Daily Archives: 09/10/2021

Ireland: Appeal to legal profession to help Afghan arrivals


Appeal to legal profession to help Afghan arrivals

Professionals and organisations across the legal sector have been asked for pledges of support for their judicial and legal colleagues who have fled Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

A number of organisations have come together to make the appeal, saying that female lawyers and judges have been particularly targeted since August, as the Taliban seeks to enforce its regime on those who played an active role in the Afghan state.

Retribution is being sought by the Taliban on those who were involved in previous judicial and legal matters,” the statement said.

The coalition of groups involved in the initiative includes the Law Society, The Association of Judges, Bar of Ireland, International Association of Women Judges, and Irish Rule of Law. The move is also being backed by Government, and agencies such as Red Cross and the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

Community sponsorship

The organisations say that they have constructed a pathway for colleagues to provide help in the areas of housing, funding, and collegiate support, using the ‘community sponsorship’ model.

This involves colleagues in the receiving states effectively wrapping around arriving families who share a common profession. This model is currently in place in Ireland for journalists and professional athletes arriving here.

The coalition has issued a request for offers of appropriate accommodation for a period of 12 months, to cater for up to 11 families who are currently fleeing Afghanistan.







USA: Florida man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Derek Chauvin’s lawyer


Image: Derek Chauvin court video grab

A Florida man who threatened to kill the lawyer who defended former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty, prosecutors said Thursday.

The man, William John Hartnett, 42, of Coral Gables, made the threats in a phone call to the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association on April 6 as Chauvin was on trial for the murder of George Floyd, officials said.

Hartnett called the organization, which funded Chauvin’s defense, and left a message that said in part: “you and your whole f—ing family are going to f—ing die … for representing Chauvin,” according to a criminal complaint.

Hartnett told investigators he was trying to reach Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, according to court documents.

Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20 for killing Floyd, a Black man, in May 2020.

Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9½ minutes, sparking outrage and protests across the country and around the world.

Hartnett pleaded guilty Wednesday to a count of transmitting a threat through interstate communications, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Hartnett is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15.




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