Veteran NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson ‘very happily retired,’ agent says

first_img Written by May 18, 2018 /Sports News – National Veteran NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson ‘very happily retired,’ agent says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is retiring from the NFL after 12 seasons, his agent told ESPN on Friday. The three-time Pro Bowler is “very happily retired,” according to agent Jonathan Feinsod. Jackson sat out all of the 2017 season after tearing his ACL early in the 2016 campaign. The 35-year-old Jackson spent the first seven seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, and the final five with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He continues to do community and business work in the Tampa area. Jackson finished his career with 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Ten former NFL players charged by DOJ in alleged health care fraud scheme

first_imgDecember 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Ten former NFL players charged by DOJ in alleged health care fraud scheme Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailrobertcicchetti/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice announced charges Thursday against 10 former NFL players over an alleged scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the league’s health care benefits program.Prosecutors allege that the players submitted false and fraudulent claims for high-cost medical equipment to the league’s Gene Upshaw Health Reimbursement Account Plan for retired players between June of 2017 and December of 2018.In a press release, the Justice Department said the charges range from health care fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy — involving over $3.9 million in false health care claims.Among those charged include former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, 38, former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, 38, and former Houston Texans safety Ceandris Brown, 36. The government has also filed a notice that it intends to charge former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, 47, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.An attorney for Portis, Mark Dycio, told ABC News Thursday the charges came as a “shock” to his client and that Portis maintains his innocence.“Mr. Portis had no knowledge that his participation in what he believed to be an NFL sanctioned medical reimbursement program was illegal,” Dycio said.According to the Justice Department, the former players allegedly offered to submit claims for medical equipment including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines and ultrasound machines in exchange for “kickbacks and bribes that range from a few thousand dollars to $10,000 or more per claim submitted.” The players are alleged to have fabricated documents like prescriptions and invoices in order to secure payouts for their claims.“The defendants are alleged to have developed and executed a fraudulent scheme to undermine a health care benefit plan established by the NFL — one established to help their former teammates and colleagues pay for legitimate medical expenses,” said U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “The defendants allegedly submitted false claims to the plan and obtained money for expensive medical equipment that was never purchased or received, depriving that plan of valuable resources to help others meet their medical needs.”He added, “We have prioritized the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud in our office, and we appreciate the partnership we share with the Criminal Division and the FBI in pursuing these important matters.”In a briefing with reporters, Justice Department officials said they were alerted to the scheme by the health care company Cigna after it detected anomalies in the types of claims being filed by the players. They noted the investigation remains ongoing, leaving open the possibility others may be charged.Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said there’s currently no evidence of doctors being aware of or participating in the players’ alleged fraud.Robert McCune, 36, John Eubanks, 36, Rogers and Brown were all arrested, according to a department official, while six others named in the indictments surrendered voluntarily.The maximum sentence for the charges range from 10 to 20 years, and DOJ noted that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.ABC News was not immediately able to reach attorneys for all of the players named in the indictments. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgNot having seen Thelma and Louise, I can’t honestly comment about the similarities between it and this apparently Argentinean version. Two lesbians dressed as ten year-old boys, one of whom complicatedly argues she is not a lesbian despite wanting to shag her ‘love at first sight’ from the moment she saw her, proceed in kidnapping the female ‘soul mate’. Marcia, played by Tatiana Saphi. Marcia is potentially the most ‘normal’ person in the world, lives at home, alone, eats pancakes all day and eats, thinks, dreams in food. There is obviously a point in calling the two lesbians, Lenin (Veronica Hassan) and Mao (Carla Crespo). However, I just don’t see that point, unless it is in the communal attempt of sharing Marcia’s body. A road trip ensues leading them all to Lenin’s Aunt’s (Beatriz Thibaudin) home. Lenin has not spoken to her mother since an argument several years back. She also knows that her Aunt and Grandma did not speak for years before her Grandma died. There is a point to the parallel tempestuous relationship between the two different generations of the same family, but again I don’t know what it is. Marcia and Mao get their lesbian embrace, spied upon by Felipe (Marcos Ferrante), a lodger at Blanca’s home. Then an unspoken coldness rises between Mao and Marcia, leading Marcia to seek solace in Delia (María Merlino), another lodger; revealing that she had been mislead by a man she hoped to marry. Again, touching, but I don’t get it. I don’t think I would be giving the crux of the film away if I chose to tell you the end, as the feature to this feature presentation is in the silence and the images. Shot in black and white, Diego Lerman mixes an unsentimental script, of which the majority is silence, with the captivating looks and expressions of his talented cast. The angst-ridden Lenin, perhaps, has the lead role, in that her character changes through nothing more than softened glances and losing her flick knife. This film looks like a series of film posters; every shot is artistic and inspiring, and, combined with the silence, the film penetrates deeply even though it is unclear how. I was deeply stirred by this film. Not through the average bittersweet content, but by the artistic nature of it. Despite not seeing the point of most of it, it is worth seeing purely for its aesthetic value. No moment was wasted, and I was captivated to the last. A truly perplexing film, it must be seen, pondered over, and seen again.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

LGBTQ+ History Month comes to Oxford

first_imgFebruary is LGBTQ+ History Month, and Oxford colleges, departments, and faculties are hosting various events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Oxford and highlight studies and research in the field. Many colleges are commemorating LGBTQ+ History by screening films with LGBTQ+ themes. St. Catherine’s screened The Favourite on February 2nd in collaboration with its Dean Kitchin History Society. Lincoln will be showing Moonlight, and Magdalen and Somerville will screen Pride. Balliol, Keble and Teddy Hall have also confirmed that they will include films in their LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations. These form a part of various inter- and intra-college LGBTQ+ social activities: Balliol plans to host brunches and Lincoln has already hosted a Welfare Tea for LGBTQ+ students. Most visibly, many locations around Oxford are flying the rainbow Pride flag for various durations in February. New, St. John’s, St. Catherine’s, Keble, Lincoln, Oriel, Somerville, and Harris Manchester Colleges have all confirmed that the flag will be flying on their main poles throughout February, and Christ Church’s flag will be up in Peckwater Quad. Balliol, Magdalen, and Teddy Hall will be flying the Pride flag throughout February for the first time this year. St. Hugh’s has recently lost its college Pride flag, but its JCR LGBTQ+ Rep confirms that the flag will be up once it is replaced. Pride flags have also been spotted at Trinity, Merton, and Mansfield. Besides colleges, the plant sciences building, St. Cross Building, and Holywell Manor have also put up Pride flags, and the Sheldonian Theatre is displaying rainbow see-through screens on its top pavilion. Academic and educational activities on LGBTQ+ History will take place across Oxford this month. The annual LGBTQ+ History Month lecture convened by the History Faculty will be delivered by Louise Wallwein, MBE on “working-class queers”, on February 12th in the Sheldonian Theatre, and free tickets are now available on Eventbrite. The Oxford Centre on Life Writing will host a symposium on “Writing Queer Lives” in Wolfson College on February 11th. Library displays are now installed in the Upper Gladstone Link as well as Teddy Hall’s College Library. center_img Various colleges will highlight and celebrate their own LGBTQ+ communities with formal events. Christ Church will celebrate the month with its annual black-tie Unity Dinner, which allows its LGBTQ+ community to “come together, have some lovely food and reflect on LGBTQ+ rights, solidary and unity.” Somerville, New, St John’s and Univ will have similar formals, and Magdalen will host its Oscar Wilde Dinner, named after its alumnus. Harris Manchester Chapel, the only Oxford college chapel licensed to perform both same-sex and opposite-sex marriages according to its JCR President Scott Buchanan, has invited Reverend Andrew Foreshew-Cain to offer reflections at its Choral Evensong this month. This continues HMC’s traditional connection to the progressive Unitarian movement, as Foreshew-Cain helped launched the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England. last_img read more

Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss Criticizes Bucshon

first_imgCongressional Candidate Dr Richard Moss Criticizes BucshonJasper IN – In newspapers throughout Indiana’s 8th district last December, on his website and through press releases, Congressman Larry Bucshon excitedly announced his endorsement of Senator Marco Rubio for President. Bucshon remarked that he was “… proud to endorse him because he is a next-generation conservative who will repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st century health care system.”Although Bucshon was certainly not the only Congressman to endorse Rubio it is interesting to note his explanation for choosing him – that he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something new. The problem is that Rubio is hardly alone among the Republican Presidential field or amongst Republicans in general in wanting to repeal and replace Obamacare. In fact, if there is one thing that unites Republicans it is that Obamacare must go.But there is an issue that Rubio is closely identified with that he alone can claim ownership of. That, of course, would be his singular legislative achievement, his only accomplishment as Senator, his infamous Rubio-Schumer-Obama Gang of 8 Amnesty bill of 2013. This, indeed, is how Rubio distinguished himself amongst Republicans and other Presidential candidates – his efforts to force feed amnesty down the throat of the nation, abandoning his constituents, his conservative base, and the American people. Rubio was the poster boy of this disastrous bill, with his boyish good looks, affable smile, and his Cuban/Latino ancestry, a bill that would have exploded amnesty upon an unsympathetic and rebellious public and committed lasting and irreversible damage to the nation.With Rubio now out of the Presidential race, having lost Florida, his home state, one need look no further than this bill to explain his failure – and what it suggests about those who endorsed him.The Rubio-Schumer-Obama Gang of 8 Amnesty bill was a 1200 page monstrosity that was mirrored after the failed Kennedy-McCain bill of 2005 so heavily promoted by then President George Bush who, like his brother Jeb, favored “comprehensive immigration reform” also known as amnesty. The Kennedy-McCain bill was beat back by Republicans in Congress based on the intensely negative reaction by the conservative base throughout the country. Rubio et al. tried to resurrect it with his Gang of 8 bill and almost succeeded.The Rubio-Schumer-Obama bill, as John Fonte wrote, would have granted immediate amnesty to illegal aliens with work permits and Social Security cards before any measures to ensure border security were in place. Chris Crane, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) union, complained that the bill was weaker than existing law. There were over 1000 waivers, which gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to bypass enforcement. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, representing 12,000 federal employees, denounced the bill declaring, “It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful immigration system.” The ICE officers Council stated it would “provide instant legalization and a path to citizenship to gang members and other dangerous criminal aliens.” The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said it would not stop most illegal immigration and would double legal low skilled immigration. It was worse than the Kennedy-McCain bill. Fortunately, it died in the House – barely.Never one to give up on increasing immigration, Rubio has now joined a new “gang,” the “Gang of Six.” This group of Senators is sponsoring the “Immigration Innovation Act of 2015” or “I squared,” which would double the number of H-1B “guest worker” visas for low-wage foreign tech workers, providing work permits for spouses and foreign students, and would increase permanent immigration. All this while three fourths of American IT college graduates cannot find jobs, and companies like Disney and Hewlett Packard are forcing American workers to train their foreign replacements before being fired.It is worth noting the major donors who are supporting this latest amnesty incarnation, the I-Squared bill, and the individuals who supported the original Rubio-Schumer-Obama Amnesty bill of 2013. They are the super-rich and have been long time supporters of Rubio including his Presidential campaign. Andrew Puzder (fast-food executive), Oracle Founder Larry Ellison (a Silicon Valley Mogul worth $54 billion), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Founder) and other members of the “tech alliance,” Las Vegas gambling interests, the Cruise Ship Industry, Michael Bennett of Colorado’s ski industry, and many others. They are large corporate donors, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Wall Street Journal. These are open borders/amnesty advocates. They want the cheap labor and do not mind the loss of jobs for American workers or the reduced wages that the importing of waves of cheap labor from the third world inevitably brings. Their goal as is Rubio’s is to permanently increase low skilled immigration, low wage guest tech workers who will replace American tech workers through an expanded H-1B program, and legalization, amnesty, and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens – all while paying lip service to border security but doing nothing about it.Rubio never had a chance in the Presidential field because of his support of the Gang of 8 Amnesty bill and now the I-squared bill. Rubio is an open borders/amnesty guy, the opposite view of his former voters and most Americans. He betrayed the voters that brought him to the Senate. It is why he lost the primary in his home state of Florida and has left the Presidential race.Larry Bucshon’s endorsement of Rubio suggests that he too supports amnesty and open borders. Why else support someone whose signature legislative efforts have been geared to both. Among all the Presidential candidates, none has had such singular focus on expanding immigration and providing a path to citizenship for illegal aliens as Rubio. Speaking in Spanish on Univision with open borders activist Jorge Ramos, he said he would not repeal Obama’s lawless executive amnesty order. In truth, there is probably little separating Rubio from Obama on immigration.But the question remains – why would Bucshon endorse Rubio unless he were comfortable with his position on immigration and amnesty? The answer is, he is comfortable with it or else he would not have endorsed him.Bucshon seeks to carry water for the Republican Establishment who also favor amnesty and open borders because of big donors and special interests who want the same. These donors contribute heavily to Republican coffers. They did for Jeb Bush. And they did for Rubio. They presumably will for Congressman Bucshon. They want cheap labor and don’t care about the impact on American workers and the nation in general.This is the key issue of the day.Congressman Bucshon claims to oppose amnesty but he endorsed Mr. Amnesty. He also voted for the 2000 page $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill that fully funded the Obama amnesty plan, Syrian refugees, and sanctuary cities. In the end, Bucshon like Rubio, like various corporate interests, the Chamber of Commerce and the Wall Street Journal, wants amnesty and open borders – against the interests of the American people. This is as good a reason as any to retire Bucshon.I will fight to build a wall and secure our border. I will vote to end illegal immigration and sharply restrict immigration levels. I would repeal the Kennedy Immigration Act of 1965 and Family Reunification, which created an unlimited category for family members that has led to the mass immigration or “chain-migration” situation we have today. This focus on family connections instead of assimilation and market needs, combined with the lack of limits, took away much of our national sovereignty. It transferred control of immigration policy from the American people through their elected representatives to individuals who wanted to bring relatives into the country. The new immigrants, post 1970, came from poor Asian and Latin American countries. They often lacked education, marketable skills, English language facility, and were much poorer than previous immigrants. They were much more likely to require government programs to assist them. I would develop a point system based on education, skills, English language ability, resources, good health, to ensure that future immigrants will contribute to and assimilate successfully into society. I will work to develop a pro-American immigration policy that puts the needs of American citizens first not the needs of immigrants.Bucshon’s support of Rubio puts him squarely in his corner on immigration, amnesty, and open borders, as do other votes he has taken. We need a change.Footnote: This article was posted without opinion, bias or editing.FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for State Representative District 77 who would you vote for?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Peck & Strong makes jump to much larger site

first_imgDevon-based company Peck & Strong is defying the current climate by moving to a new production site, four times the size of its existing one.The new site comprises a 14,000sq ft bakery and an additional 1,500sq ft, which will be used for office space and accommodation for its 14 employees.The firm has been producing handmade cakes, snacks and vegetarian flans and pies since 1980. Founder, owner and project manager John Peck had been looking for a new freehold property for the last five years, as space was getting tight at the old factory, less than half a mile down the road.The company purchased the site around 18 months ago and hope it will enable them to grow further. It is a “natural evolution for the business”, said Peck. “Our existing market is principally tea rooms and coffee shops, as well as several National Trust sites, delis and universities,” he added. The firm is also rebranding its product range, which Peck said is soon to be completed.The move into larger premises will enable the firm to meet the growing demand for its products within the coffee shop and snacking sector. “At the moment we cover the southern half of England, as well as South Wales, mainly with our own transport, but also through distributors, so we’re looking to build on that and develop into the north of England,” said Peck.last_img read more

Trade snapshot: Richemont Club visit

first_imgDawn van Rensburg, Richemont Club of Great BritainMost of us will use fruit ingredients in some form in our day-to-day baking, but we don’t often have the chance to see the story behind the box or pail it arrives in. So an opportunity to discover this and get an insight into new innovations chocolate mincemeat, for example was remedied recently; John Morley in Congleton, Cheshire, welcomed 25 craft bakers, all members of the Richemont Club of Great Britain, for a tour of its EFSIS-approved factory.A third-generation family-owned firm, run by managing director Paul Roberts, John Morley does more than just import, process and clean fruit from around the world. Its finished products range from mincemeat, fruit sauces, jams and pastes to dry pre-mixes for inclusion in cereals and fruit bars. While some of its customers are big high street names, the company still provides high-quality products and service to family bakers. A wide variety of samples were tasted in the ’fruit filling department’ and one visitor even negotiated a larger pail of fruit compôte for trial back in the bakery.Mincemeat production was not yet under way, as it seems trends are moving towards a less matured, ’fresh fruit’ flavour profile. But the group did taste some mincemeats with a twist, including ’chocolate’, ’amaretto’ and, my personal favourite, ’cassis and blackcurrant’ just proving that age-old recipes can always be challenged.John Morley has a strong innovations and development team, who will work alongside customers with their product development. The Richemont Club visitors came away convinced that the firm remains committed to the future of quality craft bakers.l The Richemont Club of Great Britain was formed in 1948 to encourage the interchange of ideas between craft bakers and confectioners in the UK and other countrieslast_img read more

News story: Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters

first_imgThe future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary.They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our fishing fleet as well as our shores. The Royal Navy currently provide around 200 days of fishery protection a year. The Defence Secretary’s announcement means that the Royal Navy will now have the capacity to deliver up to 600 days of fishery protection a year if needed.Mr Williamson has announced that each ship will forward-operate from their namesake rivers – from Newcastle, Liverpool and the Cardiff area respectively – to boost rapid responses in British waters up and down the nation. The versatile ships are also vital to the Royal Navy’s anti-smuggling and counter-terrorism work, and frequently escort foreign vessels, including those from Russia, through the English Channel.Speaking on board patrol vessel HMS Tyne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Britain’s patrol vessels are essential to protecting our waters, our fisheries and our national security. Safeguarding the future of these three ships in the Royal Navy will ensure we can respond quickly to incidents at any time, further protecting our waters as we exit the EU. By forward-operating these ships from their affiliated locations across the country, including the Tyne, it will not only allow them to react quickly, but also strengthen the bonds between the Royal Navy and local communities. I am also delighted to be able to continue to strengthen the bond to Tyneside today, by announcing one of Britain’s future world-beating Type 26 warships will be called HMS Newcastle. Just last month, HMS Tyne monitored a Russian frigate as it passed through the English Channel, while last year, HMS Mersey returned from a 48,000 mile deployment where she played a key part in a £12million drugs bust off the coast of Nicaragua and helped combat the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.The ships also deter illegal pollution activity and provide emergency firefighting capabilities for ships in distress.HMS Tyne, HMS Severn and HMS Mersey are each operationally available for 320 days a year. The ships are armed with a 20mm cannon, which can fire 700 rounds a minute at at a maximum effective range of 1300 yards, and can travel at up to 20 knots.They will also be bolstered by five new-generation Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels over the next two years. The Royal Navy is expected to have all the Batch 2 OPVs, named HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey, by the end of 2020. They will be able to enhance UK efforts to counter terrorism, combat people and drug smuggling and promote the interests of Global Britain around the world.The announcement came during the Defence Secretary’s visit to Newcastle, where he also revealed the name of the sixth frigate in Britain’s Type 26 class of anti-submarine warships as HMS Newcastle.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: HMS Newcastle, which will be built on the Clyde, is set to provide advanced protection for the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, and offer an unrivalled anti-submarine warfare capability across the globe.HMS Newcastle will also be joined by her sister ship HMS Sheffield, which was also named by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew in the city this afternoon. The first Type 26 warship, HMS Glasgow, is expected in service in the mid-2020s.last_img read more

Justice for the slain in Bolivia

first_imgFrom a distance of 15 years and more than 3,000 miles, relatives of people killed by Bolivian security forces in 2003 have had their first taste of justice.A federal court civil jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday found former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his defense minister responsible for extrajudicial killings during a period of civil unrest, and awarded the plaintiffs $10 million in compensatory damages.Brought by the families of eight of those slain, the lawsuit charged that Sánchez de Lozada and José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín orchestrated the use of military force to quash protests against the government. Bolivian soldiers killed 58 people, including children, and injured more than 400, nearly all from indigenous Aymara communities. The turmoil forced both defendants to resign and flee to the U.S., where they have lived ever since.The lawsuit was brought to trial with the help of the International Human Rights Clinic, the practice arm of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (HLS), under the Torture Victim Protection Act, which allows civil lawsuits in U.S. courts for extrajudicial killings.Lawyers for Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín immediately asked the judge to overturn the jury’s verdict.For Teófilo Baltazar Cerro, who lost his pregnant wife and unborn child when they were shot inside their home, the jury’s decision is welcome news. Baltazar Cerro was among several relatives who traveled from La Paz to Fort Lauderdale to take part in the three-week trial.“I swore on my wife’s grave I would seek justice no matter how long it would take and far I would have to travel,” said Baltazar Cerro by phone from Fort Lauderdale. “This is an example for the whole world to see, so that no other government officials can get away with killing innocent people in their countries and think they can find safe haven in the United States.”At the opening of the trail on March 6, Etelvina Ramos Mamani described the death of her 8-year old daughter, Marlene, who was shot through the window of the family’s home. A bullet fired by Bolivian soldiers pierced her chest. According to newspaper reports, Ramos Mamani offered painful testimony when she said, “Blood was coming out of her chest like a fountain.”,For the International Human Rights Clinic, which has worked on the case since 2007, the trial is a notable achievement. In 2006, Thomas Becker, J.D. ’08, an HLS student at the time, brought the 2003 slayings to the clinic’s attention after a trip to Bolivia in 2005 left him pondering ways to seek justice for the victims’ families.Becker, who has worked tirelessly on the case for the past decade, participated in the trial. The jury’s decision is a game-changer for human rights accountability and justice in Bolivia and around the world, he said, but also for the families.“I’m proud of the plaintiffs, who fought tirelessly for well over a decade to hold these people accountable,” said Becker. “It’s been hard. They kept their wounds open to keep the struggle moving forward, and yet they were willing to do it so this doesn’t happen again.”Over the past decade, dozens of HLS students have worked on the case, under the supervision of clinical professors Susan Farbstein, J.D. ’04, and Tyler Giannini. Students have drafted briefs, traveled to Bolivia on fact-finding missions, and prepared for oral arguments, all in hopes of bringing the suit to trial.Farbstein and Giannini, who co-direct the International Human Rights Clinic, hailed the verdict, Giannini calling it “a clear signal that the U.S. is not a safe harbor for individuals who commit violent abuses and, just as importantly, it sends a message that no one is above the law.”“This is a major win for our clients, who have fought so long and so hard to get justice for their loved ones,” said Farbstein. “It not only is a historic day for those who suffered in Bolivia, but the verdict advances global efforts to hold human rights abusers accountable.”The trial’s significance was not lost on the Bolivian families, human rights lawyers, and on Bolivian President Evo Morales, who hailed the trial in a tweet. In 2005, Bolivia requested the extradition of the two politicians, but the U.S. government denied the petition. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, part of the plaintiffs’ legal team, this was the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in an American human rights trial.The plaintiffs are represented by a legal team that includes the Human Rights Clinic, the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP; Akerman LLP; and cooperating attorneys from the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia).last_img read more

UN chief: UN will seek to unite world, reverse Myanmar coup

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is pledging that the United Nations will do everything it can to unite the international community and create conditions for the military coup in Myanmar to be reversed. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a news conference Friday it is absolutely essential to carry out the U.N. Security Council’s calls for a return to democracy, respect for the results of November elections, and release of all people detained by the military, which he says means the reversal of the coup. He says that requires all possible areas of pressure to make it happen. He says Christine Schraner Burgener, the U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, had a first contact Friday with the military since the coup and expressed the U.N.’s strong opposition to the takeover.last_img