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Revenge porn: Children as young as 11 are victims – with less than 5% of cases being prosecuted


By: Ian Johnston

Children as young as 11 have been the victims of “revenge pornography”, police have revealed, with new figures showing less than 5 per cent of cases lead to a prosecution because of legal loopholes.

Eight police forces in England and Wales said they had received 149 allegations of revenge porn – where explicit photographs are posted online, often by an ex-partner – in the past two-and-a-half years. However, only six cases had resulted in a police caution or charge. The majority of victims are young women.

Those figures are likely to be a vast underestimate of the problem nationwide, since most police forces did not record the data. They are largely powerless to intervene until new laws – due to pass through the Lords next month – are introduced to make revenge porn a crime.

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Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist


By: Heather Saul

An Iranian woman charged with the murder of man who allegedly attempted to rape her could be executed today.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was arrested in 2007 for the killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

She was sentenced to death by a Tehran court in 2009 and her execution verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. Her case drew international outcry and sparked a petition urging her release, which has garnered over 190,000 signatures.

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Law firm uses rapper Master P and his ‘trademark grunt’ to brand its advertising


By: Martha Neil

A well-known rap artist isn’t just narrating video advertising for a Kentucky personal injury law firm.

Winton & Hiestand is also branding its services with whatAbove the Law describes as Master P’s “trademark grunt.”

Spelled UGHH! on law firm billboards, which feature the heading “HURT? MAKE EM SAY UGHH!,” the unique Master P sound can also be heard about 18 seconds into a video promoting the Louisville firm. Read the rest of this entry »

What To Expect When The Supreme Court Returns To Work Next Week


By: Ian Millhiser

Next week marks the Supreme Court’s first conference after the Court adjourned last June. The next week marks the formal beginning of its 2014-2015 term. Much of the drama that will unfold in this coming term, however, is likely to come from cases the justices have yet to agree to hear. Marriage equality, abortion and birth control are all fairly likely to wind up on the Court’s docket before the justices go back on vacation next June. In the meantime, however, the justices will consider the rights of pregnant women who face discrimination in the workplace, they will weigh the Voting Right Act for the first time since they gutted much of this law in 2013, they will thrust themselves into the delicate foreign policy problems raised by the tensions in Israel and Palestine, and they will examine when the First Amendment protects people who make violent threats online. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Immigrant Group Cancels Protest, Claims Drug Cartels Threatened To Make It ‘A Blood Bath’


By: Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

An anti-immigration protest group threatening to “shut down all ports of entry” in four southern border states backed out of plans to do so mere hours before the event was scheduled to take place Saturday morning. Lead organizer Stasyi Barth claimed that the protest was cancelled because a cartel was “threatening a blood bath” at the border. Read the rest of this entry »

Free weed to military veterans: Colorado event draws 700, and some grumbling


By: Tom Boggioni

Colorado businesses joined together over the weekend to distribute free medical marijuana and pot-infused products to military veterans, reports CBS Denver.

Organized by Operation Grow4Vets, the giveaway distributed nearly $60,000 in cannabis products to the veterans at an event that was open to the public.

According to Grow4Vets Facebook page, more than 700 people showed up. Read the rest of this entry »

Black actress arrested kissing white husband after police think she’s a prostitute


African-American actress Daniele Watts has spoken about being handcuffed and held in the back of a police car after officers thought she was a prostitute.

Her crime? Seen kissing her husband, Brian James Lucas… in PUBLIC!

According to accounts on Facebook by Watts and Lucas, two police officers from Studio City Police Department in Los Angeles approached them and asked Watts for ID.

When she refused, Watts was cuffed and put in the back of their police car while they checked her ID. Watts was released shortly afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »

Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says ‘It’s Pretty Worrisome’


By: Harley Brown

James Evans didn’t think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose — “Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate” from the metal band Exodus‘ song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” — caught the attention of a fellow Central City, Ky. resident, who alerted local school officials. Two days later, Evans was arrested. Read the rest of this entry »

Elderly woman killed by driver checking Facebook on her phone at 85 mph


By: Travis Getty

Police say a 20-year-old North Dakota woman was surfing Facebook on her phone when she crashed into an SUV at 85 mph, killing an 89-year-old great-grandmother.

Abby Sletten was charged with negligent homicide in the death of Phyllis Gordon, of Ada, Minnesota, reported the Star Tribune.

State police said Sletten crashed into the rear end of an SUV driven by Gordon’s granddaughter May 27 between Fargo and Grand Forks. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. upholds employees’ right to kvetch on Facebook


By: Melvin Backman

Disgruntled workers of America, it may be getting safer to kvetch about your job on Facebook.

According to a National Labor Relations Board ruling made public in August, the Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, of Watertown, Connecticut, has until Friday to re-hire employees fired in 2011 over a negative Facebook post and for clicking the “like” button.

The NLRB said in a 3-2 ruling that Triple Play shouldn’t have fired the workers because they were simply acting collectively to discuss a workplace issue, which is protected under the National Labor Relations Act. Read the rest of this entry »


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