WASHINGTON: A proposal on detainees
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has submitted draft legislation to the White House in an effort to create a broad framework for handling terrorism suspects, officials said. A summary of the proposal was being circulated among leading Democrats on Capitol Hill. President Barack Obama opposes some items that Graham has promoted publicly, such as the creation of a national security court to handle detainees, but the White House is urging Democrats to treat the proposal seriously as a way to break the logjam over the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and other detainee-related issues. Meanwhile, the Justice Department announced that three Guantánamo detainees have been transferred to the country of Georgia, leaving 183 inmates there. Since 2002 when the prison was opened, more than 580 detainees have been moved to other destinations.
MISSISSIPPI: Lesbian teen granted trial
The prom's still off at a high school that canceled it instead of letting a lesbian student bring her girlfriend, but U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson ruled Tuesday that the district's actions did violate the teen's constitutional rights. The judge refused the American Civil Liberties Union's demand to force the Itawamba County school district to put on the April 2 prom. But, he said canceling it did violate the rights of Constance McMillen, 18, and that he would hold a trial on the issue. The ACLU had sued the district to force it to put on the prom and allow McMillen to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
FLORIDA: Wanting back in, he gets 15 years
A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating his probation by trying to break into the county jail in Viera. Sylvester Jiles, 25, of Cocoa was convicted in January of trespassing on jail property and resisting an officer, after trying to climb a 12-foot fence at the Brevard County Detention Center in August. He had been released a week earlier after accepting a plea deal on a manslaughter charge. Jiles had begged jail officials to take him back, saying he feared retaliation from the victim's family.