Posts tagged law
Posts tagged law
Lawyers for a Florida man this week cited President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the ‘Bush Doctrine’ as a defense after their client killed two neighbors and attempted to kill a third on Labor Day.
And yes, he did also cite “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. He shot three people, killed two, and amazingly, the lone survivor survived being shot eleven times.
Standing your ground with eleven shots into a single human being? Really? And citing preemptive war as a defense… I just don’t even know what to say to that.
Christ, this country’s gone mad.
(Reuters) - The Montana attorney general on Wednesday said the one-month jail term given an ex-teacher for raping a high school student who later killed herself fell far short of the mandatory minimum and asked the state Supreme Court to overturn it.
By noon, the crowd was already pushing 300.
Once the rally began 15 minutes later, nearly 400 people — neighbors and friends, activists, members of the national media and the mother of rape victim Cherice Moralez — watched, cheered, shouted, waved protest signs and called for the resignation of District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh…
On Monday Baugh sentenced former Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold — who pleaded guilty to raping Cherice Moralez, one of his 14-year-old students — to serve 31 days in jail. He received credit for one day already served.
Baugh explained the sentence by saying the victim was “older than her chronological age” and said she had some control over her relationship with the teacher…
Moralez was 14 when she was raped by Rambold. The girl killed herself weeks before her 17th birthday as her sexual relationship with Rambold became a criminal case. Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse, which makes Rambold’s crime felony rape.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he disagrees with the sentence, and that his office has contacted the appellate division of the Montana State Attorney General’s office.
The judge’s justifications of she’s “older than her chronological age” and that the victim is in control are disgusting, and used by child rapists frequently. She was not in control. Rambold was in a position of authority over her, and he abused that power — not to mention the public trust. Baugh should do the right thing and step down. NOW.
It’s heartening to see Montana folks and others stepping up and demanding justice.
All legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes, regardless of whether the state where they live recognizes the marriage, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.
The federal rules change is one of many stemming from the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. That ruling found that same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits, but left open the question of how the federal government would actually administer those benefits.
Precisely the right decision.
Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago taking a stand on the city council’s plan to criminalize homelessness in downtown Columbia, S.C. by pushing the homeless to a shelter just barely in the city limits.
According to The State, Santiago also said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor will police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse. The law, which is likely unconstitutional, aims to bus the homeless out of the downtown area to a shelter that would have infrequent transportation services and require signing in and out.
Trayvon Martin is far from the only shooting in which the controversial law has been at issue.
From last year — while George Zimmerman ultimately dropped his “Stand Your Ground” claim under the advice of counsel, ProPublica complied a list of interesting (and frightening) cases that fall under the “Stand Your Ground” umbrella.
And while Zimmerman ultimately did not invoke it as a defense, the instructions to the jury still contained “Stand Your Ground” language.
Police Sgt. Richard Webster of Covington, Ky. on the interruption of a heated bingo game by an 18-year-old prankster. Austin Whaley dashed into a bingo hall filled with elderly women and yelled “Bingo!” This caused "alarm to patrons", and once people realized it wasn’t a real bingo, according to Webster, “[T]hey started hooting and hollering and yelling and cussing. People take their bingo very seriously.”
Whaley received no jail time, but is legally barred from saying the word “bingo” for six months.