California revisits three-strike life sentences

first_imgHomeFeaturedCalifornia revisits three-strike life sentences Oct. 19, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsCalifornia revisits three-strike life sentencesAssociated Press3 years agoapNews DON THOMPSONAssociated PressCalifornia will reconsider life sentences for up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in early release provisions. Gov. Jerry Brown also will not appeal a court ruling that the state is illegally excluding the nonviolent career criminals from parole under the 2016 ballot measure he championed to reduce the prison population and encourage rehabilitation.The state parole board estimates between 3,000 and 4,000 nonviolent third-strikers could be affected, said corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters, “but they would have to go through rigorous public safety screenings and a parole board hearing before any decision is made.”It’s the second such loss for the Democratic governor, who leaves office days after the new rules are due. Another judge ruled in February that the state must consider earlier parole for potentially thousands of sex offenders. The administration is fighting that ruling, which undercuts repeated promises that Brown made to voters to exclude sex offenders from earlier release.Prosecutors are not surprised and warned throughout the Prop. 57 campaign that nonviolent third-strikers would unintentionally fall under the measure’s constitutional amendment, said California District Attorneys Association spokeswoman Jennifer Jacobs.“We expect the same exact thing to happen with regard to sex offenders,” she said. “To fix this they’re going to have to go back to the people for a vote, which can’t even happen for another two years.”Brown will not appeal last month’s ruling by a three-judge appellate panel in the Second Appellate District in a Los Angeles County case that third-strikers must be included under Proposition 57’s constitutional amendment. It requires parole consideration for “any person convicted of a nonviolent felony offense” regardless of enhancements under California’s three strikes law.“There is no question that the voters who approved Proposition 57 intended (inmates) serving Three Strikes indeterminate sentences to be eligible for early parole consideration,” the appeals court ruled, adding that, “There is strong evidence the voters who approved Proposition 57 sought to provide relief to nonviolent offenders.”Administration lawyers said in a filing in a separate related case that the state “is not seeking review” of the appeals court decision and “is in the process of drafting new emergency regulations in compliance” with the decision by Jan. 5.Michael Romano, director of the Stanford Three Strikes Project, called the administration’s decision to comply “a big deal, a huge deal.”Clients potentially affected by the new decision include inmates serving life terms for stealing a bicycle, possessing less than half a gram of methamphetamine, stealing two bottles of liquor or shoplifting shampoo, he said.“It’s a monumental decision. It’s one of the biggest decisions on sentencing policy in the Brown administration,” said Romano, whose project represented third-strike inmates in several appeals.The ruling doesn’t guarantee any of the offenders will get out of jail. But it allows them to go before the parole board. Romano estimates 4,000 people will be eligible for parole.Nonviolent third-strikers are disproportionately black, disproportionately mentally ill and statistically among the least likely to commit additional crimes, said Romano, who has studied the issue.He cited corrections department data on more than 2,200 nonviolent, non-serious third strikers who were paroled under a 2012 ballot measure that allowed most inmates serving life terms for relatively minor third strikes to ask courts for shorter terms. Less than 11 percent returned to prison by October 2016, the latest data available, he said, compared to nearly 45 percent for other prisoners.Tags :apNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWalking Tour of Adelaide Drive: A Neighborhood Above It AllChallenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-electionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

The Flaming Lips, Deap Vally Release ‘Deap Lips’ Collaboration Album [Stream]

first_imgThe Flaming Lips and Deap Vally are celebrating the arrival of their collaborative studio album this weekend, as the two rock bands released Deap Lips via Deap Lips/Cooking Vinyl this past Friday (3/13).Initially confirmed by both bands last spring, Deap Lips features previously-released singles “Hope Hell High” and “Home Through Hell”, along with eight other infectious rock recordings which highlight the collaborative efforts from both bands.Deap Vally, comprised of guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards, first began to share photos and videos from the studio alongside The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd as far back as spring 2018. The two parties met at a Deap Vally show in Raleigh, NC in 2016, and the relationship snowballed from there. The album was officially confirmed this past December.Related: The Flaming Lips Share Colorful Video For “Giant Baby” Featuring Fred Armisen Cameo [Watch]Wayne Coyne mentioned in a statement about their collaboration, “I can’t remember exactly when I became aware of Deap Vally… but let’s say it was sometime just before I saw them play. I was in Raleigh visiting with the creator of the World’s Largest Gummy Bear, and so getting to experience Deap Vally was just one more cool thing of many cool things that were happening to me … I met Lindsey that night and we both were glad we met. Deap Vally got my phone number and about a year later hit me up, out of the blue ..and invited themselves to come to Oklahoma City and jam with us and maybe come up with a couple songs for their “collaboration” album that they were working on. They showed up with no songs so Steven [Drozd] and I quickly threw together a song and set about playing and tracking and singing and rewriting lyrics and before we knew it we, surprisingly, had a great, great track. Which would become the opening track off the record “Home Thru Hell.” The session in Oklahoma City was fun and spontaneous and a very lucky kind of magic happened…we stumbled upon some really great, catchy, cool songs.”Deap Vally has not put out a studio album since 2016’s Femejism, As for The Flaming Lips, the veteran psych-rock band released a pair of studios projects in 2019 with King’s Mouth: Music And Songs and The Soft Bulletin, as the latter highlighted their 2016 Red Rocks Amphitheater performance alongside the Colorado Symphony.The Flaming Lips are scheduled to kick off a brief run of spring tour dates beginning next month on April 14th in Spokane, WA. As of Sunday, the band’s upcoming spring shows are still on as scheduled, pending the progress the state of Washington continues to enforce public health advisories surrounding the growing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state.Scroll down to stream Deap Lips in full via the Spotify player below.Deap Vally/The Flaming Lips – Deap Lipslast_img read more

M7 Real Estate sells German portfolio for €86.4m

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Nobody Asked Me, But…

first_imgWith credit to a great sportswriter named Jimmy Cannon, who first wrote a “Nobody Asked Me, But” column . . .Nobody asked me, but . . .I bow to no one in my dislike of Donald Trump and his idiotic policies.However, and this is a big HOWEVER:Am I nuts in thinking that for nearly seven years the little fat kid from North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons and rattling sabers and threatening to kill us all?So, Trump, showing that he’s just as crazy as Kim Jong-un, has somehow pulled off a coup and has met with Kim Jong-un. He had a friendly lunch with the little twerp and made some sort of peace with him.They each issued a cockamamie proclamation, which may or may not mean anything. But we have gone from threats of war to a feeling that we just might work together.So how has The New York Times, CNN, and the rest of the media treated this?They’ve made light of the meeting, with headlines saying this was a great big non-event and a waste of time; with “analyses” that Trump had been made a fool of by Kim Jong-un; with liberal pundits harrumphing that the fat kid got us to stop our “war games” with South Korea — as if the pundits ever gave a fig about war games anywhere, and with a general derision of the process, which makes his critics appear to want to go back to the good old days when we were about to annihilate each other.This is not fair. It’s false and it’s no way to treat the millions of people who rely on the media to tell them what and how to think.So, I propose a new way to handle any events where the media’s hatred of Trump gets in the way of their telling the truth.It’s a simple test.In the future, before writing a word or saying a word on television, why don’t they ask themselves this question?HOW WOULD I HAVE FELT AND REPORTED THIS IF OBAMA HAD DONE IT?**********If Donald Trump gets us into a war with Canada, I’m on Canada’s side. I’m ready to run guns, bombs, hockey sticks to Canada — anything it takes to help them win.**********May Donald Trump and his evil elf attorney general burn in hell forever for taking little children from their parents in an attempt to blackmail this country into giving them a wall between Mexico and the United States.**********This comes out of the column I wrote last week about cell phone madness:We need a new holiday.Call it DID Day.Close schools . . . close businesses . . . give everyone a three-day holiday.What does DID stand for?It stands for Dead Idiot Day. A day when we honor all these idiots who died because they crossed the street with their cell phones on their ears and paid no attention to traffic. These are people whose last sight on Earth was the screen on their iPhones. People whose last words were, “I just saw a wonderful pair of shoes, they had these cute little bows . . .” or “Did you see that play Judge made in the Yankees game last night?”To these people, these were important thoughts that had to be said immediately — thoughts that couldn’t wait until they got to the safety of a sidewalk. So, they died. The least we can do is honor those dead idiots with a holiday for all of us to enjoy.**********Tell me this isn’t the fastest spring/summer of your life. I admit I’m a downer and I start my end-of-summer countdown when the Kentucky Derby is over. But for crying out loud, Memorial Day shot by like a flash. There’s been one rainy bleak day every weekend in this so-called spring. The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away. In a few minutes, the stores will begin their back-to-school ads.And don’t tell me that September is the best month of the year in the Hamptons. September is to winter what May is to summer. September is f*ing September. It’s when you have to go back to school.**********If you want to read a good mystery in what’s left of this summer, read Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant, a novel featuring a promiscuous flight attendant named Cassie who wakes up one morning in a hotel in Dubai next to a dead hedge fund manager, the victim of a grisly murder. Promiscuous flight attendants and dead hedge fund managers — who can ask for anything more?Want to do a nice thing? Call BookHampton in East Hampton or Harbor Books in Sag Harbor and order The Flight Attendant and a few other books. Then you’ll have the satisfaction of reading a good book while supporting one of our great local bookstores.**********What follows is a joke that made me laugh, which I’ve printed in this column before. The truth is, it is not a politically correct joke. But then again, I’m not a politically correct guy. If you are politically correct, stop reading this column now. In fact, if you’re politically correct, what the hell are you doing reading this column any time? Go fret and wring your hands someplace else.And now the joke:ITALIAN VIRGINITY TESTMario is planning to marry and asks his family doctor how he could tell if his bride-to-be is still a virgin.His doctor says, “Mario, all the Italian men I know use three things for what we call a ‘Do-It-Yourself Virginity Test Kit’: a small can of red paint, a small can of blue paint, and a shovel.”Mario asks, “And what do I do with these things, doc?”The doctor replies, “Before you climb into bed on your wedding night, you paint one of your balls red and the other ball blue.“If she says, ‘That’s the strangest pair of balls I’ve ever seen,’ . . . you hit her with the shovel!”**********Finally, NOBODY ASKED ME, BUT . . . HAVE A GREAT REST OF THIS SO-CALLED SUMMER. STAY SAFE.If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Todorov: We need a victory because it will be better –…

first_imgLevski coach Georgi Todorov honored the game of his players, as well as the character after the hiccup with Arda 1: 1. Todorov admitted that he took a lot of positives from the match played in Kardzhali and was happy with the reaction of his players in view of the difficult situation at the club.“I am just happy with the point, no matter how hard it sounds. In view of the development of the match, as we started uncertainly, so was the beginning of the second half. It was felt in the team and I am glad that we showed character with ten people. The situation is very complicated with us, and if Roberta had scored, we would have fought. Their work deserved a positive result, “Todorov said.“I told them on vacation that I didn’t want to see insecure people. There is no reason to be insecure. I don’t put pressure on them to be worried and now is the time to show their best and impose themselves, but in the end they need results. In this situation we managed to endure physically, after four of ours during the week were with the youth national team. They invest in training, but they have to change their psychology and be confident. There is no reason not to be confident. We know our condition, but we must look only for the positive. It also goes through results because our audience is a little special. When there are no results, the situation itself is psychological, so in the next matches this must change “, commented the coach of Levski.“A victory is very important, because first there will be peace among them, greater self-confidence and will give us the opportunity to build on the team. Our right back will not play, and that is a problem. We will see what we will do “, Todorov added.“In any case, we have to take on new faces, because we don’t have enough people, especially in defense. We have to change a lot and have variability, because now I don’t have any. Thomas was injured and four people could not win all the matches. We do not want to make mistakes, because we should not overwhelm the team with a number, but look for those who can make transfers.“It is too early to talk about Bozhinov, Tsonev and Kurdov. I do not underestimate any team “, finished Georgi Todorov. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

Detroit Mercy’s Davis breaks Curry’s freshman 3-point record

first_imgBy today DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.Swish .The Detroit Mercy guard broke Stephen Curry’s freshman 3-point record with the high-arcing shot from deep on the right wing early in the second half of an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night. “I couldn’t help but smile,” Davis said at a postgame news conference. “I was trying to keep my composure with crowd clapping and the standing ovation.“The feeling is unreal.”The no-doubt shot was No. 123 beyond the arc this season, surpassing the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago.“I’ve heard about him, yeah,” said Curry, who wasn’t aware earlier this week he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman. “Records are meant to be broken, for sure.”Davis’ feat was celebrated briefly in front of just 1,786 witnesses at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd that history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry’s record was broken.Detroit Mercy head coach Mike Davis talks to his guard Antoine Davis, his son, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against IUPUI, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. Davis tied and broke Steph Curry’s NCAA record for 3-point baskets by a freshman. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)“I was nervous for him the last two weeks,” said Titans coach Mike Davis, sitting alongside his son at the postgame news conference.The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry’s mark with a 3-pointer in the first half.Davis finished 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 secondsMcFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League) who will have to win their conference tournament championship in Detroit to make the NCAA Tournament with a team Davis scrambled to put together after he was hired last summer .“We signed 10 guys after Aug. 24,” Davis said. “School started Aug. 27.”The former Indiana coach, who led the Hoosiers to the 2002 Final Four, did not have to use one of his scholarships for his son because his father-in law-set had a college fund set up for him.“If you don’t use it for college, you get taxed,” he said.Mike Davis said college coaches expected him to coach his son at Texas Southern, cooling interest in him as a three-star prospect. The Cougars, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, according to Antoine Davis. His father said Cal State Bakersfield, UTEP and Colorado State also showed interest.No one saw this coming.Davis is averaging 26 points with teams face-guarding him without the ball and double-teaming him with it. He has made a freshman-record 125 3-pointers on 324 attempts, connecting on 39 percent. And, he’s playing 37-plus minutes per game.“He has trained hard over the last four or five years for this moment,” his father said.Antoine Davis was home-schooled from the seventh grade through high school and his father set him up with former NBA coach and player John Lucas to work on his game in Houston.A lot.“I trained three or four times a day,” Antoine Davis said. “I took Sundays off and sometimes Saturdays, too. It prepared me to fight through fatigue and got my mind a lot stronger.”The hard work has paid off, putting him in the same breath this week with one of the game’s greats.“It’s an honor to be in mentioned in same sentence as Stephen Curry,” he said. “But, I still have a lot to learn.”___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.___Follow Larry Lage at AP college basketball coverage: Detroit Mercy guards Antoine Davis, left, and Lamar Hamrick (21) greet each other after the team’s 87-85 win over IUPUI in an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)last_img read more

Register your burn-off

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