Tag Archives: legal

Thank You Thursdays: The Supreme Court strikes down harmful anti-prostitution pledge

TweetFor years, the United States has endorsed an explicitly discriminatory policy against sex workers. PEPFAR, our international HIV/AIDS aid policy, contains an anti-prostitution pledge requirement stating that no funds “may be used to provide assistance to any group or organization that does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.” In practice, this [...]
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Breaking: Dominique Strauss-Kahn to settle out of court with Nafissitou Diallo

TweetThe French press is reporting that the former IMF chief will be settling out of court with Nafissitou Diallo, the NYC based hotel maid who has pursued a case against him for sexual assault, if she drops the civil suit–to the tune of 6 million. “Details of the deal, which comes after prosecutors dropped related [...]
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Quick Hit: Can a lawsuit bring some racial diversity to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?

TweetJennifer Pozner has an interesting piece up at the Daily Beast on the class-action racial discrimination suit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. That calculus has governed casting on The Bachelor since its 2002 debut on ABC. Ten years, one spinoff (The Bachelorette), and 24 seasons later, every star of TV’s oldest reality romance franchise [...]
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Federal judge sends racist, anti-Obama email; claims he didn’t mean for it to be racist

TweetAnother one for the–you can’t be fucking serious–files. Bush-appointed federal judge Chief Judge Richard Cebull from the federal district court in Montana sent the following email.  “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I [...]
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Topeka, Kansas considers decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid prosecuting cases

TweetLast night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence. Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, [...]
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