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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2018, 10:51:20 am »

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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2018, 08:10:48 pm »
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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ADDEDUM:

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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Re: Purple Purse
« Reply #32 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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« Reply #33 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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« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2018, 07:08:52 am »
Thursday, 20th December 2018
CHECK...  MOVE YOUR KING!

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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« Reply #35 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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« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2019, 12:42:50 pm »
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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« Reply #37 on: April 26, 2019, 03:58:38 pm »
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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« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2019, 06:17:18 pm »
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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« Reply #39 on: June 26, 2019, 12:37:29 pm »
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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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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