September 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- An Indian court on Tuesday found guilty four men accused of raping and murdering a 23-year old physiotherapy student on a moving bus in December, in a case that has sparked tougher laws, fast-track courts, public outrage and extensive soul-searching. The four, who face the death penalty, are scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing Wednesday. India rarely executes death row prisoners, but the government has faced intense pressure to hang the men. The court found the four, age 19 to 35, guilty on all 13 charges they faced, including rape, murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.
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September 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that closes a loophole in California's rape law by clarifying that an attacker who impersonates someone else to coerce a victim into sexual activity can be prosecuted. The bill was in response to a recent State Court of Appeals decision that overturned a rape conviction of a Los Angeles County man in which the court said a victim had not been raped because she was unmarried and the attacker had impersonated her boyfriend.
September 6, 2013 |
A Montana judge's attempt to modify a 30-day prison sentence he gave a teacher convicted of raping a student was blocked Friday by the state's Supreme Court. Four of the six justices on Montana's highest court ruled that District Judge G. Todd Baugh could not move forward with a resentencing hearing scheduled for Friday in a bid to void the sentence imposed last week on Stacey Rambold. Rambold, 54, a Billings high school teacher, was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl, who killed herself in 2010 while the case was pending.
September 5, 2013 |
A Michigan State University professor has lost his teaching duties after telling his students in a video lecture that Republicans "raped this country," among other derogatory remarks. William Penn -- a professor in the university's creative writing program -- was featured in a YouTube video (see above) in which he told students "if you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them. " "They are cheap.
September 4, 2013 |
Montana's top law-enforcement official has called a 30-day rape sentence handed down by a district judge last week "illegal" and filed an appeal Wednesday with the state supreme court. The notice, filed by the Montana attorney general, was a legal maneuver intended to preserve the state's legal right to appeal the sentence while prosecutors -- for procedural reasons -- ask District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings to call off a Friday hearing the judge had called to readdress the sentence.
August 31, 2013 |
MEERUT, India - A teenager was sentenced Saturday in New Delhi to three years in juvenile detention for taking part in a fatal gang rape, a case that has fueled heated debate in India over the treatment of women and whether minors should be tried as adults in serious cases. According to police, five men and the juvenile defendant, who was 17 at the time, lured the 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her male companion onto an off-duty bus in December. They assaulted the couple with iron bars and raped the woman repeatedly while driving around New Delhi, the capital, before tossing both of the victims naked onto the road.
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August 30, 2013 |
The dream of playing in this year's regular season of the NFL ended Friday for Brian Banks, a standout football player from Long Beach Polytechnic, who spent five years in prison before his rape conviction was overturned. Banks, 27, signed with the Atlanta Falcons this spring as a linebacker but tweeted Friday afternoon that "as most have heard, my time with the Atlanta Falcons have come to an early end. " "This experience has shown me...
August 29, 2013 |
With a teenage rape victim dead and her rapist due to spend just 30 days behind bars, angry activists planned to protest a Montana judge's dismissive comments about the case Thursday. Earlier this week, State District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 71, sentenced former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended. Rambold, 54, received credit for one day served, leaving 30 days due. Prosecutors had asked for 20 years, with 10 years suspended.
August 29, 2013 |
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Billings, Mont., on Thursday to protest a local judge's light sentence for a rapist whose teenage victim killed herself. State District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 71, gained national notoriety this week after sentencing former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, to a month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student. The rest of Rambold's 15-year sentence was suspended, which means he would serve his term outside of prison. The crowd gathered Thursday to call for Baugh's resignation as well as a review of the sentence after his comments that the teen was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher was. "We need to remove the judge from office, we need justice, and we need to move forward," said Marian Bradley, state president of the Montana National Organization for Women, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.