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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Many Minors May Stay in Prison for Life

When Dennis Epps learned in June that the Supreme Court had struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for kids convicted of murder, he was hopeful. His brother, David, was given such a sentence for home burglary-murder committed at 16 and has spent most of his 48 years behind bars.
"I was thinking he was going to get some kind of release, because he served 32 years on a life sentence," Epps told ProPublica.
But Epps's brother is unlikely going anywhere soon. A few weeks after the ruling, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced he would commute the life without parole sentences of 38 juvenile offenders, and make them eligible for parole after 60 years. David Epps would be in his mid-seventies when he could first be released.
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WEIRD WORLD: Mayor Bloomberg Calls on Police Officers to Strike in Favor of Gun Reform

In the wake of the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the opportunity to get vocal on CNN‘s Piers Morgan Tonight in favor of stricter gun laws across the nation. Interestingly, his solution for tackling the problem places the honus on policemen and women.
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It's Time to Lift the Gag Order on Gun Laws

We need to have a national dialogue on Guns. NOW.


The first step is that we have to stop accepting the premise that even asking a question about guns is an affront to the Constitution. None of the amendments to this governing document are unrestricted rights, and that second one is no exception. The Supreme Court has ruled in District of Columbia vs Heller that Americans have the right to possess a firearm. However, it was quite clear that the Second Amendment is not unlimited - "It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose."
The Gundamentalists continue to be in denial over that sentence, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to be.
We can talk about gun laws.
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An Assault Weapon Ban Would Have Made the Difference Between Maybe 4 Deaths and a Dozen

You can sincerely say, "The price of liberty is measured in blood. The tragic loss of innocent lives is the price we pay for our freedom."
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Fact-Check: How the NYPD Overstated Its Counterterrorism Record

The NYPD is regularly held up as one of the most sophisticated and significant counterterrorism operations in the country. A review of the list shows a much more complicated reality — that the 14 figure overstates both the number of serious, developed terrorist plots against New York and exaggerates the NYPD's role in stopping attacks.
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