Canada Offers “Duress” Defense for Battered Women

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Nicole Ryan had endured more than 15 horrific years of domestic abuse when, in 2008, she plotted to have her husband killed. Unbeknownst to her, the hired “hit man” was an undercover police officer who quickly had Ryan charged with “counseling to commit murder”. But last week, Ryan was acquitted in a Nova Scotia provincial […]

Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Back to the Future?

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We now have decisive action from Congress in its long-awaited repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But what many don’t realize is that repealing this 1993 law moves us ahead in our thinking while actually moving us backward in our military practice. Before World War I, the U.S. had no legal restriction against homosexuals in the […]