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 »
UPDATE [2:22 p.m.]: Casey Anthony has been found NOT GUILTY of murder in the 1st degree, the highest charge she faced. You can read the full verdict here. Thoughts?
UPDATE [1:56 p.m.]: Well, that didn’t take long. The jury has apparently reached a verdict which will be delivered at around 2:15 p.m. EST. I’ll add an additional update to this post then.
Jurors in the high-profile capital murder trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, have entered their second day of deliberations today. With the closing arguments now delivered, and a judgment expected possibly sometime this week, here is an overview of the case as it stands now. Keep reading »
How do you make a criminal really suffer? A 21-year-old jailbird in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the governor for violating his civil rights in the most inhumane way possible: no porn. Kyle Richards is locked up at Macomb County Jail, where all pornography is in violation of the rules. What cruel and unusual punishment! Now he is suing over “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation,” according to his court filing. “Such living conditions have been used as a method of ‘psychological warfare’ against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals.” Richards also wants personal televisions, video game consoles, and radios, which suggests to me that someone needs to explain to him the definition of “punishment.” Lucky for him, Playboy and Penthouse magazines are allowed in Michigan prisons, said a corrections spokesman. Considering he plead guilty to a burglary in January and should be sentenced in August, this guy should just be a little more patient. Good luck with getting that Xbox console, though.
[The Detroit News]
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“I find it a little baffling when Americans get so gaga-eyed over a princess. In particularly Lady Di, who was just this anorexic, bulimic narcissist.”
– Ann Coulter doesn’t mince words when discussing Princess Diana and Americans’ fascination with the royal family. Something tells me if she wasn’t already unwelcome in the U.K., she certainly is now. [The Insider] Keep reading »
Photographer Anna Skladmann’s new book, Little Adults, gives us a peak inside the secret, privileged world of some of Russia’s wealthiest children. Kids like Vadim, pictured here, in bowtie and peacoat, enjoying the view from his terrace in Moscow. Says Skladmann: “Vadim asked me how many photos I was planning to shoot, and I answered ‘maximum 10.’ As the flash lit up, he slowly counted to 10 in his head. After the 10 frames of my first roll were finished, he went back inside, put on his pajamas and asked for a cup of tea so he could sit in front of his television in peace. Naturally, I had wanted to shoot 10 rolls of film, not just 10 frames.” [The New Yorker] Keep reading »
On July 4, the world’s finest female competitive eaters will declare their independence.
For the first time ever, top-ranking female hot dog eaters will have the table to themselves in a women-only competition at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.
Though many see competitive eating as a man’s game, female competitors have long eaten alongside men — occasionally even besting stars like Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Tim “Eater X” Janus in contests. But this year, officials from Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating, the organization that oversees most exhibitions of professional gluttony, made the not uncontroversial move to host separate contests for men and women. Read more… Keep reading »