Breaking News: Sandusky Receives 30-60 Yr Sentence
This morning, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to "no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years with credit for time served". This news follows Sandusky's June trial where he was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. A jury found Sandusky guilty of abusing 10 boys over a span of 15 years and faced "a maximum of 400 years in prison".
Judge John Cleland addressed Sandusky saying, "The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live."
CNN reports that Sandusky's attorney will seek an appeal for his conviction; Sandusky's legal team has ten days to appeal. Last November, Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was fired along with football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier.
Media Resources: CNN 10/9/12; NBC News 10/9/12; Feminist News 11/10/11
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .