Two months ago, a New York City jury acquitted two NYPD officers who were accused (in a 2008 incident) of allegedly entering the apartment of a drunk woman — who they’d been called to help — several times over the course of one night and raping her. Kenneth Moreno was accused of raping the woman, then a 27-year-old Gap employee who was blackout drunk, while his partner Franklin Mata stood watch. A jury grappled with the lack of DNA evidence tying Moreno to the rape (he allegedly used a condom) and acquitted the “rape cops” of rape, burglary, and falsifying business records and only found them guilty of official misconduct.
Trial watchers were shocked. Activists held protests. Now, The Village Voice has published a front-page article about another late-night incident, also in 2008, in which Moreno and Mata allegedly verbally abused a young woman outside a bar, calling her a “bitch” and a “c**t.”
This is a story — a documented incident — the jury never heard. Keep reading »
“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud-wrestling fight, and I’m not going to give it to them. I’ve got a lot of great respect and admiration for the governor. I appreciate her and I wish her well, and I think that this race is wide open.”
—Rep. Michele Bachmann knows the media loves a good catfight. Alas, she and Sarah Palin are not taking the bait. (Yet.) They’ll leave it to these ladies to do the down ‘n’ dirty fighting, thank you. [Reuters]
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A week and a half ago, I had never heard of dragon boat racing. But then, for a group date, “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert had the dudes vying for her love head out into Hong Kong, assemble a team, and join her on the beach for a dragon boat race. I cheered as Mickey and Ames paddled like pros, and laughed as Ben and Constantine remarked that they were being “smoked like salmon, bro.”
Now, just a week later, I’ve had my second exposure to dragon boating, this time via Prince William and Kate Middleton. Keep reading »
Imagine that you could not travel or go to school without your dad’s permission. You need him, your brother, or a male driver to take you anywhere you want to go in a car. He even has a say in who you get to marry.
This is life under Saudi Arabia‘s guardianship law — a combination of the legal code and religious doctrine within the kingdom. Men have guardianship over the unmarried women in their families, which usually means a father is guardian to his daughter (but in his absence, a son or uncle can fill in). When a woman marries, the guardianship switches over to her husband. Even when Saudi women are no longer minors, they are still treated like children in the eyes of the law.
One woman is trying to change all that: a 43-old-old doctor, going by the pseudonym “Samia” in press reports, is challenging her father’s guardianship in the Saudi Supreme Court. Keep reading »