The Fight For Voter Rights Heats Up

Most of us know of the voting laws that 48 states are trying to enact……and now the DOJ has stepped up to act as the legal voice of the nation….it begins with the voting laws in the state of Georgia.

The Justice Department is suing Georgia over the state’s voting laws, per the AP. The decision, to be announced later Friday by Attorney General Merrick Garland, comes two weeks after Garland said the Justice Department would scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules. He pledged to take action if prosecutors found unlawful activity. The move also comes as pressure grows on the Biden administration to respond to GOP-backed laws being pushed in the states this year. An effort to overhaul election laws was blocked this week by Republican senators. As of mid-May, 22 restrictive laws had passed in at least 14 states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, which researches voting and supports expanded access.

While much of the more controversial aspects of Georgia’s new voting law were dropped before it was passed, it is notable in its scope and for newly expansive powers granted to the state over local election offices. Under the bill, the GOP-dominated legislature gave itself greater influence over a state board that regulates elections and empowered that board to remove local election officials deemed to be underperforming. That has raised concerns that the state board could intervene in the operations of Democratic-run county election offices in metro Atlanta, the state’s Democratic power center. The bill also adds a voter ID requirement for mail ballots and will result in fewer ballot drop boxes in metro Atlanta.

These laws should be challenged because they are an assault on the right of every American.

Let the others follow suit (no pun intended)ma and take on these laws that are trying to lessen the democratic process in most states.

On a lighter note–today is my birthday….74 and counting…..I shall spend the day with family and burgers on the grill.

Peace out my friends.

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A Murderer Gets His Due

The policeman that killed Floyd has been convicted of his crimes and now he has been sentenced.

Derek Chauvin is going to prison for the murder of George Floyd. A judge in Minneapolis on Friday sentenced the former city police officer to 22 and a half years behind bars, reports the AP. Prosecutors had asked for 30 years, while Chauvin’s legal team said he deserved only probation. The 45-year-old Chauvin was previously convicted of murder and manslaughter charges after he pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck and kept it there for more than nine minutes during an arrest in May 2020. With good behavior, he could be paroled in 15 years. Prior to sentencing, Chauvin himself addressed the court, per the Star Tribune:

  • Examples of other statements before the sentencing, per CNN:

    • Chauvin’s mother: “It’s been difficult for me to hear and read what the media, public and prosecution team believe Derek to be an aggressive, heartless and uncaring person,” said Carolyn Pawlenty. “I can tell you that is far from the truth.” Chauvin is a “good man,” she said.
    • Floyd’s brother: “On behalf of me and my family, we seek the maximum penalty,” said Terence Floyd. “We don’t want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We’ve been through that already… no, no, no, no.”
    • Floyd’s daughter: 7-year-old Gianna Floyd delivered a victim impact statement via video. Asked what she would tell her father if she could see him again, she answered, “It would be I miss you and I love you.”
    • Another brother: “Every day, I have begged for justice to be served, reliving the execution of George while others begged and pleaded for officer Chauvin to simply just allow George to take a breath,” said Philonise Floyd. “I haven’t had a real night’s sleep because of the nightmares I constantly have, hearing my brother beg and plead for his life over and over again. Even saying, ‘They’re going to kill me, please, officer,’ screaming for our mom.'”
    • More to come: This is far from the end of the Chauvin-Floyd saga. Chauvin will almost certainly appeal, plus he faces separate federal civil rights charges. And three other fired Minneapolis officers are awaiting trials of their own.
       

     

One down many more to go…..use this and get justice where justice is needed.

Not to worry…..Chauvin will probably become the darling (in more ways than one) of the imprisoned white supremacists…..or he will find religion (a usual occurrence)…..either way he will have 22.5 years to contemplate his actions.

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