Facebook gets sued for gender discrimination

By: Heather Kelly

121116052831-facebook-headquarters-tablet-largeAnother major Silicon Valley company is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit. This time, it’s Facebook.  Chia Hong is suing her former employer for sex and race discrimination. She says that during her three years at Facebook, her boss Anil Wilson harassed her, according to a suit filed Monday in San Mateo Superior Court.   Hong is represented by Lawless & Lawless, the same law firm currently representing Ellen Pao in her high-profile gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.  Continue reading

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Police for Shooting Son in the Back

By: Andrew Emett

DarrienHunt010514The family of a young man carrying a souvenir sword has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging police officers used excessive force when gunning down their son. Contrary to initial reports, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt had been running away from the officers when they shot him to death. Although the officers were equipped with a body-cam, a lapel microphone, and a dash-cam, none of the devices recorded the incident.  Around 9:45am on September 10, 2014, Darrien Hunt was walking in front of a Top Stop gas station when two Saratoga Springs police officers approached him. Responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person carrying a samurai-type sword, Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson confronted Hunt who had been cosplaying as the character Mugen from the anime series “Samurai Champloo.” Continue reading

Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo will die in prison after having appeal attempt quashed


By: Lizzie Dearden

Michael Adebolajo, one of two Islamic extremists who butchered Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, will die behind bars after an attempt to challenge his sentence was quashed.The murder’s application for leave to appeal his whole-life sentence was rejected by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas today.  Sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw, he threw out arguments made by Adebolajo’s legal team.

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Washington man accused of making Facebook threats against Darren Wilson


By: Victoria Cavaliere

A Washington state man was arrested on Tuesday on charges he made multiple online death threats against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, federal officials said.  Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday to face three counts of making interstate threats, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Continue reading

St. Louis police backtrack after claiming NFL team apologized for ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ gesture


By: Arturo Garcia

The St. Louis Police Department backtracked late Monday night from reports saying that the NFL’s St. Louis Rams had apologized for five team members displaying the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest gesture during a game on Sunday. Continue reading

Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case


By: Sam Hananel

The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.  The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.  Anthony Elonis of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, says he was just venting his anger over a broken marriage and never meant to threaten anyone. Continue reading

Supreme Court decision will come down to how justices interpret Eminem lyrics


By: Lawrence Hurley

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning threats that a Pennsylvania man made toward his estranged wife and others on Facebook could hinge on how the nine justices interpret the sometimes violent imagery in rap lyrics.The justices, not known for their pop culture bona fides, are set on Monday to hear a one-hour oral argument in an appeal filed by Anthony Elonis. He was convicted for making threats aimed at his wife, law enforcement officers and others after posting statements on Facebook in 2010 soon after his wife left him. They are now divorced. Continue reading