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  • In Maine, It Doesn't Pay to be a Man

    02/01/2010 9:08:35 AM PST · by FreeManDC · 27 replies · 1,790+ views
    Renew America ^ | February 1, 2010 | Carey Roberts
    Practically everyone in town knows Amy Dugas is a serial batterer. But the Maine criminal justice system keeps finding ways to keep her from facing the music. In 2004 Amy assaulted her husband Mark in their home in Waldoboro. When the police officer came to arrest her, she kicked him in the groin. The judge released her on bail, ordering her to refrain from using weapons. Four months later she stabbed Mark with a foot-long kitchen knife, fatally severing his pulmonary artery. At the trial, she got away with the trusty I-feared-for-my-life alibi. Two years later Dugas spent 125 days...
  • State Rules in Favor of Young Transgender

    01/27/2010 8:50:15 AM PST · by OneVike · 44 replies · 1,001+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 7/1/09 | Abigail Curtis
    I searched but did not see this ever posted, so here it is. The Bangor Daily News reported back on July of 2009, about the ruling by the Maine Human Rights Commission that the Orono School Department discriminated against a transgender child by denying her access to the girls bathroom. While the school department’s lawyer warned that schools around the state may not be ready to manage the practical fallout from the decision, civil liberties advocates hailed the ruling as an advancement of human rights. “This ruling is a huge step forward for a vulnerable population that is entitled to...
  • Vt. judge: Birth mom must transfer custody of 7-year-old daughter to former lesbian partner

    12/30/2009 7:39:32 AM PST · by walford · 42 replies · 1,568+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | Wilson Ring
    ...Miller and Jenkins were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Isabella was born to Miller through artificial insemination in 2002. The couple broke up in 2003, and Miller moved to Virginia, renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian. Cohen awarded custody of the girl to Jenkins on Nov. 20 after finding Miller in contempt of court for denying Jenkins access to the girl. The judge said the only way to ensure equal access to the child was to switch custody. He also said the benefits to the child of having access to both parents would be worth the...
  • Judge upholds ruling against photographers who declined work at homosexual ceremony

    12/18/2009 10:11:50 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies · 2,064+ views
    cna ^ | December 18, 2009
    Albuquerque, N.M., Dec 18, 2009 / 04:12 am (CNA).- Attorneys for a small photography company charged with violating anti-discrimination laws for declining to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony” are planning to appeal a New Mexico judge’s decision to uphold the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission’s ruling against them.The Albuquerque company, Elane Photography, is co-owned by Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jon. They are being represented by attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).In 2006 a woman named Vanessa Willock asked them to photograph a “commitment ceremony” that she and another woman wanted to hold in Taos, N.M. State law does...
  • Court tosses Prop. 8 ruling on strategy papers (CA against gay marriage)

    12/11/2009 7:03:00 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 16 replies · 1,192+ views
    San Francisco Chronical ^ | 11 Dec, 2008 | The Chronical staff
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court in San Francisco has reversed a judge's order that backers of Proposition 8, the state initiative that banned same-sex marriage, give their campaign strategy documents to opponents trying to overturn the measure. In a unanimous ruling today, the Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals tossed out the order that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued in October against backers of Prop. 8, which state voters approved in November 2008. Walker had said lawyers for two same-sex couples and a gay-rights group were entitled to see internal memos and e-mails between Yes on 8...
  • Judge Blocks U.S. Ban on Funding for Acorn

    12/11/2009 6:47:08 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 27 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-12-09 | NOMAAN MERCHANT
    A federal judge blocked U.S. officials from enforcing a funding ban on Acorn, the beleaguered community organizer. Congress cut off funding for Acorn -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- in September after Web sites and TV news outlets played secretly recorded videos in which employees of an affiliated organization offered advice on how to set up brothels and avoid paying taxes. Acorn sued the federal government in November, arguing Congress had violated the Constitution by singling out the group. It says it has fired employees suspected of wrongdoing. U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon in New York...
  • Gay Adoptive Father Faces Arraignment in Abuse Case

    12/09/2009 3:50:00 PM PST · by jonatron · 46 replies · 1,991+ views
    Edge (gay pride mag from Boston) ^ | Tuesday Dec 1, 2009 | Kilian Melloy
    A former Duke University employee and adoptive gay father charged with molesting his five-year-old son--and offering the boy as a sex object to pedophiles online--is expected to make a plea bargain, according to a Dec. 1 article in local newspaper the Durham Herald Sun. Frank Lombard faces charges stemming from alleged instances in which he molested his young adopted son and chatted about the deeds online even as he carried them out. It’s thought that the U.S, Attorney’s Office is positioning the case for a plea arrangement because the Office is set to file an "information," which allows the prosecution...
  • Did Texas just de-recognize marriage ?

    11/19/2009 9:51:32 AM PST · by MetaThought · 42 replies · 2,236+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | Dave Montgomery
    Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages AUSTIN — Texans: Are you really married? Maybe not. Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state. The amendment, approved by the Legislature and overwhelmingly ratified by voters, declares that "marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." But the troublemaking phrase, as Radnofsky sees it, is Subsection B, which declares: "This state...
  • D.C. board turns away ballot initiative (gay "marriage")

    11/18/2009 12:50:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 555+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2009 | Tim Craig
    The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Tuesday that a proposed ballot initiative defining marriage as between a man and a woman cannot go forward, reaffirming an earlier ruling that such a vote would be discriminatory. The board cited the city Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination against gay men and lesbians. The board decision, which will probably be challenged in court, means the D.C. Council can move forward with its plans to vote on a bill next month to legalize same-sex marriage. The council on Tuesday scheduled a vote for Dec. 1. "We have considered all of the...
  • Plea deal in abortion scuffle

    11/04/2009 1:53:52 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies · 500+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 11/3/2009 | LARRY HENDRICKS
    One of two women accused of scrapping with an anti-abortion protester in front of Flagstaff City Hall has decided to accept six months of unsupervised probation to make the charges go away. Denise Redsteer, 48, accepted a "deferred prosecution" Friday in Flagstaff Municipal Court, said City Prosecutor Lisa Stankovich. Deferred prosecution does not admit guilt, and if Redsteer successfully completes the terms of her probation, the charges against her will be dismissed. Stankovich said that Redsteer has also agreed to pay a $150 prosecution fee and not commit any criminal offenses during the probationary period. Flagstaff attorney, Mik Jordhal, who...
  • Torture-slaying: more expensive to execute someone than to sentence them to life in prison

    10/29/2009 8:35:18 AM PDT · by fujimoh · 62 replies · 1,565+ views
    KNOXVILLE - For the first time in Knox County judicial history, a judge will instruct the jury in the trial of convicted torture-slaying ringleader Lemaricus Davidson that it is more expensive to execute someone than to sentence them to spend the rest of their life in prison. At the request of defense attorney Doug Trant, Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner said this morning that he will tell jurors that a 2004 study by the state Comptroller's Office concluded that execution is a more expensive form of punishment than life without parole
  • Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    10/15/2009 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 41 replies · 2,141+ views
    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.
  • Judge fines attorney $20,000, mocks eligibility challenge

    10/13/2009 12:26:51 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 73 replies · 3,235+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 13, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A Georgia judge has blasted attorney Orly Taitz, who has handled a number of court challenges to President Barack Obama's eligibility under the constitutional demand the Oval Office be occupied only by a "natural born" citizen, fining her $20,000 for what he called "frivolous" court actions, and he then mocked the concern over Obama's background. "Although counsel's present concern is the location of the president's birth, it does not take much imagination to extend the theory to his birthday," wrote U.S. District Judge Clay Land in an order released today. "Perhaps, he looks 'too young' to be president, and he...
  • FYI, The Latest In "As The Birthers Turn"

    10/06/2009 7:02:16 AM PDT · by steve-b · 35 replies · 2,433+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/5/09 | Jay Bookman
    Down in Columbus, I’d say that birther attorney Orly Taitz has guaranteed herself a $10,000 fine at the hands of U.S. District Judge Clay Land. According to the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Taitz’ most recent filing accuses Land of having met secretly in Columbus with Attorney General Eric Holder to conspire about ways to hide evidence of Obama’s true birthplace. For that and other reasons, she demands that Land recuse himself from the case. Her evidence for that rather stunning charge? An affidavit from a fellow birther claiming to have seen someone resembling Holder in a Columbus cafe across the street...
  • Taitz Alleges Judge Secretly Met With Holder -- And Cites Coffee Shop Sighting To Prove It

    10/05/2009 10:14:30 AM PDT · by Beloved Levinite · 21 replies · 2,976+ views
    TPMMuckraker ^ | Oct 5, 2009 | Justin Elliot
    In a 24-page filing littered with all-caps, bold, and underlined text, Birther attorney Orly Taitz is demanding that a federal judge recuse himself in a case that has morphed from a soldier's attempt to resist Barack Obama's orders to what Taitz sees as a prosecution of herself. Taitz alleges that Judge Clay Land met with Attorney General Eric Holder, who was allegedly spotted at a small coffee shop across from Land's courtroom in Columbus, Georgia, on the day of a Birther hearing. A strange affidavit by one Robert Douglas describes the putative sighting of Holder, sans entourage, who "probably thought...
  • Christian Girl Ordered To Attend Public School: Mom's Religious Views Ripped By Court

    09/03/2009 9:03:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 03, 2009
    Christian girl ordered to attend public schoolMom's religious views ripped by court By Julia Duin A New Hampshire court ordered a home-schooled Christian girl to attend a public school this week after a judge criticized the "rigidity" of her mother's religious views and said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures. Ever since the judge's ruling came out in July, the case has aroused the interest of home-schooling groups nationwide, whohave asked why a court has the power to decide whether someone's religious views are too extreme. The girl's mother, Brenda Voydatch, has engaged the Alliance Defense...
  • Voter intimidation ok with Obama-Holder Justice Department if done by its side

    07/31/2009 11:11:28 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies · 788+ views ^ | July 31, 2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    We wrote here and here about the Justice Department's dismissal of a voter intimidation case against a group of armed Black Panthers who threatened would-be voters outside a polling place in Philadelphia. The Justice Department won the case after the defendants defaulted (a wise move by them, it turns out), but decided to give the victory away. This struck us as another instance in which the Obama-Holder Justice Department made its decision based on political considerations, rather than considerations of justice. This was a case in which members of a political organization showed up at a polling place in uniform...
  • Judge tentatively acquits woman in MySpace case [Lori Drew]

    07/02/2009 12:41:54 PM PDT · by freespirited · 51 replies · 3,443+ views
    Guardian ^ | 07/02/09 | Linda Deutsch
    A Los Angeles federal judge has tentatively thrown out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide. In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge George Wu has acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. Wu says his ruling will become final when he issues it in writing. Drew was convicted in a trial, but the judge says that if she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of...
  • LA judge signs dismissal of Dole banana case

    06/18/2009 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies · 372+ views
    Ventura Co. Star ^ | 6/18/2009 | Linda Deutsch
    <p>LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California judge signed a dismissal order Wednesday detailing the massive fraud perpetrated against U.S. food giant Dole designed to collect billions of dollars through false claims of harm to Nicaraguan banana plantation workers.</p>
  • Angry Neighbors Won't Be Charged in Beating of Suspect in 11-Year-Old Girl's Rape

    06/04/2009 8:58:51 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 94 replies · 2,021+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/4/09
    A mob of furious neighbors of an 11-year-old girl raped on her way to school in Philadelphia won't be charged for beating a man wanted for questioning in the case.