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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States. For months, Americans of all faiths kept Ms. Ishag in their thoughts and prayers as Sudanese authorities sentenced her to death for the alleged crime of apostasy. Today, she and her family have left Sudan on their journey to freedom. Her departure with her immediate family — including her infant daughter, born in custody — is a testament to her unyielding faith and the support she received from friends and allies, including our Embassy in Khartoum and the broader U.S. government.



Rep. Chu Responds to House Republican Recommendations for Border Crisis

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Republican Working Group released policy recommendations on how to solve the flow of unaccompanied minors to the southwest border. Rep. Chu (D-CA) released the following statement:

"Our policies should ensure that these children receive due process and have access to the protections under our laws, not add more enforcement to our borders," said Rep. Chu. "These recommendations do the exact opposite. They weaken existing law and risk returning children with valid claims of protection back to countries where their lives are at risk. Instead, America's response must be consistent with our moral and legal obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us."



Big Win Against Big Tobacco

Trial Attorney Willie Gary and Team Awarded Over $16 Million in Compensatory Damages and $23 Billion Dollars in Punitive Damages Against RJ Reynolds as a Result of Client's Smoking Related Death

African American news from Pasadena - National - Trial attorney Willie Gary wins against big tobaccoPensacola, FL (July 19, 2014) – Trial attorney Willie Gary, along with his law partner Donald Watson, of the Florida-based law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, & Watson, P.L.L.C., and Chris Chestnut of the Chestnut Firm in Atlanta, Georgia and Howard Acosta of St. Petersburg, Florida were awarded just over $16 million in compensatory damages and $23 billion in punitive damages on behalf of their client Cynthia Robinson. Throughout the course of a four-week trial, Gary and team proved that RJ Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of tobacco and therefore, caused the unnecessary and untimely demise of Michael Johnson, Sr. Johnson contracted lung cancer as a direct and proximate result of smoking cigarettes. Johnson, furthermore, became addicted to cigarettes and was unable to quit smoking despite numerous attempts.



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