President Obama calls Iranian martyr Neda’s death ‘heartbreaking’
Obama said he had watched the graphic Internet video of the death of Neda Soltan, which has turned the 26-year-old student into a global symbol of the pro-democracy protests.
“While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history,” Obama said.
White House Declines Comment on Troy Davis Case
“Dating back to his time in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system – especially in capital punishment cases,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “However, it is not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution.”
Update: And let’s not forget this:
Obama says Bradley Manning “broke the law”
Though Manning has yet to stand trial, Mr. Obama asserted yesterday that he is guilty.
“If you’re in the military, and — I have to abide by certain classified information,” Mr. Obama explained to a supporter. “If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law. We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate… He broke the law.”