Increased Surveillance, Stiffer Penalties at Heart of Wildlife Trafficking Fight

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the $90 million the United States recently committed  combat wildlife trafficking will pay for mutli-pronged program that includes increased surveillance at poaching hotspots and stiffer criminal penalties for those caught trafficking endangered and protected species.

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ACLU, Memphis Police Trial Reveals Public Surveillance

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the City of Memphis. On Monday, lawyers for the two sides began what is expected to be a four-day bench trial over whether the city violated a 1978 consent decree promising that it would not collect political intelligence on its citizens.

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Mandatory Parole

In a federal class action, Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of the late Tupac Shakur, claims he is eligible for mandatory parole for a conviction related to the FBI’s Cointelpro snooping, but the Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Parole Commission refused to grant it, calling a 28-year-old positive drug test and four phone-related infractions during 30 years imprisonment “frequent” violations.

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