Don’t Blame the Prosecutors

While Roger Goodell and the NFL scurried this week to come down hard on Ray Rice, New Jersey prosecutors are standing by their handling of the criminal case against the now-former Baltimore Ravens running back. A domestic violence advocate in New Jersey, however, told ESPN she was “stunned” and “outraged” by the resolution of the criminal charges Rice faced for punching and knocking out Janay Palmer, his girlfriend at the time, who has since married him. I’m trying to figure out if I feel the same way.


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The “In the Cloud, No One Knows You’re a Dog” Edition

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Female Inmates From Danbury Prison Still in Limbo, Lacking Key Services

A year ago, I wrote about a victory for more than 1,000 female inmates at the women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut, featured in the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. Like the character Piper in the show’s second season, the women were slated for transfer—to a newly constructed prison, far away, in Aliceville, Alabama. The proposed move would have sent many of the women hundreds of miles from their families in cities in the Northeast. Their beds at Danbury were to be filled with men.


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Get Stolen Naked Photos Off the Web

Here’s a contrast that makes no sense to me. Every day, movie and TV producers succeed in getting videos that have been posted without their consent taken down from major websites. Sure, you can still find pirated stuff if you look hard enough. But the big sites take down content once they know it’s been posted in violation of copyright. Because if they don’t, they’ll be sued—and no one will care if they defend the publication of stolen materials, in the name of free speech or otherwise.


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A Huge Abortion Win in Texas

Late Friday, after many of us checked out for the long weekend, a judge in Texas blocked the state from shutting down most of its abortion clinics. Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the state’s “brutally effective system of abortion regulation,” as he put it, saying it was not likely to improve women’s health, would impact poor women the most, and “would operate for a significant number of women in Texas just as drastically as a complete ban on abortion.” The judge was clear and convincing on these essential points. But his ruling, as well as another one over the weekend that’s keeping clinics open in Louisiana, may well be in danger on appeal.


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