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PBC News & Comment: Supreme Court Snubs Don Siegelman, Again

Supreme Court uses valid principle to strike down part of Florida’s death penalty, ignores the same principle in Siegelman appeal…–Roger Shuler notes that the Court has denied the latest appeal from Siegelman, and speculates that 3 justices, including Scalia, would support the appeal based on comments from 2014 Jones case

–Ken Clair has left San Quentin’s Death Row, after federal appeals court “secretly” resentenced him to life term in highly unusual process

Washington Post exposes latest hi-tech domestic surveillance system in Fresno, scouring the web and social media for pre-crime data collection, “threat score”

–Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly aggressive in demanding “no back doors” in recent Silicon Valley huddle with spooks

–top spook James Clapper, who was at that meeting last week, just found out his phone was hacked

–it’s Leopold week at PBC podcast; yesterday, we posted chat with author Les Leopold about “Runaway Inequality”; today, we post conversation with Vice News reporter Jason Leopold about Clinton’s emails and coverage of San Bernardino shooting

–Clinton campaign deploys Chelsea to attack Sanders with blatant lies about his health care proposals

–in the “Fox News” zone, America was under siege by Iran as Obama delivered State of Union address, 10 US sailors have been released

–Obama’s speech was notable for what he ignored, and was mishmash of legacy setting, group therapy, and embrace of American arrogance and power

–Spencer Ackerman in The Guardian has excellent analysis

The Guardian also published a powerful op-ed by an American Muslim woman who went to a Trump rally in headscarf, with Koran