Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Reeva Steenkamp’s sister pleads with judge not to let athlete ‘use his disability as an excuse’ for homicide

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By: Jenn Selby

Simone Cowburn, the British sister of Reeva Steenkamp, has said she believes Oscar Pistorius is exploiting his disability in order to be granted a more lenient sentence by the judge.

The amputee athlete, who famously competed in the 2012 Olympics alongside able bodied sportsmen as well as in the Paralympics, was found guilty of the culpable homicide of his model girlfriend last month.

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Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party

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By: Loulla Mae Elethiou-Smith

A 15-year-old boy has been left in a critical condition in hospital after he was gang raped by three men and two older teenagers at a party in Kentucky.

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John Grisham says US ‘has gone nuts’ with child porn incarcerations, then issues apology

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By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Legal thriller author John Grisham has issued an apology after telling a British newspaper that the United States “has gone nuts” with incarcerations of people for viewing child porn. Continue reading

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Sierra Pacific levels corruption allegations in renewed legal fight over Moonlight fire

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By:Denny Walsh

The incendiary legal battle over responsibility for the Moonlight wildfire, which scorched 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada seven years ago, has flared anew with charges of corruption and cover-up leveled at federal prosecutors, and state and federal investigators. Continue reading

Neil Bantleman’s brother pens letter to Canadian government for support

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By: CBS News

The family of a Canadian detained in Indonesia in connection with a high-profile child sexual assault investigation has written an open letter asking the Canadian government to issue a statement recognizing the situation. Continue reading

How One Female Lawyer Confronted A Sexist Judge Who Refused To Honor Her Maternity Leave

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By: Caitlin White

On the list of things that qualify as good excuses, it seems like maternity leave is an air-tight reason, right? Wrong! A judge in Atlanta denied Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle’s request to postpone a hearing due to the fact that she had a baby only four weeks earlier. In response to her request, Judge J. Dan Pelletier Sr. wrote, “No good cause. Hearing date set prior to counsel accepting representation.”  Continue reading