Back bill to punish rogue prosecutors

first_imgProsecutors can act with impunity because they incur no penalties for misconduct in their official duties. New York has commissions to discipline wayward judges and lawyers, but nothing exists to rein in rogue prosecutors.However, bills poised to pass the Legislature this year — Senate bill 2412-D and Assembly bill 5285-C — would establish an independent Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct to impose discipline on prosecutors who break the rules. Sadly, no prosecutor has endorsed the legislation.Ask your legislators and friends to support these bills.We are each only an arrest away from experiencing prosecutorial abuse.Frank DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York’s prosecutors are the loose cannons of our legal system. Some prosecutors regularly use false confessions and coerce guilty pleas; they hide evidence favorable to the defendant and improperly influence witnesses’ testimony; they lie to juries in order to win convictions at any cost.Consequently, innocent people often spend years in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. New York is second only to Texas in the number of wrongful convictions every year.last_img read more

Classy Queenslander with a modern touch

first_imgThe bedrooms has hardwood floors.Mrs Welsh said due to the layout of the home, it would suit a number of buyers. “Either a family similar to us with older children, a family with young kids or older parents who live with them, or even a young couple who might use the downstairs space as a home office,” she said. Outside 6 Lamette St, Holland Park“We liked the traditional Queenslander character look of the home, and the fact it was two-levels meant it had growth opportunity which would suit our family’s needs in the future,” she said.“From a location point of the view, the area was also a big plus.”The two-level property sits on a 635sq m block.On the main level, there is a sunroom, two bedrooms — including the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite — formal living and dining rooms, and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area which opens out on to the enclosed deck that overlooks the pool.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMrs Welsh said this was where the family spent most of their time.“The upstairs deck and living room gets a lot of use,” she said.“Because the deck can be fully enclosed, we use it all year round.“We’ve had lots of Christmas parties out there, lots of friends over. “It’s got such a nice aspect.”On the ground floor there is a large media room or office space, dining and living room area, bathroom and separate toilet, covered patio and three additional bedrooms. Take a look at the kitchen.“It can cater to any number of buyers.”center_img 6 Lamette St, Holland ParkOWNERS Michelle and Daniel Welsh purchased the property at 6 Lamette St, Holland Park, in early 2000 after moving from central Queensland. Mrs Welsh said the couple were looking for a home that would suit the young family into the future. last_img read more

Valencia reveals United worry

first_img Press Association Three wins and a draw from their final seven games would be enough, and three of those remaining matches are at Old Trafford, with relegation-threatened Aston Villa and a Swansea side seemingly cruising towards the end of the season amongst the visitors. United visit Stoke on Sunday, with a trip to West Ham to follow on Wednesday. Victory in those matches would leave the Red Devils within touching distance of a record 20th championship, with Valencia eager to play some part after making only a fleeting appearance as a substitute against City. “They’re the manager’s decisions, but I was still a bit upset,” said Valencia. “In such an important game, to be not taken into account as a starter was upsetting.” Antonio Valencia has admitted Manchester United are “worried” about the potential for throwing away their massive advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League.center_img Manchester City’s win at Old Trafford on Monday has kept alive their slim hopes of retaining the title but it would still require a staggering sequence of results for United to lose their advantage. “We’re a little worried,” Valencia told Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama. “Last year, we were eight points with six games to go and we lost the league. Now it is 12 games and seven points, and we don’t want it to happen again.” last_img read more

Mario Balotelli Instagram post to be investigated by FA

first_imgThe Football Association (FA) is to investigate a social media post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.Balotelli, 24, deleted the post from his Instagram page  of Nintendo computer game character Super Mario.The Italian later tweeted to deny the text of the post was offensive.The FA confirmed it was looking into the post, while Liverpool said they will speak to Balotelli.A club spokesman told BBC Sport: “We are aware of the posting which has since been promptly deleted by the player.”We will be speaking to the player about the issue.” Responding to criticism on Twitter, Balotelli tweeted:  “My Mom is Jewish so all of you shut up please.”He also described reposting the image as “my unlucky moment”.However, former FA executive and current chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council Simon Johnson said Balotelli should face action.”We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found,” Johnson told the Daily Telegraph. “We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.” Under the FA’s social media guidelines, the minimum ban for race-related breaches of rules is five games.In September, Merseyside Police investigated racist remarks made to Balotelli on Twitter after he posted a message during Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat against Leicester City.last_img read more