Category Archives: Law

Three young Muslim students murdered

I’ve been trying to find a good link for this story on and off all morning, but I can’t. I’m pulling together what I’m reading off my Twitter feed. If anybody has a good link, please leave it in comments … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Racism, Religion | 58 Comments

Same-sex marriage is happening right now in Alabama

Alabama, named among the least likely states ever to legalize same-sex marriage, jumps off of that list entirely as couples across the state line up for their legally recognized marriages. Continue reading

Posted in GLBTQ, Law, Marriage | Tagged | 2 Comments

Criminalizing trans people

So, a Florida state representative, Frank Artiles, has introduced a bill to criminalize somebody using any bathroom or changing room or locker room but the one corresponding to that person’s assigned sex at birth. It doesn’t matter how they’re presenting, … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Gender, General, Law, Life, Politics, Trans | 5 Comments

This week in US juridical misogyny…

1) You’ll be interested to know that if you get fired for breastfeeding, that is not an instance of sex discrimination, according to a ruling from the Eighth Circuit Court that the Supreme Court has decided to let stand, because, … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Feminism, Health, Law, Politics, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights, Work | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Well, I can see no way in which this will almost certainly go horribly wrong

Given recent mass outrage over police officers’ ability to kill black people with legal impunity and the brutal way they have dealt with peaceful protesters, William Bratton, Chief of the NYPD has proposed the obvious solution: Give 350 police officers … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Law, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Terrorism | 12 Comments

Alternative family structures

So when I was growing up, I had an understanding: one would grow up, fall in love with someone of the opposite sex, marry him/her, have kids, and be happy. As I got older, this understanding was expanded to include … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticity, Law, Marriage, Parenthood, relationships | 10 Comments

Marissa Alexander: Out of prison, still being punished

As noted yesterday, Marissa Alexander was released from prison yesterday. She has been, however, sentenced to two years’ of house arrest (after having spent three years in prison already), all for the crime of, nine days after having given birth, … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, General, Law, Racism | 6 Comments

Important things people have said about Ferguson

People have said important things about Michael Brown, protests in Ferguson, and a grand jury’s decision not to hold Darren Brown accountable for killing an unarmed black teenager. Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Law, Media & Media Literacy, Racism | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Open Ferguson No Indictment Thread

FFS.

Please add links in comments. Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Law, Race & Ethnicity | Tagged , , | 43 Comments

South Carolina: Swell for fetuses, less so for victims of domestic violence

In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman’s defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront “women thugs” who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Also in Florida, Marissa Alexander has repeatedly been denied the chance to use the Stand Your Ground defense against charges after she fired a warning shot above the head of her abusive husband. This month, Charleston prosecutors moved to further endanger the Marissa Alexanders of South Carolina by saying that Stand Your Ground shouldn’t apply to victims of domestic violence who confront their abusers. Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Health, Law, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Assault | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

State Violence and Sexual Violence

[Trigger warnings: sexual violence, beatings, police brutality, domestic violence, racism]   The recent events in Ferguson, MO probably have a variety of significance for people, when, in response to a policeman shooting dead black teenager with his hands up and … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Law, Racism, Rape Culture, Sexual Assault | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

“Yes Means Yes” law passes in California

the legislation will begin a paradigm shift in how college campuses in California prevent and investigate sexual assaults. Rather than using the refrain “no means no,” the definition of consent under the bill requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity” Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Elections, Law, Rape Culture | Tagged , , | 13 Comments