Dec 18 2014

Newsflash: US Links North Korea to Sony Email’s Leaks, Supreme Court Allows DL for Arizona’s Undocumented Immigrants, Obama Pardons 8 People

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Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, SC, analyzes today’s news headlines:

US officials have declared that North Korea was connected to the security breach of internal Sony emails that have embarrassed the media company and exposed their racist attitudes. The leaked internal communications by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace, have proven so explosive they have led to the cancellation of the release of the film The Interview, whose premise was as assassination attempt on the life of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony executives released a statement yesterday saying, the company has, “been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business.” Meanwhile civil rights groups are calling for the firing of Sony’s Co-Chair Amy Pascal over jokes she made that they termed, “outrageously offensive.”

Click here for NBC News story, North Korea Behind Sony Hack: U.S. Officials.

The US Supreme Court yesterday decided not to take on a lower court’s ruling over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Arizona , effectively allowing licenses. A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled unconstitutional, Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s executive order barring licenses for young immigrants qualifying under the DACA program. That ruling now stands in what immigrant rights activists consider a major victory. Just two days earlier the nation’s highest court did issue a ruling that could negatively impact people of color. In that case, a North Carolina police officer pulled over a car mistakenly thinking that state law required two working brake lights and then, upon searching the car, found a bag of cocaine. The Court ruled that it is okay for police to make “mistakes” when they pull people over for searches, in what Justice Sotomayor, the sole dissenter, called, a “further eroding the Fourth Amendment’s protection of civil liberties.”

Click here for The Washington Post article, Supreme Court’s inaction allows ‘dreamers’ to get driver’s licenses in Arizona.

Click here for the Mcclatchydc.com, Supreme Court permits ‘reasonable mistakes’ by police in searches.

The Justice Department has announced that President Obama has commuted the sentences of 8 people, bringing his total to 18. The eight were serving federal drug related sentences, and four of them were slated to die behind bars. The President also pardoned 12 people, bringing his total in that category to 64, far fewer than his predecessors. A commutation simply cuts short a prison sentence, while a pardon effectively cleans ones criminal record, enabling voting, easier employment, adoption, and more. The investigative media group Propublica said that in 2011 they found that, “white criminals seeking pardons were almost four times as likely to succeed as those of other races, which prompted a study by the Justice Department. That study is still underway and is not expected to be completed until 2015.”

Click here for the ProPublica.org article, Obama Issues 12 Pardons. That’s Still Far Fewer Than Predecessors.

Click here for Huffington Post story, Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars.

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