Former Guantanamo Commanding Officer Charged with Obstructing Investigation

US Department of Justice Charges Former Guantanamo Chief with Obstructing Death Probe: (“A former commanding officer of the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba has been charged with obstruction of justice and accused of lying about a violent confrontation he had with a civilian worker at the base just before that worker was found dead. * * * The Justice Department announced Wednesday that a Florida grand jury had indicted U.S. Navy Capt. John Nettleton, 53, on charges of obstruction, concealment, falsifying records and false statements during the investigation of the death of Christopher Tur, who worked at the naval exchange. * * * Tur, 42, was found drowned in the waters of Guantanamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2015. The indictment charges that Tur confronted Nettleton two days earlier at a party at the officers club, where Tur accused Nettleton of having an affair with his wife, according to authorities.”)

Congress Finds BOP Fails to Adequately Address Misconduct in Federal Prisons

Misconduct in Federal Prisons Is Tolerated or Ignored, Congressional Report Says: (“Misconduct in the federal prison system is widespread, tolerated and routinely covered up or ignored, including among senior officials, according to a congressional report released this week. * * * The report, by the House Subcommittee on National Security, found that a permissive environment in the Bureau of Prisons had often made lower-ranking employees targets of abuse—including sexual assault and harassment—by prisoners and staff members. * * * Inmates can easily exploit that culture of permissiveness, the report said. ‘If they know that an employee will get little support from management if harassed, that employee becomes a target.’”)

Accused NSA Leaker’s Statements Not Admissible in Court

FBI Botched Interrogation of Former NSA Contractor Accused of Stealing Secrets: (“In the case of a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor accused of stealing a huge cache of classified documents, a federal judge this month agreed to toss out statements made by the contractor, Harold ‘Hal’ Martin, on the basis that FBI agents failed to Mirandize him properly during four-hour interrogation, even though the suspect was not under arrest at the time. * * * Charged with 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information and theft of government property, Martin, 54, was arrested following a search of his Glen Burnie, Maryland, residence on Aug. 27, 2016. There, FBI agents discovered both digital and physical copies of documents that, according to prosecutors, contain classified and top-secret information said to be critical to ‘a wide variety of national security issues.'”

The FIRST STEP Act Explained

What’s Really in the First Step Act? (“Hailed by supporters as a pivotal moment in the movement to create a more fair justice system, endorsed by an unlikely alliance that includes President Donald Trump and the American Civil Liberties Union, the First Step Act is a bundle of compromises. As it makes its way through Congress it faces resistance from some Republicans who regard it as a menace to public safety and from some Democrats who view it as more cosmetic than consequential. * * * What would the bill actually do? The Marshall Project took a close look.”)

Justice Roberts Denies Partisanship

Roberts, Leader of the Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority, Fights Perception That It Is Partisan: (“In his first 13 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s main challenge was trying to assemble five votes to move the court to the right, though there were only four reliably conservative justices. * * * Now he faces a very different problem. With the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the chief justice has the votes he needs on issues like abortion, racial discrimination, religion and voting. At the same time, he has taken Justice Kennedy’s place as the swing vote at the court’s ideological center, making him the most powerful chief justice in 80 years.”)