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headed to interview while the network color correctional facility just south of tallahassee where so far he has served six of his twenty year sentence. from what i can tell well or doesn't fit the description of your average gun felon he's a middle aged married man with two daughters no prior criminal record worked in business management at sea world and lived in the suburbs of orlando. both and drove earlier. interesting makes you sort. of just curious how it's been. i'm not doing too poorly except my skin seems to be boiling off from something i picked up. here about a year and a half ago but i took some damage early on and it just. i mean i had my teeth when i came in here six years ago and you ever imagined you would end up in a place like this oh my gosh no i mean i've taught college i have a master's degree. this is about the last thing in the world i ever thought i would
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end up doing for retirement plan it is a gated community so. but as a retirement plan this would never i can't believe i still can't believe that i got twenty years for firing a gun but again the gun was in my house it's my gun in my house the bullet never left the house it got stopped by two by fours in the wall and no one was hurt. i can be didn't take the plea deal i didn't take it because i hadn't done anything wrong i defended my family in a legal way in my house with my gun and didn't hurt anybody. a week before his trial the prosecutor tried to persuade waller to take five years probation with no jail time believing in his innocence rejected the plea deal risking being sentenced to a mandatory twenty years. mandatory minimums are a tremendously powerful and blunt instrument the prosecutors routinely use to coerce plea bargains from defendants because they know if if the defendant goes to
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trial the judge has no option but to give the mandatory minimum if the judge had an option the defendant can say you know i'm not a thug who is robbing a liquor store i'm a family man i have a good job i have no criminal record i think the judge is going to be lenient here they don't have that option with a mandatory minimum and so the prosecutor can just say take this or you're going to prison for twenty years why is stand your ground argument in this case the argument is that if you really feel threatened you would just shoot the person if you really felt that your life was in danger you would fire a warning shot you would fire at the person who's causing the threat. newburn raises some eye opening points if waller had actually shot the boyfriend would he have gone free based on florida's stand your ground defense or if the judge was allowed to use his discretion to decide the length of the prison sentence how much time would have gotten probably not twenty years. critics point out that mandatory minimums trap people like wyler in the system but what happens when no mandatory
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minimum soren forest for certain gun crimes. were heading to chicago a city where gun violence has spiraled out of control in two thousand and thirteen there were over two thousand victims of gun violence and four hundred fourteen homicides in f.b.i. refer. released just this week branding chicago is the murder capital of america the murder of fifteen year old the dia pendleton an honor student captured national attention and inspired a mandatory minimum gun bill in chicago pendleton was shot and killed while hanging out with friends at a kenwood park michael ward kenneth williams had been charged with her murder idea pendleton was me. and i was her but i got to grow up. to carry.
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and the person that murdered our daughter. he was. already on a gun charge and had he been there and he got the mandatory minimum he would have been out so i don't it would still be alive today. despite the national trend away from mandatory minimums chicago politicians and law enforcement are rallying behind a proposed gun bill with longer prison sentences in hopes of stemming the violence . before it was murder i didn't really think. the law as the way been structured because in a climate gun laws actually it never crossed my mind. we made sure that our children hung around you know other decent children. you know even more all of the ideas financed they were really good kids. there
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was very founding vibrancy to learn. today is. often major if your daughter ever talk about what she wanted to be when she grew up many thanks just like any key yeah but i like. a lawyer an area her heart was here this is. what i miss most about ideas. and took everything. i have. idea pendleton's under student who went to the president's wearing and has a majorette and. she was on track for greatness no two ways and i went to talk to the superintendent of the chicago police department garry mccarthy mccarthy gained
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national attention as police chief of newark new jersey where he reduced shootings and murders by forty percent in two thousand and eleven he was brought in by mayor rahm emanuel to combat chicago's gun violence and a case of idea pendleton the individual who allegedly fired those shots was a gang member. who was taking retribution for a friend of his who had been shot at by a rival gang. they were driving around and they saw a bunch of kids huddled in a park in the rain. one of them snuck up behind and fired shots into the crowd. and it turns out that the crowd was not a crowd of gang members was a crowd of kids who were coming from high school who were not gang members many of whom were honor students including heidi a penalty two men were eventually caught charged twenty year old kenneth williams and eighteen year old michael ward ward allegedly confessed to being the shooter
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the case didn't have to happen because the actual shooter in that case was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm in november of two thousand and twelve and should have been incarcerated instead he was on the streets two and a half months later to kill somebody. prior to head the is murder ward received no jail time for an illegal weapons charge and violated his probation three times. we need laws. that are going to stem the tide of those guns reaching our streets and then we need significant mandatory minimums to ensure that when we take the gun off of a criminal they go to jail for actually talking about war for state representative michaels dyleski is the author of the mandatory minimum gun bill which is up for a vote in the houses next session. to protect mccarthy told us was that our gun was just didn't work well enough he would find that after arrest and conviction for a gun offense the same offender would be back out on the streets in
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a short amount of time and too short amount of time for him to adequately be able to police those streets in a way that he felt comfortable doing so the theory behind my bill is if you raise the amount of time imprisonment he's going to break that cycle of people going through the system so fast that they end up back out on the streets committing the very same. crimes senate bill thirteen forty two would increase prison sentences for several gun crimes including possession of an illegal firearm and require offenders to serve at least eighty five percent of their sentences. twelve hundred miles away in florida it's estimated that one out of one thousand people own a firearm nicknamed the gun shine state florida is home to more gun permits than any other state in america while gun regulation in florida could be called lax the penalties for violent gun crime is anything but. the case of orval the while or it is living proof of these tough laws claims he was just
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protecting his family from his daughter's boyfriend but he got twenty years in prison under florida's ten twenty life law for aggravated assault with a firearm. i'm heading to see grady judd the sheriff of polk county to learn more about florida's law he's been a part of florida law enforcement for forty years and was there when ten twenty life was passed i can tell you that back in the day in florida we were having a lot of problems people were robbing stealing shooting so crime was out of control inmates were serving about a third of their sentence there were other folks that were complaining well this judge gives you five years and this judge gives you twenty years and this judge gives you know years for violent acts. so the legislature acted to make a difference. in one thousand nine hundred nine florida enacted the ten twenty life law this mandatory minimum statute requires a ten year prison sentence for pulling out a gun and
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a twenty year sentence for firing a gun and a life sentence for shooting or killing someone if done during the commission of a crime. why do you think minimum mandatory why do you think that words mental mandatories makes a difference for several reasons one if you commit a crime and if you're convicted you're absolutely going to prison for this man of time you can't get one lenient judge to send you to the less time in prison you can't get a nother judge to sentence you to more time in prison a whole goal is to reduce gun cry and now we've got a few people saying well this is that unfair but i can show you another group on the other side whose child was just shot in a drive by saying yes let's keep the ten twenty life and go find that person that shot my child play in the front yard in the drive by that's what we can't forget the victims. it's interesting to hear the narrative
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refrain from the law enforcement perspective and it just shows there's no easy answers he made a very compelling case for the role of mandatory minimums in crime reduction. judge statement about victims is really powerful especially after meeting the pendleton's who's fifteen year old daughter at dia was murdered a while or didn't murder anybody nobody was even hurt is the justice system working by locking away while or for twenty years and taking him away from his family for a while or that his family of victims of the system. we arranged for waller's wife sandy and youngest daughter sarah to come to florida from wausau wisconsin where they live now due to the financial fallout from wallers incarceration they've been unable to return to florida and see him in over five years. already you said i certainly i mean there are you know.
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i think you know i hear this music you know it's just it's crazy that someone would be punished for. something like this and that so extremely you know i was just absolutely stunned when they when they told me that he was going to be in prison for twenty years for shooting a hole in our living room wall i couldn't believe it. how do you feel about this whole thing i felt horrible. you know he's going to be like seventy's eighty's once he does get out if he does stay the twenty years and that's pretty much is life over in a cell somewhere. and it brings me down a lot of the time i. have asked sandy to take me back to where it all started so i can understand what happened the new owners of her old house have allowed us to visit. it feels like i'm coming back home plus mr is it is very five years when he
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was arrested i just had to give up the house. i just couldn't do it. we didn't have his income and my income alone wasn't enough to keep up with the bills and the mortgage. if found this house to live in and the stories behind it well my husband said just going find a house you like. just let me know and then i saw this one and i thought this is the perfect house it's beautiful. and it was really really hard just having to walk away from the house thinking maybe you know would never happen other house again. they painted it. and they changed the fence oh it's a small right this is a. look at it. we were going to retire in the house.
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when you see the impact that this has had on on this family you know a guy with no criminal record wanting to protect his family and to think this guy has is being punished. twenty years in prison without the possibility of parole because of a mandatory minimum sentence. it really makes you wonder whether these laws make sense or not. the families of victims like the pendleton's whose daughter had dia was murdered are advocating for the mandatory minimum gun bill as our mayor rahm emanuel law enforce. and other politicians but as the bill gets closer to a vote a number of groups are raising opposition said the bill thirty forty two simply is a knee jerk political reaction to the violence in the city chicago by the mayor of chicago it's merely a political haven i'm tough on crime. i caught up with representative ten duncan and i residential housing project to hear more about his concerns. the mayor of
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chicago he is having us regress back to mandatory minimums from the eighty's in the ninety's and up until now where we clearly have seen that it does not deter crime it does nothing but simply close the prison system it puts a significant strain on our criminal justice system and when you introduce bills like senate bill of thirteen forty two there is a real cost structure that comes with that was the real cost was a real financial impact on every citizen in the state of illinois. that question was never answered. under the current law it would cost state about twenty four hundred inmates over ten years or two hundred forty year which would be about five hundred forty million dollars over ten years or fifty four million dollars a year. heavy price tag and in a state government isn't exactly flowing with cash right now but my feeling was
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this was an important policy interest. and i've heard people talk about the cost and the fact is what's the what's the cost of gunboats one moment to the peerage of haiti a penalty to pay to have her back. this is not a dollars from sense of this from moral issue so at the end of the day it's not going to cost more to incarcerate people if we put the right people in jail. in florida it will cost taxpayers over four hundred thousand dollars to keep wallowed in prison for twenty years if the system's job is to keep bad guys behind bars is a doing its job. the time had come for the p.l.o. to seek a new and peaceful solution. pursuing a path of diplomacy what was to turn their agreed to to draw from lebanon into one
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sentencing continues every year in pakistan hundreds of women are victims of so-called honor killing one on one east searches for the truth in a case that exposes the growing clash between old beliefs and modern life on al-jazeera. in two thousand and nine fifty three year old. was convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm in the state of florida while it claims he was firing a warning shot to scare away his teenage daughter's boyfriend and threatened his family with violence. which two were sentenced to twenty years to state prison as a mandatory minimum place is going to just. with all due respect. i protect myself and i know. i speak with jason geary
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the court reporter for the local newspaper because he covered while his trial in two thousand and nine i'm hoping he'll have some insight into both sides of the argument. the defense argument what they presented to the jury was that mr ward was you know somebody who's was weak physically but also health wise he i think he was he was undergoing some significant health problems at that time and as far as i know he seems very mellow he doesn't really seem like somebody who gets very upset but then again this this case revolved around a lot of family dynamic where you know there was clearly some agitation in the rotation in the household between the various members including mr willard's daughter and her then boyfriend this is who happened this boy standing on the porch with sarah and i told his you have to just go away and leave us alone leave us and my daughter alone. and he took her by the arm and was going to was
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going to leave iraq so i grabbed her arm and he jumped on me and just to break my hold of my daughter luis which which he did get it ripped the stitches and an internal stitches from my surgery i mean i was no shape for wrestling this kid was about my weight about my height but seventeen instead of fifty three. i've asked sandy to take me back to where it all started so i can understand what happened. the new owners of the old house and allowed us to visit. very nice we did a really good job. there too. that was a little rough that's where everything took place that's where the boy attacked my husband he attacked my daughter and the shooting took place there.
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it is scares me. what about this road here this is the room that was sarah's room. that's the window he was constantly opening out to take her out. all right so on that day the young man injured my husband and i see him coming along this wall here holding his stomach and he goes into the bedroom and lays down so a couple hours later they come back sarah bursts into the house slams the front door runs into her bedroom then the young man follows her in and they proceed to argue screaming and yelling and it sounds like somebody is throwing large furniture or large objects at the wall. that was either a body that was being thrown around or it was large pieces of furniture being
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tossed around but it made her renda sound my husband is laying in here sleeping. my oldest daughter runs along here and she gets her father and says you know man is attacking sarah can you help us my oldest daughter killed me i'm very briefly on what was going on and she could he's out of control he's crazy so i mean i'd already lost a battle with him one day i was going to go out there with my family safety on the line and can confront him and have another battle so i grabbed my three fifty seven which i legally own and been trained. and i put shelves in it. so that i go out in the living room i have the three fifty seven down by my side and he's in there beating on my daughter then the young man bursts out of the bedroom and he's angry. all of a sudden he turns around. and put the whole right into
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the wall. and i was just shocked. he actually was capable of punching a hole in my living room wall so my husband standing beside me he's holding the pistol down at the floor. and he says to him you have four seconds to leave this house. that's all he says instead of leaving the house. a young man decides to come forward. he's closing the distance he's coming towards him. so what is the do. he pulls the gun. and shoots one warning shot. into the wall. right underneath the hole that the boy had made. just one warning shot after he heard the shot
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by turned around and hurried out the door and that's all we heard from him. about the thing was over we thought it was over. but two months later he came back he wanted to remove her once again from the house and when my husband refused to allow her to leave a young man calls the police and when the police said he has every right to hold his daughter in the house and keep her from running off. then he says well what if he shot a hole in the wall. more than a month after the shooting incident the sheriff's department was called to the waller home to investigate a complaint that waller had assaulted his daughter. when the sheriff's department found no grounds to support the battery complaint sara or her boyfriend then told the deputies about wyler firing his gun several weeks earlier sheriff grady judd
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agreed to share his perspective about what happened i'm confused why two months later a month and half later they actually came we came to the house on a battery complaint who was complaining to i presume this daughter and the deputies do this term and that it was corporal punishment the violated the law well apparently they took the opportunity to say well while back shot at us with a gun and that's when that investigation began but they did never call the sheriff's office. no harm no foul right we did know about it. but when we came there we're obligated to do a complete and thorough investigation and we did and that's why god being locked up the initial information was that he came out of the bedroom with. a loaded. she. who is the suspects daughter wanted to leave with
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a seventeen year old he grabbed her and said you're not doing that you go for seconds to leave him shop. the gun went through a strap on a bag he was holding. the purse they deny that that was a gun shop. evidence that it was the tech to see gunshot holes said it was. defense attorneys point out that the strap from the boyfriend's bag was never tested to determine whether the damage was done by a gunshot. had actually shot the boyfriend it's possible he could have used a stand your ground defense which allows somebody to use deadly force if they believe they are facing imminent danger ultimately the authorities determined that waller wasn't trying to shoot the boyfriend and he was charged with aggravated assault without the intent to kill. the state's theory of the case was that mr willard got angry and then again that he came out of the bedroom not so much in fear for his family but that he was angry and that he and that he didn't just fire
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a warning shot but that he fired toward the then boyfriend the cross-examination of the then boyfriend in the case was i'm scared and i'm you know i'm the one that's in fear for my life. it just was you know raised a lot of questions as to you know what exactly took place there was this an act of self-defense was this more of what the prosecution was saying was was a gun related crime four years after the original trial or was granted an appeal hearing during the hearing two witnesses were called to testify about sarah's then boyfriend. i will he is this is just he can. tell me a little bit about what you know about he had a lot of anger problems. he was very heavily mixed on drugs i i personally. know him to be very vile i have seen him is equally beat up his brother is polite to me about several different occasions he's in
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a vigil why i think he believes his own months i was actually standing next to sarah and. when i said we're going to put your dad. for ever it was it was like it was planned. these witnesses were never called in the original trial and wallowed believes they could have changed the verdict. are you comfortable talking about what happened there that i really don't remember much of it at all what part do you remember i remember the gutting going off and him leaving the house and then that's pretty much it i was in my little rebellious stage when i lived in florida and then switching to wash everything had
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to change and i kind of cleaned up my act and everything but was he like you know that's. nice wife and he was really cocky and really strong headed stubborn and this was such a long time ago and i haven't really thought about him in a while in that way so i really don't remember the rest. sarah seems to have recovered from all of this week getting her to wisconsin was a good move because it got her away from all her drug connections it seemed like you know all the negative feelings towards god yes you know i don't hold any any negative feelings towards their i was a teenager cards and i wasn't perfect but it's got to be devastating your stuff and you know it's. indeed indeed kate and he but but again that's that's not sarah's. and that's that's just this crazy system run amok.
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months after had to pendleton's tragic murder in two thousand and thirteen another mass shooting terrorized chicago's south side and intensifies the push to pass the mandatory minimum gun bill or that a dozen people were shot when the gunfire erupted shortly after ten pm near cornell square park among the victims a three year old boy shot in the head by a stray bullet exam a baby and. we're at cornell square park where the shooting took place we're meeting a survivor the youngest i've ever encountered say hey listen. how old are you. elaborately you were. the day of the arts a's first day back in the park says the shooting. he's very active he loves to rabbi he loves cars anything the wheels that he really doesn't like the
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park anymore you mind talking about that night around ten o'clock. i was sitting on the bench on a desk or. i heard gunshots and it was like at least thirty gunshots a cause for many it's a call from a close deonte i never noticed that he was shot because he was there running around and when i caught up with her i turned around he had a big bullet hole on the right saddens cheek. i was screaming they someone baby a someone baby he was mean group it was a me everyone. figured out was shot and they were just like out of this best walk but really. what do you know about the shooters. only thing i know
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what i really know what the detectives tell me and they know enough to think that. i don't know. or suspect you're not being held without bail in the mass shooting that injured thirteen people. earlier in that they suffered a great wounds from a shooting prosecutors say that he conspired to get a rival gang. the alleged ringleader brian champ like suspect michael ward in the case at a previous arrest for an unlawful gun charge it was sentenced to boot camp and set of prison who would have been behind bars had the mandatory minimum gun bill been in effect. we need state and federal laws that are going to support and prevent people from being shot and murdered. guns drive find. illegal guns drive murder. and if we don't provide real punishment for the criminals who carry them. that was.
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the ember seventh two thousand and thirteen at the illinois capitol members of the house are inside preparing to vote on the mandatory minimum gun bill burkett vises not. a surprise request for a cost report on the bill filed by representative duncan forced the house to adjourn without voting the reaction among the sponsors can best be described as you've got to be kidding. an unwillingness to you have a debate about public policy and public safety and they resorted to tricks because the votes were there there was not a parliamentary trick it was a parliamentary procedure that we have in the illinois house rule book the bill is currently postponed. want to stop and deal with crime. you have to put in programs job training just like create jobs and aerials give incentives for businesses to come and some of these tough communities people feel a sense of hopelessness but i find the net. best underground economy to support
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themselves and their family and they don't have a blatant disregard for themselves in any and everyone else they're going to go through the sort of super crazy fantasy going to gun is going to be the conflict resolution mandatory minimums don't even come into their psyche they can care less about what the what the statutes are and i was like you can't do the whole list maybe a couple of them. currently representative michaels alaska is working with opposing groups to reform the gun bill and preparing for a vote in the next session of the illinois congress. the pendleton's who lost their fifteen year old daughter had dia to gun violence and created a foundation in her honor we need to have more after school activities are just like rank centers things that keep the enemy and women off the street we are trying to build the best legacy we possibly can five our door. she meant a lot and she has impacted a whole lot of people when. i was born or raised in the
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projects as seen a lot of you know gun violence and that's not the land that i chose doves as well as good they have lives given to. the aren't they still has a cup of fresh balls in his face and he has has surgery for the next fifteen twenty years. i want. to have a better future. after months of waiting while her defense team finally receives news regarding his appeal . the judge has denied while his request for a retrial the judge's opinion states that while the testimony of the new with this is was relevant it was not strong enough to overturn a guilty verdict. it saddens me that this judge was the one remaining person who could have given lee the break that he so needs.
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and he didn't take that opportunity i didn't want to be the one to tell sandy and she. took it a lot better than i expected sandy's trooper. listens we couldn't talk on the telephone and we couldn't there's a. the only form of communication we had left was letters every letter he writes s y i. which means see you in my dreams and that he's going to see you for real today for real. sandy couldn't afford to travel to florida to see her husband we've arranged for sandy to meet waller for the first time in over five years my husband wanted to see me along here so i grew it. so i drew him a couple pictures he was florida so he loves palm trees and he also loves dragons that's good and since i can't see him or talk to him then hopefully my mom will be
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able to give these to him. i feel guilty about pretty much the entire situation. because sarah is considered one of the victims of the crime she isn't allowed to visit her father in prison. i'm really sad that i'm not able to actually be there in person and give him a big hug. i think it was so nice to see. barry there. again and again been such a hard time. on to dan and rose as serious as nick to tell sarah i was i was really hoping i get to see her tell her i love her dearly i like your hair by the way it was passionate about catalog that well you now. the three trips and. it's wonderful to see and yeah i'm going to pray i might never see you again i mean because you see if something
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doesn't happen i'll probably die here and i mean it'll be i'll be seventy three by the time i'm leaving at the rate i'm declining and i'm not going to make it in that you know. thank you for let me see my best friend again so nice to see her again. do you think there's any place for mandatory i don't think there should be a mandatory minimum for anything i don't think that i think that every crime
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should be individual ie judged. a lot of laws make no sense you have the right to defend yourself but in a lot of circumstances you defend yourself and that gets twisted and you get in trouble. i think i really think that we need to take a look at our justice system and straighten it out. while it in this team is now focusing on clemency the success of the clemency effort rests on a proposed bill by florida representative neil come to. one of the reasons for this bill i imagine is your belief in the secular manner oh yeah arms aside is a polite society and what i want to you know prevent from happening in the future is somebody who is not physically harmed anyone being sent to prison for twenty years the bill would make warning shots legal in the state of florida and was
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inspired by waller and others like him who said they were protecting themselves or their families by firing a warning shot. it's ironic that one law can set wyler free while another has the potential to trap him for twenty years. here's the bottom line i think when this is all over and i'm fifty eight you know i'm not not planning on checking out immediately but it's coming you know i'm getting older. my neck comes and going to look at the book and he says well did you do good john. and did the best i could and gave it everything i had i tried to do the right thing for the right reason no matter the consequences and that i can live with. when i saw the condition that my husband was then and fact that he'd resigned himself to. spending twenty years in prison for shooting all in a wall. i went from being sad and depressed.
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to being angry. i think the system has failed me the system fails lazy. and the system is going to fail a lot of other people. if we don't do something and. i'm not. going to. how reliable is an eyewitness when you have an eyewitness to say i was there i saw him do it that is the best evidence about thirty percent of the time witness is a real cases who pick someone and say yes that's the person to terminate upon are wrong these are being falsely accused incarcerated for something he did not do the exploring the dark side of american justice system with joe byrne and on al-jazeera
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. well i'm places that can or quite across the middle east so much as catch one or two showers just around the caucuses maybe they are shouting over towards the himalayas but there's pretty much wall to wall sunshine not too much going on then says around thirty six celsius in tehran forty three for baghdad forty one there for kuwait city pleasant sunshine around that eastern side of the med by a rate of around thirty celsius similar values for jerusalem as we go on to the latter half of the week there you go it's pretty much dry or the waiting for that dry weather down across the robin peninsula. hot sunshine then forty two celsius not quite as hot as it has been recently still plenty hot enough more clout there across southern parts of the peninsula of course we've got the southwest monsoon feeding a little more moisture to sell in areas of yemen southern parts of i just can't
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feel spots of rain but for most it's going to be dry and sunny doha around forty one forty two that over the next couple of days out and try to across much of southern africa to see want to see showers around the southern cape may be pushing over towards southern parts of mozambique but essentially it looks fine and sunny for central parts of africa the showers the seasonal rise rumbling away from the ethiopian hadas right into the gulf of. an estimated one hundred thousand lives cruelly ended over a century ago. a distant past not to the descendants of the sawtooth. a tale of colonialism and racial supremacy unravels and the quest for justice and recognition of the sacrifices of tribal people and the maybe. skulls of my people
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a witness documentaries on al-jazeera. when the news is restricted and censored the press is not free and is external interference in influence and then says used to exploit not explained. when journalists access to information is to hinted. at them but on the us press. and just as never sees the light of day no i knew that it wouldn't be done or eking the team of course you doubt it. and the stories that matter go on told in the press is not. neither are we. eradicating leprosy in cambodia relied on education and treatment in equal measure
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on and on him by early you know disability yet we will be waiting until three year old four year more he will have this ability. and in no way the next generation of antibiotics may just be waiting at the bottom of the ocean bed in this as it is hope so that you are revisited on al-jazeera. arabic. ah. ha the u.s. supreme court upholds donald trump's travel ban targeting people from predominantly muslim countries. in this is al jazeera live from the coming up family reunions a federal judge says all families separated at the us mexico border must be
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reunited within thirty days. and this international. military of a planned and systematic assault on the country's minority. and a violation of human rights cattle it takes the u.s. to the un's international court of justice over the blockade of the. u.s. supreme court has upheld donald trump's travel ban on people from five muslim majority countries the judges narrowly voted to accept that the u.s. president was acting legally when he bought people from iran yemen somalia libya and syria from entering the united states democrats have expressed concern over the ruling. has more from washington d.c. . to five four ruling was not only expected but protesters were still incensed.
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but the majority of justices how did agreed with the troubled ministration this was not a muslim this policy was the result of a careful global into regency analysis of vetting procedures for travelers to the u.s. from libya syria somalia yemen and iran a. and it was the president's right to impose a bomb because national security is his responsibility donald trump was clearly delighted this is a great cricketer for our constitution. we have to be tough and we have to be safe and we have to be secure but in what was described as a furious dissent from the bench of liberal justice sonia sotomayor referred to counter the comparison of the travel ban to the decision that mandated the detention of japanese americans during world war two sort of my all said taking all the relevant evidence together a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was driven primarily by anti muslim animus rather than by the government's asserted national security
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justification politicians and activists are now expressing concern that the supreme court has affirmed own opinion that he and he alone is in control of the country's national security and that he can act without oversight in deciding who comes into this country with this decision we are concerned that donald trump. the five muslim majority countries that are in the current version can not only target more countries but even go after us and lawful permanent residents i say who is going to be. is the president going to executives order mexicans is he going to have orders against people coming from honduras guatemala what's next and now that the supreme court has ruled the tricks on donald trump to set immigration policy himself have been weakened considerably. washington u.s. attorney general jeff sessions welcomed the supreme court ruling this decision is
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critical to ensuring the continued authority president trump and all future presidents to protect the american people it is the president after all who was elected and entrusted with the safety and security of the american people and to enforce an immigration system that serves the national interest he's the chief executive. you know we respect courts and the legal opinions and we've always tried to be respectful of them but they're not a policy setting branch they don't get to set the policies for the country so we are very pleased with the outcome today and hope that this goes some way toward ending the practice of these broad nationwide injunctions. a federal judge in the u.s. has ruled that migrant families should no longer be separated at the makes cab order the judge ordered the. parents and children within thirty days sooner for children
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under five could be appealed by. the ministration over its policy of separating. reports oh. a protest in america in texas and across the u.s. people are demanding answers to why the u.s. government is still detaining undocumented migrants and keeping children in shelters it's been one week since president donald trump signed an executive order abruptly in being the policy of family separation of migrants a policy he put into place that's only added to the confusion on how to implement rapidly changing policies from the administration especially as video emerges from inside the detention centers of suffering children. on tuesday senators were reminded that the government is legally limited on how long it can keep migrant families together in detention right now i would gladly
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put these children back with their parents in the custody of ice or customs and border patrol but i legally can't because at the twenty day mark i'll just have to be sent back we need congress to change this twenty day limit on unification or we need to stop criminally prosecuted. but far from the holes of power more than two thousand children are still separated from their parents some for months with no end in sight to the crisis on the southern border it's easy to start to just think of this is nothing more than a story of policy what's the latest news out of washington what's the latest thing trump has tweeted or think of it as nothing more than numbers how many families remain separated but in the end it's not about any of that it's up. the human condition real people fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries to try to come to the united states across this border and when they finally get here many
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are now discovering it's not what they expected for miriam provide quite a molar the pain of separation from her four year old son is real. i couldn't say anything to him because they took him from me when he was asleep they took my son don it was friday night going on saturday the man from immigration told me get your son ready because we're going to take him with migrant detention centers a capacity to more are being built on military bases migrant families the lucky few reunited the rest wondering the same as everyone else what comes next. al-jazeera brownsville texas a missed international has named more than a dozen man mom military personnel they say are responsible for war crimes against the rangar in its latest reports the human rights group documented what it called a planned and systematic campaign that involved murder rape and forced starvation
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a diplomatic editor james bays reports. a ministry international researches say they've uncovered devastating new details about the crimes committed against these people the right as they were expelled from their homes they interviewed more than four hundred people mostly survivors and witnesses here in the refugee camps of bangladesh and inside rakhine state and myanmar and they give a clear picture of a planned and systematic military campaign in each case villages were surrounded and then attacked many were killed where i lived alongside other communities only the wrecking go homes were torched. the villages were surrounded by the me and my military soldiers swept through they opened fire on men women and children as they were running away and they systematically burned down their wishes and what this shows is that this was not the work of rogue soldiers or units involved units across a large area but this was
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a pattern carried out and therefore suggest that it was a pattern carried out pursuant to me a common plan the human rights group is naming thirteen commanders and officers who believes are responsible for war crimes one of those generals is now being sacked by the commander in chief's office but it's not believed to be linked to these allegations and amnesty want all thirteen sent to the international criminal court while this is the only sure in twenty seventeen clearance operations one president to embody is reality and answer to the state crimes against humanity we actually you know. for starvation in his land mines and targeted large scale the utilities the norm from the us to syria is the nation be referred to the international group. any referral to the international criminal court is unlikely to happen soon and that's because it either has to come from the
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government to be unmarked that state be unlikely or from the un security council and on this council there's one country that strongly supported the government of myanmar it just happens to be a permanent member of the security council with veto power china james phase out of the united nations rescuers remain confident they'll find twelve missing footballers and their coach alive four days after the group got stuck in a flooded cave in northern thailand they are believed to be several kilometers from the entrance they have been stranded since saturday when heavy rain blocked their only exit earlier this week navy divers had to halt the search operation due to low oxygen levels. i can take in the united arab emirates to the un's international court of justice for violating human rights it's been prompted by the blockade of cats for countries which has now entered its second year lawyers for both sides will set out their arguments during hearings at the hague over the next three days
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between a gate and be as small saudi arabia the u.a.e. behind and egypt cut diplomatic relations with cattle last june imposed a blockade and expel qatar ease catalogs in the eyes its neighbors accusations of supporting terrorism cattles national human rights committee estimates the blockade affected thirteen thousand people to four thousand cases of human rights violations have been reported in the past year and it's affected all aspects of davie life in cattle education health the right to perform religious rituals own property or freedom to travel abroad and perhaps most crucially the right to family reunification in a region where family ties go beyond borders the blockading nations forcibly deported qataris and separated children from their parents rashid mother is qatari and his father is bahraini and gulf countries children take the citizenship of
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their father he believes if he continues to defy an order by bahrain to leave cattle he'll lose his bahraini passport and be stateless once my passport expires what do i do do i stay here and not pursue my future because i don't have a passport because i did not want to go to the country that i hold the citizenship nothing else but the citizenship. and that's some sort of leverage that they have against me the blockade in countries also crack down on the nationals for expressing sympathy for cattle with jail terms and fines catulus for ministry says the u.a.e. is violating international law prohibiting racial and national discrimination it's spring in a viking he's live at the hague how's it going to play out there any.


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