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January 26, 2005
Re "Woman Promotes the Right to Go Topless," Jan. 22: Looking with the perspective of a 58-year-old male, I would think Liana Johnsson's case would be more in the forefront of public opinion if she were to use the argument against men going topless. This would force men to show why they should have a privilege that women don't enjoy. Men would be then in a position of proving Johnsson's case for equality of the genders. I have seen through my life that an issue becomes much more important if a law restricts or revokes a previously legal activity than if a law allows more freedoms or more equality for those non-privileged people.
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May 20, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Manhattan Beach woman caught on videotape abusing the Thousand Oaks toddler she was caring for was sentenced Monday to 60 days in Ventura County Jail and three years' probation. Clark and Loren Blowers had hidden a video camera in their home after their 17-month-old son, Donovan, began banging his head on the floor, not speaking and suffering from chronic and severe diarrhea.
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May 20, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A nanny who was caught on videotape abusing the Thousand Oaks toddler she was hired to care for was sentenced Monday to 60 days in Ventura County Jail and a three-year probation term that bans her from unsupervised contact with children. Live-in nanny Maryam Safiaan, 33, on April 23 pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child abuse.
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January 28, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Liana Johnsson doesn't mean to cause trouble. But she's not exactly the kind to tolerate injustice. So the veteran Ventura County public defender fights hard for her indigent clients, railing against a system that jails the homeless for being drunk in public or for snatching shopping carts to haul around their belongings. She is known for efforts to help addicts find their way into treatment programs and straighten out their lives.
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January 22, 2005 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
As a Ventura County public defender, Liana Johnsson has handled many life-changing cases, but her biggest public crusade these days has been going topless. For months, Johnsson has been fighting to allow topless women at California beaches and parks, and now the issue has made its way to the Capitol. A group of lawyers, at Johnsson's request, has asked the Legislature to make topless sunbathing legal, saying the ban is the last criminal sanction that treats women differently than men.
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