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Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 05, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. July 30, 2022. Editorial: Be on the lookout for students, buses as school starts back Some schools in Georgia have already started the 2022-2023 year, which begs the age-old question: where did summer go? We wish we had the answer....

Ethics claim latest hitch in case of 2000 Navy ship bombing

Jul. 26, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two decades after his arrest, the suspected organizer of a deadly 2000 al-Qaida attack on a U.S. Navy warship faced the possibility of further delays of his Guantanamo trial after his defense lawyer on Monday pressed to be allowed to leave the case over an alleged conflict of...

A new Libyan force emerges, accused of abusing migrants

Jul. 22, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Moroccan man had been stopped before at sea in his multiple attempts to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. But his most recent time was different. The Libyan force that intercepted the boat full of some 50 migrants was more brutal. The armed men beat and...

East Texas ex-deputy pleads guilty to using excessive force

Jul. 19, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas deputy has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for punching a restrained detainee in the chest repeatedly with a shock gun, according to court documents. Former Van Zandt County sheriff’s deputy David Yager pleaded guilty Tuesday to...

Judge rules against Wisconsin prisons over visitation policy

Jul. 15, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge ruled against the state prison system on Thursday, saying its COVID-19 visitor policy that barred Catholic clergy from meeting with inmates for more than a year violated state law and the state constitution's guarantee of religious freedom. ...

3 ex-Hawaii prison guards convicted of assaulting inmate

Jul. 11, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Three former Hawaii prison guards were found guilty of civil rights violations for assaulting an inmate and trying to cover it up, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. A U.S. judge ordered Jason Tagaloa, Craig Pinkney and Jonathan Taum into custody after a...

Court upholds Arizona prison ban on sexual, explicit content

Jul. 09, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A three-member U.S. appeals court panel has sided with Arizona prison officials' ban on sexually explicit material for inmates, denying a prison journal's claims of First Amendment violations. The 9th Circuit panel in San Francisco issued an opinion Friday mostly...

Ex-Texas chief deputy pleads guilty to using excessive force

Jul. 06, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas chief deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating a prisoner’s civil rights by using excessive force on him, according to court documents. Steven Craig Shelton was the second-ranked official in the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office when...

Rights group: Palestinians torture detainees with impunity

Jul. 01, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip systematically torture critics in detention, a practice that could amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group said Friday. Human Rights Watch called in its report for donor...

Ex-prison officer sentenced for sexual abuse of inmates

Jun. 15, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former correctional officer at the Federal Medical Center in Kentucky has been sentenced to more than 11 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of inmates. Christopher Brian Goodwin, 46, pleaded guilty in March to deprivation of rights under color of...