Missouri executes man said to be disabled, despite pope’s call for clemency

Missouri executed convicted murderer Ernest Johnson on Tuesday evening after both Governor Mike Parson and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant the clemency sought by Pope Francis, among others, on the grounds that Johnson was intellectually disabled. Johnson, 61, was found guilty by a jury of murdering three convenience-store employees in 1994. He wasContinue reading “Missouri executes man said to be disabled, despite pope’s call for clemency”

GOP Bills Rattle Disabled Voters: ‘We Don’t Have a Voice Anymore’

The experience was so demeaning that Susie Angel did not vote again for two decades. It was 1991, she recalled, and she was a 21-year-old learning to live independently with cerebral palsy, which she has had since birth. She waited in line at her polling place in Austin, Texas, for hours. Then she waited forContinue reading “GOP Bills Rattle Disabled Voters: ‘We Don’t Have a Voice Anymore’”

A Year Later, Israeli Cop Charged Over Killing of Autistic Palestinian Eyad al-Hallaq

The 20-year-old Border Police officer is charged with reckless homicide The Justice Ministry’s unit for investigating police misconduct filed an indictment Thursday against a Border Police officer for reckless homicide of an autistic Palestinian in East Jerusalem who was shot dead last year.   The charge against the 20-year-old officer carries up to twelve years in prison.Continue reading “A Year Later, Israeli Cop Charged Over Killing of Autistic Palestinian Eyad al-Hallaq”

Prison Heat: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think.

Biden DOJ will defend excluding Puerto Ricans from disability payments

President Biden on Monday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue to defend a law that excludes Puerto Ricans from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, while calling on Congress to extend eligibility to the U.S. territory’s residents. Biden said the Justice Department will be adhering to its practice of defending the constitutionality ofContinue reading “Biden DOJ will defend excluding Puerto Ricans from disability payments”

Stimulus Checks Cause Some To Lose Disability Benefits

Legal aid attorneys say the government is mistakenly docking benefits because of coronavirus rebate payments. Stimulus payments aren’t supposed to count against eligibility for social insurance programs like disability benefits, but some people might have lost benefits because of too much money in their bank accounts. The Social Security Administration has suspended disability benefits forContinue reading “Stimulus Checks Cause Some To Lose Disability Benefits”

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