For a while, it wasn't clear whether Palmer would face any legal consequences for his alleged actions. Late Friday, however, it was revealed that the Zimbabwean government has asked the United States to extradite Palmer. That's a significant development.
It is at this point in the evolution of our culture that we need to find what the political parties and media have worked so doggedly to hide from us, our common ground. We agree more than we think we do, and there is too much at stake to give up and walk away.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, more than half of all jail and prison inmates have a recent history or symptoms of a mental health problem. An estimated 31 percent of women and 14.5 percent of men in jails have a serious mental illness.
With all of the noise being generated this summer by a certain presidential candidate from New York, recognition of a worthy story has been lost in the din. That story is the heroism of two U.S. Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cecil the 13-year-old Zimbabwe lion is dead but not forgotten. Nor should he be anytime soon by anyone concerned with issues of animal cruelty, white privilege, neocolonialism, global inequality, or international justice and extradition protocols and practices.
On the whole, it appears that Waller County Officials are doing everything they can, given the national scrutiny, to appear transparent.
With both sides potentially being in position to make an issue out of the prior representation, the logical solution is for Bledsoe to recuse herself. It's just not worth it for her to stay on, and it's not necessary.
I'll preface by saying that I can only answer as a former officer; I could pretend to be able to retrospectively muse about what I'd have said when I was on patrol, but that's all it would be.
The fact that something happens frequently should not make it "routine" in the sense of the law. Yet this is exactly the legal standard that has devolved from the shiny promise of the Constitution.
From the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we're all in the same boat: we must pull over. However, it's what happens after you've been pulled over that's critical.
Arrested, cuffed and booked, I was close enough to share the same breath as the lower depths of modern day America. Child molesters. Rapists. Murderers. Nazis. Gangbangers. Drug dealers. Thieves. Recidivists. Taxpayers. Voters. Citizens. People who were just like you and me.
Continuing with the recent public debate over mandatory minimum sentencing, a recent decision seems poised to upset the policies of dozens of states across the union which are largely responsible for an over-burdened and over-crowded prison system that is virtually bursting at the seams.
Why has Cecil galvanized us so, when clearly there are equally horrific events taking place all over everywhere?
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