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Ferguson from several angles. Then the policy implications of a Republican senate, and a working pro "business" supermajority in the senate. Andrew Jerrell Jones, Joan McCarter, Jay Ackroyd
The grand jury plays an important role in the criminal process, but not one that involves a findings of guilt or punishment of a party. Instead, a prosecutor will work with a grand jury to decide whether to bring criminal charges or an indictment against a potential defendant - usually reserved for serious felonies. Grand juries are simply meant to determine whether there is enough evidence or probable cause to indict a criminal suspect. A grand jury does not need a unanimous decision from all members to indict, but it does need a supermajority of 2/3 or 3/4 agreement for an indictment. Unlike preliminary hearings, a grand jury proceeding is secret and closed to the public.
The grand jury seated in the Mike Brown case could potentially be the most important grand jury ever seated. Many feel a vote to not indict Officer Darren Wilson could easily set off a revolution in the streets of Ferguson that could spread across the country.
This show will look at the grand jury seated in the Mike Brown case as well as get an update on the Vonderrit Myers case. Our guest will be Jerryl Christmas who is a defense attorney as well as an ex-prosecutor and attorney for the family of Vonderrit Myers.. Join the conversation by calling (347) 850-8390.
The GOP must be running scared. They must be seeing the numbers that consistently show that younger voters are skewing left. Why else would they be bending over backwards to disenfranchise these and other likely progressive voters?
How are they doing it? In North Carolina, the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly enacted the most draconian voting laws on record.The 1 percent’s twisted new scheme: The Kochs and other billionaires are determined to buy the White House in 2016
Trey Radel, Busted On Cocaine Charge, Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp RecipientsDemocrat Hits Republican Hard During Debate: ‘You’re Going To Owe The Koch Brothers Everything’
The PSUV lost its supermajority in the National Assembly; Blogger Daniel of Venezuela News and Views joins us to explain why he Venezuela has officially ceased today to be a democracy
The silly, inefficient and even paranoid US Senate filibuster rules have — depending on perspective — obstructed countless worthy appointments and bills or saved the nation from destrucive bills and appointments. Now two noobs, MA's Elizabeth Warren and ME's Angus King say enough. Both have pledged to reform the process.
As the filibuster is not a law, "merely" rules the Senate agrees to by majority vote at the start of each two-year session, filibuster would be mildly or radically changed in January.
We'll talk about what's likely and what's possible.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.
"We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed," South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision," they wrote.
In a rare Christmas Eve vote, Senate Democrats pushed sweeping health care legislation to the brink of Senate passage, crushing a year-end Republican filibuster against President Barack Obama's call to remake the nation's health care system. The 60-39 vote marked the third time in as many days Democrats posted a supermajority needed to advance the legislation.
The letter was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state. All are Republicans, and McMaster and the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are running for governor in their respective states.
Last week, McMaster said he was leading several other attorneys general in an inquiry into the constitutionality of the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback."
Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina raised questions
What is a Supermajority and what does the Chambliss victory mean? What should Obama do about the economy and why is it likely to fail? Is that a racist concept?
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