Oregon, noting the contrast.

The handbook, which was issued on January 15, 2008, and published by the independent media outlet Unicorn Riot, makes clear that the priority for ICE’s investigative division, Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, in denaturalization proceedings is to use the most efficient means possible to fulfill a single-minded goal: leveraging the bureaucratic process to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans.

“Their objective is to inflict the most pain as possible, as efficiently as possible.”

“It’s a manual for the worst outcome” with respect to investigation targets, said Alaska immigration lawyer Margaret Stock in an interview on Tuesday. That’s not unique to ICE, Stock added — it’s how the entire U.S. justice system operates. “Their objective is to inflict the most pain as possible, as efficiently as possible,” Stock said. “They feel they’re doing their job correctly if the government wins — not if justice is done.”  Continue reading →

 

Parents’ deportation lands some children in foster homes.

 

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Human intentions will drive artificial intelligence: PM Modi


Human intentions will drive artificial intelligence: PM Modi

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The road ahead for artificial intelligence (AI) depended on and would be driven by human intentions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here. He was speaking after dedicating the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence in suburban Kalina to the nation.

“It is our intention that will determine outcomes of AI,” Modi said. “With every technological revolution, the scalability of technology has increased manifold.

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‘IT WEIGHED ON HIS MIND’ Gareth Bale’s brother-in-law killed himself following social services investigation into his kids


‘IT WEIGHED ON HIS MIND’ 

Gareth Bale’s brother-in-law killed himself following social services investigation into his kids

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THE brother-in-law of Gareth Bale committed suicide while being investigated by social services, an inquest heard today.

Alex Williams, 29, was found dead at the home of his grandfather, with suicide notes written on photographs of his toddler daughter and baby son.

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Special interests block reform to give fathers more rights’ – National Parents Organization to RT


 

Special interests block reform to give fathers more rights’ – National Parents Organization to RT

The founder of the National Parents Organization has told RT that special interests in the law industry are blocking reforms that would give fathers more rights to see their children following divorce.

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Ken Clarke Vs Father’s and Children’s RIGHTS !

The video, uploaded to YouTube, shows 43-year-old Garry Roe, dressed as Batman, confronting Clarke at his home in West Bridgford, Nottingham. It shows Roe questioning Clarke about the Family Justice Review, using a megaphone while Clarke and his wife unload … Continue reading 

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The Justice Gap


The Justice Gap

A MAGAZINE ABOUT LAW AND JUSTICE. AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO

via Child asylum seekers and a culture of disbelief.

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The Criminal Cases Review Commission is launching two new public engagement initiatives for 2018: a CCRC lecture series and a stakeholder forum.  In 2018 there will be three lectures by leading figures in the criminal justice field and three meetings of a new stakeholder forum.

The inaugural CCRC lecture will be delivered by Sir Brian Leveson, newly appointed Head of Criminal Justice in  England and Wales, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and the author of the 2015 Review of Efficiency of Criminal Proceedings.

The inaugural CCRC lecture will take place 25 April at UCL Faculty of Laws Bentham House, 6pm and will be followed by a Q&A session. Attendance at the lecture is by invitation and there is limited availability. Anyone wishing to express an interest in attending the lecture is asked to email lectures@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk.

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Clark County’s Mental Health Court evolves


Clark County’s Mental Health Court evolves

via Mental Health Teams In Police Stations And Courts Scheme Goes Live.

 

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Published: January 23, 2018, 6:00 AM

Clark County’s long-standing Mental Health Court recently received a major overhaul, most notably with the addition of felony-case referrals. Defendants will also no longer be required to plead guilty for program admission.

The change went into effect about two weeks ago when the court opened it up to felony-case referrals, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said, and indigent defense attorneys underwent training on the referral process. At least one felony referral is already being screened.

Historically, only misdemeanor cases qualified for Mental Health Court. Defendants were required to plead guilty for admission, but upon successful completion of the program, they avoided jail time.

But now, the program is the first pre-plea court in the county; upon successful completion of the program, the defendant’s charge is dismissed. Continue reading→

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The Rich Life Of Nelson Mandela


The Rich Life Of Nelson Mandela

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo  , Transkei, on 18 July 1918.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

via Biography – Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Avia  Xhosa born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela attended the Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied #law.

On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused ANC leaders, including Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison. Mandela was sent to the notorious Robben Island Prison, a maximum security jail near Cape Town. His reputation grew during his years of imprisonment as he became viewed as South Africa’s most significant black leader, as well as a symbol for equal rights, justice and resistance against apartheid. While in prison, Mandela refused to compromise his political beliefs in order to obtain his freedom. He stated that “only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.“..

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