Daily Archives: 20/11/2021

USA: Rittenhouse lawyer: ‘It’s scary’ how many death threats have been received

19/11/21

Lawyers present closing arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse's homicide trial

Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards said Friday afternoon that his client, his legal team and the prosecution have faced death threats amid the homicide trial. 

A jury in Wisconsin on Friday acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges brought against him, including intentional homicide. In a press conference following the jury’s decision, Richards remarked on what was next for the man who fatally shot two people and injured another last year during unrest in Kenosha, Wis. 

“He has to get on with his life the best he can,” Richards said. “I think eventually some anonymity will come back to it. I don’t think he will continue to live in this area.”

“Everybody in this case — and when I say that I mean prosecution, defense — to me it’s scary how many death threats we’ve had,” he added. 

Richards recounted a time when he was on his way home from court in Kenosha and he answered the phone to receive a death threat. He said that after the third death threat, he stopped answering calls. 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/582411-rittenhouse-lawyer-its-scary-how-many-death-threats-have-been-received

https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/kyle-rittenhouse-trial-verdict-watch-11-19-21/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosha_unrest_shooting

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/11/20/l-acquittement-de-kyle-rittenhouse-divise-les-etats-unis_6102900_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

Ireland/Afghanistan: Irish Justice Community Response to Afghan Crisis

20/11/21

afghan crisis

The Law Society is a proud founding partner of the Irish Justice Community Response to Afghan Crisis. We are joined in this collaborative initiative by our colleagues in the Judiciary, led by International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) and the Association of Judges in Ireland (AJI), The Bar of Ireland, and Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI).

We are pleased to share that the Irish State has secured safe passage and protection for 11 Afghan female judges and their families arising from the dangers they would otherwise face by remaining in Afghanistan. Their arrival in Ireland is imminent.

Collective response

This initiative represents a unique demonstration of solidarity with our Afghan judicial and lawyer colleagues who have faced enormous challenges in recent months. As we know the position of female legal professionals in particular, judges and lawyers, is precarious under the Taliban regime.

The coalition of the above parties is inviting all members of the legal community to assist as part of a collaborative, justice sector-wide effort to support their safe transition to and settlement in Ireland. The Law Society is urging on members of the solicitors profession, those in a position to do so, to respond to this urgent call.

The best and most fitting model of support is one based on community sponsorship. This is where local colleagues assist in practical, social and professional ways to welcome and integrate those arriving, along with their families.

This model of support has proved successful elsewhere, and we believe is an effective way for the Irish legal community to lend its urgent support to our colleagues.

There are three ways that you can help:

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https://www.lawsociety.ie/Solicitors/Representation/afghan-assistance

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-59312656

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-11-17/portugal-welcomes-210-more-afghan-refugees/63601

https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/11/afghanistan-dispatches-continuing-uncertainty-for-education-under-the-taliban/

Ex-Lawyer Of Navalny Support Group In Bashkortostan Flees Russia

19/11/21

Fyodor Telin worked as a lawyer for Navalny's network of regional campaign groups until Navalny's team disbanded them in April after a Moscow prosecutor went to court to have them branded extremist.

The former lawyer of a regional organization for jailed opposition activist Aleksei Navalny has left Russia amid an ongoing crackdown on the defunct organizations associated with the Kremlin critic that were labeled as extremist earlier this year.

Fyodor Telin worked as a lawyer for Navalny’s network of regional campaign groups until Navalny’s team disbanded them in April after a Moscow prosecutor went to court to have them branded extremist. A court later accepted the prosecutor’s appeal and labeled the national network extremist, effectively outlawing it.

Telin told RFE/RL on November 19 that he is currently in Georgia, where he “had to move” after Navalny was additionally charged in August with creating an organization that posed a threat to citizens and their rights.

“Russia’s new laws [adopted this year] allow the prosecution of people retroactively, while the constitution does not allow that,” Telin said, adding that after Navalny was charged investigators from Moscow arrived in the capital of Bashkortostan, Ufa, to interrogate former members of his support group in the city.

“I understood that the Investigative Committee started applying pressure on activists to get testimony against Navalny, his associates, and groups linked to them,” Telin said.

Telin said that he initially hoped the situation would change and that he could return by the New Year’s holidays. However, after the arrest of the former chief of Navalny’s support group in Ufa, Lilia Chanysheva, he says he understands he will likely have to stay abroad for a longer period of time.

Chanysheva was arrested on extremism charges and placed in a detention center last week after police searched her home and the homes of other former members of Navalny’s group in Ufa.

Navalny himself has been in prison since February, while several of his associates have been charged with establishing an extremist group. Many of his associates have fled the country.

https://www.rferl.org/a/ex-lawyer-navalny-support-group-flees-russia/31569526.html

https://mkset.ru/news/society/18-11-2021/storonnik-navalnogo-iz-ufy-fedor-telin-pokinul-rossiyu (RUSSIAN)