The U.S. Justice Department may indeed get their man this time even if justice is tossed out the window. Retired auto worker John Demjanjuk has been deported to Germany where he will be charged — this time — with complicity in Nazi crimes at Poland’s Sobibor concentration camp. Why emphasize “this time”? Well, the now 89-year-old Ohioan was put through several legal wringers beginning 30 years ago because he was supposed to be “Ivan the Terrible,” the sadistic prison guard from Treblinka, a completely different camp. Turns out he wasn’t Ivan after all.
As Sonia Sotomayor faces tough questions about her stance on the volatile abortion issue, pro-life protesters have made their presence known. Earlier today, Norma McCorvey, the former 'Jane Roe,' was one of four people arrested just outside the confirmation hearings.
Attorney General Eric Holder is on the verge of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate felony torture under the Bush administration.
A rash of articles has surfaced deploring pervasive rape among inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. The July 8 opinion piece in the Washington Times by Lovisa Stannow, executive director of Just Detention International (formerly Stop Prisoner Rape) inadvertently highlighted two national disgraces: prison rapes and the U.S. rate of prisoner release, a shocking 95 percent of all inmates. If this statistic is even close to accurate, no wonder our nation’s streets are awash in violent crime by repeat offenders with long “rap sheets."
A July 13 Washington Business Journal article reported that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has finally defined its proposed “pay or play” mandate that would require businesses to provide health insurance to their employees. The committee would force businesses with 25 or more employees to provide health insurance coverage or pay a fine for each worker not covered.
Today Sonia Sotomayor begins what will likely be a tough confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee will decide this week whether Sotomayor will become the 111th person to have a lifetime appointment on this nation's highest court and the first Hispanic to reach that pinnacle. She would be replacing the retiring David Souter.
Breaking the silence masking an almost unanimous consensus among U.S. government leaders in support of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, a group of U.S. senators have made public statements asking the Obama administration to look at both sides of the power struggle between Zelaya and newly appointed President Roberto Micheletti.
According to a July 10 Washington Post article, the federal government is considering a mass vaccination campaign this fall against the H1N1 flu virus. Obama administration officials announced this during a “flu summit” at the National Institute of Health’s Bethesda, Maryland, campus on July 9. About 500 health officials from around the country were in attendance.
Democrats are struggling to come up with acceptable ways to finance healthcare reform, a July 8 New York Times article reports. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and other Democrats have expressed opposition to taxing employer-based health benefits and have told Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, to look for other options.