In tougher line on independent media, violence used to close radio

first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Related documents Open letter from Reporters Without Border to the Somali Prime Minister PDF – 252.01 KB SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News January 8, 2021 Find out more News SomaliaAfrica to go further Photo : le ministre de l’Information, des Postes, des Télécommunications et des Transports Abdullahi Ilmooge Hersi : AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab RSF_en center_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Receive email alerts March 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the violent police raid on the Shabelle Media Network building in Mogadishu on 26 October and by the eviction and closure of the two radio stations it housed, Radio Shabelle and Sky FM.“We condemn the incredibly violent police assault on Shabelle Media Network and the mistreatment of Radio Shabelle and Sky FM journalists, who were beaten as Radio Shabelle continued to broadcast until the police cut its signal and occupied its studios,” Reporters Without Borders said.“In a country notorious for violence against journalists, the Shabelle Media Network building not only housed two radio stations but also served as a safe residence for many of their journalists, now homeless and exposed to violence by Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia that has murdered dozens of journalists in recent years.“This raid and yesterday’s information ministry directive ordering all media organizations to register again constitute a disturbing attempt to bring independent news media under government control.“While the president delivers insincere speeches praising the heroism of Somali journalists, the government is suddenly taking a disturbingly tougher line with the media and sending a threatening message to all those that might be tempted to work independently. It must stop persecuting independent media and accept its duty to defend journalists and freedom of information.“The diplomatic community had been well informed about the threats to Radio Shabelle in the past few days. Regardless of the strategic interests that push foreign governments to maintain good relations with the Somali government, they cannot ignore the obligation to respect democratic principles.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the international community to issue a clear condemnation of these unacceptably draconian actions and to put pressure on the Somali government to end this offensive against independent news media.”Raid on Radio ShabelleThe 26 October operation began in the morning when police vehicles sealed off the area around the Shabelle Media Network building, which houses Radio Shabelle, the winner of the 2010 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize, and Sky FM, another independent radio station owned by the same group.Using anti-terrorist vehicles, the police broke through the perimeter and began beating journalists and other personnel with their weapons. Radio Shabelle’s listeners were able to follow the operation live until the police forced their way into the studio and terminated the broadcast.After confiscating the mobile phones of the 36 journalists present, the police arrested them and took them to Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, where they were detained for several hours and threatened.After several parliamentarians interceded, the journalists were released but they initially refused to leave the police building for fear of being targeted by Al-Shabaab as they left. They were finally given refuge in the homes of some parliamentarians and in Mogadishu hotels.According to CID sources, nine Shabelle Media Network producers and reporters and its president could be prosecuted. Before releasing them, the police photographed and fingerprinted them and scanned their irises.During the night of 26 October, the police seized all the archives and equipment from the two radio stations and transported them by truck to an unknown destination.On 25 October, the day before the raid, Reporters Without Borders sent the prime minister an open letter (download the letter : ) signed by several free speech NGOs condemning the illegal eviction order that the interior minister sent to Shabelle Media Network on 20 October, giving it five days to vacate the premises on the grounds that it was a public building that formerly housed the Somali aviation company.It should be noted that the transitional government’s transport ministry gave Radio Shabelle permission in 2010 to use the building for five years in exchange for repairing it. The current ministry of information, posts, telecommunication and transport is therefore the current landlord.The violent raid came after the two radio stations broadcast several reports about a decline in security in Mogadishu and about suspected government corruption.Tougher approach to independent mediaAbdullahi Ilmooge Hersi, the minister of information, posts, telecommunication and transport, has in recent months been harassing Radio Shabelle and other independent media, summoning reporters and managers for questioning.The latest attempt at intimidation was the letter he sent to all the Somali media yesterday ordering them to register with his ministry by 10 November. Those already registered were told to resubmit their papers. This requirement gives the government a way to put constant pressure on media that might be tempted to be critical.Under article 4 of the 2007 media law, which is still in effect, only the National Media Council is authorized to receive accreditation. But the council does not exist, and all authority is currently centralized in the information ministry.Another journalist killedThe Somali media have meanwhile been hit by the death of another journalist, Mohamed Mohamud Tima’ade of Universal TV, who died in Madina Hospital on 26 October of the six gunshot injuries he received in an attack four days earlier.A respected investigative reporter, Tima’ade have also been very involved in defending independent media against the provisions of the new media law, which press freedom activists regard as draconian.He was the seventh Somali journalist to be killed this year. Eighteen journalists were killed last year in Somalia, which is ranked 175th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia October 28, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In tougher line on independent media, violence used to close radio Newslast_img read more

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Morocco: RSF appeals urgently to UN to condemn use of trumped-up sex charges against journalists

first_img Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News RSF sent an urgent appeal today to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dubravka Šimonovic, asking her to issue a public condemnation of the misuse of sex charges against journalists who criticise the Moroccan authorities.   Allegations of rape or sexual assault must naturally be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. However, RSF has a long list of elements that cast doubt on the credibility the allegations in some cases. RSF’s appeal has the support of Moroccan feminist organizations. “Accusing a critical voice of rape is a well-known known practice used by the Moroccan intelligence service,” said Paul Coppin, the head of RSF’s legal unit. “The method, which discredits journalists and deters supporters, seems to have been applied in Omar Radi’s case, and in other recent cases involving journalists. “Such methods neutralize critical journalists but also weaken the fight for women’s rights. Therefore, RSF appeals urgently to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women to condemn this dangerous misuse of rape accusations.”  Radi, 34, has been investigating sensitive subjects for more than 10 years, making him a target of judicial harassment. Two days after Amnesty International published a report saying his phone was bugged by the authorities using sophisticated spyware, Radi was accused officially of “receiving funds from abroad” in connection with “intelligence services”. Before being taken into custody on 29 July, he was questioned 10 times by the police about spying allegations before eventually being accused of sexual assault. He has always maintained the relationship was consensual, which was backed up by an account from a colleague who was present at the party where the events occurred.      RSF’s complaint to the UN has received support from several Moroccan feminist organizations which have expressed doubt about the charges against Omar Radi and other journalists who have faced sex charges in recent years.Several leading feminists have told RSF they support the move, including Khadija Ryadi , the former head of the Moroccan Human Rights Association and co-ordinator of the Omar Radi support committee. In a report sent in support of RSF’s referral to the UN, she refers to new methods of intimidation that have appeared recently in Morocco: “They concern morality, in particular allegations of sexual assault, human trafficking, adultery, illegal abortion and extra-marital sex, which is forbidden under Moroccan law.”   According to observers, accusations of this kind are generally followed by smear campaigns orchestrated by media organizations close to the regime, “which are what the authorities are really aiming for, to ruin the person concerned, killing them symbolically by destroying their influence in society”, said Ryadi. “And it also creates fear among others, causing a vacuum around the accused”.To support its referral, RSF has linked it to the manifesto of the feminist collective Khmissa which has publicly condemned “the exploitation of women by a government mouthpiece purely in order to wreak revenge on rights activists”, and a petition by a Moroccan feminist collective which states: “Condemning rape, sexual violence and the exploitation of women’s bodies means also refusing to see them used and abused for political purposes”.   Besides the harassment to which Omar Radi has been subjected, suspicions about the sexual assault allegations have been aroused by other similar cases. In the past five years, at least four other journalists viewed as critical or troublesome by the government have also been convicted of sex charges.Taoufik Bouachrine, owner of the daily Akhbar Al Yaoum who has been behind bars since February 2018, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment last October for human trafficking and rape, despite one of his alleged victims having denied in Moroccan and foreign media that she had made any such allegations against him, publicly accusing the police of putting words in her mouth.She was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for giving false testimony and defamation as a result. She fled Morocco and has since become the target of a smear campaign by media outlets close to the Moroccan security services. More recently, the editor-in-chief of the same newspaper, Souleiman Raissouni, was prosecuted for sexually assaulting a young activist of the LGBTQ community. He was arrested on 22 May on the basis of a verbal allegation rather than a formal complaint, in contravention of Moroccan law. A few days after these allegations came to light, “another young activist reported on her Facebook page that she had been asked to make a complaint against Souleiman, even though she had nothing whatsoever against the journalist”, said Ryadi.   Eight months earlier, on 30 September 2019, his niece, Hajar Raissouni who also works at Akhbar Al Yaoum, was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for having had an abortion and for extra-marital sexual relations, both against the law in Morocco. She always denied the abortion allegation, describing the accusations as politically motivated and intended to discredit her. She said she was questioned by the police about stories she had written about the so-called “Hirak” protests in Morocco’s northern Rif region and about her uncle’s activities. Besides these three cases targeting journalists who worked for the same newspaper, an earlier sex case was used to discredit another journalist in 2015.  Hicham Mansouri, a member of the Moroccan Association of Investigative Journalism (AMJI), was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment for “complicity in adultery” after police raided his home without a warrant. The journalist was subsequently questioned by officers without his lawyer on matters unrelated to adultery. While he was on remand, Mansouri was the subject of a smear campaign against which he unable to defend himself.   Morocco is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.  Receive email alerts September 23, 2020 Morocco: RSF appeals urgently to UN to condemn use of trumped-up sex charges against journalists RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies ImprisonedWomenImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionUnited NationsEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence June 8, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies ImprisonedWomenImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionUnited NationsEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence After the appearance of Moroccan journalist Omar Radi in court on rape charges, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the United Nations to take a stand publicly against the misuse of sex charges against journalists by the Moroccan authorities in an attempt to silence them. last_img read more

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Last nail in coffin of Russian Internet freedom

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more July 10, 2017 Last nail in coffin of Russian Internet freedom Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Follow the news on Russia Related documents cp_internet_russia.pdfPDF – 354.81 KB May 21, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Credit Alexander NEMENOV / AFP News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Duma to reject two bills that have been approved on first reading and, if adopted, would eliminate much of what remains of Internet freedom in Russia. They would ban software for bypassing the blocking of websites, censor search engines and bring messaging apps under control. News Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Читать по-русски в PDF / Read in RussianNo less a person than Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), asked legislators to speed passage of the two bills. And they listened. The first reading of both bills was completed in record time and their adoption on second reading is imminent. “If they take effect, these bills will drive one of the last nails into the coffin of Internet freedom in Russia,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “By seeking to perfect Russia’s mechanisms of digital censorship and surveillance, these bills trample on the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. We call on the Duma to reject them on second reading.” Filling the gaps in Internet censorship The bill designed to fill the gaps in Russian Internet censorship by targeting the ways used to circumvent website blocking such as VPNs, proxy servers and the Tor network was passed unanimously on first reading on 23 June, two weeks after being submitted to the Duma. If it becomes the law, the providers of this kind of software would be required to cooperate in the blocking of websites banned in Russia and, if they did not, their own websites would be rendered inaccessible. The same bill would also require search engines to remove all references to sites blocked in Russia. Bringing instant messaging under control The other bill, targeting instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram, was passed on first reading on 14 June, three weeks after its submission to the Duma. If adopted, the operators of these messaging services would be required to cooperate with Russian mobile phone operators in identifying their users. They would also have to block certain messages at the Russian state’s request and would have to allow the authorities to circulate their own messages. The messaging services that do not comply with the new requirements could be fined up to 1 million roubles (14,500 euros) under another bill that was passed on first reading on 7 July. This is not the only pressure currently being put on messaging service operators. Last month’s threat by Roskomnadzor, the federal communications surveillance agency, to block Telegram in Russia led to a widely covered showdown between Telegram founder Pavel Durov and Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov. Durov continued to refuse to comply with a 2014 law under which “information distribution organizers” have to register in Russia, store all user connection data for six months and make it available for inspection by the Russian authorities on request. He finally agreed to register, but still insists that he will not share user data. Five less widely used messaging services that had not registered – BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Line, VChat and WeChat –were blocked in early May as a way of increasing the pressure on the more popular services, which for the time being continue to be spared. Under the “Yarovaya Law” that was adopted last year, messaging services are in theory required to decrypt individual chats between users at the FSB’s request. But the requirement’s implementation could be postponed because of technical difficulties needing exorbitant outlays. All-out offensive A few days ago, President Vladimir Putin signed a law that allows the communications ministry to order the blocking of mirror sites without referring to a judge. So far, this provision concerns only websites violating copyright, but it has nonetheless set a precedent in automating censorship. These new laws have coincided with President Putin’s adoption in early May of the “2030 Strategy for Developing an Information Society”, which sets guidelines for a “patriotic” Internet in which anonymity is banned for the sake of the safety of its users. The need to combat terrorism after the suicide bombing in Saint Petersburg in April is also being cited by the authorities as grounds for the pressure on the messaging services. But there is also the backdrop of opposition demonstrations that are drawing many young people and point to a failure of Internet TV propaganda. Still very free just a few years ago, the Russian Internet has been reined in since the crackdown on the wave of big demonstrations against electoral fraud in 2011 and 2012. Digital companies are not the only targets. Comments or images posted on social networks and even reposts often now result in prison sentences. According to the NGO Agora, 29 jail terms were imposed on Internet users in 2016, twice as many as the year before. These developments are slowing the development of Russia’s formerly dynamic and innovative digital sector, and are fuelling concern that Russian could fall far behind other countries in this area in the future. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruptionlast_img read more

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71 year-old Derry woman has been targeted by thieves as slept in her home

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 71 year-old Derry woman has been targeted by thieves as slept in her home A 71 year-old Derry woman has been targeted by thieves as slept in her home.Detectives are appealing for information following the burglary in Shaw Court during the early hours of Saturday morning, 24th November.Sometime between 12.30am and 8.30am, the house was entered and a sum of cash, bank cards and mobile phone were stolen.A 71-yr old female was asleep in the house at the time but was not injured. It is thought the burglars gained entry to the house through an open door.Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or has any information to contact them. Twitter Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – November 26, 2012 WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook Previous articleMcGarvey gets council backing for Rathmullan public toiletsNext articleMilton Keynes arrest as part of Kerr murder investigation News Highland News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Social Justice Has Been Placed On The Back-Burner By The Supreme Court In The Last Few Years: Justice Madan Lokur

first_imgTop StoriesSocial Justice Has Been Placed On The Back-Burner By The Supreme Court In The Last Few Years: Justice Madan Lokur Mehal Jain28 Dec 2020 9:27 PMShare This – xThe launch of “In pursuit of Justice: An autobiography” by late Justice Rajinder Sachar on Tuesday evening witnessed an interesting panel discussion on “Personal Freedom and Judiciary”The following are the excerpts from the discussion, moderated by renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, among former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul…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?LoginThe launch of “In pursuit of Justice: An autobiography” by late Justice Rajinder Sachar on Tuesday evening witnessed an interesting panel discussion on “Personal Freedom and Judiciary”The following are the excerpts from the discussion, moderated by renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, among former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi.On whether social justice has come to be placed on the back burner by the Supreme Court in the last few yearsJustice Lokur agreed that the Supreme Court has lost its way in so far is social justice is concerned. He said that about 6 to 7 years ago, when the social justice bench of the Supreme Court was inaugurated, the first case that it had heard was about the rehabilitation of the Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees, filed by social activist Medha Patkar. “Then we dealt with a variety of issues. But in the last two years or so, Social justice has been placed on the back-burner. Because of the pandemic, the Supreme Court should have been far, far more proactive – there was the issue of the migrant labourers, there were thousands of people who were thrown out of their jobs. The Supreme Court could have done better than what it did. So I agree that in the last couple of years, social justice has been placed on the backburner. But unfortunately, we must live with it”, he said.Agreeing with Justice Lokur, Mr Rohatgi also stated that that the prime place in the Constitution of India and in the Supreme Court, which he called the “conscience keeper of the nation”, is accorded to the infraction of liberty, which has been pushed back in the last few years. “Even habeas corpus petitions have been taking six months to a year to decide. However, initially, these petitions were taken up with utmost priority and decided within two weeks…now other things have taken over”, he said. However, he added as a word of caution that while it is very well to blame the court, the Supreme Court has “taken on too much” and that the role of the traditional court has been lost- “So when you take on too much work, the priorities may differ and inconsistencies may come in. However, the Supreme Court must shrug off this inaction and take up vigorously those cases which need to be”In his turn, Mr. Sibal expressed the view that both Justice Lokur and Mr Rohatgi are right. “The Supreme Court has lost its way, not just two years but several years ago. Today, the highly political issues are being taken up. Issues of liberty have been brushed under the carpet. As regards habeas corpus petitions, the case of people being detained in the Kashmir issue for more than a year, which was not under some preventive detention order, but for breach of peace under section 144 of the Cr. P. C. where the detention can only be for a few months but it was extended from time to time, the Supreme Court took no notice. The issue of communication between people, which is the heart of liberty, had not been dealt with. As regards migrant labourers, one law officer came to the Supreme Court and said that there are no people walking on the highways. This is what was said in the court when social media and TV channels showed thousands of people walking on the roads because they had no other means of getting home. There were people who were not supplied with food and it was incumbent on the government under the Disaster Management Act to deal with it, particularly by the National Disaster Management Authority which is headed by the Prime Minister. Businesses, small and medium enterprises had lost out-the court had to reach out to them and ask them how they are doing. But the matters have been lingering for months. We have been too soft on the Supreme Court. What we see is corporate matters coming up and being heard for days at an end. But the more important issues of electoral bonds, CAA are not on the roster of the court at all”, he advanced.On how, amid the highly polarised and politicised society, should the judges remain aloof and deliver equitable justice in accordance with the law above allJustice Lokur was of the view that there are two “mantras” which Justice Sachar has also mentioned in his autobiography – one, it is the Constitution of India which is above everything, and too, judges must be people oriented. “Don’t get into the technicalities of the law, procedure etc. Do what is called ‘human justice’. Justice Sachar has cited a case of divorce by mutual consent which he had dealt with. The law requires a petition for mutual divorce to be filed before the district judge in the trial court, then there is a six month waiting period, post with a divorce is granted. However, the case before him had come in the High Court. The couple in question had not been living together for two years. And they wanted a divorce by mutual consent. One point of view could be how could you come to the High Court? How could the six months period be waived? But Justice Sachar did not let this technicality stand in the way and said ‘if they want a divorce, they want to divorce, and and I should give them a divorce’. So judges must keep the Constitution and people in mind to deliver justice”, he explained.On UP Love-Jihad OrdinanceAs regards the UP Ordinance barring marriages involving religious conversions, Justice Lokur was of the view that seen from the legal and constitutional perspective, the Ordinance contains so many defects- “The judge doesn’t have to go into the politics, he has to look at if the law is constitutionally valid or not. For example, the Constitution requires for an Ordinance to be brought only if very immediate action is required. In this case, was it important to bring in an Ordinance when the Vidhan Sabha was not in session? There was absolutely nothing to warrant for it. Is the Ordinance people oriented? What are the problems which interfaith couples would find- They would have to move an application before the District Magistrate. Even after the marriage, they have to report to somebody. Either from the point of view of the Constitution or from the point of view of the people, there is no way that the law can be sustained”.Mr. Rohatgi, however, did not agree that the balance of power has shifted from the Judiciary to the Executive- “Our Constitution provides for the separation of powers. My view is that in the last 30 to 40 years, the balance has sharply shifted in favour of the judiciary. The judiciary has been infringing in the turf of the Legislature and the Executive by the process of judgements etc. The Executive in fact was not capable of defending its own turf. That is why it shifted to the right, the right being the Judiciary. If at all the power has now somewhat shifted back to the Centre, it is only that what was extreme right in one part of the chamber has now shifted back a little. But it would not be correct to say that the Supreme Court has helmed it. There is no question of helming it. The Constitution of India is the Holy Grail of the people vis-a-vis the government”, he expressed.Mr. Rohatgi continued to assert that it is only a perception that the judiciary is not independent. “If the CAA or the Kashmir issue had been decided in six months, then the balance would have remained where it is? Some aberrations will always occur. Justice is delivered by an individual or a group of individuals called judges, not by a machine, where you put in the problem and out comes the answer. Perception may vary – what should be taken up first, what should not. History then sees whether it was right or not”, he said.As regards the Ordinance, he voiced his belief that forced marriages and conversions are happening galore. If a law has been brought in, it is ultimately the will of the Assembly or the Parliament which is supreme, they have to decide what the populace requires at a point of time. It is not for the court to decide whether a law should have been brought in or not, but the court can only see whether there has been any abuse or if the law is one which could not have framed by the legislature or if any constitutional guarantees have been infringed. “The court must be dispassionate. It should not enter into whether there is love jihad or not, whether it is pernicious or not. It must keep aloof from the milieu and what is going on in the milieu”, he said.On whether judges, by their nature, should remain outside the political noise, and whether the delay of justice in human rights cases is an institutional or an individual problemMr. Sibal was of the opinion that without doubt, judges have nothing to do with the political thicket. “If you look at the Fundamental Rights, the only term that is used is ‘citizen’.It is stipulated that ‘all citizens’ must have these rights. Or that ‘no citizen’ must do so and so. Throughout the Chapter, the focus is on ‘citizens’. The judiciary must look at the law from the context of the rights of the citizens of the country. Can they actually look at what caste they belong to or what religion they belong to? The Supreme Court has forgotten that ‘citizen’ has no relation to caste, creed, religion. Nobody should be dealt with other than in his capacity as a citizen”, he pointed out.”What happened during ADM Jabalpur. The judges did not rise to the occasion. This resulted in a great judicial disaster. Now we see several similar instances. The problem cannot be institutional because some judges of the Supreme Court are passionately dealing with the issues of liberty but some are not. Ultimately, it is dependent on the man sitting there and deciding the matter. If judges are not made of sterner stuff, you will have the kind of judgements that you do. Of course, Justice Lokur was dealing with social justice issues every day. The Constitution is in his blood. We don’t have men like him anymore”, continued Mr. Sibal.Justice Lokur opined that the problem is a mixture of both individual and institutional factors. He cited an example from Justice Sachar’s autobiography, where the late judge had dealt with the case of the 1984 riots in Delhi. “The case had spilled over to January next year and the Chief Justice assigned criminal cases to him, taking him out of the roster. Now whatever order he was going to pass was frustrated as he was not on that bench anymore. In a situation like this, the CJ represents the institution, not himself individually. We had this problem in the Supreme Court-the master of the roster is incharge. If you decide to shift the case from here to there, give precedence to some cases and not to others, it becomes an institutional problem”, explained Justice Lokur.”You also have individual problems – some judge may say that there is no urgency in habeas corpus petitions because these people are terrorist etc or that I don’t want to hear a particular kind of case so I’ll push it by 2-3 months because I am interested in our kind of cases. Other judges may have another point of view. If it is an individual problem, the judges must be made of sterner stuff. Justice Sachar has written in his own biography but he knew a lot of politicians and that, in fact, he had wanted to resign and contest elections. He was into politics but politicians didn’t rule his judgements. He was made of sterner stuff. If you are not made of that stuff, you get judgements like ADM Jabalpur, or views like there is no hurry in deciding a certain category of cases but we don’t mind sitting in vacation to hear that certain category of cases. That is when there is an individual problem”, continued the judge.”Like in these matters of habeas corpus and detentions, on the principles of the Constitution, Justice Sachar would have stepped in! You can’t keep a person in preventive custody, without a trial! And it is not just adults but children in preventive detention! Justice Sachar would have fought for them!”, asserted Justice Lokur.As regards Justice Lokur’s statement then judges should be made of sterner stuff, Mr. Rohatgi pointed out that judges are drawn essentially from the pool of lawyers. He pointed out that even an average lawyer is not willing to become a judge because of the remuneration that judges receive. “Compared to an average lawyer, a judge only makes 1/5th. And compared to a good lawyer, the income of a judge is 1/20th. A good lawyer would say that he has young children, who will get them married, who will get them educated? The old notions have now gone”, he said.”In 1950, the salary of judges was Rs. 4000. My father became a judge in 1972 for 3,500. There was no driver, we had our own car. We used to get Rs. 100 for petrol. We survived. That has now come to 2.5 lakh today. What was the value of Rs. 4000 then? So people don’t want to become judges. You will get third-rate lawyers becoming judges and going on to higher posts. How are you going to get sterner stuff? If you increase the salary, then the bureaucrats, the Cabinet Secretary, the ministers, the Army will say that they also want an increase. So it is a hornet’s nest- if you open it up, many things will come out”, remarked Mr. Rohatgi.”As regards Stan Samy and ‘X’, ‘Y’ other people, there may be aberration. The journalist who got bail in the vacation, there may be different points of view. But I think it was rightly heard in the vacation. Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished freedoms. That bail is equal to 1000 regular bails. It is not possible to hear thousand regular bills in the vacation, so somewhere there has to be some prioritisation. In hindsight, you can always say that this is wrong or this is right. There are hundred problems in the Executive, there is the Babu making the law, there are problems of the judiciary. Some judges say they want to hear, some say they don’t want o hear. 30 years ago, we had a judge before whom if you appeared for the landlord, you could never win the case. In the next court, if you were appearing for the tenant, you could never win the case. So the ideology of the judge varies, there is an individualistic streak also. You need sterner stuff, but it is difficult to get and to get-by”, Mr. Rohatgi expressed.As regards the Chief Justice of a court being an institutional problem, Mr. Sibal was of the view that it is institutional only because he happens to be the Chief Justice of that court, so to that extent it is an institutional problem. “But it is an individual problem. Not every Chief Justice would do what some have done, to pick and choose the bench. When the Chief Justice does not do this, it is not an institutional problem”, he elaborated.”Of course, the issues are complex. But if the issues are simple, then there would be no problem. That is why the judges are there to – deal with the complex issues. The number of cases have always been more than the number of judges, the situation has always been like this in the past 45 years. But now we the Chief justice of the Supreme Court sitting in judgement on his own case! Has it ever happened in the history of the court? We see Chidambaram not getting a date for hearing! It is fine if some people get a date before the vacation bench, but why should the other people not? The journalist in that Hathras matter (Siddique Kappan) has not been getting a hearing, he has been asked to go back to the trial court or to the High Court. The issue is the man sitting there!”, he said.”And judges of the Supreme Court are not third-rate lawyers. Some of them are very bright people sitting there. They were exceptionally good lawyers. A man without a large practice cannot be a good judge? The question is that sitting there, what have they done? People with moderate practises can be wonderful judges-we see it in the Delhi High Court. Ultimately, it is the attitude towards the Constitution, the people of India and the values you must uphold”, he iterated.”If you have your heart in the right place, you will never go wrong. That is the problem with the Indian judiciary”, articulated Mr. SibalOn whether the actions of the judges should also be judgedJustice Lokur asserted that it is necessary that judges should be scrutinised. “Recently, the Supreme Court deprecated the practice of one particular High Court to pass final orders without reasoned judgments. I had the occasion to say the same thing twice for the same High Court. It was a case where the demolition of a building was ordered and the judge said that the reasons will follow. The reason never came. In the SLP, we had no option but to stay. In Talwandi’s case, the Supreme Court said that you have to give reasons in the order. The High Court had releases the person from the preventive detention. The Attorney General told the Supreme Court that he had no idea why the person had been released. The five-judge bench said that reasons have to be given. So this is one aspect of accountability”, canvassed the judge.”The other is the length of the judgement. Nobody reads 800-900 page judgements. So there are a lot of issues for introspection. The Supreme Court judges need to sit down and try to improve the situation…There was this one Chief Justice who had said in April that there will be monthly full court meetings. I asked in July when it was due. He said ‘I am getting bad vibes’…”, said Justice Lokur.Mr. Rohatgi also expressed the wish that the situation changes, commenting that “it is not very sanguine”. “And the change is needed, not just from the court, but from every quarter-the government, the law ministry, the archaic laws need to be changed, we have to reduce the number of appeals, there has to be accountability in the High Courts and the Supreme Court. The High Court scrutinises the work of the district judge, but there is nobody to do the same for the High Court judges. The Supreme Court does not have appellate power in that sense. And what about 800-page judgements from the Supreme Court? The same issue of giving reasons also happens here in the Supreme Court and it takes 8 to 10 months to deliver the judgement”, said Mr. Rohatgi.” The rules must apply to the gander! Accountability has to be there! And it is not difficult to achieve – There are 1000 High Court judges in the country and 30 Supreme Court judges. Why can’t somebody judge the work of a judge? There are some judges of the High Court who deliver 300 to 500 judgements in a year and there are some others who deliver just 10. You blame that a bureaucrat has a stable tenure and cannot be removed except for the archaic procedure of enquiry. So, similarly, nobody can remove a judge, except by the procedure of impeachment, which has never happened in 50 years. If you become a judge and you don’t want to pull the weight of the post that you hold and deliver only 10 judgements in a year, nobody can say anything. You may only get transferred from Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh to Calcutta, which does not matter. A judge is a judge. Wherever he goes, he will have the same traits. If he is not working in Delhi, he won’t work anywhere else”, continued Mr. Rohatgi. “A host of constitutional changes are required. In the US, when somebody becomes a judge, there are debates on National TV. Someone can ask him, ‘Did you smoke a joint when you were 17’ and he has to answer. In India, though the collegium system has been upheld, but half of the judges even today will tell you that the system is no good. There are no reasons accorded for who is appointed, how somebody is appointed and why he is appointed”, voiced Mr. Rohatgi.Mr. Sibal expressed his strong opinion that judges should not join politics after they have served the court, even with a 2-3 year gap upon the end of their tenure as judges. “Justice Rajinder Sachar was given the Padma award and he refused it! This is about integrity in the political system and in the judicial system”, he said.Finally, he proceeded to state that a solution is difficult to come by in these times as “these are very difficult times”. “You can criticise the Parliament and the Executive, they are open. But it is not so for the Judiciary- a lot of what happens does not come out”, he concluded.Next Storylast_img read more

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Team Pike County to hold Family Day Aug. 15 at Sportsplex

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Team Pike County Family Day Aug. 15 at the Troy Sportsplex has been set aside as a special day to bring team family members together for a day of fun and fellowship and also as a day of opportunity for those who want to become team members or just learn more about Team Pike County.“The goal for the day is to reach those in Pike County with intellectual disabilities who would like to participate in Special Olympics,” said Meredith Welch, an organizer of the event. “Team Pike County is open to ages eight and up and there is no upward age limit and there is no registration fee.”Team Pike County Family Day will be from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and a hamburger and hotdog lunch will be served. Published 10:39 pm Monday, August 3, 2009 “This year, we are focusing on five sports – golf, gymnastics, swimming, power lifting and track and field events including the tennis or softball throw, relays, sprints and long jumps,” Welch said.“On Family Day, we’ll have an area set up for each of the sports. Those who would like to join the team can try the sports they are interested in to see which ones they would like to participate in as a team member. We’ll get them set up and registered for that sport or sports.”Team members will have opportunities to practice with the coach of their sport as they work toward the local competition in April and the state games in May. Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Email the author Latest Stories Team Pike County to hold Family Day Aug. 15 at Sportsplex “Some of the sports, such as swimming and power lifting, have sectional meets at different sites including Dothan, Montgomery and Mobile,” Welch said.“These meets are additional opportunities for the athletes to compete and interact with other athletes so the coaches of these sports may offer these opportunities to Team Pike County members.”Those who compete in the local games will qualify to participate in the Special Olympics that will be held at Troy University in May.“Last year, Team Pike County had five athletes who competed, David Spivey, Daniel Jackson, Sairah Garner, Joey Welch and Caleb Brown. “Team Pike County is a wonderful outreach opportunity for those who enjoy being part of a team and who like to compete,” Welch said.“We invited anyone who is interested and wants to know more about Team Pike County to attend our Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Sportsplex. We’ll have a lot of fun and each participant who registers as a qualifying athlete will receive a goodie bag. Team Pike County souvenirs will be on sale and these items help build team spirit as we begin preparing for the local games in April and the Special Olympics in May.” Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Cash crowned Junior Miss With a smile across her face, Kelly Cash hugged her mother tightly and laughed. “You aren’t crying, are you?” she… read more By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skiplast_img read more

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County mourns loss of ‘Judge Gibson’

first_img “There will never be a more dedicated patriot than Judge Billy Gibson,” said Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford. “He dearly loved his country. He was a veteran of World War II and he appreciated the opportunity he had to serve. He was a longtime member of American Legion Post 70 in Troy and served as post commander and adjunct. Judge Gibson will be remembered, first, as a great patriot.”Lunsford said that Gibson was an unusual fellow and a great politician.“I served with Judge Gibson on the city commission and he knew politics and he knew how to ‘politick.’ One thing that stands out in my mind was his sense of humor. He loved to play jokes.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day County mourns loss of ‘Judge Gibson’ Email the author You Might Like Taylor gets seat on key panel State Sen. Bryan Taylor has been appointed to the Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education, also known as the Senate Education… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 9:22 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Flags in the city of Troy will be flown at half-staff Friday in memory Judge Billy Gibson, who was one of the county’s most respected and appreciated public servants.Gibson died on Wednesday but his footprint will long be on Pike County.Gibson was known as a dedicated patriot, an outstanding lawyer, an astute politician and, in general, a good, caring and fun-loving man. Skip By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Lunsford said an industrial prospect was in town to look at a location site and he and Gibson toured the property with company officials.“Billy was an avid collector of arrowheads and he had put a couple in his pocket,” Lunsford said. “He took them out and pretended to pick them up off the ground. He told those officials that he hoped the property wasn’t the site of an Indian burial ground. He really had those people going.”Former Circuit Clerk Brenda Peacock also remembered Gibson’s sense of humor and how he “livened up the courthouse.”“Judge Gibson had the best sense of humor and he liked to play practical jokes,” Peacock said. “He made working at the courthouse fun. But he had a serious side, too, and he knew politics in and out. He was a gentleman to the bone. He was a good man and he was always eager and willing to help people out. Judge Gibson was my mentor and a dear friend.” Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas was around the courthouse as a deputy when Gibson was probate judge.“Judge Gibson knew everybody in Pike County and everybody knew him,” Thomas said. “He knew everybody’s daddy and granddaddy and had probably helped most of them out at one time or the other. He was a good judge and a good man and he cared a lot about Pike County. He had a wealth of knowledge about the county and that’s a big advantage when you’re the probate judge.”Thomas said he was impressed by Gibson’s commitment to and love of country.“He attended all of the Veteran’s Day programs with Miss Jean, who was always there to support him,” Thomas said. “I admired them for that. And, I remember how hard he worked on the Lockheed Martin project. He was the chair of the Pike County Commission and Britt Thomas was the county administrator and they both deserve a lot of credit for an industry like that coming to rural Pike County. I know how much pride Judge Gibson took in that accomplishment. I’m not sure that Lockheed Martin would be here today if it had not been for him.”Britt Thomas agreed that Gibson played a large role in bringing Lockheed Martin, which was known then as Martin Marietta, to Pike County.“Judge Gibson was the face of the Pike County Commission,” Thomas said. “He was truly the backbone of the Commission and was very instrumental in the efforts to get Martin Marietta to the county. He had great people skills and he knew what to do and how to do and when to do. Judge Gibson was greatly respected by the officials at Martin Marietta.”Thomas said Gibson was also a gentleman and one of the true leaders of Pike County.“He came from a family of public servants and he served his country with pride during World War II,” Thomas said. “Judge Gibson was a special person and I enjoyed working with him and it was an honor to know him.”In addition to helping to bring Martin Marietta to Pike County, Gibson also spearheaded the organization of the Pike County Volunteer Fire Department.Both of those accomplishments have impacted Pike County in a positive way and will do so in years to come. However, the contributions of Gibson were not limited to the big things that he championed.Former Pike County Probate Judge Bill Stone followed Gibson into office and said Gibson took the time and made the effort to help him get “up to speed.”“Judge Gibson was a smart attorney and he would routinely come by the courthouse and go over cases and the operation of the office with me,” Stone said. “He was always willing to help people in any way that he could.”Stone said Gibson will be remembered for the success of the Martin Marietta project and the organization of the county’s volunteer fire department but he will also be remembered by those he helped in a less public way.“Judge Gibson did a lot of things for people that no one knew about,” Stone said. “He often did work for churches and cemetery foundations and he did it without compensation. Judge Gibson did a lot for the people of Pike County. He was well liked and well respected and he will be greatly missed.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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COVID-19 patient gives ‘BAM’ two thumbs up

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Published 9:16 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021 She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 25, received the BAM infusion on Tuesday, January 26 and was back at work on Feb. 8.“When I walked out of TRMC after having received the infusion, I was so relieved. It was like the weight of worry had been lifted off me,” Barnes said. “I knew the antibodies were fighting for me when I couldn’t fight for myself.”By on-line chance, Barnes had heard about the drug Bamlanivimab so, when she was diagnosed with COVID-19, she immediately asked her physician about the drug. He prescribed the drug for her and the next day, she received the infusion and was able to avoid the potential need for hospitalization. By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like She had no reservations about the drug and felt safe in its administration.“I went into a secure location at the hospital and was hooked up to an IV,” Barnes said. “The infusion of antibodies took about an hour and I stayed another hour for observation and the nurse went over any side effects that I might have. Then I drove home.”Barnes said she didn’t leave her house until the due time and had no side effects other than the lack of taste and smell and some minor flu-like symptoms.“I don’t know how COVID-19 would have affected me if I had not had the BAM drug,” she said. “I don’t want to even think about that. I’m just so thankful for the drug and that it is available to others who have underlying health issues that could put them in the hospital if they contracted COVID-19. The BAM drug is a game changer in this fight against COVID-19 and I would encourage anyone who qualifies for BAM to take advantage of it.” Barnes said she has to wait 90 days before taking the COVID-19 vaccine. And, she will be there with her sleeve rolled up.“Nobody has been more careful than I have,” she said. “I wear a mask, keep social distance, sanitize, everything I can do, yet I got the virus. I’m so thankful that TRMC has the BAM drug. It’s the reason that I’m here at work today, not in a hospital bed.” By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Contributed PhotoJan Barnes was at work at Troy University Tuesday. She credits the drug Bamlanivimab (BAM) as the reason she was at her desk, not in a hospital bed as the result of COVID-19. Barnes is one of 43 people, to date, who have received the BAM infusion drug at Troy Regional Medical Center. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content On Monday, Jan Barnes was back at work at Troy University.She was experiencing the slightest degree of brain fog but maybe, instead, her brain was simply clouded with thankfulness.Barnes, who has a suppressed immune system, was among the first COVID-19 patients at Troy Regional Medical Center to receive the drug Bamlanivimab or BAM which has received emergency clearance to be used to fight COVID-19 in qualifying high-risk patients. BAM! A ray of hope … in the ongoing battle against coronavirus Even behind a mask, it was obvious that Amy Minor was smiling. Her eyes said so. Minor, chief clinical officer… read more Email the author COVID-19 patient gives ‘BAM’ two thumbs up Latest Stories Print Articlelast_img read more

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White man found guilty of assaulting black man at Charlottesville rally

first_imgLonoke County Sheriff’s Office and Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A white man from Arkansas was found guilty on Tuesday in the brutal beating of a black man at last year’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, was videotaped attacking 20-year-old DeAndre Harris on Aug. 12 inside of a parking garage after the controversial “Unite the Right” demonstration.The rally, held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, left one dead and 19 injured after a car-ramming attack.The video shows Goodwin, from Ward, Arkansas, wearing a military-style helmet and holding a large shield as he kicks Harris to the ground and stomps him.“[Goodwin] came to exercise free speech. Mr. Harris went to abuse free speech — not to exercise it, but abuse it,” Goodwin’s attorney, Elmer Woodward, said in his opening statement, according to The Washington Post.The assault left Harris with a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples.Goodwin claimed he acted in self defense, but the city’s assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Nina-Alice Antony, said it was Goodwin who started the quarrel, not Harris.“He was outfitted for battle,” she told the jury, according to The Post. “He’s got large goggles, boots. He’s got a full body shield.”A 12-person jury, made up nine women and three men, found Goodwin guilty of malicious wounding and recommended a sentence of 10 years, with an option to reduce the time, and a $20,000 fine.Goodwin is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 23.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Autopilot likely not engaged in Texas Tesla crash, NTSB report says

first_imgCraig Dingle/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash in Texas last month was likely not in autopilot mode, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The agency also said the owner was initially in the driver’s seat.Home surveillance footage shows the owner of the 2019 Tesla getting into the driver’s seat and his passenger getting into the front passenger seat before crashing 550 feet down the road. Local officials previously said there was “no indication that that anyone was in the driver’s seat” and the two victims were found in the front passenger and back seat of the vehicle.The NTSB said the car was equipped with autopilot, but in order for the feature to work, both traffic-aware cruise control and autosteer systems must be engaged. The NTSB conducted a test at the crash site and found the autosteer system was not available on that part of the road.The Tesla Model S is equipped with onboard data storage system, but investigators said it was destroyed in the fiery wreck.Firefighters worked for four hours and used more than 30,000 gallons of water trying to drown the flames, officials said at the time of the incident.The NTSB has not yet released the probable cause of the accident.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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