FSU Charges Jameis Winston’s Friends But Not Winston. That Is So Messed Up.

Lawyer up and don’t talk. That’s the lesson of the latest disquieting developments related to the sexual assault allegations against Jameis Winston, star quarterback at Florida State University. A fellow student accused Winston of raping her, when she was too drunk to consent, back in December 2012. It took 11 months for the police to pass the case to Tallahassee prosecutors. A month after that, the state attorney decided not to charge Winston, saying there wasn’t enough evidence. Winston went on to win the national championship for FSU and pick up a Heisman Trophy.


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The Live Nude Dancing at the Kitty Kat Lounge Gabfest

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The Devastating, Sneaky Genius of John Roberts’ Opinions

I am ever in awe of Chief Justice John Roberts. He has an unparalleled talent for making the sweeping seem small and the sharp seem mild. His rhetoric is all about sounding reasonable and earnest, even if (especially if) the outcomes of his rulings are anything but. He’s a champion of the long game. He’s Scalia’s stylistic opposite, the no-bombast justice. Isn’t it lucky for conservatives to have them both?


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The Harder They Fall

Who are the kids who get picked on by other kids—and who suffer most as a result? We are used to worrying about the socially isolated misfits, the tweens and teens who are far down in the pecking order and can’t really defend themselves. We should still worry about those kids, especially if they’re disabled, or gay at a school where that’s not accepted. But they are not the only targets of teenage cruelty. The surprising finding in a new study is that it’s kids with social clout—the popular kids—who report the most distress when they say they’re victimized by their peers.


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DuPont Heir Got Probation for Raping His Daughter. Judge Said He Wouldn’t "Fare Well" in Prison.

What is wrong with Delaware Judge Jan Jurden, who gave a DuPont heir, Roberts H. Richards IV, probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter? In her mind-boggling order suspending Richards’ eight-year prison sentence, Jurden gave one rationale that should launch a tidal wave of hate mail: Richards “will not fare well” in prison. To ask the obvious, so what?


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