opinion Charles Stake Published 10:03 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 Guam PL 34-116 states “there is hereby levied on improvements on all land property in Guam with a value of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) a yearly tax rate of seven eighteenths percent of the value thereon.” Then an AG opinion citing the “plain meaning” rule was returned which prevented application of this tax to any property valued at more than $1 million. While not speculating as to motive, this curious opinion leaves most of us bewildered. However, this dilemma is not without remedies. It is suggested that a cursory review of fundamental tax policy and an understanding the evolution of the plain meaning rule require a far different outcome. It is universally agreed by tax policy experts that all taxation in a democracy must be applied in a manner equitable, fair, and proportionate to wealth. This is a fundamental policy which has its roots in the Boston Tea Party and the onset of the American … [Read more...] about Letter: AG’s interpretation of new tax law questioned
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In 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar and established an independent international fact-finding mission. The said mission was tasked with determining the facts and circumstances of the human rights violations and abuse by military and security forces of Myanmar particularly in the country's Rakhine State against the Rohingya people. Human rights violations are listed as including, but not limited to: arbitrary detention; torture and inhuman treatment; rape and other forms of sexual violence; extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings; enforced disappearances; forced displacement and unlawful destruction of property. It is mentioned in the resolution that the fact-finding mission was established with a view of ensuring full accountability for perpetrators of the violations and bringing justice for victims. The President of the Council appointed Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia) as chairperson and Radhika … [Read more...] about UN report on Myanmar reveals the genocidal intent against Rohingya Muslims
Maria Puente USA TODAY Published 7:48 p.m. UTC Aug 13, 2018 After former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed Sunday that she'd covertly taped her December 2017 firing by Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, two questions came to mind: First, just how did she manage to get a recording device in there? And then there's that most Washington of questions: could she be in legal trouble as a result? As to the how, Omarosa was as coy as ever on Monday, telling her "Today" show interrogators: "I'll just leave that to your imagination." But the answer to the legal question isn't any clearer: Maybe, maybe not. And it depends on whom you ask. Mark Zaid, a Washington attorney who specializes in national security cases, tells USA TODAY he's represented dozens of federal workers who were caught accidentally bringing their phones or other devices into secure rooms where they are prohibited. If they do it more than … [Read more...] about Did Omarosa break the law by secretly taping her firing in White House Situation Room?
It has been another busy month in Plymouth's courts. A range of particularly violent crimes have been met with long prison sentences. From savage attacks on police officers to possession of a gun, offenders have met justice and taken off the streets of Plymouth. Some got months, where others got years, but now they are all where they belong. Here is a round-up of thugs and other villians that won't be missed for the next few months and years. Dad shook his baby to death Callous Lee Sweet shook to death his baby son because he could not cope with his crying. He gripped six-month-old Ruben Sweet-Harris under his arm and shook him backwards and forwards so that he suffered catastrophic brain damage last May. Ruben died three days later – having suffered injuries akin to a car crash. Homeless Sweet had been entrusted to look after his happy, healthy son overnight at a shared house in Stuart Road by his on-off partner Aisha Sweet-Harris. Sweet then spent the next 11 months lying … [Read more...] about Jailed in June: Criminals who have been taken off our streets
File photo. A Danish court is to decide whether or not to ban a gang from existing in what would be the first decision of its kind in the history of the country's constitution. The State Prosecution (Rigsadvokat) case against the gang, which is known as ‘Loyal to Familia’ (LTF), is the result of comprehensive police investigation, the Ministry of Justice said in a press statement. “It has never been the intention of constitutional authors to protect, under the right to freely form associations, deeply criminal gangs that go around shooting in the streets,” Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen said in a press statement. “LTF has been the primary actor in the violent gang conflicts that last year caused fear and uncertainty across Denmark with open killings and shootings,” Poulsen continued. The minister initiated last year the investigation into the group by the State Prosecution. Police have compiled 10,000 pages of evidence and … [Read more...] about Denmark seeks to dissolve criminal gang in historic case