Category Archives: Justice?

Mass. Supreme Court Affirms Right of Men to Look Up Our Skirts

or at least take pictures up women’s skirts. CNN, e.g., has coverage here.  The AP has coverage here. -Bridget Crawford

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Women in the Texas Legislature: Lessons in Individual Actions that Serve to Empower Movements

Thank you to Senator Wendy R. Davis and to Senator Leticia Van de Putte for, among other things, standing up for equality.  It may have only been a battle and not a war, but Senator Davis’ filibuster of the Texas … Continue reading

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“Polanski’s victim is not a “sex scandal teen””

That is the title of this awesome post at Salon. Below is an excerpt: Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when she had her fateful encounter with Polanski in 1977. The California age of consent at the time was 16. … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Judicial Deference to the Military: Sexual Assault is Not Cognizable

Just as the judicial deference to the military’s DADT policy on sexual orientation eventually eroded, so too will the judicial deference to the military’s policies on sexual assault eventually crumble.   Well, at least that’s possible.  Isn’t it? Although a 2 … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Woman To Pay Alimony, Legal Fees, To Ex-Spouse Convicting Of Attacking Her

A San Diego judge has told an ex-wife  to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and be ready to pay him alimony should he make the request once he leaves prison. Judge Geoffrey Pollack noted that he had discretion in the … Continue reading

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Number of Women in Extreme Poverty Increases

From the National Women’s Law Center, this synopsis of some of the most recent census data: Poverty among women – already much higher than poverty among men – climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010, the highest rate in 17 years. A 14.5 percent poverty … Continue reading

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Forgiving Oneself Before Forgiving the Abuser: Healing and Domestic Violence

Justice without forgiveness?  Forgiveness without justice?  Considering these questions in the context of domestic violence, to my mind, at least, both questions focus on the ability of the so called “bad actor” to receive or achieve forgiveness.  But victims need … Continue reading

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Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, and Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Race?

Former IMF head Dominique Strass-Kahn has been indicted in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female member of the housekeeping staff at the Sofitel hotel in New York.  See, e.g., here. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted … Continue reading

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The Emotional Darkness of Hate: Suicide at Rutgers

Last week Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.   The (Newark) Star-Leger reports here: Freshman Tyler Clementi was enrolled at Rutgers University for a little more than three weeks when he asked his roommate … Continue reading

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Greenawalt on Uganda, Alternative Justice and the ICC

My colleague Alexander Greenawalt‘s article Complemetarity in Crisis: Uganda, Alternative Justice, and the International Criminal Court is the starting point for a lively dialogue over at the Opinio Juris blog.  See  here,  here and  here.  Professor Greenawalt exchanges ideas with … Continue reading

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“I don’t want to be (on the Internet), but I have to be there and it’s never going away, and that’s a scary thought,” she said.

Child porn victim seeks restitution VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A U.S. woman filmed in a series of pornographic movies as a child says she is seeking restitution from anyone convicted of possessing them. The 20-year-old woman, whose … Continue reading

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“The FBI says killer truckers are abducting prostitutes and other women at truck stops, raping them and leaving their bodies along the nation’s highways.”

Below is a “Time Video” news report, which states there are 500 known victims.

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Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower young women, ages12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.

MESSAGE FROM HALLE BERRY October 1, 2009 Dear GEMS Friends, Being a girl isn’t easy. Today in New York City, a girl will flee an abusive home, only to be approached by a pimp-trafficker who will promise her love and … Continue reading

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Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right: Court of Appeals of Mississippi Drags Feet on Recognizing Combined Race-Gender Groups as Groups Deserving Discrete Protection Under Batson

In Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S.79 (1986), the Supreme Court declared that racial discrimination through the use of peremptory challenges is prohibited. In J.E.B. v. Alabama ex rel. T.B., 511 U.S. 127 (1994), the Court found that gender discrimination through … Continue reading

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Ave Maria School of Law claims law professors on its faculty are ministers.

From the National Law Journal: A Michigan trial judge will decide that next week in a controversial employment dispute involving Ave Maria School of Law, which is trying to declare law professors as ministers to avoid a wrongful termination suit … Continue reading

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Women selling sex are arrested and jailed, but the buyers go free?

That’s how I interpret what this article is saying when it reports: … The November raid came after a six-week surveillance of the house on Round Hill Road. The dwelling’s owner, Stephen A. Clark, was arrested Nov. 26 and pleaded … Continue reading

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Judge Kozinski Will Not Be Sanctioned For Hosting Web Site Featuring Racist, Degrading Porn

The SF Chron reported (in part): … In a decision that it labeled an admonishment, the panel told Kozinski that his conduct “created a public controversy that can reasonably be seen as having resulted in embarrassment to the institution of … Continue reading

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On Avoiding Jury Duty

Yeesh.

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“Is It Wrong To Pay For Sex?”

From NPR. Those debating were: FOR THE MOTION Melissa Farley is a clinical and research psychologist with San Francisco-based nonprofit Prostitution Research & Education and an associate scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She wrote Prostitution and Trafficking … Continue reading

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Delaware Chief Judge emails “soft porn” to former clerks

 Myron Steele, Chief Judge of the Delaware, is reported here to have used his government email account to forward a “suggestive video”  which “depicts a professional-looking young woman in a bar competing with a glamorous blonde for the attention of … Continue reading

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The impact of the underrepresentation of women in the media and SCOTUS, illustrated.

Historiann observes: Nina Totenberg’s report on All Things Considered last night on  the”strip search”case heard yesterday at the Supreme Court is the only news report I can find that notes that lone woman Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on her … Continue reading

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“The [New York Times’] policy says the newspaper will not allow personal or partisan attacks from behind a mask of anonymity.”

The NYT’s Public Editor criticizes the paper for failing to live up to this policy here.

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Teen Suicide Linked to Cyberbullying

From here: The image was blurred and the voice distorted, but the words spoken by a young Ohio woman are haunting. She had sent nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent them to other … Continue reading

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“An Ohio city court says it will only accept new case filings from people who bring their own paper.”

Yeesh. The Columbus Dispatch reports: A Morrow County court is going BYOP: Bring your own paper. The Municipal Court that handles civil, small claims, criminal and traffic cases won’t accept new case filings starting Monday because it’s almost out of … Continue reading

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How much jail time should a child porn offender serve?

That question is dividing jurists and observers, see e.g. the Sentencing Law & Policy blog.

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