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Let ex-convicts vote: US Attorney General

US Attorney General Eric Holder campaigned Tuesday for broader reforms of the US penal code, including allowing ex-convicts to regain the right to vote after serving jail terms. Reiterating his goal of reducing the population of crowded US jails, Holder called for an overhaul of laws restricting the civic rights of people who have served prison time, which he said only made it more likely these people would find themselves back behind bars.

Let ex-convicts vote: US Attorney General

US Attorney General Eric Holder campaigned Tuesday for broader reforms to the US penal code, including allowing ex-convicts to regain the right to vote after serving jail terms. Reiterating his goal of reducing the population of crowded US jails, Holder called for an overhaul of laws restricting the civic rights of people who have served prison time, which he said only made it more likely these people would find themselves back behind bars.

Prostitution bill to be introduced 'well before' December deadline: MacKay

HALIFAX - Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of a December deadline. Speaking in Halifax, MacKay said Ottawa has already started to draft the legislation, but more consultations must happen with police and provincial governments. He wouldn't say when the bill would be introduced, but vowed that it would be "well before" the one-year time frame it was given.

Colorado shooting suspect's lawyers want Supreme Court to compel Fox reporter's testimony

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theatre said Friday they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to require a Fox News reporter to reveal the confidential sources she used in a story about defendant James Holmes. The defence wants reporter Jana Winter to identify the law enforcement officials who told her that Holmes sent a notebook containing violent images to his psychiatrist before the 2012 attack.

Half of U.S. prison sex crimes involve staff toward inmates: fed study

By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - Nearly 9,000 incidents of sexual victimization against inmates in U.S. prisons and jails were reported in 2011, with roughly half of them involving corrections staff, according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The number of incidents showed a "significant increase" over about 8,400 incidents reported in 2010 and 7,855 reported in 2009, it said. The year 2011 was the most recent cited in the bureau study, published on Thursday.

U.S. Naval Academy superintendent grilled in sex assault case

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for a U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault grilled the school's superintendent on Friday over whether he was politically influenced to proceed with a court-martial. President Barack Obama has vowed to curb sexual misconduct in the military, and lawyers for midshipman Joshua Tate say they want to know if any "unlawful command influence" motivated Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller in the case.

U.S. Navy drops charges against cadet accused of sex crime

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charges have been dropped against a former U.S. Naval Academy football player who was accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman, the school said on Friday. Eric Graham, 23, of Eight Mile, Alabama, was among three Academy football players charged with the assault, one of a spate of sexual misconduct allegations involving the U.S. military. Charges against another player were dropped earlier.

U.S. Navy may drop charges against man accused of sex crime: lawyer

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Navy prosecutors are seeking to drop charges against a former U.S. Naval Academy football player who is accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman, the woman's attorney said on Thursday. Eric Graham, 23, of Eight Mile, Alabama, was among three Academy football players charged with the assault, one of a spate of sexual misconduct allegations involving the U.S. military.

Website airs video of beheaded inmates in Brazil jail

A gruesome video showing three beheaded inmates in a northeastern Brazilian jail hit by rampant gang violence was aired Tuesday on the website of the daily Folha de Sao Paulo. The pictures were filmed on December 17 by other prisoners following a mutiny resulting from a clash between two rival gangs in the penitentiary in Sao Luis, capital of Maranhao state, the daily said. Shown were the bodies of three inmates lying in a pool of blood, including two with their heads completely cut off and the third with the head hanging.

Supreme Court to decide on validity of anti-prostitution laws on Dec. 20

OTTAWA - Canada's top court will bring down a landmark decision on the legality of the country's anti-prostitution laws next Friday. The ruling relates to challenges to laws against brothels, living off the avails and soliciting. Ontario's Appeal Court had previously struck down the laws against bawdy houses and altered the ban on living off the avails of prostitution to preclude exploitation. It also upheld the ban on street prostitution.
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