All I could hear from my car were gunshots and the sound of glass shattering and the sound of tires blown out with bullets. I started to scream, ‘They killed my son! They killed my son!’ What can I tell you? It was like the end of days. With cold blood and stone hearts, they continued shooting.

Mohammed Kinani, an Iraqi father who was the first witness to testify in the Blackwater trial over the killings in Nisour Square. He broke down in tears when describing how his nine-year-old son, Ali, was shot in the head while riding in the back seat of the family car. 

Watch the 25-minute documentary that tells Mohammad’s story, “Blackwater’s Youngest Victim,” by the Oscar-nominated filmmakers Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley.

A Quebec man who advertised his services as a “clairvoyant medium” is in trouble for not delivering on his prophecies after being charged for falsely claiming to practise witchcraft and sorcery.

Yacouba Fofana, who worked under the name Professor Alfoseny, was arrested in April and charged with fraud for allegedly swindling people, according to the QMI news service. Police later added the sorcery charge.

Both in print and online, Fofana listed himself as a medium who “solves your problems,” and could facilitate “return of the beloved, luck, gambling, protection, etc.”

“Guaranteed results,” the ad said.

The Crown says one person was charged over $5,000 for these dubious services. If convicted, Fofana could spend up to 14 years behind bars for fraud and another six months under the witchcraft statute.

Charges under the anti-witchcraft law, Section 365 of the Criminal Code of Canada, are not that uncommon. In Toronto alone there have been at least two incidents in the last five years. Gustavo Valencia Gomez was arrested in 2012 for posing as a healer who could lift a curse on a 56-year-old woman’s family for $14,000, and in 2009 Toronto Police charged Vishwantee Persaud for bilking lawyer Noel Daley out of $27,000 by claiming to be possessed by the man’s sister.

The law is intended to clamp down on scam artists who take advantage of the gullible and vulnerable. It reads:

Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration, (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Curiously, the law is silent on those with actual magical powers.

The cameras scan at an extremely high rate, usually around 60 plates per second. Law enforcement policies vary widely concerning how long that information can be retained. Different agencies keep that data anywhere from a few weeks to indefinitely. Some cities have even mounted such cameras at their city borders, monitoring who comes in and out. Various jurisdictions disagree about whether individuals can access their own LPR records, much less a broader dataset.
But it isn’t nearly enough for us to care about black mothers and their children or to simply acknowledge their suffering; we must change policies that are destroying their lives. We must end the war on drugs. We must provide free or low-cost childcare options. We must create living wage jobs. And we must end racist mass criminalization.
—  Sarah Jaffe, Mariame KabaRandy Albelda and Kathleen Geier in The Nation. How to End the Criminalization of America’s Mothers

This is a 24 year old white supremacist woman who is studying to become a lawyer. She is obviously racist, against women’s rights and most likely homophobic since she is “pro traditional marriage”. She states that feminism is a “toxic, cult-like political/social movement that turns women into children with a victim complex.”

She also goes on to say that she is a national socialist (aka racist white) that only dates white men and does not date outside her race.  

The first time I visited her blog she had the nazi/nationalist badges on her blog and now she’s removed them (probably received too many negative responses to them or wants to deter angry messages) 

Imagine someone like this practicing law and vowing to uphold justice and fairness. How can a bigoted/racist/homophobe be trusted to do their job well? 

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In Genesis 3:11, God said to Adam ‘Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?’

Some judges of the 17th and 18th centuries referred to this passage and the theological puzzle arising from it: why would the omniscient God ask this question to which He knew the answer? One answer, as Fortescue J observed in Dr Bentley’s famous mandamus action against the University of Cambridge, is procedural fairness or ‘natural’ justice. The point is that despite God’s omniscience ‘[He] did not pass sentence upon Adam, before he was called upon to make his defence’.

Australian law recognises that prerogative writs will not issue for a denial of procedural fairness if there is no possibility of a different outcome. But the opportunity to be heard is nevertheless an essential aspect of justice according to law.