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A Stanford University law professor has launched a campaign to recall the judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail after he was convicted of three felony counts for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Aaron Persky expressed concern a longer sentence would have "a severe impact" on Turner. Under California law, Turner’s crime carries a minimum punishment of two years in prison. But Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber says Judge Persky "really bent over backwards in order to give this defendant a very light sentence." We speak with Michele Landis Dauber and read part of the powerful statement Turner’s victim delivered in court.
Longtime civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and media critic Norman Solomon continue their debate on the morning after Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the Democratic race. They discuss Donald Trump’s racist remarks, Clinton’s plan to reach out to Sanders supporters, and the decision by the Associated Press and NBC to call the race for Clinton on the eve of the California primary.
On Tuesday night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered in Brooklyn to witness Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, becoming the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Democracy Now! producers Charina Nadura and Carla Wills spoke to some of Clinton’s backers.
Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night, pulling off victories in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Clinton is set to become the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination. With only one primary to go in the District of Columbia, Clinton has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates over her challenger, Bernie Sanders. But Clinton’s pledged delegate count falls short of the 2,383 needed, meaning she will need to rely on the support of unelected superdelegates to officially secure the nomination at next month’s convention in Philadelphia. We hear excerpts of Clinton and Sanders, and speak to longtime civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.
- Hillary Clinton Claims Democratic Presidential Nomination
- Sanders Wins Montana and North Dakota, Vows to Remain in Race
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Calls Trump's Comments on Judge "Racist"
- After Repeating Himself for Days, Trump Says Comments on Judge Were "Misconstrued"
- Republican Sen. Mark Kirk Reverses Endorsement of Donald Trump
- More Than 10,000 People Have Died Trying to Cross Mediterranean Since 2014
- Papua New Guinea: Police Open Fire on Student Protesters
- Syria: 15 Killed in Airstrikes; Assad Vows to Reclaim "Every Inch" of Syria
- Guatemala: 8 Ex-Military Members Face Trial for Killings
- Afghanistan: Hundreds Attend Funeral for Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna
- Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail in "Lynching" Case
- D.C. City Council Unanimously Approves $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage
- Farmworker Activist Helen Chavez Dies at 88
While primaries and caucuses are underway in six states today, most of the nation’s attention is focused on California—the largest state in the union. In addition to the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders race, voters will be deciding who will face off in November to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Thanks to a 2010 state law, California voters are expected to choose between two Democrats: California Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Loretta Sánchez. We are joined by Rose Aguilar, host of "Your Call," a daily public affairs radio show on NPR-affiliate KALW in San Francisco.
Update: After our broadcast Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 18 days served, and 3 years on probation.
In California, Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards faces up to four years in prison at her sentencing today after she was convicted of a rarely used statute in California law known up until recently as "felony lynching." Police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march in Pasadena last August. The arrest and jailing of a young black woman activist on charges of felony lynching has sparked a firestorm of protest, with supporters vowing to pack the court today. Meanwhile, in another California case, a judge sentenced white former Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail after he was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. We get reaction from California Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo. "You started your show talking about someone from Stanford who rapes a woman and gets six months, and then you’ve got a woman who is part of the Black Lives [Matter] movement who is trying to bring forth the challenges that face us in America around racism and racial discrimination, and she’s participating, trying to exercise her First Amendment rights, ... and she’s going to be given four years?" Cedillo says. "Something’s wrong with that picture."
Leading Republicans have continued to criticize presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for attacking a Mexican-American judge. Trump has said the judge should recuse himself from a lawsuit against the defunct for-profit Trump University, because his Mexican heritage represents a conflict of interest, since Trump wants to build a wall on the Mexican border. We get a response from Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate, and Los Angeles city councilmember and former California state legislator Gil Cedillo.
California Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo debate who is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump. De León has backed Hillary Clinton and was with her last night in Long Beach when she was named by AP to be the presumptive Democratic nominee. Gil Cedillo is backing Bernie Sanders.
Ahead of the California vote, Donald Trump is facing criticism for downplaying the state’s historic drought. He recently blamed the lack of water in some communities on environmentalists who are "trying to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish." We get a response from Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate.
"Highly Inappropriate": Sanders Backer Slams AP, NBC for Calling Democratic Race Before Today's Vote
On the eve of the California primary and six other contests, the Associated Press and NBC News shook up the Democratic race for the White House last night by announcing Hillary Clinton had reached the number of delegates needed to capture the nomination, beating challenger Bernie Sanders. Both news organizations reached that conclusion based on unofficial polls of unelected superdelegates. If the projections stand, Clinton would become the first woman to ever be the presidential candidate of a major political party in U.S. history. Sanders criticized the move. "According to the Democratic National Committee, what they should not be doing is lumping pledged delegates, i.e. real delegates, with superdelegates, who may or may not change their mind, but who do not vote until July 25th," Sanders said. We host a debate between Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate, and Los Angeles city councilmember and former California state legislator Gil Cedillo, who has been campaigning with Bernie Sanders.
- AP & NBC Say Clinton Seals Democratic Nomination; Sanders Questions Tally
- Rubio Criticizes Trump's Comments on Judge: "It's Wrong, and I Hope He Stops"
- Defying Staff, Trump Orders Surrogates to Double Down on Criticism of Judge
- BuzzFeed Nixes $1.3 Million Ad Deal with RNC, Citing Trump Campaign
- Brazil: Chief Prosecutor Calls for Arrest of Senate President and Other Top Officials
- U.N. Removes U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen from Child Killer List, Despite Toll
- Turkey: Car Bomb Kills 11, Wounds Dozens in Istanbul
- Watchdog Highlights Role of Lapis Lazuli in Destabilizing Afghanistan
- Nuclear Activists Speak Out During Dept. of Energy Tour over Nuclear Waste
- Muslim Man Attacked, Severely Beaten Outside NYC Mosque
- Black Teenager Dies of Asthma Attack While Being Chased by White Youths Yelling Slurs
- Judge in Stanford Sexual Assault Case Faces Recall Campaign
- Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Faces Sentencing in "Felony Lynching" Case
Music legend John Legend reads Muhammad Ali’s speech against the Vietnam War in 1966. "Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam, while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?" Ali said. John Legend’s reading appears in the film "The People Speak," which is based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s "Voices of a People’s History of the United States."
We talk about the life and legacy of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali with educator and writer Ishmael Reed, author of the book, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," which was published last year. Reed is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award and is currently a visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts.
Thousands are expected to gather in Louisville Friday for the funeral of Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most iconic figures of the 20th century. He was considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, but he will also be remembered for his activism against racism and war. In 1966, Ali announced his refusal to fight in Vietnam. After his conscientious objector status request was denied in April 1967, he refused induction. Ali’s title was taken away from him, and he was sentenced to a five-year prison term. He appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1971 his conviction was finally reversed.
- Muhammad Ali Dies at 74; Champion Boxer Remembered for Activism
- Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Primary; Protesters Denounce Support for Debt Bill
- Clinton, Sanders to Face Off in California and 5 Other States
- Trump Doubles Down on Attacks on Judge's Mexican Heritage
- Trump: "It's Possible" Muslim Judge Would Be Biased, Too
- Mitch McConnell Refuses to Say If Trump's Attack on Judge is Racist
- Texas AG Moves to Gag Official Who Says He Was Ordered to Drop Trump U. Probe
- NPR Photographer, Translator Killed in Afghanistan
- Somalia: Radio Producer Shot Dead in Mogadishu
- Oregon: Fire Chief Hopes Derailment Will Be "Death Knell" for Oil by Rail
- NY Gov. Cuomo Signs "McCarthyist" Executive Order to Divest from Groups Aligned with BDS
- Switzerland: Voters Reject Basic Income Proposal
- Peru: Wall Street Favorite Leads over Ex-President's Daughter in Presidential Race
- Mexico Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in U.S.-Backed Drug War; PRI Loses Hold in State Races
- Victim Reads Powerful Letter to Ex-Stanford Swimmer Who Sexually Assaulted Her
Seven years ago, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed became a hero of the climate justice movement with his impassioned pleas to address global warming. But recently Nasheed has largely been silenced after being ousted in a coup and then jailed by his political opponents. He has just received political asylum in Britain and joins us today.
Kalief Browder, who spent three years in jail in New York without ever being convicted of a crime, took his own life nearly one year ago, on June 6, 2015. In 2010, when Kalief was just 16, he was sent to Rikers Island on suspicion of stealing a backpack. He spent the next nearly three years imprisoned at Rikers, even though he was never tried or convicted. For nearly 800 days of that time, he was held in solitary confinement. A new piece in The New Yorker details how Kalief actually learned how to commit suicide at Rikers, after seeing another prisoner attempt to take his own life. The piece also details how, before taking his own life, Kalief recounted prison guards goading him on during suicide attempts, saying, "If you don’t jump, we’re going to go in there anyway, so you might as well go ahead and jump, go ahead and jump." We speak with reporter and author Jennifer Gonnerman, who first recounted Kalief Browder’s story in 2014 in her article for The New Yorker, "Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life." In her latest piece, Gonnerman details Browder’s experiences with suicide attempts at Rikers. "His description of Rikers and his time on Rikers was almost as if it were a school for suicide," Gonnerman says.