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Title: Purple Purse
Post by: Battle on September 17, 2014, 08:08:32 am

Kerry Washington is fast becoming one of my most admired persons because she actually stands for something.
Recently, Ms. Washington was a guest on MSNBC's  'The Reid Report'  hosted by Joy Reid as a ambassador for Purple Purse, a project of The Allstate Foundation, to remind Americans of the many kinds of domestic abuse.

For example, economic abuse is the most common of all because the abuser deprives the victim of the ability to be financially independent.  The abuser has financial security and the victim doesn't.

Domestic abuse is a very, very, very serious issue and nothing to be ashamed of.

Domestic abuse affects EVERYONE in any kind of relationship: families, friends and lovers alike.

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Post by: Hypestyle on September 17, 2014, 08:06:56 pm
.... Dang, now reggaeton singer Don Omar--- (
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Post by: Battle on September 18, 2014, 06:24:43 pm

Twenty years ago today, the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. It remains my proudest legislative achievement -- but it didn't happen because of me.

It happened because, at a time when kicking a woman in the stomach or pushing her down the stairs was not taken seriously as a crime -- and at a time when domestic violence against women was considered a "family affair" -- something remarkable happened.

Incredibly brave and courageous women began speaking up.

Women like Marla, a model whose face was slashed by two men because she'd refused her landlord's entrees, and who was questioned for 20 minutes during the trial about why she was wearing a miniskirt. As if she had asked for or welcomed this repugnant act of violence. Marla spoke out.

Women like Christine, who was raped in a dorm room by a friend's boyfriend. Christine said she hadn't even known she'd been raped, because she'd known the man. But Christine added her voice.

There were so many more. Women who had their arms broken with hammers and heads beaten with pipes, who were among the 21,000 women who were assaulted, raped, and murdered in a single week in America at the time.

All of these women are victims. But they're also survivors.

And because they spoke up, the conversation changed and a national consensus formed to do something to protect them. Their stories -- experiences shared by millions more women -- put this issue front and center before the American people. The country was forced to see the rawest form of violence and acknowledge the culture that hid it. And they began to demand change as a result. Local coalitions of shelters and rape centers led the way. National women's groups and civil rights organizations got on board. And a bipartisan group in Congress got the bill to President Clinton's desk.

That's how we got this law enacted.

And with each reauthorization, we added more protections. In 2000, we included a definition of dating violence. In 2005, we invested in health providers to screen patients for domestic violence and associated long-term psychological and physical health. And in 2013, we made VAWA services available to LGBT Americans and restored authority for tribes to prosecute non-Indian offenders. As a result, over the years, we've seen domestic violence rates drop significantly, fundamental reforms of state laws, and higher rates of convictions for special-victims units.

But we know our work here is never done. This past week, I announced that we'll bring together legal experts, scholars, and advocates to convene a White House Summit on Civil Rights and Equal Protection for Women because we know bias against victims of rape and sexual assault still exist in our criminal justice system -- and we must make clear every victim has a basic civil right to equal protection under the law.

And if you need information and resources about how to respond and prevent sexual assault in our schools and on our college campuses, you can visit

And if, God forbid, you're experiencing this sort of violence or know someone who is, you can get help. You can do it right now. There is a network of passionate and dedicated folks all across the country who are ready to listen. It's anonymous, and it's safe. In fact, VAWA created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which you can visit here,* or dial 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) right now for help and advice.

Twenty years after the Violence Against Women Act was enacted, I remain hopeful as ever that the decency of the American people will keep us moving forward.

They understand that the true character of our country is measured when violence against women is no longer accepted as society's secret, and where we all understand that even one case is too many.

Thank you,

Vice President Joe Biden
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Post by: Battle on September 19, 2014, 06:32:42 am
Fuller Sh!t (

You can always tell when there's a serious scandal underway in sports & politics.
Take for example, the NFL commissioner unsuccessfully trying to cover up a horrible domestic violence case with one of their athletes which set off a litany of other related cases sparking a national conversation about domestic abuse.

Not too long ago, a U.S. District Judge mark fuller in Birmingham, Alabama, was arrested on domestic violence charges for beating his wife.   

If Americans are calling for the resignation of the NFL commissioner and firing if not outright arresting athletes for their misdeeds then we must do so for all Americans.  No one is exempt from the American rule of law, not even a judge.  This judge has achieved tenor so if he is to be removed it will require an act of Congress...

--- but wait!  (

A republican conservative controlled congress has decided to take a vacation until November 12th!!!   
Why, that's a week AFTER election day! 
Not just any election but the midterm elections! 

republicans go on vacation while your President and Vice President works tirelessly for the American people.

Does anyone else detect another scandal coming?
Obviously, the 'conservative bogeyman' (according to BmoreAkuma) is attempting to protect this Alabama judge because if Congress is not in session, then they cannot take a vote to impeach this wife beater.    Slick, huh?
Whatever the 'conservative bogeyman' is protecting this Alabama wife beater from it must be something very important.

The only thing the 'conservative bogeyman' is concerned about is going to war in the Middle East.  Oh, and criticizing the President.   ...and getting re-elected. 
Because the war overseas takes the focus off serious issues that concern Americans most in the Homeland*.

What we do for one, we must do for all.   Do you not agree?

* a 'conservative bogeyman' term
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Post by: Battle on March 15, 2015, 06:29:33 pm
Heh heh heh... The plot thickens as we discover more crap about this bush-appointed Alabama judge.  (
Check it out:

Federal judge faces possible impeachment
by Timothy M. Phelps

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Federal District Judge mark e. fuller was controversial even before he was arrested on allegations of beating his wife last year.

The Alabama judge was criticized for sitting on cases brought by the government even as his aviation company was getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded business. Appointed by a Republican, he was denounced for putting a former Democratic governor in manacles after a corruption conviction.

He was the talk of the courthouse for having an extramarital affair with his courtroom assistant, and for his messy public divorce.

fuller, 56, is now battling bipartisan calls to resign over a fight he had seven months ago with the same former courtroom assistant, whom he'd married. The argument started after she accused fuller of cheating on her with his law clerk.

Adding to fuller's problems was that a few weeks after he was arrested, video was released of NFL star running back Ray Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious, putting a national spotlight on spousal abuse. The Baltimore Ravens dropped Rice.

"If an NFL player can lose his job because of domestic violence, then a federal judge should definitely not be allowed to keep his lifetime appointment to the federal bench," said Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala.

Sewell and both of Alabama's Republican senators, along with other members of the state's congressional delegation, have called on fuller to step down.

fuller's judicial career now rests largely with a five-judge review panel that has investigated his behavior and is expected to release its findings this month. A House of Representatives committee is gearing up for possible impeachment hearings against fuller, who was appointed to the federal bench by President bush in 2002.

Retired Alabama federal Judge U.W. Clemon, who as chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Birmingham dealt with similar ethical issues, said that fuller's constitutional appointment may not be enough to save his job.

When a judge's behavior results in him "being thrown in jail like a common criminal, that's not within the conduct that is condoned by the Constitution," Clemon said.

Kelli fuller, the former court assistant who was divorced from fuller after the incident, has not spoken in public about what happened at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Atlanta last August. But her version is amply represented in police files.

"He's beating on me! Please help me," Kelli fuller pleaded to a police dispatcher, who called for an ambulance and could be heard telling a co-worker, "I can hear him hitting her now."

The policeman who entered the hotel room found her with "visible lacerations to her mouth and forehead" and said the room smelled of alcohol.

"Mrs. fuller stated when she confronted him about their issues, he pulled her hair and threw her to the ground and kicked her," the police report said. "Mrs. fuller also stated she was dragged around the room and Mr. fuller hit her in the mouth several times with his hands."

Judge fuller was taken to jail, where he spent the night on a charge of misdemeanor battery. But he avoided a criminal record by agreeing to a pretrial diversion program, including a drug and alcohol evaluation and 24 sessions of domestic violence counseling.

Nebraska federal court Judge Richard Kopf, who writes a blog about judicial issues, called it "a sweet deal."

fuller, who is no longer hearing cases pending the resolution of the committee's review, hasn't commented on the specifics of the incident, but he issued a brief statement of regret. He called the incident "very embarrassing" and said he would be "working to resolve these issues" with his family.

In a recent interview, fuller's lawyer and longtime friend Barry Ragsdale spoke at length about the incident for the first time.

Ragsdale said Kelli fuller had become upset over an "imagined" affair she believed her husband of two years was having with a law clerk.

Ragsdale said Fuller acted in self-defense. He said when fuller refused to fire the law clerk, his wife "throws a glass at him and rushes at him while he is lying in bed" in his underwear watching television.

"He reaches up, defending himself, and grabs her by the hair and the shoulder," Ragsdale said. "Standing up, he throws her on the bed. She rolls off onto the floor and got a bloody lip. He never intended to hurt her."

In his Birmingham office, Ragsdale showed a notebook with photos showing Kelli Fuller's injuries, including several small cuts and bruises and a fat lower lip. He said they were taken less than an hour after the incident.

She declined to go to a hospital, according to the police report. Ragsdale said fuller "never hit, punched, slapped or kicked his wife."

The five-judge committee heard three days of testimony last month in a closed evidentiary hearing that Ragsdale said was "essentially a trial."

Ragsdale says the committee is considering several allegations, including whether fuller abused his wife and, if so, whether it was part of a pattern of abuse; whether he had an affair with his clerk; and whether the earlier extramarital relationship with Kelli fuller violated court rules or judicial ethics.

Ragsdale says there is no rule at the District Court in Montgomery prohibiting relationships with employees.

Finally, Ragsdale said, the judges are looking at questions of spousal abuse and alcohol and prescription drug abuse raised in fuller's 2012 divorce from his first wife, Lisa.

Because of his lifetime appointment, the committee cannot force him off the bench, but it can reprimand him and ask him to resign or grant him early retirement. It can also recommend impeachment.

Kopf, the conservative judge and blogger, wrote that he opposed impeachment because "fuller's despicable conduct was ... private, and it was unconnected to the performance of his judicial duties."

G. Douglas Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Birmingham, said fuller should step down given the damage done to his reputation and credibility.

"No one in a criminal or civil case would feel they would get a fair shake," Jones said.
Title: Re: Purple Purse
Post by: Battle on May 11, 2016, 02:31:37 pm
Here's yet another example of why Americans needs to reform our criminal justice system after the general election:


Doesn't this guy look like rush limburger?

An Arkansas judge has resigned after a state commission accused him of ordering male defendants to be spanked, engage in sex acts and bend over for thousands of photographs to fulfill their “community service,” a senior state official said on Tuesday.

The resignation of the district court judge, O. Joseph Boeckmann Jr., was effective immediately after it was sent to the State Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Monday, said David J. Sachar, the commission’s executive director.

“If a criminal charge is brought, he will be fighting that vehemently,” Someone  said of the former judge.

The commission was continuing its investigation and it had interviewed hundreds of witnesses since August 2015, looking at the judge’s docket sheets, Mr. Sachar said.

“We have identified three dozen people by name that we have contacted or know it happened,” he said, referring to people who said they had experienced inappropriate sex acts, paddling or photography or payments by the judge. “We suspect there are more.”

The State Supreme Court ordered the judge to stop hearing cases in late 2015 as the investigation unfolded,  but he was still drawing a salary and benefits. His resignation on Monday, which was sent to Mr. Sachar and to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, means he is permanently disqualified from being a judge and public servant.

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Post by: Battle on April 17, 2018, 09:35:30 am
by Mark Moore

Tuesday April 17, 2018


Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, unveiled a sketch of “the thug” the adult entertainment star says threatened her to keep quiet about a sexual affair she alleges with the acting-president.

The drawing released on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday shows a man with a light beard, hair pushed back from his face and wearing a hoodie.

The man was described as being between 5-feet-9 and 6-feet tall and “lean but fit.”

Mr. Avenatti urged viewers to send in their tips to because he and Ms. Daniels are offering a $100,000 reward to whoever identifies him.

Ms. Daniels and Mr. Avenatti have been in a legal battle with the acting-president’s personal lawyer, michael cohen, over a nondisclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 election and for which she received a $130,000 payment from cohen.

They contend the agreement isn’t valid because emperor puppetine never signed the legal papers.

The FBI raided cohen’s office, home and hotel room last week seeking information and documents about that payment.

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Post by: Battle on April 25, 2018, 06:36:04 am

Saraland Police Department, Alabama

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns call: 1.251.675.5331

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Post by: Battle on May 08, 2018, 01:38:21 pm
("Looks Like Another Creepy Politician Getting Away W/Sh!t!"
Eric Schneiderman Resigns as New York Attorney General Amid Assault Claims by 4 Women

Monday... Monday... MAY 7, 2018


"Ummm-m-m-m... Ahhh-h-h... ~~~"

Eric T. Schneiderman, 63, the New York State attorney general who rose to prominence, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.

“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.

“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had been choked and hit repeatedly by Mr. Schneiderman. Both said they had sought medical treatment. Another woman, a lawyer, said she was slapped violently across the face. A fourth woman said she had similar experiences.

All the women in the article, who had been romantically involved with Mr. Schneiderman, said the violence was not consensual.

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Some more useful information:

2010 Georgia Code

O.C.G.A. 16-12-102 (2010)
16-12-102. Definitions

(4) "Sadomasochistic abuse" means actual or simulated flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude, clad in undergarments, a mask or bizarre costume, or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained by one so clothed or nude.

2015 New York Laws
PEN - Penal

263.00 Definitions.

As used in this article the following definitions shall apply:

8. "Sado-masochistic abuse" means the conduct defined  in  subdivision
  five of section 235.20 of this chapter.

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The legal role of consent

There is no single legal definition of consent. Each state sets its own definition, either in law or through court cases. In general, there are three main ways that states analyze consent in relation to sexual acts:

Affirmative consent: Did the person express overt actions or words indicating agreement for sexual acts?

Freely given consent: Was the consent offered of the person’s own free will, without being induced by fraud, coercion, violence, or threat of violence?

Capacity to consent: Did the individual have the capacity, or legal ability, to consent?

Capacity to consent

A person’s capacity, or ability, to legally consent to sexual activity can be based on a number of factors, which often vary from state to state. In a criminal investigation, a state may use these factors to determine if a person who engaged in sexual activity had the capacity to consent. If not, the state may be able to charge the perpetrator with a crime. Examples of some factors that may contribute to someone’s capacity to consent include:

Intoxication: Was the person intoxicated? Different states have different definitions of intoxication, and in some states it matters whether you voluntarily or involuntarily became intoxicated.

Relationship of victim/perpetrator: Was the alleged perpetrator in a position of authority, such as such as a teacher or correctional office?

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Post by: Battle on May 25, 2018, 05:09:14 am
( "Looks Like A New Edition To The Sex Offenders List!"

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to authorities on sex-crimes charges
by John Riley, Anthony M. DeStefano and Mark Morales

Friday, May 25, 2018


(Manhattan, New York) - Disgraced movie tycoon Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities at a Manhattan police precinct Friday morning to face sex-crimes charges.

Weinstein arrived at the First Precinct shortly before 7:30 a.m. wearing a light blue sweater and dark suit. He was received outside the precinct by detectives.

He said nothing as he slowly limped inside past a large media presence. 

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Post by: Battle on May 25, 2018, 10:32:18 am
("Who's Next?"
...and Walks Out of Court Arrested on Rape Charges!
by Benjamin Mueller and Alan Feuer

Friday, May 25, 2018


Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York City detectives and appeared in court on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex, a watershed in a months long sex crimes investigation and in the #MeToo movement.

With camera shutters clicking and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where Mr. Weinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood.

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Post by: Battle on July 30, 2018, 01:06:01 pm
Friday July 27th 2018

In Kentucky, A 'Culture Of Indifference' To Sexual Harassment In Prisons
by Eleanor Klibanoff


Lisa Suliman, Jennifer Dennis and Colleen Payton

Jennifer Dennis came from a family of correctional officers, and, as a single mom, she was grateful for her good-paying job at Little Sandy Correctional Complex in rural northeastern Kentucky.

But then her supervisor took an interest in her — and she said her dream job quickly became a nightmare.

"At first, it was like rubbing my butt, or trying to grab my boobs, or trying to pinch my tail," she said.

But then, she said, Sgt. Stephen Harper began to get more aggressive. Once, he barged through the door as she was exiting a staff bathroom.

"That's when he pressed me up against the wall and was trying to get his hands down the top of my shirt and down my pants," she said. "He knew he scared me that time, because I cried a little bit and I screamed at him."

In 2014, Dennis and three other correctional officers sued Harper and the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

They accused Harper of repeatedly sexually harassing and assaulting them and other women for years at Little Sandy Correctional Complex.

The lawsuit also claims prison leaders failed to respond to these complaints, "creating a culture of indifference" around sexual harassment.

In court documents, the Department of Corrections argued it responded by "promptly investigating complaints and taking appropriate action."

But these women aren't alone. Through an open records request, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting obtained more than 3,500 pages of sexual harassment complaints filed by employees of Kentucky's Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice in the last six years.

That is nearly as many complaints as all other Kentucky state agencies combined.

"Prison is this very gendered environment," said Brenda Smith, a law professor at American University in Washington, D.C. "It's extremely sexualized."

Smith studies the intersections of gender, crime and sexuality.

She said prisons are a unique work environment — they're closed, insular and have long been male-dominated. "It's in many ways the Las Vegas rule," she said. "What happens here stays here. If there's some discipline to be done, we do it internally."

But when that system doesn't work, the alternative is sometimes the legal system. In the last year alone, there have been employee-on-employee sexual harassment settlements against prison systems in Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin and other states.

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Post by: APEXABYSS on July 31, 2018, 01:17:13 pm

Kerry Washington is fast becoming one of my most admired persons because she actually stands for something.
Recently, Ms. Washington was a guest on MSNBC's  'The Reid Report'  hosted by Joy Reid as a ambassador for Purple Purse, a project of The Allstate Foundation, to remind Americans of the many kinds of domestic abuse.

For example, economic abuse is the most common of all because the abuser deprives the victim of the ability to be financially independent.  The abuser has financial security and the victim doesn't.

Domestic abuse is a very, very, very serious issue and nothing to be ashamed of.

Domestic abuse affects EVERYONE in any kind of relationship: families, friends and lovers alike.

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Purple Purse? purp for perpetrator? well done
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Post by: Battle on July 31, 2018, 10:36:27 pm
Tuesday, August 31st, 2018

Tiffany Haddish Reveals She Was Raped at 17 By a Police Cadet: I Went to 'Counseling'

by Ale Russian


Tiffany Haddish is opening up about a dark time in her life.

The 38-year-old actress appears on the latest cover of Glamour where she recalled being allegedly raped by a police cadet when she was only 17.

Haddish said the incident led to her seeking help and shaped the way she approached men in her life.
“That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling,” she said.

“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive.

So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive,” she explained. “You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”

The experience also led her to want to make a change and help victims of sexual assault.

But the actress said she’s still figuring out what to do instead of just being vocal about it.

“Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan,” Haddish said.

“I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do—just keep talking? Or is there action behind it?”

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Post by: Battle on August 24, 2018, 03:49:31 pm
("Man, the hits just keeps on coming!"

Friday, 24 August 2018

Ex-NYC health commissioner, CDC head Tom Frieden accused of groping woman
by Mark Morales


Former New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Frieden surrendered to authorities Friday to face charges he groped a woman in his Brooklyn apartment last year.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was arrested Friday and charged with forcible touching, according to the New York Police Department.

A law enforcement official told CNN that authorities filed three charges against Frieden stemming from an alleged incident in his home in Brooklyn Heights in October.

Frieden, 57, who left the CDC in January 2017, is expected to appear in front of a judge in Brooklyn Criminal Court to face one count of forcible touching, one count of sex abuse in the third degree and one count of harassment in the second degree, the law enforcement official said.

The law enforcement official said that allegedly, there was a dinner party at Frieden's home, and as things were wrapping up and people were leaving, Frieden reached over and grabbed the woman without her consent. Both have known each other for several years, the law enforcement official said.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office interviewed the alleged victim and found her to be credible, the law enforcement official said.

A spokeswoman for Frieden told CNN, "This allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden's public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world."


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Post by: Battle on September 11, 2018, 06:58:02 am
Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Yes, #You Too!
by Edmund Lee


Leslie Moonves, the longtime chief executive of the CBS Corporation, stepped down on Sunday night from the company he led for 15 years.

His fall from Hollywood’s highest echelon was all but sealed after the publication earlier in the day of new sexual harassment allegations against him.

The CBS board announced his departure, effective immediately.

As part of the agreement, the network said it would donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support equality for women in the workplace.

The donation will be deducted from a potential severance benefit to Mr. Moonves, although he could still walk away with more than $120 million, according to two people familiar with the settlement agreement.

Mr. Moonves, however, will not receive any severance payment, until the completion of an independent investigation into the allegations, the board said.

He could also receive nothing, based on the investigation’s results.

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Post by: Battle on September 13, 2018, 05:25:34 am
Thursday, 13th September 2018

#...and you!
by Melissa Gunthrie


The exec had been at CBS News for 36 years and has been a leading figure at the news division for decades.

The tenure of Jeff Fager as the executive producer of 60 Minutes is over.

"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately," CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday in a statement.

"Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program.

60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television."

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WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault when they were teens.

That’s according to the GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who announced the hearing Monday “to give these recent allegations a full airing.”

Grassley had tried to have the panel’s staff conduct phone interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

But Democrats rejected the private interviews and want the FBI to investigate the allegations as part of the nominee’s background investigation.

Grassley says “anyone who comes forward” as Ford has done “deserves to be heard.”

Kavanaugh denies assaulting the woman.

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Post by: Battle on September 22, 2018, 03:52:59 am
Friday, 21st September 2018

The Kavanaugh allegations led me to reach out to the man who had assaulted me decades before.
by Deborah Copaken


On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has “no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”

Let me tell you what life was like as a girl in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the early 1980s.

I am a year older than Christine Blasey Ford and a year younger than Brett Kavanaugh.

I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, a few miles from both Holton Arms, Ford’s school, and Georgetown Prep, which Kavanaugh attended, but I went to my local public high school, Churchill.

Never mind that any girl who was in high school in Potomac during that era knew, through the whisper network, not to go to a Georgetown Prep party alone.

That was a given.

What was also a given is that “date rape,” as a term, was in its infancy.

Most of us thought getting our bodies groped at a high-school party—or anywhere—was the unfortunate price we paid for having them, not something we would ever go to the police to report.

Even in junior high school, this was true.

I have a vivid memory of my friend Marcia having her skirt ripped off her body in the middle of a bar mitzvah dance floor.

It had snaps down the middle.

I actually heard one boy say, as she was weeping in a corner, trying to refasten her skirt, “I mean, duh. If you’re going to wear snaps on your skirt, what do you think will happen?” I made a mental note: Never wear snaps to a dance party.

Luckily, I survived high school without getting more than ickily groped now and then, but my luck ran out in college.

I fell victim to a number of random assaults by strangers, including two robberies at gunpoint, all of which then became fodder for my senior thesis, but I wasn’t actually date raped until the night before my graduation, in June of 1988.

Or maybe it was May.

I don’t actually remember which month I graduated from college, because it was so long ago, but that does not negate what I do remember—both the rape itself, and what happened in its aftermath.

I woke up, put on my cap and gown, and fetched my diploma to the notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of my unsuspecting parents, just like everyone else in my class.

Afterward, I posed for photos with my parents and smiled.

Then, between our photo session and lunch, I excused myself to take care of what I said was an administrative issue and went straight to University Health Services to report the rape.

I was told by the intake psychologist that I had two choices: I could report the rape to the police; stay in the Boston area for several months, to deal with the trial; hire lawyers to help me through it with money I did not have; and put off beginning my life in Paris, where I’d planned to move for work, while awaiting my turn on the witness stand, where my prior sex life would be put on trial, more than the boy who raped me.

Or I could stay silent.

At lunch that day, did I tell my loving parents that I’d been raped the night before?

Of course not.

That boy had already stolen a valuable piece of my soul.

I was not going to allow him to steal my graduation day from us, too.

I’d worked hard to reach that day. So had my parents. This was our day, not his.

In fact, I never actually told my parents to their faces.

Instead, 13 years after the rape in question, I sent them the manuscript for my first memoir, in which I described the rape, for the first time, in detail, making sure to put an ocean between us while they read.

I didn’t want to see the pained expression on my dad’s face or hear my mother crying until they’d had enough time to process it.

Several notable critics of the book, after it was published, took it upon themselves either to blame me for my assaults or to ask if I was worried I’d get called a slut.

The fact that Ford did not call the police or tell her loving parents after she escaped this young man’s scary clutches has no bearing on the truth of her story.

Plus, let’s keep in mind: She was 15 years old.

She couldn’t even drive herself home.

That’s one of the images that haunts me—young Chrissy Blasey walking out of that house and facing the rest of her post-traumatic life, on foot.

But there has been an upside to the Kavanaugh circus and Trump’s presidency.

For one, it has galvanized women and the men who love us.

For another, like so many rape survivors in this country living through this particular moment in history, having to relive our assaults daily—even hourly—with every new allegation of rape, I have been so brought to my knees by this latest allegation that I, too, was inspired to speak out.

Directly. To my rapist.

I wrote him a letter, 30 years after the night in question, reminding him of what he’d done and how hard it has been to overcome.

And do you know what this man did, less than half an hour later?

He called me on the phone and said, “Oh, Deb. Oh my god. I’m so sorry. I had no idea. I’m filled with shame.”

We spoke for a long time, maybe 20 minutes.

He had no recollection of raping me, just of the party where we’d met.

He’d blacked out that night from excessive drinking and soon thereafter entered Alcoholics Anonymous.

But that, he said, was no excuse.

The fact that he’d done this to me and that I’d been living with the resulting trauma for 30 years was horrifying to him.

He was so sorry, he said.

He just kept repeating those words, “I’m so sorry,” over and over.

Suddenly, 30 years of pain and grief fell out of me.

I cried. And I cried.

And I kept crying for the next several hours, as I prepared for Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of forgiveness.

And then, suddenly, I was cleansed. Reborn. The trauma was gone.

All because of a belated apology.

My rapist promised to pay it forward, this horrible thing he’d just learned about himself.

I have no doubt, judging by the admirable life he’s led, he will. And I will keep my promise to him never to reveal his name.

But you know what?

If he were being confirmed for the Supreme Court; if his decision over what would happen to my daughter’s body, should she become inadvertently pregnant, would tip the scales away from Roe; if one of the key aspects of his job as a judge would be to show and to have shown good judgment over the course of his life, you better believe that I, like Ford, would come forward and tell the committee.

Even if it meant going into hiding, as she’s had to do.

Even if it meant getting death threats, as she’s received.

The life of my daughter is at stake. Her bodily autonomy is at stake.

As a mother who grew up being groped at house parties in the ’80s, I want to make sure that whoever is passing judgment on the next generation has, at the very least, judgment to pass.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2018, 05:10:50 pm
Sunday, 23rd September 2018
by Chas Danner

It’s official: Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee brett kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were teenagers.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2018, 05:39:04 pm
(, wait...  there's more!
Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from brett kavanaugh’s College Years
by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer


As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

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Post by: Battle on September 24, 2018, 12:55:23 pm
Monday, 24th September 2018
3 Is A Magic Number, Yes, It Is...
by Rob Tornoe and Michael Boren


Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination has once again been thrown into disarray, after a second woman has come forward to accuse Trump's pick of sexual misconduct.

Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale University with Kavanaugh, told the New Yorker in a story published Sunday evening that the Supreme Court nominee pulled down his pants and thrust his penis in her face during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year, causing her to touch it without her consent as she attempted to push him away.


D.L. Hughley joked on his afternoon radio show today that the last thing anyone wants to do is give a flasher a set of robes. (

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Post by: Battle on September 24, 2018, 07:08:21 pm
("just sayin'


...and for what it's worth,  this a fox news poll!
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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2018, 05:07:28 pm
It's clear what the republicans are trying to do; it is rumored that the republicans knew about the 2nd kavanaugh accuser a week before she revealed.  They want to speed up the confirmation process before the kavanaugh allegations become official charges.

Apparently, this kavanaugh fellow has a history of sloppy, irritating drunkiness from high school to college:


"I was Brett Kavanaugh's roommate at Yale University in the Fall of 1983.

We shared a two-bedroom unit in the basement of Lawrence Hall on the Old Campus.

Despite our living conditions, Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year.

We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends.

It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was drunk.

I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.

I became close friends with Debbie Ramirez shortly after we both arrived at Yale.

She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner.

As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very worried about fitting in.

She felt that everyone at Yale was very rich, very smart and very sophisticated and that a Puerto Rican woman from a less privileged background she was an outsider.

Her response was to try hard to make friends and get along.

Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up.

Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described.

I do not consider myself to be a political person and I have no political agenda. I have shared this information with a small number of reporters who reached out to me directly because Debbie has a right to be heard and I believe her.

I have been asked for more detail and additional stories, but this is all that I am comfortable sharing. 

If I could contribute more first-hand information, I would, but I will not be granting any more interviews or answering any more questions at this time."
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Post by: Battle on September 27, 2018, 03:35:39 am
Young Brett Kavanaugh by Ruben Bolling




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Post by: Battle on September 27, 2018, 03:03:10 pm
Wednesday, 19th September 2018

What are Republicans hiding about him? What don’t they want you to know?
by Charles M. Blow

Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have no interest whatsoever in revealing the whole truth about Brett Kavanaugh.

Their plan was to perform a rush-job confirmation that installed him on the Supreme Court over all objections well enough in advance of the midterm elections to provide a shield to Republicans worried about what feels like an imminent blue wave.

That is why his hearings were scheduled so quickly. That is why more than 42,000 pages of documents were released the night before his confirmation hearings started — all of which were to be treated as “committee-confidential” at the time.

As The New York Times editorial board wrote then, Republicans are “now running the most secretive and incomplete confirmation process in modern history.”

The hearings wrapped up with Kavanaugh having dodged direct answers to questions on major issues like abortion (Trump has said he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade) and presidential power (this may well come before the court if Trump is subpoenaed, charged with a crime or attempts to pardon himself).

Republicans felt confident that their ploy had worked, but that was before the bombshell accusation by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when she was 15 and he was 17.

Blasey told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh and another boy, Mark Judge, both “stumbling drunk,” “corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.”

The Post continued its retelling of the Blasey interview:

“While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.

When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth. ‘I thought he might inadvertently kill me,’ said Ford.”

In an interview last week with The Weekly Standard, Judge said, “I never saw Brett act that way.”

But as The Post pointed out, Judge has written about being a blackout drunk in high school.

This is a very serious charge and one that could further delay or even derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

After the report came to light, Kavanaugh and Blasey said that they would testify before the committee about the allegation, but then her attorney sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee stating:

“As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an F.B.I. investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations.

A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a nonpartisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

I know that there are political considerations on both sides: Republicans want a vote before the midterms, and Democrats want to delay one until after. But Republicans are worried that Democrats now have a shot — though still a long one — to flip the Senate.

And one could argue about how the release of Blasey’s accusation was handled.

But it is impossible to argue that her claim isn’t credible enough to demand a thorough investigation, regardless of the partisan gamesmanship.

And it must be stated that Republicans have zero space to complain because of the way they blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

If Trump was truly interested in finding out the truth of these allegations, he could have ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into their veracity as soon as he heard about them.

That is precisely what George H.W. Bush did when he learned of Anita Hill’s accusation against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

As CNN pointed out Wednesday:

“Upon learning of the allegations, the White House ‘promptly directed the F.B.I. to conduct a full, thorough and expeditious investigation’ ...Three days later, on Sept. 26, 1991, the F.B.I. completed its investigation, and a report was submitted to the White House and the Judiciary Committee.”

If Trump had done that, that investigation would presumably be wrapped up by now.

But he hasn’t ordered an investigation.

Instead, he has joined Republican opposition to one.

They want to jam Kavanaugh down America’s throat even though, as a CNN poll last month found, he has the “lowest public support since Robert Bork,” whose nomination was rejected in 1987.

What are Republicans hiding about Kavanaugh? What don’t they want you to know?

There is absolutely no rush here, no timeline that must be adhered to, no deadline that must be met.

We are talking about a lifetime appointment here, and if Blasey is telling the truth and Kavanaugh has lied, there is absolutely no way he should be confirmed.

We can’t have a Supreme Court on which a third of the men have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

Thomas and Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would be two of the six.

Charles Blow joined The Times in 1994 and became an Opinion columnist in 2008.
He is also a television commentator and writes often about politics, social justice and vulnerable communities.

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Post by: Battle on September 28, 2018, 05:55:53 am
Friday, 28 September 2018

Kavanaugh, accusers deserve a proper investigation
by Eugene Robinson

Republicans are learning that "we're going to plow right through it" is a dangerous way to approach a minefield.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., used that agricultural metaphor Friday to promise conservatives the Senate would confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh no matter what.

Now, with a second and third woman accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct and more potentially on the way, Republicans can neither advance nor retreat without risking disaster.

Make no mistake, this is a crisis of the GOP's own making.

Republicans are in such a hurry to cement a conservative, anti-abortion majority on the high court before the midterm election that they refused to meaningfully alter their fast-track timetable for Kavanaugh's confirmation even after psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused the nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

Deborah Ramirez has accused him of exposing himself to her at an alcohol-fueled party when both were students at Yale, and crusading lawyer Michael Avenatti said on Twitter that he has a client with information about misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school.

Kavanaugh vehemently denies any and all allegations.

At this point, however, it is obvious that an actual FBI investigation is required — as opposed to the "he said, she said" hearing the Judiciary Committee held with Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday. Ford has asked for the FBI's thorough scrutiny.

Kavanaugh, for some reason, has not.

Republican senators are embarrassing themselves by calling the accusations "last-minute" or "eleventh-hour."

We are near the end of the process only because McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, set arbitrary deadlines to speed things up.

The seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy's retirement has only been open for eight weeks.

I'm tempted to say that President Trump, who called the allegations against Kavanaugh "totally political," is also embarrassing himself.

But of course Trump is beyond shame.

Why are Republicans in such a hurry?  ???

There's a chance that Democrats could take control of the Senate in November, turning McConnell back into the minority leader and dramatically reducing the chance that Trump will be able to appoint another far-right conservative ideologue to the Supreme Court.

The odds of the Senate switching hands have been seen as pretty long, however — although the Kavanaugh fiasco seems to be improving them.

GOP senators are primarily motivated by fear.

The party's activist base believes Kavanaugh will provide a decisive fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, end affirmative action, and weaken protections for same-sex married couples in the name of "religious freedom."

Republicans control the presidency and both chambers of Congress.

If GOP officials can't deliver now, why should conservatives bother voting for them?

Plowing ahead, however, now looks much riskier than turning back.

The main reason is that Republican senators don't know what they don't know.

Are there facts and evidence that could help establish Kavanaugh's innocence or guilt?

Will more accusers follow? Were the Supreme Court nominee's high school and college years one long re-enactment of "Animal House"?

Did he, at the very least, treat women in ways that he should regret, and for which he should now apologize?

Beyond those issues of substance are questions of appearance.

It cannot be an exaggeration to say that millions of American women have had to fight off the unwanted advances.

Are Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, all of whom are male, going to tell women that they were to blame in those encounters?

Lots of luck with that message in the first national election of the #MeToo Era.

One thing we should have learned by now is that women do not lightly subject themselves to the exposure, scrutiny and vicious attacks that inevitably come from making public accusations of sexual misconduct against powerful men.

Another thing we should have learned is that some men go through life wearing a carapace of entitlement that can render them insensate to women's vulnerability and distress.

Kavanaugh's accusers want to be heard and taken seriously. Kavanaugh wants to clear his name.

None of this can ever happen without a proper investigation.

Eugene Robinson is a columnist and an associate editor of The Washington Post who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2009.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 28, 2018, 07:09:03 am
The American Bar Association agrees. (

September 27, 2018

The Honorable Charles E. Grassley Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:

The American Bar Association urges the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (and, as appropriate, the full Senate) to conduct a confirmation vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States only after an appropriate background check into the allegations made by Professor Ford and others is completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law. The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.

Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote. Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court. It must remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics.

Respectfully, the Senate should recognize that a thorough FBI investigation will demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court that is above reproach.

Thank you for your consideration of this critically important matter.

Robert M. Carlson
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Friday, 28 September 2018

The Pernicious Double Standards Around Brett Kavanaugh’s Drinking
by Megan Garber


On Thursday, the testimony delivered by Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee took a turn that was at once unexpected and, the past week being what it has been, deeply predictable: Sheldon Whitehouse, the senator from Rhode Island, used a portion of his allotted questioning time to ask the Supreme Court nominee about the definition of the “devil’s triangle.”

For most Americans who came of age in the same rough decades as Brett Kavanaugh, the term—included, along with Kavanaugh’s self-identification as a “Renate Alumnius” and references to kegs and ralphing and boofing, on Kavanaugh’s yearbook page—would seem an obvious reference to a sexual act.

Kavanaugh, however, told the committee that his definition of the term was different. “Devil’s triangle,” he insisted, was merely a drinking game.

“Three glasses in a triangle,” Kavanaugh said. Like quarters.

If “devil’s triangle” is a game that, indeed, involves bouncing coins into cups, there was, as of Thursday afternoon, seemingly no evidence of this on the internet, when people watching Kavanaugh’s hearing, inevitably, checked.

No evidence, that is, until shortly after Kavanaugh testified as to his personalized definition of the term.

At that point, congress-edits, the Twitter bot that tracks updates made to Wikipedia pages from congressional IP addresses, recorded a change made to the Wikipedia entry for “Devil’s Triangle”: “‘Devil’s Triangle’: a popular drinking game enjoyed by friends of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

The edit might have been a clumsy joke; it might have been a flimsy attempt to corroborate an explanation of things that, in the context of the rest of Kavanaugh’s sex-suggestive and booze-bragging yearbook page, would seem to defy common sense.

Either way, it was fitting: Thursday’s hearing, in its assorted grotesqueries, was its own kind of clumsy joke, precisely because of its transparent display of reason-defying entitlements.

The event—the raw but measured testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, followed by the rage-fueled indignations of Brett Kavanaugh—was a testament to the corroborative effects of power: the ease with which those who chair committees and run countries can rearrange the facts of the world until they conform to, and allegedly confirm, the tales told by the powerful.

Over the course of the past week, the story that had previously been put forth about the character of Brett Kavanaugh—the carpools and the service projects and the generous mentorship of “Coach K”—has required a necessary addendum: Even a Washington Examiner op-ed conceded that “the Senate Judiciary Committee is witnessing a very different Kavanaugh than the nominee who came before them two weeks ago.”

The choir boy, the carefully crafted story soon had to allow, is also the frat guy—and the latter guy, Kavanaugh said repeatedly on Thursday, really likes drinking. Not just as an activity but also, it seems, as a core element of his very identity.

Drinking as brotherhood.

Drinking as belonging.

It’s drinking that will go unpunished in a world that will gaze upon a young man who is, as a matter of habit, “stumbling drunk,” and “sloppy drunk,” and “incoherently drunk,” and slurringly drunk, and foolishly drunk, and aggressively drunk, and belligerently drunk, and, then, smiling benevolently at his antics, wrap him in its warm protections.

Too much has been invested in you, the world whispers to Brett Kavanaugh; I will keep you safe.

Here is an exchange, from Kavanaugh’s testimony, between the Supreme Court nominee and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, in which the senator tested the theory that Kavanaugh in fact did what Christine Blasey Ford accused him of, but, being drunk as he did it, simply did not remember: 

Klobuchar: “You’re saying there’s never been a case where you drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?”
Kavanaugh: “If you’re asking about blackout, I don’t know—have you?”
Klobuchar: “Could you answer the question, judge? ... So, that’s not what happened, is that your answer?”
Kavanaugh: “Yeah, and I’m curious if you have.”
Klobuchar: “I have no drinking problem, judge.”
Kavanaugh: “Nor do I.”

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Saturday, 29th September 2018

Read the sworn declaration by Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick

Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick alleges he 'spiked' punch at parties so intoxicated women could be raped
by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Rich Schapiro and Adiel Kaplan

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Post by: Battle on October 14, 2018, 03:28:54 pm
Sunday, 14th October 2018

Female inmates claim Arizona prison withholding basic hygienic products
by John Bowden

Female inmates at an Arizona prison say that the state's Department of Corrections is withholding sufficient basic hygienic supplies, including toilet paper.

Local news radio station KJZZ reported this week that two inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville wrote to the religious group, American Friends Service Committee, alleging that they were forced to find substitutes for toilet paper for days after prison officials said the facility ran out.

The prison later ran out of feminine pads, according to the prisoners' letters.

"I ran out on Saturday 9/30, and although I continually asked for [toilet paper] was told they were out," one woman wrote, according to KJZZ.

"They did have pads that I used as [toilet paper] until Monday 10/1 when they ran out. I then had to use a wash rag until Wed morn."

"[M]any of the officers are indifferent to the fact that we don't have any," wrote another woman.

The station wrote that it had confirmed the identities of the prisoners who wrote the letters, but was not naming the women who said they feared retribution.

A spokesman for the group, which advocates on behalf of prisoners and prison reform, attacked the Arizona Department of Corrections for treating inmates "like animals."

"How do we expect folks to rehabilitate themselves, if we can't even treat them like human beings?"
Joe Watson, the group's spokesman, told WJZZ. "If you treat folks like animals, withholding their basic necessities how do we expect them to come out of prison and feel like they are a part of their community?" he continued.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections called the inmates' accusations "patently untrue," while admitting that a shortage of toilet paper existed at the Perryville location.

"All inmates ... have continuous access to toilet paper, at no cost to them," Andrew Wilder told WJZZ.

"The unfortunate reality is that some inmates misuse the toilet paper or misrepresent themselves when asking for more," he added.

"And that can disrupt a unit's ability to maintain a reasonable and reliable supply for all of the inmates."

Elizabeth Berry, a spokesperson for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told the station that the state's Department of Corrections "is continuously working to improve their operational protocols to align with a recently revised policy improving access to hygiene products.

We will continue to monitor this issue."

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Post by: Battle on December 18, 2018, 05:10:26 am
Tuesday, 18th December 2018
Idris Elba Says #MeToo Movement Is ‘Only Difficult if You're a Man with Something to Hide'

by Alexia Fernandez


Idris Elba is receiving praise for his support of the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with The Times newspaper in the UK, the 46-year-old actor was asked how hard it was for him as an actor in Hollywood during the #MeToo era.

Elba replied, “It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide.”

Ava DuVernay, 46, quoted his statement in a tweet, writing, “Preach, brother. Preach.“

Shonda Rhimes and Barack Obama‘s former senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, also praised the star on the Twitter.

“See?” Rhimes, 48, tweeted, while Jarrett, 62, wrote, “Listen up, fellas, ‘It’s only difficult if you are a man with something to hide.” – @idriselba about #MeToo.'”

Elba, who was crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in November, has been vocal about his support for the movement and women in film.

While promoting his film Molly’s Game in 2017, Elba said the #MeToo movement was “quite poignant.”

“Of course, this is a film that was made a year ago, and probably prepped two or three years ago, but to come out when its coming out now is actually quite amazing when we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some of their atrocities that [have] happened,” he told Den of Geek.

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Post by: Battle on December 20, 2018, 07:08:52 am
Thursday, 20th December 2018

Today's ruling: According to the Associated Press, Judge denies weinstein's motion to dismiss sex crimes, which allows the Harvey Weinstein sex assault case to move forward.
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Post by: Battle on January 08, 2019, 03:39:01 pm
Tuesday, 7th December 2019
Court date set in Harvey Weinstein criminal sexual assault case
by Shayna Jacobs


A trial date has been set in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sex assault case for early May, according to a recent court filing.

But the prospective May 6 date has been used as a basis for Weinstein’s lawyers to ask for a delay in a separate case — a class action suit for a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and assault in Manhattan Federal Court brought by numerous women against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
“An initial stay of seven months would be appropriate in light of the May trial date,” Weinstein civil lawyer Elior Shiloh wrote in the Monday filing.

The stay “would allow Mr. Weinstein to have a full and fair opportunity to defend himself against the criminal charges,” the attorney added.

The date has never been announced openly in Manhattan Supreme Court, where Weinstein’s charges have been pending since last May. Trial dates in state criminal court are routinely postponed.

It is unclear how firm the May 6 date is considered by the judge and the parties.
The date is “unofficial and tentative,” a court spokesman told the Daily News.

Weinstein stands charged with sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and with raping another woman at a Doubletree Hotel in 2013.

He denies any non-consensual activity.

He faces a minimum of 10 years behind bars on the top count of predatory sexual assault, which relates to a pattern of abusive conduct.

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Monday, 18th February 2019
Game of Thrones’s Lena Headey Says Her Career Was Hurt After Rejecting Harvey Weinstein
by Lisa Ryan


In the fall of 2017, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey was among dozens of women to accuse former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

Now, in a new interview with the Sunday Times, Headey is speaking out about how rejecting Weinstein may have ended up harming her career for a decade.
Monday, 18th February 2019

Lena Headey Says Her Career Was Hurt After Rejecting Harvey Weinstein
by Lisa Ryan

Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO program, publicly shared her Weinstein story in a series of tweets in October of 2017. She wrote that she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival, where he made sexually inappropriate comments.
Years later, she says he manhandled her during a meeting in L.A. after she turned down his advances.
“I got in my car and I cried,” she tweeted.(

Speaking with the Times, Headey says that she has realized that rejecting Weinstein had a negative impact on her career.

“After he was discovered to be a slimeball, on a grander scale than me just knowing it, I did start thinking, ‘F---, maybe because I didn’t sh-g him, that’s impacted a decade of my working life,’” she told the Times.

“Because I did two jobs for Miramax before those incidents, and after that there was nothing.”

Heady is among many women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of harassing or assaulting them when he was a power player in Hollywood.

The allegations led to a major reckoning in Hollywood and other industries, as a number of powerful men have since been accused of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein currently faces five counts for allegedly nonconsensual encounters with two women, and has a Manhattan court date set for May.

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Friday, 26th April 2019
Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Trial Postponed to September
by Gene Maddaus


Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has been postponed to September 9  2019, a judge ruled on Friday.

The disgraced producer had been set to go on trial on June 3 2019, but Justice James Burke agreed to give the defense additional time to prepare.

Weinstein is accused of five counts of rape and sexual assault, involving two victims, and could face life in prison if convicted.

Earlier Friday, Burke ordered the courtroom closed for an argument on a prosecution motion to allow additional women to testify in the case.

Robert Balin, an attorney representing more than a dozen media outlets, protested that the hearing should be open to the public, and vowed to appeal Burke’s ruling.

The media was allowed back into the courtroom on Friday afternoon for a discussion of scheduling matters.

The prosecution expects its portion of the case to take about three weeks, while defense attorney Jose Baez estimated he would need one week to put on a defense.

Jury selection is expected to take about two weeks.

Weinstein was originally supposed to go on trial in May, but he fired his lead attorney, Ben Brafman, in January, causing a delay.

Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, at his home in 2006.

He is also accused of raping an unidentified woman at a hotel room in Manhattan in 2013.

Prosecutors want to call additional women with similar allegations to help establish a pattern of misconduct.

The number and identities of those women has been kept secret.

The defense has argued that calling such witnesses would prejudice the case, and asked the court to close Friday’s hearing on the subject to avoid tainting the jury pool. The prosecution also asked that the hearing be closed, in part to protect the witnesses’ identities.

Burke’s decision, if he made one, was not disclosed.

The two sides also discussed discovery issues on Friday, as the defense sought access to a witness’s cell phone records.

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Saturday, 6th April 2019
Judge Who Asked Woman in Sexual Assault Case if She Closed Her Legs Faces Suspension
by Mihir Zaveri


A New Jersey judge who asked a woman if she had closed her legs to try to prevent an alleged sexual assault should be suspended without pay for three months, a state committee has recommended.

The recommendation in March was based on the committee’s finding that John F. Russo Jr., a superior court judge in Ocean County, violated the code of judicial conduct on four occasions, including during the exchange with the woman, who was not identified.

This week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that a hearing be held in July about the recommendation from the state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.

A lawyer for Judge Russo declined to comment on Friday night.

“Judge Russo looks forward to a public hearing in which he will be able to respond to the allegations against him,” the lawyer, David F. Corrigan, told NBC4 in March of last year, after a complaint was filed.

“We have respect for the process as well as the advisory committee on judicial conduct, and therefore won’t comment further.”

A 45-page report from the committee detailed four counts of alleged misconduct.

The first focused on an exchange between Judge Russo and the woman who said she had been sexually assaulted, at a hearing in May 2016.

The woman was seeking a restraining order against her alleged assailant, a man who she said had also threatened her life and made inappropriate comments to their child.

“Do you know how to stop somebody from having intercourse with you?” Judge Russo asked the woman.

“Yes,” she replied.

“How would you do that?” the judge asked.

The woman said she would try to physically harm the attacker and say “no,” to which Judge Russo asked, “What else?”

The woman said she would ask the person to stop, to which Judge Russo again asked, “What else?”

She then said she would run away.

“Run away, get away,” he said. “Anything else?”

“Block your body parts?” Judge Russo added. “Close your legs? Call the police? Did you do any of those things?”

The woman said she did not call the police until later.

Judge Russo continued to question her about whether she had asked the man to stop, whether she tried to leave and how he had prevented her from leaving, as she had alleged he had done.

The judicial conduct committee said Judge Russo’s “questioning of the plaintiff in this manner, to include hypotheticals, was wholly unwarranted, discourteous and inappropriate” and could “re-victimize the plaintiff.”

In its second count of alleged misconduct, the committee said Judge Russo had abused his office by asking a family division manager to help change the scheduling of a guardianship hearing for the judge’s son, who has disabilities.

The committee’s third count said Judge Russo should have recused himself from a hearing involving a man he knew from high school, whose pizza parlor the judge admitted to frequenting.

The fourth count involved a nine-minute phone conversation about paternity testing that Judge Russo had with a woman when the father, who was the plaintiff in the case, was not present.

The committee’s recommendation said Judge Russo had admitted wrongdoing in the last two counts but denied it in the first two.

The panel also recommended that Judge Russo receive additional training on “appropriate courtroom demeanor,” according to the Supreme Court.

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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sex Offender
by Melissa Quinn

Justice Neil Gorsuch voted with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court on Wednesday in favor of a sex offender sentenced to additional prison time after violating the terms of his supervised release.

The divided court found unconstitutional a federal law that requires a judge to impose a five-year mandatory minimum on a registered sex offender found to have violated release conditions.

The ruling reaffirmed the right to a trial by jury.

Gorsuch was joined in his opinion by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in ruling the application of the law violated defendant Andre Haymond’s right to a trial by jury, while Justice Stephen Breyer concurred in judgment.

“Only a jury, acting on proof beyond a reasonable doubt, may take a person’s liberty.

That promise stands as one of the Constitution’s most vital protections against arbitrary government,” Gorsuch wrote in his opinion.

“Yet in this case a congressional statute compelled a federal judge to send a man to prison for a minimum of five years without empaneling a jury of his peers or requiring the government to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

“As applied here,” Gorsuch said,

“we do not hesitate to hold that the statute violates the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.”

Haymond in 2010 was found guilty by a jury of possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced to 38 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

But during his supervised release, Haymond was found again with what appeared to be child pornography, and the government accused him of violating the terms of his release.

He subsequently appeared before a district court judge but no jury, and the judge found him guilty by a preponderance of evidence.

Because Haymond committed a crime covered under a federal law that requires a judge to impose a five-year mandatory minimum, he was sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

The judge, however, said it was “repugnant” that the statute imposed a “mandatory five-year sentence in such a case where the defendant does not have the opportunity to ask for a jury or to be tried under what should be the legal standard that is beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Haymond challenged the constitutionality of his new sentence, and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the law violated the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

In his opinion, Gorsuch noted that the Supreme Court has “long recognized that penalties for supervised release violations arise from and are treated as part of the sentence for the original criminal offense.”

“Consider the alternative,” he said.

“If the government were correct, you could be convicted of even a modest crime and put on supervised release for the rest of your life. Then a judge, acting without a jury and under a preponderance of the evidence standard, could convict you of a violation and sentence you to just about anything. That cannot be right.”

But Justice Samuel Alito, who was joined in his dissent by the three other conservative justices, warned that under the court’s ruling, it would be impossible for the federal courts to impanel enough juries to adjudicate alleged violations of supervised release.

“In short, under the plurality opinion, the whole system of supervised release would be like a 40-ton truck speeding down a steep mountain road with no brakes,” Alito said.

The ruling from the high court Wednesday marked the second time this week Gorsuch joined his liberal colleagues in a case involving crime.

In a 5-4 ruling Monday, he split from his conservative colleagues in striking down a federal law authorizing heightened penalties for a person who uses, carries, or possesses a firearm in certain crimes of violence.

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Post by: Battle on July 08, 2019, 05:49:55 pm
Monday, 8th July 2019
puppetine’s Kentucky Campaign Chair Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking
by Jake Shepherd


One of acting-president’s loudest supporters will likely spend the rest of his life in jail after the conclusion of his child sex trafficking case.

71-year-old Timothy Nolan — a former Campbell County District Judge who was chair of the puppetine campaign in Kentucky according to court documents —  entered guilty pleas on all 21 counts against him in court on Friday.

A press release issued by the office of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear listed a multitude of charges, including human trafficking of adults, human trafficking of minors, and unlawful transaction with minors.

Nolan will serve 20 years in jail and pay restitution of $110,000, with a bulk of the fine going toward the Human Trafficking Victims Fund, which the Kentucky General Assembly established in 2013.

Nolan will be eligible for parole in 2022, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

If he had not entered guilty pleas, Nolan would have faced up to 100 years in prison.

The New York Daily News reported that Nolan had a total of 19 victims dating back to 2004.

While the victims’ information has not been publicly released, some of them included children below the age of 18.

Judge Kathleen Lape said Nolan threatened arrest and eviction to force women and girls to have sex with him.

Nolan also apparently paid the women and juveniles with heroin and painkillers, and gave alcohol to a minor on more than one occasion.

In a statement following the pleas, Nolan’s attorney, Margo Grubbs, argued that what Nolan did would have been seen as legally acceptable under the laws of a different day and age.

“[Nolan] took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking,” Grubbs said.

Some of Nolan’s pleas were Alford v. North Carolina pleas, meaning that the plea was given to avoid trial due to overwhelming evidence, but that Nolan still maintains his innocence.

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Post by: Battle on August 22, 2019, 10:16:39 pm
Thursday 22nd August 2019
Harvey Weinstein Faces New Indictment for Alleged Sexual Assault
by Ryan Parker


The disgraced movie mogul will be arraigned Monday, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Weinstein is expected to attend the hearing.

The victim in the case is reportedly  Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said she was attacked by Weinstein in her Gramercy Park apartment in 1993, The New York Times reported.

The allegation was too old to be prosecuted under state law, but the district attorney is now using the Sciorra's report to further Weinstein's previous indictment on sex crimes, The Times reported.

Once among the most powerful men in Hollywood, Weinstein has become a total pariah after the numerous allegations of sex crimes against him in part started the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

His trial begins Sept. 9 2019.

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Post by: Battle on September 27, 2019, 10:56:07 am
Thursday, 27th September 2019
Equal Justice Under Law?
Prove it.
Investigate Kavanaugh.
by Kamala Harris


Our society is littered with glaring examples of the rich and powerful facing minimal consequences for their actions – often until their secrets are unearthed and public outcry ensues.

In some cases, the rich and powerful not only escape accountability altogether, but are handed even more power despite what they have done.

It should come as no surprise then that many Americans have lost faith in our democracy and in our system of justice.

No person, no matter how rich or powerful, should be above the law or escape accountability.

But, that is not the example we see.

This contrast in attaining power at the cost of truth and accountability is nowhere more stark than at the heart of our justice system itself:

the Supreme Court of the United States.

Inside the legendary marble building permanently etched with the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” two sitting Associate Justices—a full one-third of the men on the Court—were confirmed despite serious, credible allegations of sexual misconduct or assault.

And, in both cases, brave women came forward to testify before the U.S. Senate, only to have their accounts dismissed by the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

After allegations of sexual assault surfaced during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, I saw up close that the hearings and FBI investigation were not a serious pursuit of truth or justice.

What we saw instead was a process that failed to properly acknowledge and believe the survivors of sexual assault and misconduct.

That process ultimately failed people across the country, especially women.

If we want to live in a country where women are believed and given access to the justice they deserve, we must roll up our sleeves and get to work holding our leaders accountable—especially those who serve on the highest court in our land.

We need to get to the truth about Kavanaugh.

And I believe the best path to truth and accountability is through a formal impeachment process.

That’s why I called on the House Judiciary Committee to open an impeachment inquiry and take a serious look at whether Kavanaugh lied under oath during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As a co-equal branch of government, the United States Congress has a responsibility to do its part to protect the public trust, safeguard the legitimacy of our institutions, and follow the facts wherever they may lead.

While the House Judiciary Committee is rightfully busy with its oversight of the president and his administration, we shouldn’t let a crowded schedule stand in the way of justice.

There is precedent for the committee to dedicate resources and establish structures to help lead impeachment inquiries, such as creating a task force or retaining outside counsel.

We have a responsibility not just as public servants, but as mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and fellow humans to hold people accountable for wrongdoing.

Failure to do so sends a message to little girls and boys – and women and men – about the value of truth and honesty, and about their right to safety and autonomy.

If we stand idly by, we are telling them that our country values the easy way out over doing the right thing.

There are some who will say that articles of impeachment against Kavanaugh will go nowhere in the United States Senate, which is controlled by Republicans who have repeatedly coddled the misbehavior of the president and his allies.

And, yes, that may be the end result for political purposes.

But, restoring faith in our justice system requires meaningful accountability and transparency.

This should have been given to the American people before Kavanaugh was confirmed to a lifetime seat on our highest court.

It didn’t, and it was a national travesty.

But, it is within the power of the United States Congress to do it now.

We still have a chance to get it right.

We have a chance to send a message that we should not just believe survivors, but also offer help through their trauma and treat them with respect.

I often say it is up to each of us to speak truth.

That truth requires that we never give up on the fight for justice and our effort to hold government accountable to the people.

Let’s fight for our ideals and values.

Let’s fight for women and accountability.

Let’s do better this time.

Kamala Harris is a United States Senator from California and a 2020 presidential candidate.

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Thursday, 26th Decmber 2019
Los Angeles DA considers charging Harvey Weinstein as investigation expands

by Stacy Perman and Richard Winton


(LOS ANGELES, California) — More than two years after the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments launched sexual assault investigations into Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has escalated its review into the disgraced filmmaker and is considering filing criminal charges again him, law enforcement sources said.

In all, eight cases are under review by the DA’s office, a spokesperson for the department said.

Four of the cases are from the Los Angeles Police Department and four are from the Beverly Hills Police Department, sources said.

The DA’s office could act in the new year, before Manhattan prosecutors complete their criminal trial of the once high-flying movie producer, set to begin in January, said people familiar with the investigation who were not authorized to comment.

Sources have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the DA’s sex crimes division has intensified contact with at least two alleged victims and have also broadened their review to include several other women across the country that have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

This stepped-up investigation could open up a second plank of prosecution for the embattled mogul, who faces four criminal sex crimes charges involving three women in New York.

A spokesperson for Weinstein declined to comment.

The former film producer has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to comment.

Two of the key cases prosecutors are weighing involved separate alleged sexual assaults that occurred at a pair of local hotels during the same week in February 2013.

In October 2017, Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department had opened an investigation into Weinstein after an Italian model-actress filed a police report, claiming that Weinstein raped her at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in 2013.

This was the first case related to Weinstein to be reported in Southern California.

The actress said she met and briefly spoke with the producer during the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest that year, after which he “bullied” his way into her hotel room.

The actress described the alleged incident in an earlier interview with The Times.

“Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.”

Crying, she said that she begged him to go away; showing him pictures of her children.

“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” she said, saying that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him.

“He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”

According to law enforcement sources, the actress did not report the alleged incident.

However, she did tell three individuals what happened to her, including her priest.

Investigators traveled to Italy, where she lived at the time of the alleged assault, and independently verified their accounts of the alleged assault.

Since the allegation first surfaced, Weinstein’s attorneys have vigorously denied that he was at Mr. C Beverly Hills that night.

He has also denied ever being alone with the accuser.

“My client is fully cooperating with law enforcement and the DA’s office,” said David Ring, the attorney for the Italian actress.

“She will appear and tell the jury how Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2013. … It will be difficult and stressful for her, but she knows it must occur in order to convict Weinstein, who continues to buy time with delaying tactics.”

A second woman who alleges that Weinstein assaulted her on February 19th, 2013 — several hours before the Italian actress alleged she was raped, also in Beverly Hills — may testify in the New York trial as a witness to his prior behavior.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, this second victim, who is described in court documents in New York, contacted the NYPD about a separate incident of sexual assault involving Weinstein and a Beverly Hills hotel.

The NYPD referred the case to Beverly Hills police for investigation, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly.

Beverly Hills police have declined to make public any details of their investigations into Weinstein.

The district attorney’s sex crimes unit has ramped up its inquiry into allegations of sexual assault allegations in other jurisdictions against Weinstein in recent months, sources told The Times.

Aaron Filler, the attorney representing actress Paz de la Huerta in a civil suit against Weinstein for sexual battery, said that he received a telephone call from Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson, head of the sex crimes unit, about a month ago, requesting an interview with his client.

De la Huerta alleges that Weinstein raped her twice in December 2010, in her New York City apartment.

According to Filler, Thompson told him that L.A. was starting its own prosecution of Harvey Weinstein.

“My impression was that they are commencing a wide ranging criminal investigation and at this point are reaching out to every victim they can identify and try and do telephone interviews around the country,” Thompson said.

“They have more leeway to reach out to more victims in more jurisdictions and bring them into a courtroom than in New York.”

Unlike New York, California law allows for “Me Too” evidence of sexual harassment and discrimination described by other employees to be presented at trial.

In other words, prosecutors here could have multiple alleged victims who are not plaintiffs testify against Weinstein.

In addition to the New York criminal case, there is a class-action suit and at least 18 women with individual suits against Weinstein, alleging sexual misconduct, assault or harassment.

According to Filler, De la Huerta, who lives in New York, had a brief telephone conversation with Thompson but prefers to meet with him in person.

To date, they have not yet scheduled a meeting.

An attorney representing an accuser in her suit against Weinstein, alleging that the producer raped her, said that he also received a request from Thompson to talk with his client within the last month.

Although his client declined to speak with Thompson, saying the civil suit has “put her through the ringer,” the attorney characterized his conversation with the assistant district attorney saying,

“It sounded like they are moving forward.”

In the two years since The New York Times and The New Yorker first detailed decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, criminal investigations have opened in Los Angeles, London and New York.

However, only the New York District Attorney’s office has pursued criminal charges against the fallen movie mogul.

Two years ago, L.A. Country District Attorney Jackie Lacey formed a special taskforce dedicated to investigating allegations of sexual assault roiling Hollywood; assigning a group of veteran sex crimes prosecutors to “ensure a uniformed approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution.”

However, to date, the task force has yet to charge any of the more than two dozen men subject to probes by law enforcement.

Many of those allegations were too old to prosecute and in other cases there was insufficient evidence; they include allegations involving the actors Steven Seagal and Kevin Spacey.

Lacey, who is running for a third term as district attorney, faces a slew of challengers and renewed pressure for declining to prosecute several high profile sex abuse cases.

Meanwhile, Weinstein’s legal woes continue to mount.

Last week a former teen model Kaja Sokola filed a lawsuit against the producer under the Child Victims Act, alleging the former filmmaker sexually assaulted her at his New York City apartment in 2002 when she was 16.

Sokola was initially part of a federal class-action suit filed in December 2017 against the filmmaker.

Weinstein and his former film studio’s board have reached a controversial $47 million settlement with several women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, according to attorneys involved in the negotiations.

About $25 million will be allocated to the accusers, $7.3 million to unsecured creditors and former Weinstein Co. employees, and about $12.2 million will be earmarked to pay legal fees of the studio’s directors and officers, according to a copy of the settlement term sheet obtained by The Times.

The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2018.

Weinstein, the producer behind such Oscar-winning hits as “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chicago” and “The King’s Speech,” was fired from his company in October 2017 after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Last week, Weinstein was widely criticized for calling himself “the forgotten man” in an interview with the New York Post and citing how many women he helped during his career.

The comments triggered a swift backlash, including a formal statement signed by 23 of his accusers.

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Post by: Battle on February 24, 2020, 10:53:27 am
Monday, 24th February 2o2o
by Associated Press


(NEW YORK CITY) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.

He was found guilty of criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013.

The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that’s-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works.

The conviction was seen as a long-overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior turned into a torrent of accusations in 2017 that destroyed his career and gave rise to #MeToo, the global movement to encourage women to come forward and hold powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct.

The jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty.

The case against the once-feared producer was essentially built on three allegations: that he raped an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013, that he forcibly performed oral sex on Haleyi and that he raped and forcibly performed oral sex on “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra in her apartment in the mid-1990s.

Three additional women who said they, too, were attacked by Weinstein also testified as part of an effort by prosecutors to show a pattern of brutish behavior on his part.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sex crimes unless they grant permission, as Haleyi and Sciorra did.

Jurors signaled their struggles with the Sciorra charges four days into deliberations.

On Friday, after reviewing sections of her testimony and related evidence, they sent a note to the judge indicating they were deadlocked on the counts but had reached a unanimous verdict on the others.

After some debate in the courtroom, the judge ordered jurors to keep deliberating.

While Weinstein did not testify, his lawyers contended that any sexual contact was consensual and that his accusers went to bed with him to advance their careers.

The defense seized on the fact that two of the women central to the case stayed in contact with Weinstein through warm and even flirty emails — and had sex with him — well after he supposedly attacked them.

The hard-charging and phenomenally successful movie executive helped bring to the screen such Oscar winners as “Good Will Hunting,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The King’s Speech” and “Shakespeare in Love” and nurtured the careers of celebrated filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith.

Weinstein now faces charges in Los Angeles.


In that case, announced just as the New York trial was getting under way on January 6th, authorities allege Weinstein raped one woman and sexually assaulted another on back-to-back nights during Oscars week in 2013.

One of those women testified as a supporting witness at the New York trial.

The trial was the first criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations against Weinstein from more than 90 women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman.

Most of those cases were too old to prosecute.

During the trial, Weinstein regularly trudged into the courthouse stooped and unshaven, using a walker after recently undergoing back surgery — a far cry from the way he was depicted in court as a burly, intimidating figure whose eyes seemed to turn black with menace when his anger flared.

Many of Weinstein’s accusers described him as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who could be incredibly charming at first, making jokes and showing interest in using his immense power to help their careers.

But that was an act, they said, meant to gain their trust and get them to a place — often a hotel room or an apartment — where he could violate them.

“If he heard the word ‘no,’ it was like a trigger for him,” his rape accuser testified.

Several women testified that Weinstein excused his behavior as the price for getting ahead in Hollywood.

One said that when she laughed off his advances, he sneered, “You’ll never make it in this business. This is how this industry works.”

The jury heard lurid testimony that Weinstein injected himself with a needle to get an erection, that his genitals appeared disfigured, that he sent Sciorra a box of chocolate penises and that he once showed up uninvited at her hotel room door in his underwear with a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a video in the other.

The prosecution’s task was made more complicated because two of the women at the very center of the case didn’t just abandon Weinstein after the alleged encounters:

Haleyi testified that she had sex with him two weeks later, while the rape accuser whose name was withheld said she had a sexual encounter with him more than three years afterward.

Like Haleyi, she sent Weinstein friendly and sometimes flirtatious emails, such as “Miss you big guy” and “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call.”

During a cross-examination from Weinstein’s lawyers so exhaustive that she broke down in tears on the stand, the woman said she sent him flattering emails and kept seeing him because she was afraid of his unpredictable anger and “I wanted him to believe I wasn’t a threat.”

To blunt that line of questioning, prosecutors called to the witness stand a forensic psychiatrist who said that most sexual assault victims continue to have contact with their attackers and that they hope what happened to them “is just an aberration.”

During closing arguments, Weinstein lawyer Donna Rotunno charged that Weinstein had become “the target of a cause and a movement” — #MeToo — and asked the jury to ignore “outside forces.”

“This is not a popularity contest,” she said.

She said the case against Weinstein amounted to “regret renamed as rape,” arguing that the women exercised their free will to try to further their careers.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the jury that Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating women as “complete disposables.”

“The universe is run by me and they don’t get to complain when they get stepped on, spit on, demoralized and, yes, raped and abused by me — the king,” she said, mimicking Weinstein.

Rumors about Weinstein’s behavior swirled in Hollywood circles for a long time, but he managed to silence many accusers with payoffs, nondisclosure agreements and the constant fear that he could crush their careers if they spoke out.

Weinstein was finally arrested and led away in handcuffs in May 2018, seven months after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed his alleged misconduct in stories that would win the Pulitzer Prize.

Among other men taken down by the #MeToo movement since the scandal broke: news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, actor Kevin Spacey and Senator Al Franken.

Weinstein, the product of a working-class family from Queens, achieved success at two movie studios he created with his brother Bob: Miramax — named for their parents, Miriam and Max — and then the Weinstein Co.

The Weinstein Co. went bankrupt after his disgrace. A tentative settlement was reached last year to resolve nearly all lawsuits stemming from the scandal.

It would pay Weinstein’s alleged victims about $25 million. Under the proposed deal, Weinstein would not have to admit any wrongdoing or personally pay anything; the studio’s insurance companies would cover the cost.

Weinstein’s efforts to silence his accusers and thwart journalists who sought to expose his secrets included hiring Black Cube, an Israeli spy agency staffed by former Mossad agents.

Asked one day as he left court why he hired that firm, Weinstein turned to a reporter and said:

“For days like this.”

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Wednesday, 11th March 2o2o
Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
by Jeremy Barr


The sentence was handed down by Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning, after emotional testimony by the two primary victims in the conviction.

Harvey Weinstein will spend 23 years in a New York State prison after being sentenced by Supreme Court Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning.

Weinstein was convicted February 24th of committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape.

The sentencing ends Weinstein's New York trial, which began January 6th.

His team has said they will appeal the jury's decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced.


Judge Burke, before issuing his sentence, told Weinstein that he will be formally registered as a sex offender.

For his conviction on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act, Weinstein was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release.

On the other convicted charge, third-degree rape, he was given three years in prison.

The judge decided to make the sentences consecutive, rather than concurrent.

Weinstein's attorney Donna Rotunno called the sentencing "obscene" in a press conference outside the court house.

Adding, "Of course it's too harsh. It's ridiculous." ("No, it's not."

Prior to his sentencing, Rotunno had told the judge that Weinstein should get a shorter sentence because he has a "long list of illnesses."

"Mr. Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues, there are lists of things that are physically wrong with him and are serious," said Rotunno, reading a letter highlighting his medical issues.

"Mr. Weinstein has a history of heart disease in his family. This is a situation that the loss of freedom...will affect his ability to get the type of medical care he will need for the list of issues he is dealing with."

Weinstein had spent 10 days in the hospital, where he underwent a heart procedure, after experiencing high blood pressure and heart palpitations following his February 24th conviction.

Before his sentencing, Weinstein — who opted not to testify during his New York sexual assault trial — addressed the judge.

Speaking, in a low voice, of the women who have accused him of misconduct, he said,

"I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women."

He added,

"I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart."

Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi had asked Judge Burke to sentence Weinstein to "the maximum or near the maximum" years in prison, which could have been up to 29 years.

In response to the sentencing, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation, issued the following statement:

"First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young, who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with the more than 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong — we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace."

The statement continued:

"We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they have had on our culture at large. Whether by inspiring more survivors to come forward and seek help, changing how the justice system responds to sexual violence, or leading corporate boards to hold more CEOs accountable for toxic workplace culture, the social change catalyzed by these survivors has been nothing short of transformational."

The Silence Breakers — a group of 24 Weinstein accusers that includes Ashley Judd, Lauren Sivan, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan — said in their statement:

"Harvey Weinstein's legacy will always be that he's a convicted rapist. He is going to jail — but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused."

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Monday, 23rd March 2o2o
Harvey Weinstein tests positive for Covid-19
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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for Covid-19, US media reported Sunday.

Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.

The fallen film producer's diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette.

Weinstein's spokespeople have declined to comment to US media on the subject.

The New York state Department of Corrections did not respond when contacted by AFP for confirmation of the reports.

Weinstein was transferred Wednesday to a prison near Buffalo, 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island prison and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.

Crowded US prisons have the potential to become hotbeds for Covid-19 infections.

Last week, guards at Rikers and New York's Sing Sing prison tested positive for the virus, local media reported.

As of Sunday, the virus has killed 417 people in the US out of more than 33,000 cases, according to a tracker managed by Johns Hopkins University.

Weinstein was convicted in February of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, while being cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.

He was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein.

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South Carolina becomes 43rd state to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates

by Adam Benson

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — In a show of solidarity that cut across political lines, South Carolina on Thursday removed its name from the handful of states without a law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant inmates.

“This legislation is excellent, it’s the result of a lot of work and what is reflected in this document has been policy, but there are instances where it has not been practiced,” Governor of South Carolina said during a ceremonial signing of H. 3967, a measure that bars the use of leg, waist and ankle restraints on pregnant inmates.

South Carolina becomes the 43rd state with an anti-shackling law for pregnant inmates.

The rule pertains to detention facilities run by state, county or local governments.

Federal prisons are already banned from restraining female inmates as the result of a criminal justice reform package since 2018.

Under language in the state bill, wrists also can’t be bound in a way that would prevent a woman from protecting herself in case of a fall.

The legislation goes beyond what its lead sponsor state Representative Nancy Mace, D-Daniel Island, asked for, with amendments included that require access to adequate nutrition, availability of menstrual hygiene products, an end to solitary confinement of pregnant prisoners and weekly contact visits between jailed people with low or minimum-security classifications and their children.

“People go to prison as punishment, not for punishment. We in South Carolina stand tall for the respect that we have for all people,” said the governor of South Carolina

Shortly before Thursday’s bill signing, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter explained its policy regarding the shackling of pregnant inmates.

There is currently one pregnant inmate in its custody, officials said.

Leg irons aren’t used for women being transported for neonatal-related medical appointments, the office said.

Federal prisons are barred from restraining pregnant inmates as the result of a criminal justice reform package since 2018 — unless the women pose a safety risk to themselves or others.

Mace said Thursday’s signing was an historic moment for the state.

“It took a lot of people coming together on both sides of the aisle, even during the COVID-19 crisis to make this bill happen,” she said.

“We’ve done an amazing thing for women who are in our correctional facilities. Life is a series of second chances, and every person should receive redemption.”

Last week, the state House voted 117-0 in favor of Mace’s proposal, the second time in a year it won broad floor support, with lawmakers in April 2019 backing it 104-3.

But the provision didn’t make it through the Senate before last year’s cross-over deadline.

The Senate in March voted 42-0 to prohibit restraining pregnant inmates.

State-run prisons ended the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in early 2019.

The state prison system has 1,163 female inmates; four are pregnant, according to state Department of Corrections data.

Civil rights and criminal justice reform groups across the state identified the adoption of an anti-shackling law as a top priority.

“This was an inhumane practice that many people realize needed to be stopped,” said Ann Warner, CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network.

“We had a bipartisan, committed group of people that realized this was a barbaric practice.”

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