Monthly Archives: April 2013

San Diego lawyer to defend Boston bombing suspect

San Diego lawyer to defend Boston bombing suspect

[trib_ndn vid=24778947]SAN DIEGO — A federal judge Monday appointed prominent San Diego defense lawyer Judy Clarke to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judy ClarkeClarke has represented Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, and Jared Lee Loughner, who pleaded guilty in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting that killed six and left then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded.

Clarke has earned praise  for leading internal negotiations with prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table in favor of the defendant pleading guilty and getting a life sentence.

Some legal experts said the best legal strategy for Tsarnaev’s defense team would be “delay, delay, delay” as long as possible, given the public outrage at the crimes the defendant is alleged to have committed. The defendant’s lawyers are expected to waive the “speedy trial” requirement to give them time to prepare would could be a lengthy criminal trial…

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Activists plan May Day marches for immigration reform

Activists plan May Day marches for immigration reform

SAN DIEGO — Immigrant rights activists will hold a “May Day” rally and march in San Diego on Wednesday and a similar event in Vista.

“May 1st has traditionally been a day in which immigrants and their supporters have taken to the streets in the United States to ask for immigration reform,” said Christian Ramirez, who heads a coalition pushing for an immigration bill in Congress.

He said the goal of the events will be to acknowledge the contributions of immigrant workers to society, especially those “left behind by a broken immigration system.”

At 2 p.m., a rally is scheduled at Civic Center Plaza, 202 C Street, followed by a march to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan.

At 3 p.m. in Vista, a march will begin at Bobier Drive and South Santa Fe Avenue and end at the Vista Courthouse on South Melrose Drive.

The demonstrators will also call for…

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Fresh Off Of Smuggling Boat Undocumented Immigrants Arrested At Torrey Pines State Beach


This is video from a San Diego freelance videographer.

He was Johnny-on-the-spot getting video of the 18 undocumented immigrants just before they were carted away by federal authorities.

The 18 men and woman caught at Torrey Pines State Beach were brought across the border by a panga boat.

According to Wikipedia Panga Boats were created by Yamaha as part of a World Bank project in the 1970’s as a low cost skiff for poor island fishermen all over the far east.

They are cheep to make and easy to pilot at sea.

They are also very popular with smugglers around the world.

So you can be kept up to date on what matters.


Smuggling boat intercepted off state beach

Smuggling boat intercepted off state beach

DEL MAR, Calif. — Border Patrol agents in Del Mar Monday rounded up 18 people suspected of entering the country illegally by boat, and two of them were taken to a hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia.

An outboard-powered open-hull fishing boat known as a panga was found near Fourth Street, about a quarter-mile south of Torrey Pines State Beach, about 12:45 a.m., Border Patrol Agent Gerardo Gutierrez said.

Border Patrol agents seized the panga and apprehended 15 men, two women and an underage boy, Gutierrez said. All but one were Mexican nationals and the other was a United States citizen, he said.

The U.S. Coast Guard assigned a helicopter crew to aid Border Patrol agents in the search of the area, Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy said.

The two women were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for possible hypothermia, Gutierrez said. The others were taken…

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AM Briefing from for April 29, 2013


This morning the USS Mobile Bay is returning home to San Diego. The guided-missile cruiser and its 5000 sailors spent their 8-month deployment in the Middle East and Western Pacific attached to the Johns C Stennis Strike Group. Making a brief stop in San Diego with the Mobile Bay is the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis. They are on their way to their home port of Bremerton Washington.

At 11:00 AM today labor leaders, immigrant rights activists, and politicians are talking to the media about their plans for May Day. May Day is the internationally celebrated Labor Day and traditionally a day of pro-labor protests. In San Diego the immigrants’ rights movement has attached itself to this day because of our proximity to the border.

And this afternoon at 1:00 the County of San Diego is going to talk about a joining new program called “Text4Baby”. The statewide wide program sends text messages to pregnant woman and new mothers promoting healthy lifestyles.

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Political Pod Cast With Matthew Bowler and Ric Epps

This is the first of what will be many Political Podcasts on Bowler’s Desk.

I spent some time this weekend chatting with Ric Epps San Diego’s Political Professor.

We talked about …

San Diego’s District 4 race

How the Republican Party is trying to reach into the African-American community in San Diego

What’s going on in Syria and how that’s hitting home for Obama,

The problems with the rational for austerity

And San Diego Mayor Filner.

Hope you enjoy.

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