A widow from Bar-Le-Duc, a town in northeastern France, missed her husband, who died June 2011, so badly that she decided to bring his remains home from the cemetery.
"That's my husband, he was mine," the old lady told the judge in court.
She pleaded to the court that when on June 27 last year she unsealed the family grave and retrieved the ashes of her beloved husband, she did not know she was violating the law.
“I wouldn’t have done it if I had known the law, but he is my husband, he belongs to me,” said the woman, Martin daily quoted her as saying.
The judge still found her guilty of violating Article 16 of the so-called “Sueur" law that came into force in December of 2008. It imposes strict rules on storage of human remains, stating that ashes can only be kept: "in a funeral urn that can be buried in a tomb, or placed in a columbarium, or in a tomb sealed inside a cemetery or funeral site."
Under the same law cremated remains can be “dispersed in part of a cemetery or funeral site designed for the purpose" or "dispersed in nature, except on public roads."
Despite the woman being found guilty, she was sent home without any punishment.
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Kalleen was arrested for playing music on a subway platform in Brooklyn last Friday. The police officer told the folk musician to stop playing and leave the subway.
However, the officer grew increasingly agitated after Kalleen refused to stop and had him read out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) code of conduct aloud.
The rules explicitly allow performers to solicit donations. Even though the officer was now made aware that Kalleen was not in violation of the regulations, he proceeded to snatch the busker’s guitar, shove him to ground, and cuff him.
“It did seem like the officer was frustrated. And I can see that he wasn’t prepared for that situation. He’s told to do that, and it’s illegal. He was told to do something illegal by people that are higher up, so I can see why he would lose his cool,” Kalleen told RT.
Andrew was detained for five hours following the arrest.
The confrontation with an NYPD officer, captured on video by an onlooker, has amassed over one million views on YouTube. Most users believe that the police’s time could be better spent solving actual crimes.
Kalleen told RT that he plans to sue the city.
“Nothing was broken down there until the police came. That was the disturbance of peace,” he said. “People should not be treated like that and I need to take actions against it. There has to be repercussions for those actions.”
However, MTA regulations differ from state law which says that performers loitering in a transportation facility may be arrested unless specifically authorized to be there. So the possible outcome of such a lawsuit is not clear.
“I like to not live in fear. I think anyone who is doing as they please and respecting those around them should continue to do as they please regardless of who says they shouldn’t—what authority figure they may be,” Kalleen said.
RT reached out to both the MTA and the NYPD to find out what specific rule Kalleen violated. However, no response has been returned.
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The gunman responsible for the attack on the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa acted alone, authorities confirmed on Thursday, adding that that there is no link to an attack in Quebec earlier in the week.
“We have no information linking the two attacks this week,” said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, saying that the shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau may also have held a Libyan passport.
Police also said that checks by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) found no evidence of national security related offenses, although the Canadian-born Zehaf-Bibeau had a record of drugs violations and , violence related activity, Paulson said. Authorities said Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to go to Syria.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had converted to Islam prior to the attacks in Ottawa and had previously had his passport revoked and been arrested several times. He was privately educated and the son of the deputy chairperson of Canada’s immigration division, Susan Bibeau, reported CTV News.
Despite his education he had been regarded as somewhat disturbed by one of his friends from his youth and in later years had several drug and robbery arrests and one weapons charge – he was also classed as a high-risk traveler despite his mother’s position.
One friend, friend Dave Bathurst, told Canada’s Globe and Mail that he had exhibited some signs of possibly suffering mental illness: “We were having a conversation in a kitchen, and I don’t know how he worded it: He said the devil is after him,” he said.
His parents had reportedly gone long periods of time without seeing their son.
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On Wednesday, his mother, Susan Bibeau told AP that she was crying for the victims of her son’s attack, 24-year-old soldier Nathan Cirillo, rather than for her son.
“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said through tears, during a telephone call. “We are sorry.”
She added that she did not know what to say to the people who were injured.
“No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow,” the parents said in their official statement read.
“I don't understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. You write that our son was vulnerable, we don't know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that.”
Bibeau was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers shortly after his attack on Parliament Hill and a shooting at the National War Memorial.
The shootings which shook Canada on Wednesday morning put the capital on lockdown as well as all military bases nationwide. Three people were hospitalized in the storm of bullets he unleashed on Parliament Hill before he was shot dead.
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The open access movement has historically focused on access to scholarly research, and understandably so. The knowledge commons should be shared with and used by the public, especially when the public helped create it.
But that commons includes more than academic research. Our cultural commons is broader than what is produced by academia. Rather it includes all of the information, knowledge, and learning that shape our world. And one crucial piece of that commons is the rules by which we live. In a democratic society, people must have an unrestricted right to read, share, and comment on the law. Full stop.
But access to the law has been limited in practice. Not long ago, most court document and decisions were only available to those who had access to physical repositories. Digitization and the Internet changed that, but even today most federal court documents live behind a government paywall known as PACER. And until recently, legal decisions were difficult to access if you couldn’t afford a subscription to a commercial service, such as Westlaw, that compiles and tracks those decisions.
The good news: open access crusaders like Public.Resource.Org and the Center for Information Technology Policy have worked hard to correct the situation by publishing legal and government documents and giving citizens the tools to do so themselves.
The bad news: the specter of copyright has raised its ugly head. A group of standards-development organizations (SDOs) have banded together to sue Public.Resource.Org, accusing the site of infringing copyright by reproducing and publishing a host of safety codes that those organizations drafted and then lobbied heavily to have incorporated into law. These include crucial national standards like the national electrical codes and fire safety codes. Public access to such codes—meaning not just the ability to read them, but to publish and re-use them—can be crucial when there is an industrial accident; when there is a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina; or when a home-buyer wants to know whether her house is code-compliant. Publishing the codes online, in a readily accessible format, makes it possible for reporters and other interested citizens to not only view them easily, but also to search, excerpt, and generate new insights.
The SDOs argue that they hold a copyright on those laws because the standards began their existence in the private sector and were only later "incorporated by reference" into the law. That claim conflicts with the public interest, common sense, and the rule of law.
With help from EFF and others, Public.Resource.Org is fighting back, and the outcome of this battle will have a major impact on the public interest. If any single entity owns a copyright in the law, it can sell or ration the law, as well as make all sort of rules about when, where, and how we share it.
This Open Access Week, EFF is drawing a line in the sand. The law is part of our cultural commons, the set of works that we can all use and reuse, without restriction or oversight. Protecting that resource, our common past and present, is essential to protecting our common future. That’s why the open access movement is so important, and we’re proud to be part of it.
Between October 20 and 26, EFF is celebrating Open Access Week alongside dozens of organizations from around the world. This is a week to acknowledge the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research—as well as exploring the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls. We'll be posting on our blog every day about various aspects of the open access movement. Go here to find out how you can take part and to read the other Deeplinks published this week.Related Issues: Fair Use and Intellectual Property: Defending the BalanceOpen AccessInternational
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