Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday morning quick hits

Yeah, I mean, it isn't like "Leavenworth" is synonymous with detention or anything...
Pat Robert and Sam Brownback are up in arms and setting up quite a racket over McCain's proposal to transfer Guantanamo detainees to the federal court system. McCain has advocated putting them in military detention at Ft. Leavenworth, in close proximity to the Federal Courts in Kansas City. "We do not believe it is fair to ask our best corrections officers to disrupt the mission they perform so well in order to take on a detainee mission that will not improve on arrangements at Guantanamo Bay," the senators wrote. "Nor is it fair to ask the Kansas community to assume the responsibility associated with being located immediately adjacent to these detainees." Apparently, the senators from Kansas believe that the Guantanamo have the ability to concentrate really, really hard and blow themselves up...For the record, I don't buy General Caldwell's lame-assed "What about the children???" argument, either - The military families stationed at Leavenworth are already in proximity to some pretty brutal criminals, both at the USDB and the federal prison at Leavenworth, where Michael Vick currently resides.

It was a 20-year screwing
Exxon wins and Alaska loses. The Supremes yesterday reduced the amount of punitive damages to the state to %507 million. A lower court had imposed a $2.5 billion dollar punitive judgment. The ships captain, Joseph Hazelwood, a known lush, was not only not in control of his boat at the time of the accident, he was falling-down drunk when the Valdez hit a reef and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Only in Utah
...can a staunch conservative six-term congressman with a 96% rating from the American Conservative Union lose a primary for not being conservative enough.

Isn't this kinda like the guy who killed his parents then pled for mercy 'cuz he was an orphan?
A man convicted of killing his girlfriend has won the battle to have his conviction overturned because he killed the witness against him, and therefore can't confront his accuser. A key piece of evidence in his conviction was an interview his victim gave police after a domestic violence incident a few weeks before she was gunned down. The case now goes back to the lower courts where the prosecution can try to secure a conviction without that piece of evidence.

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