Topic: legal issues

Our Pro-Arrest Domestic Violence Policy Is Hurting Young Women

Our Pro-Arrest Domestic Violence Policy Is Hurting Young Women

Since the mid-1980s, there has been an exponential increase in the number of girls arrested, waiting in detention, and serving time in foster placement. According to statistics published in 2009, of all juvenile arrests, 25% are arrests for crimes of domestic and family violence. These arrests disproportionally affect girls: although young women represent 29% of all juvenile arrests, they make up 31% of assault arrests, 35% domestic violence arrests, and 41% child-to-parent violence arrests. It is this last number that is particularly disturbing. It is widely known that child-to-parent violence is more complicated than the name might suggest, and is often correlated with other violence in the family. More »

Reese Witherspoon’s Arrest Video Is Hilarious, And May Actually Damage Her Brand

Reese Witherspoon's Arrest Video Is Hilarious, And May Actually Damage Her Brand

When news of Reese Witherspoon‘s arrest for disorderly conduct broke last week, we wondered what it would do for her squeaky-clean image, but ultimately didn’t think it would really hurt. After all, she apologized promptly and classily, and then made a very likable appearance on Good Morning America this week, in which she owned up again, and said, “We knew better.” A perfectly handled mini-scandal, soon forgiven and forgotten, right? Until now. TMZ has video footage from the arrest, and it’s both hilarious and really unlikable.
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Woman Claims She Was Fired For Inhaling Second-Hand Pot Smoke, And Local News Is On It

Woman Claims She Was Fired For Inhaling Second-Hand Pot Smoke, And Local News Is On It

Can you get fired for second-hand exposure to marijuana? Cheryl Hale tells an Idaho news station that she was fired over a positive drug test after 16 years of work for a “major retail corporation.” Hale says she’s not a smoker, but her husband is. Alarming! In the course of reporting on her story, a local news reporter somehow winds up riding around in a limousine with eight people smoking up. Journalism! More »

The Female Supreme Court Justices On Gay Marriage

The Female Supreme Court Justices On Gay Marriage

For the past two days, the Supreme Court has been examining the constitutionality of cases related to same-sex marriage and the female justices have been dropping mics all over the oral arguments. Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor have contributed a remarkable amount of sass to the court’s debate on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, dismantling the defense’s arguments against gay marriage with dry wit and hilarious metaphors. Let’s take a look back at the female justices’ zingiest moments from the recent oral arguments.
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