legal

The Haywood-Mayer-Pettibone case - Louis Adamic

Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone in 1907

Louis Adamic's excellent history of the trial and acquittal of three leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone, for the murder of ex-Idaho state governor Frank Steunenberg in 1906.

The Mooney-Billings frame-up - Louis Adamic

Worker demonstration to free Mooney and Billings

Louis Adamic's fascinating history of the framing of union organisers Tom Mooney and Warren Billings of the 1916 San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing, and the subsequent campaign for their release, written in 1931.

Anarchists before the military tribunals, 1914-1918

Conscientious objectors in a work camp in Aberdeen

A short account of the hearings of two anarchists in front of the courts during World War One

Uproar about legal costs for Marikana workers reflects a political retreat

A short article arguing that the debate around the state's refusal to carry the legal costs of Marikana mine workers reflects a retreat into the politics of reconciliation.

An anarchist theory of criminal justice - Coy McKinney

This paper is a critique of how the state, the legal system, and the criminal justice system function in American society. The paper argues that the racial disparities in society are not by chance, but design, as they represent the original intent of the rich, white men that drafted the Constitution. Ultimately, the paper calls for an anarchist approach to society that would remove the discriminatory, oppressive frameworks we currently live under. Time is spent debunking preconceived notions of anarchism and explaining why it is a viable path.

Tinley Park five accept non-cooperating plea bargain

From Anti-racist action - On January 4, 2013 all members of the Tinley Park Five accepted a non-cooperating plea bargain in which they each plead guilty to three felony counts of Armed Violence in exchange for “lenient” sentences and the guarantee of ‘day-for-day’ good behavior. Jason Sutherlin was sentenced to 6 years. Cody Lee Sutherlin and Dylan Sutherlin were sentenced to 5 years. Alex Stuck and John Tucker were sentenced to 3 1/2 years due to their youth and complete lack of criminal history. Each will be placed upon two years of supervised release upon release from prison.

POA Cry-Wolf at Morton Hall Immigration Centre

Several prison officers are reported to have been injured during a serious disturbance at the Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre on Christmas Eve. One prisoner is said to be in a serious condition in hospital with a head injury. Between 30 and 40 Prisoners are believed to have started a peaceful protest against conditions within the facility, and refused to return to their cells when instructed to.

Russian prisoners fight-back against corrupt and brutal screws

Hundreds of prisoners at Prison Number 6 in Kopeisk, in the Urals region of Russia, have fought fierce battles with screws and security forces and launched a rooftop occupation in a protest against draconian conditions, torture, extortion, and the use of solitary confinement. Four inmates have died at the prison in recent years following beatings from staff. The protest lasted for two days before the police and army special forces managed to regain control.

Kenyan police murder four squatters during eviction

Four people have been killed and ten others seriously injured when police opened fire on squatters protesting about being evicted from the 1200 acre Twiga Estate farm in Kenya, which they have lived on since 1952.

Some reflections on sexual violence and the struggles against it - Kavita Krishnan

The following article was written in April 2012, before the recent anti-rape protests of December 2012 in India. Though we may take issue with some of its political conclusions and general orientation, it nevertheless provides some useful analysis and context for gender relations and the function of rape in Indian society. It also gives an indication of the thinking of a section of the Indian feminist left.