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18 Sep 2011 10:37


World: Iran: Jailed American hikers hit another snag in attempt to post bail

  • what Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the American hikers stuck in Iran, won’t get out on a combined $1 million in bail until Tuesday … due to the process getting held up.
  • why One of the Iranian judges that needs to sign off on the hikers’ bail just so happens to be on vacation. Wait … they couldn’t find someone else to sign? source

22 Jun 2011 15:30


World: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei earns rare reprieve from prison

  • Receiving bail for any reason is a rarity in China, so he’s lucky. In Weiwei’s case, he confessed to committing tax evasion, which many activists claim is untrue. The world-famous artist, noted for his criticism of the country’s Communist Party, is out of jail as a result, but on a form of probation that doesn’t allow him to leave or talk to anyone. “I’m sorry I can’t (talk), I am on probation, please understand,” Ai told the Associated Press. Experts have said that international pressure is the only reason authorities released him (well, along with some health problems). Meanwhile, Weiwei, who says officials treated him well in prison, isn’t the only dissident forced to keep quiet after coming out of jail — hundreds of other outspoken opponents of the Chinese government have kept quiet after their arrests. source

08 Feb 2011 11:14


World: Assange extradition trial pulls out the “biased against men” card

  • Well, that’s one way to win your extradition trial, Julian Assange. In what might be one of the more unlikely legal tactics out there, the WIkileaks founder’s defense team flew in former Swedish appellate court judge Brita Sundberg-Weitman to rip on the prosecutor in the case against Assange. Why? Because Sundberg-Weitman is willing to say in a court of law that prosecutor Marianne Ny has a “rather biased view against men.” Oh, and there’s more: “She seems to take it for granted that everybody under prosecution is guilty. I think she is so preoccupied with the situation of battered women and raped women that she has lost balance.” Damn. How about them apples? source

17 Dec 2010 12:21


16 Dec 2010 10:11


World: When Julian Assange gets bailed out, HE GETS BAILED OUT

  • According to the bail conditions set by the lower court, Mr. Assange must spend every night at the mansion, Ellingham Hall, a 10-bedroom Georgian home on a 650-acre estate owned by Vaughan Smith, the wealthy founder of the Frontline journalists’ club in London.
  • A quote from the New York Times’ story on Julian Assange getting bail • Pointing out that uh, wow, Assange is apparently going to be spending the next few weeks in a fancy mansion an hour outside London. While he has a curfew, has to wear a tracking device and will have to stop by the police every day, he effectively upgraded from a jail cell to a mansion. We want his friends, because they somehow get him very sweetheart deals. source

15 Dec 2010 22:35


World: Wiki-update: Britain against Julian Assange’s bail, U.S. builds its case

  • The decision was made by the British prosecutor. I got it confirmed by the CPS this morning that the decision to appeal the granting of bail was entirely a matter for the CPS. The Swedish prosecutors are not entitled to make decisions within Britain. It is entirely up to the British authorities to handle it.
  • Karin Rosander, spokesperson for the Swedish prosecutor’s office  • Revealing that Britain, not Sweden, appealed against Julian Assange’s bail. Which is kind of a big thing. “The Swedish authorities are not involved in these proceedings,” Rosander continued. “We have not got a view at all on bail.” Assange will find out tomorrow whether or not he’ll be allowed to be a (somewhat) free man for a few weeks. Oh yeah … there’s this. That’s right, the U.S. is now trying to build a case against Assange. Have fun with that. source

15 Dec 2010 11:02


Tech: Random legal issue brought up by Wikileaks: Tweeting in court

  • The sky did not fall in as a result of yesterday’s tweeting, so why not allow it again? For the decision to gain wider acceptance we really need a crown court judge or high court judge to follow suit.
  • The Guardian columnist and media law expert David Banks • Discussing the legal implications of letting Twitter in the courtroom, as the district judge deciding Julian Assange’s case did. Banks’ argument? It’s very much a good thing, but journalists need to be given guidelines about what they can and can’t do to protect from libel and other issues, that citizen journalists might report things that they aren’t allowed to, and the constant danger that a journalist might want to use their camera phone since it’s right there. All of which are interesting angles. See? Julian Assange is a journalism trailblazer even when he’s not actively trying to be. source

14 Dec 2010 10:32


World: Did Julian Assange get bailed out of British prison today?

  • YES the Wikidude will be able to leave jail for a while source

07 Dec 2010 10:44


World: Will Julian Assange be getting bailed out of jail anytime soon?

  • NO he will have to stay in custody until at least December 14 source

14 Sep 2010 10:54


World: Iran lets hiker Sarah Shourd go for a hefty price

  • good Sarah Shourd was able to walk free on Tuesday after 14 months of being held in Iran for hiking in the wrong place.
  • bad Her “representatives” had to score $500,000 to pull it off. Not fun. Plus, her friends are still in captivity ‘cuz they’re guys. source