Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Better Late than Never but 12 Years for Justice?

Even though, this was not a criminal prosecution - you would think that a speedy trail and determination is something that our founders thought was essential for justice for the accused and victims alonke. Justice delayed, is not justice.

Amendment 6: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
clipped from www.ipsnews.net
RIGHTS-US: Abused Woman Waits 12 Years for Asylum
By William Fisher

NEW YORK, Oct 14 (IPS) - In what some government critics are citing as an egregious example of public foot-dragging and bureaucratic inefficiency in immigration rule-making, the woman at the centre of one of the United States' longest-running asylum disputes may now be in further jeopardy.

The case involves the asylum claim of Rodi Alvarado, who fled Guatemala in 1996 after suffering more than a decade of brutal domestic violence in a situation where neither the police nor the courts responded to her pleas for protection.
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