Trump Races to Kill Lisa Montgomery In First Federal Execution of a Woman in Almost 70 Years

We look at one of the most shocking cases in the slew of federal executions the Trump administration has scheduled in its final months: Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted in 2007 for a gruesome murder of a pregnant woman, is set be the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 70 years if her January 12 execution goes forward. Advocates say Montgomery suffers from mental illnesses caused by a life of abuse and sexual assault, and that she deserves clemency. “She is profoundly mentally ill,” Cornell law professor Sandra Babcock says. “Why the rush to execute someone like Lisa Montgomery among all of these other…

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Trump Races to Kill Lisa Montgomery In First Federal Execution of a Woman in Almost 70 Years

We look at one of the most shocking cases in the slew of federal executions the Trump administration has scheduled in its final months: Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted in 2007 for a gruesome murder of a pregnant woman, is set be the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 70 years if her January 12 execution goes forward. Advocates say Montgomery suffers from mental illnesses caused by a life of abuse and sexual assault, and that she deserves clemency. “She is profoundly mentally ill,” Cornell law professor Sandra Babcock says. “Why the rush to execute someone like Lisa Montgomery among all of these other…

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Woman arrested trying to take ‘deteriorating’ 97-year-old mother out of care home

A woman was temporarily arrested and restrained by police after she attempted to take her 97-year-old mother out of a care home. Video footage shared on social media by former Coronation Street actress Leandra Ashton appeared to capture part of the incident in a car park in Market Weighton in East Yorkshire on Tuesday. In the two clips an upset Ashton claims she and her mother had taken her grandmother out of the home where she is “deteriorating” because they had not seen her for nine months. The 97-year-old woman could be seen sitting in the passenger seat of a stationary car with a police vehicle parked in…

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Police ‘threatened’ parents of a murdered woman with £6,000 legal bill

A police force “threatened” an elderly couple with a £6,000 legal bill as they sought answers over their daughter’s murder, their lawyer has claimed.Fighting for justicePeter and Elizabeth Skelton have spent almost a decade fighting for justice after their daughter Susan Nicholson was killed in 2011. Initially, Sussex Police ignored their pleas for her death to be investigated. They insisted the circumstances were not suspicious, and an initial inquest found her death was accidental. Susan Nicholson was murdered by her boyfriend in 2011 (Family handout/PA)The West Sussex couple, who are in their eighties, spent around £10,000 of their life savings paying for experts to review the evidence. Only…

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Police admit that they used at least six undercover officers to spy on one woman

Imagine being spied upon, not just by one undercover police officer, but by at least six. This is what happened to environmental activist Kate Wilson. And now the police have finally admitted that this surveillance of Wilson breached her human rights. In 2003, Wilson met undercover police officer Mark Kennedy, and they lived together as lovers for two years. He deceived her and numerous others he became friends with, hiding his real identity as a police spy. Kennedy infiltrated a number of protest groups and gatherings in the UK and across Europe, including Climate Camp, Earth First, and animal rights gatherings. It’s hard to imagine the devastating effects…

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Pregnant woman waited a week for Test and Trace call after catching coronavirus

A pregnant woman who caught coronavirus (Covid-19) was only contacted by the Test and Trace service eight days after she learned of her positive result. The Canary has previously reported on the problems with the Serco-run Test and Trace system.Vulnerable categorySally Fazeli, from Preston, Lancashire, received the call – asking for details of people she’d been in contact with and offering advice on self-isolating – just as her own period of self-isolation was ending.Her husband Ayman Fazeli told the PA news agency:They said on the call, ironically, they knew she was in the vulnerable category by way of being pregnant and that they wanted to get in touch…

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A woman screams ‘you’re breaking my fingers’ as HS2 protest camp eviction begins

Bailiffs, aided by police, are using brutal force to evict an anti-HS2 protest camp in Jones Hill Wood, Buckinghamshire. Protesters are calling for urgent back-up to help them protect the woodland that will soon be destroyed forever. The police have arrested at least three people so far.In the darkness of early morning on Thursday 1 October, around 40 National Eviction Team (NET) bailiffs, working on behalf of HS2, and accompanied by 20 police officers, made their way into the camp. Footage shows a woman screaming in pain as NET officers assault her in an attempt to remove her. “You’re breaking my fingers!” she screams, as police watch on,…

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Yet another Kurdish woman is jailed for insulting the megalomaniac Turkish president

Can you imagine being sentenced to prison for insulting Boris Johnson? Seems ludicrous, doesn’t it? But thousands of people in Turkey have been imprisoned for insulting its dictatorial president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Anyone even slightly critical of the man, and his ruling party, risks spending time in jail. It’s usually Kurdish people who are targeted by the Turkish state, who are imprisoned for being critical of the megalomaniac leader, or who are convicted of belonging to a terrorist organisation just for opposing repression. Terrorism-related charges are consistently misused by the UK’s ally. In the Turkish state’s latest purge on 25 September, arrest warrants were issued against 82 people. ANF…

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