whatsapp AppSense raises $70m investment from Goldman KCS-content Tags: NULL UK technology firm AppSense has raised $70m (£43m) in investment from Goldman Sachs.Pete Perrone, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, will join the company’s board of directors as part of the deal.AppSense is the market leader in “desktop virtualisation,” a technology that allows users to easily multi-task between devices, facilitating working from home or over multiple offices. It also allows cost reduction for enterprise use.Perrone said: “With the increased mobility of the workforce and the need to be able to access information from any device, Goldman Sachs sees a clear demand for user virtualisation solutions.“AppSense’s strong customer traction, history of innovative solutions in desktop computing, and the record growth it has experienced over the past two years further solidified our decision to invest in the company.” Share whatsapp Wednesday 23 February 2011 8:38 pm Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼
Email Address Finance Topics: Finance Strategy GVC warns of Q3 revenue decline amid UK retail struggles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 9th October 2019 | By contenteditor GVC Holdings has forecast a 1% year-on-year drop in net gaming revenue for the three months to the end of September 2019, with the operator anticipating a double-digit decline in UK retail revenue following the cut in maximum B2 machine stakes.In a trading update, the operator said UK retail trends following the cut in maximum B2, or fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes to £2 from 1 April remain ahead of expectations. However, it added, the division’s performance was being dragged down by a 36% like-for-like decline in machines net gaming revenue as a reult of the cut. A further 41 shops were closed during the period, taking the total closed in the wake of the cut to 198, with up to 900 expected to be closed over the next two years. Furthermore, it pointed out that like-for-like results meant revenue from an average of 3,267 shops in its retail estate was being compared to Q3 2019, when there was an average of 3,496 shops. As of 30 September 2019, it had 3,233 shops across the UK.This was offset in part by like-for-like over-the-counter revenue growing 7% year-on-year, aided by efforts to substitute machine revenue with betting products. Despite this, UK retail revenue was down 18% year-on-year.European retail, meanwhile, also reported year-on-year declines, with over-the-counter revenue falling 4%, and amounts wagered down 1%, largely due to tough comparables from the prior year, which included the final rounds of the Fifa World Cup. Adjusting for the impact of the tournament, over-the-counter wagers would have been up 3%, and net gaming revenue flat year-on-year.Despite these retail struggles, GVC noted that it expected to see growth from its online business, with revenue up 12% from Q3 2018. This was driven by a 16% increase in sports revenue (15% on a constant currency basis), aided by a 5% rise in customer stakes. Gaming grew at a slower rate, but was up 8% (7% on constant currency).Despite the third quarter decline, GVC confirmed that its has upgraded its full year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) guidance, based on results for the year to date. EBITDA had been expected to come in at between £650m to £670m, but this has now been increased to £670m to £680m.“I am delighted that the group’s financial performance has allowed us to upgrade our full year EBITDA expectations again,” GVC chief executive Kenneth Alexander said. “Online momentum remains strong across all major territories, with net gaming revenue up 12% in the quarter despite the prior period containing part of the World Cup.“This performance continues to be driven by our industry-leading technology, products, brands, marketing capability, and people.”Other key highlights for GVC in Q3 included the launch of the BetMGM app in New Jersey via its Road Digital US-focused sports betting joint venture with MGM Resorts. Alexander described the launch as a “key milestone” for the business, and said Roar was well-placed to capitalise on opportunities in the US market.He added that the integration of the Ladbrokes Coral business was progressing, with the migration of the Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala online brands to GVC’s platfrom to begin in Q4. This, he said, was likely to be completed during the first half of 2020.GVC also launched its new GVC Global Foundation during the quarter, which will coordinate and support GVC’s corporate social responsibility initiatives around the world.“This should be taken as a clear sign of our determination to spearhead the gambling industry’s approach to CSR initiatives, particularly with regard to responsible gambling,” Alexander said.Looking ahead, GVC reiterated its belief that there could be delays to the implementation of Germany’s third amended State Treaty on Gambling. The oeprator said that if clarity on the interim licences was not provided this year, the likelihood of delays would increase, as would the probability of legal challenges derailing the planned roll-out.“There is, therefore, a realistic possibility that the regulatory position will not be resolved until 2021, when positive re-regulation of the German online sports-betting and gaming market is expected.” Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops GVC Holdings has forecast a 1% year-on-year drop in net gaming revenue for the three months to the end of September 2019, with the operator anticipating a double-digit decline in UK retail revenue following the cut in maximum B2 machine stakes.
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Audio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/hageman-2-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Yesterday we talked about farmland values and how they’re on the rise in the Midwest. Today, we’re going to discuss why farmland is such a safe investment.Hinnerk Wolters, a farm real estate broker with Hageman Realty says, “I think one of the keys with farmland is its stability. It will always be there. It’s a multi-generational investment and it’s a great hedge against inflation. As we’ve seen at times, farmland is a productive asset and it goes with inflation.”Farm real estate broker Sara Hageman Schenk says farmland is a safe investment because of appreciation.“We also look at farmland as an investment. As an investment, it’s very comparable to bonds, but farmland is an investment that appreciates 4%-5% annually and yet has a solid return every year. So, the bond doesn’t appreciate like the farm.”Wolters adds, “I think it was Mark Twain that said, ‘they quite making farmland a while ago,’ so the supply is limited. In addition to that appreciation return, you get a consistent year-over-year cash return in the form of cash rents.”Hageman Realty serves farmers and investors in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas. They are the farmland specialists in the Midwest. If you’re looking to invest in farmland or want to know what your farmland is worth, contact Hinnerk or Sara by visiting hagemanrealty.com. SHARE Why Farmland is a Safe Investment Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleHeavy Weekend Rains Ruining Plans for Planting This WeekNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 5/10/21 with John Zanker, Risk Management Commodities Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Why Farmland is a Safe Investment By Eric Pfeiffer – May 10, 2021
June 7, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Online freedomsProtecting sources NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News United StatesAmericas Online freedomsProtecting sources The Honorable John F. KellySecretary of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security301 7th Street SWWashington, DC 20528Dear Secretary Kelly,We, the undersigned coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations write in response to your statement at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on February 7, 2017, that the Department of Homeland Security would consider requiring visa applicants to provide log-in information (passwords or other credentials) for their social media accounts. We urge you to reject any proposal to require anyone to provide log-in information to their online accounts as a condition of entry into the United States. Demanding log-in information is a direct assault on fundamental rights and would weaken, rather than promote, national security.Moreover, we are concerned about the numerous reports that Customs and Border Protection officials are demanding access to digital devices and social media information from refugees, visa holders, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and US citizens. These reports indicate that CBP officials are interrogating travelers about their religious and political views and scrutinizing their reading and viewing habits, news sources, and private communications.This intensive examination of travelers’ digital lives jeopardizes the security of the United States and its citizens and others abroad. It is deeply invasive, burdens fundamental freedoms, has a discriminatory impact, and is not likely to yield useful information.Invasive review of online activity for travelers jeopardizes security. CBP’s actions may dramatically increase security risks to US citizens, who will likely face similar demands for access to their devices, online accounts, and passwords at foreign borders. Individuals who handle sensitive governmental or corporate information and travel to other countries, whether for business or pleasure, could be compelled to provide access to the accounts housing that information; indeed it is a small jump from requiring passwords to social media accounts to requiring passwords for email, financial, e-commerce, or other online accounts, which would unlock troves of personal information. A world where every traveler may have to hand the keys to their online identities over to a government actor is less safe for everyone.Compromised credentials for social media accounts create enormous security risks for individuals. Many people use their social media accounts to log in to other services; a personal finance service, for example, may offer users the ability to log in with their Facebook or Google account. Maintaining the fidelity of these accounts is a fundamental security concern for many who otherwise may not be comfortable using online services. The creation of a database containing millions of passwords and social media identifiers will also create a significant risk for data breach, as it would undoubtedly be a major target for identity thieves and other bad actors. To mitigate that threat, affected individuals would need to immediately change their passwords, mooting any alleged effectiveness of DHS’s plan.This review is likely to produce a massive amount of information with little utility.Monitoring online activity in social media accounts is questionable as either an efficient or useful way of gathering specific, actionable evidence in support of CBP officials’ authority to enforce the immigration and customs laws. Bad actors will find ways to conceal their activity, while most travelers and US citizens caught up in CBP’s dragnet will have generated massive amounts of information completely irrelevant to border security, making it more difficult to identify those with malevolent intent.Moreover, online communications are often extremely dependent on context, making them prone to misinterpretation, especially if officials lack relevant linguistic and cultural background. Scrutinizing travelers’ online activity will consume significant amounts of time and personnel resources while yielding little insight.Demands to access private information intrude upon confidential professional relationships. Anyone with an obligation of confidentiality, whether they be an attorney, a journalist, a member of the clergy, a doctor, or a business executive, will be placed in the untenable position of deciding whether to breach the trust that their clients, patients, and associates have placed in them or stop traveling to the US. Indeed, these professionals may be unable to continue working with or representing US citizens if they cannot travel to the United States without having to reveal confidential information. Foreign scientists, researchers, and experts likewise may be chilled from traveling to the US and working with US colleagues, putting US citizens at a disadvantage and hampering their ability to work in the professions of their choice.Extensive inquiry into individuals’ online activity is profoundly invasive of their privacy and chills freedom of expression, religion, and association. Reports indicate that CBP officials are obtaining travelers’ devices and then examining their public and private social media activity, their web browsing history, their contact lists, and the media they have viewed. Even without demanding a person’s log-in information, accessing their accounts through an unlocked phone or other device exposes their private thoughts, communications, and relationships. This data may reveal sensitive information that should not be considered fair game for routine, suspicionless scrutiny by the government, including information about their health, sexual orientation, finances, political views, religious beliefs, and reading and purchase history.Travelers will face a strong incentive to leave their devices at home or delete their accounts entirely, making a trip to the US like traveling back in time. Fears of compelled access by border officials will also discourage travelers to the US from participating on social media, freely reading the news or visiting websites, and communicating with loved ones. These could encourage travelers to curate their online activity before arrival in the US while also impeding their ability to plan legitimate travel. Travelers who do not have smartphones or social media accounts may fear being viewed with suspicion and denied entry due to their inability to turn over any information.Invasive inquiry into social media activity will likely have a disparate impact on Muslims, including US citizens. Since the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” people traveling from Muslim-majority countries are being targeted with the heaviest scrutiny under various “extreme vetting” procedures, including countries not referred to in the Executive Order. Muslim-Americans have even been detained at the border and interrogated about their religious beliefs and online activity.Investigation into a traveler’s contacts and connections will expose many other US citizens to scrutiny, as well. Visitors from overseas, including from the seven Muslim-majority countries that are the subject of the enjoined travel ban, often have family, friends, and colleagues in the United States. These US citizens will also be exposed to CBP’s “extreme vetting” of travelers’ social networks and online contacts. They will become wary of engaging in their own online activity, for fear that something they tweet, like, or share will lead to them being detained at the airport the next time they travel. And it may undermine US citizens’ willingness to make connections to other people, at home and abroad, given the risk of guilt by association with someone else’s social media feed.For all of these reasons, we urge you, Secretary Kelly, to reject any proposal to require passwords as a condition of entry into the United States and to cease the invasive examination of people’s online activity at the border. We also seek the opportunity to meet with you and key agency personnel responsible for implementing these policies to discuss our concerns in further detail.Sincerely,Access NowAmerican Civil Liberties UnionAmerican Library AssociationAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsAmerican Society of News EditorsAmerican-Arab Anti-Discrimination CommitteeAmericans for Immigrant JusticeAssociation of Alternative NewsmediaAssociation of Research LibrariesBill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent FoundationBrennan Center for Justice at NYU School of LawCenter for Democracy & TechnologyCoalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los AngelesComic Book Legal Defense FundCommittee to Protect JournalistsThe Constitution ProjectConsumer ActionCouncil on American-Islamic RelationsDiversity-Immigration Committee of ATLI (Action Together Long Island)Electronic Frontier FoundationFree Speech CoalitionFuture of Privacy ForumGlobal Network InitiativeHuman Rights FirstHuman Rights WatchImmigrant Legal Resource CenterInteractive Advertising BureauInternewsLegal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)Media Freedom FoundationNational Coalition Against CensorshipNational Hispanic Media CoalitionNational Organization for Women (NOW) New York StateNew America’s Open Technology InstituteOnline Trust AlliancePEN AmericaProject CensoredPublic KnowledgeReporters Without BordersResilient Communities Program, New AmericaRestore the FourthUnited Church of Christ, OC Inc.World Privacy ForumWickr FoundationRead the full text of the letter here.The US ranks 41 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Image credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP March 10, 2017 US – RSF joins coalition letter to Secretary Kelly opposing collection of passwords at the border Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information News June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a large number of human rights, civil liberties organizations, and trade associations in a letter to United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly opposing collection of social media profile and password data as a condition to entering the US. Such a policy, if implemented, would have serious implications for the protection of journalistic sources. Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more
WhatsApp Twitter Print NewsLocal NewsPrison for driver who flouted the lawBy admin – January 16, 2013 555 Previous articlePet dogs dumped on motorwayNext articleMother threatened with prison over fine wins appeal admin Advertisement A MAN who “flouted the law” on two occasions as he made high-speed escapes from Gardaí has been jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for15 years. Michael Fitzgerald (21) of Cloghnadromin, Limerick appeared before last week’s sitting of the local District Court on charges of dangerous driving and other road traffic offences arising out of high speed car chases on some of the city’s busiest roads where he drove on footpaths and collided with a parked car.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that on May 12 last, Michael Fitzgerald was seen by gardaí driving on Collins Avenue while disqualified as a result of a previous court conviction. He narrowly avoided oncoming traffic as he sped along Childer’s Road to the Kilmallock Road roundabout and out the Old Cork Road.Gardai stayed in pursuit until they reached Bohermore where they dropped the chase as they considered it a “considerable risk to both the public and the gardai”.Two months later on July 4, he was seen driving a different car on John Street where he embarked on a “repeat of the previous incident”, mounting the footpaths and driving at high speed into heavily trafficked areas.Unable to ascertain how he acquired the cars and taking his previous convictions into account, Judge O’Kelly said it was “no wonder this young man thinks he can get away with completing flouting the law”.“However, this time his luck has ran out”, the judge said.Defending solicitor John Herbert said his client was normally a “hard-working man who was never afraid to put his shoulder to the wheel” and that he “put his hands up after making an on the spot decision to flee”.Judge O’Kelly said the problem was that he was “putting his hands to the wheel when he shouldn’t”.Along with the 15 months prison sentence and the 15 year driving ban, Michael Fitzgerald was also fined a total of €750. Email Linkedin Facebook
Facebook Google+ By admin – January 28, 2016 Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp It’s been confirmed that two weapons have been seized following a security alert at the City Cemetery in Derry.Police say the firearms,m described as semi-automatic handguns, were found within the grounds of the City Cemetery and have been taken away for further examination.Searches have continued in the area, since yesterday, with some people moved from their homes for a time._________________ Previous articleCouncil will know in April if it will pay costs for defending co-option caseNext articleChairperson appointed to expert panel to examine MICA blocks problem admin PSNI statement in full – Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Update – Two firearms found during Derry alert Twitter Police have seized two firearms during a security operation in Derry/Londonderry last night, Wednesday 27 January. The weapons were found within the grounds of the City Cemetery and have been taken away for further examination.Commenting on the operation, District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “As part of a police investigation into violent dissident republican activity a policing operation was undertaken yesterday in the grounds of the City Cemetery. As a result of this operation police have recovered two semi-automatic handguns. These are weapons that are made and possessed with one purpose in mind and that is to kill or cause serious injury to people. Those involved are intent on carrying out attacks on police officers and the local community. I am thankful this morning to be able to confirm we have taken these weapons out of circulation.“While the removal of these weapons is a success it is very worrying to think that, within the District, this is now three firearms we have taken out of circulation this week. I cannot say if these are linked but violent dissident republican activity is the main focus of our investigations into both seizures.“I would appeal to anyone within the community who has any information about this activity or those who are involved in it to contact Detectives in Strand Road. I would also like to thank the community, this is a very sensitive area to have to carry out such an operation and shows the total disregard that those involved have for the people of this City. It has caused significant disruption and we will work hard this morning to try and bring the operation to a conclusion.”Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Detectives in Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Top Stories[Open Schooling] PIL In SC Seeks Cancellation Of Exams Which Were Postponed By NIOS After Court Order In CBSE Case [Read Petition] Nilashish Chaudhary8 July 2020 7:32 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Supreme Court seeking cancellation of all postponed examinations and projects for students enrolled in National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). Filed by the father of a student enrolled with NIOS, the petition informs Court of the Institute’s decision to postpone, not cancel, Secondary and Senior Secondary Board examinations…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Supreme Court seeking cancellation of all postponed examinations and projects for students enrolled in National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). Filed by the father of a student enrolled with NIOS, the petition informs Court of the Institute’s decision to postpone, not cancel, Secondary and Senior Secondary Board examinations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was notified on June 30. The petitioner points out that students would face great difficulties because of NIOS’s decision, most prominent amongst which would be the inability to obtain admission in institutions for higher education. “The decision of NIOS to not cancel the board examination but to further postpone it, is bad and harsh, as it not only ignores the pandemic situation and difficulty faced by the students in appearing for board examination but will deprive students from securing admission in higher education because of delay in declaration of results.” To emphasize this point, reliance is placed on the Apex Court’s Order dated June 26, 2020, whereby the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) notification to cancel all pending board examinations for Class X and XII was affirmed. The Petitioner also points out that the Court had agreed that results must be declared by 15.07.2020, without delay, in order to ensure students are able to secure their admission in institutions of Higher Education. In this light, it is contended that “the decision of NIOS to further postpone the Board examination ignores the rationale of the Supreme Court order in CBSE case.” Apprising Court that “the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) also decided to cancel board examination for Class X and XII” subsequently, and is in the process of issuing a notification regarding the same, the petitioner has sought for similar relief. Pointing out that NIOS’s notification came out after the Supreme Court Order, the petitioner asserts that the Institute knew that it should have cancelled the examinations, but instead, chose to postpone it “till further orders”. Asserting that the HRD Ministry and NIOS should have cancelled the examinations, it is averred that “not doing so is ex-facie illegal, Arbitrary, malicious and malafide, to say the least. Thus, deliberately jeopardising the life, wellbeing and the very existence of the NIOS students.” There are 5-6 lakh students enrolled with NIOS, informs the petitioner, and their lives will be adversely affected due to the action/inaction of the authorities, argues the plea. Invoking Fundamental Rights of the aggrieved, it is reiterated that “students, for no fault of theirs, may stand to lose one year as they will not be able to obtain admission to further studies after school unlike others”. The petitioner, additionally claims to have made representations before the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry as well as the NIOS, but has not received a response. He also states that he had addressed a letter to the CJI and his companion judges, which met with the same fate as his representations.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Hamilton County Jail(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — A mother who is alleged to have tested positive for drugs at multiple points during her pregnancy is now facing criminal charges, including murder, in connection to the deaths of her newborn twins, local media reported.Tennessee authorities have charged the mother, Tiffany Marie Roberts, with murder, aggravated child abuse or neglect, and a charge related to the victim being a viable fetus, according to court documents. The twins were born premature at 23 weeks and died two days later, on Tuesday, The Tennessean newspaper says.The Chattanooga Police Department would not release the police report to ABC News, saying that the investigation is ongoing.It is the latest case of prosecutors bringing criminal charges against pregnant women or new mothers, prompting outcry from women’s rights groups.In Roberts’ case, The Tennessean newspaper cites an affidavit saying the twins were born with drugs in their system and that Roberts, 29, tested positive for ecstasy on the day she gave birth.Court records confirm that Roberts is facing three charges that were filed on Tuesday July 23.She is being held in the county jail on bond and it remains unknown if she has legal representation, and she has a court appearance scheduled for July 29.The Tennessean reports that Roberts had tested positive for various drugs during doctors’ visits during her pregnancy, including cocaine, oxycodone, roxicodone, methamphetamine and benzodiazepine.Officials at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital called for a death investigation on Tuesday, The Tennessean reported citing an arrest affidavit.Lynn Paltrow, the executive director who founded the group National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said that prosecutors in Tennessee have a history of trying to criminalize behavior while pregnant, citing a Fetal Assault law that the state had in place from 2014 to 2016 but has since been revoked.Paltrow said that the state “has used its legislative authority to experiment with arrests of pregnant women as a mechanism for promoting child health but that experiment utterly failed.”She said that one of the charges Roberts faces — the charge titled “viable fetus as a victim” — has the same code section of the law that was used by the Fetal Assault Law before it was revoked, which Paltrow contends shows “they replaced the old law” with a similar sentiment.While Tennessee has clearly had some debate over the legality and morality of criminally charging pregnant and new moms in recent years, they aren’t alone.“Unfortunately Tennessee is not unique in bringing this kind of charge based on the outcome of her pregnancy. Women in other states have been charged with a variety of crimes,” Paltrow said.One recent case that gained headlines was that of Marshae Jones when she faced manslaughter charges after being shot in the stomach while pregnant, causing her to lose the child. Prosecutors later decided to drop the charges.In 2018, a woman named Samantha Jones was initially charged with the murder of her young child after an autopsy revealed that it died as a result of drugs in its mother’s breastmilk.Jones’ attorney, Louis Busico, told ABC News that Jones was “facing the rest of her life in jail” based on the initial charges, but “we were able to work the case out with the murder charges and the felonies being dismissed and she entered a plea of a misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter and placed on probation.”Busico, who is not involved in the Roberts case, stressed the importance of the autopsy results of the babies in order to determine cause of death.“You need to explain how mom is legally responsible for putting the controlled substances into those little infants,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government in 2020 executed more people than all 50 states combined, a new year-end report from the Death Penalty Institute found.The DPIC is a non-partisan, death penalty information center that tracks death row inmates and executions.In July, the Trump Justice Department resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus, after now-outgoing Attorney General William Barr backed the issue.“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” Barr said in a press release in July, after a brief holdup in the courts.Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen has supported the ramp up in executions writing an op-ed in the New York Times in July arguing that executions are “legally justified.”“The death penalty is a difficult issue for many Americans on moral, religious and policy grounds. But as a legal issue, it is straightforward,” Rosen wrote. “The United States Constitution expressly contemplates “capital” crimes, and Congress has authorized the death penalty for serious federal offenses since President George Washington signed the Crimes Act of 1790.”Last week, the execution of Brandon Bernard drew widespread criticism from lawmakers to celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West.The DPIC found that 60% of all executions that were carried out this year were by the federal government, and Texas which has traditionally been a place where executions are carried out regularly only saw three in 2020.Overall, the DPIC concluded that executions have been trending downward at a state level, with only five states carrying out execution but not federally — and there are still more to come before Joe Biden’s inauguration.The DPIC also found that 73% of all executions were halted in some way.“Of the 62 dates scheduled this year, only 17 were carried out. One execution — that of Jimmy Meders in Georgia — was halted by commutation. Nineteen executions were stayed. Sixteen executions were halted by reprieve, 14 of which were Ohio executions delayed because of problems with the state’s execution protocol,” the report said.The other two reprieves came in cases in which Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delayed executions as a result of pandemic-related concerns. Nine execution warrants were withdrawn, removed, or rescheduled.”The DPIC also found that five innocent men were exonerated and taken off death row, two were executed who were likely innocent and “several others” were granted retrials.“At the end of the year, more states and counties had moved to end or reduce death-penalty usage, fewer new death sentences were imposed than in any prior year since capital punishment resumed in the U.S. in 1970s, and states carried out fewer executions than at any time in the past 37 years,” said Robert Dunham, DPIC’s executive director and the lead author of “The Death Penalty in 2020: Year End Report.”“What was happening in the rest of the country showed that the administration’s policies were not just out of step with the historical practices of previous presidents, they were also completely out of step with today’s state practices.”The report highlights that every person executed this year committed the crime under the age of 21 and Colorado became the 22nd state to outlaw the death penalty.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.