Columbia Students Say University Made Missteps In Multiple Sexual Assault Cases

"In the beginning of the fall 2014 term at Columbia University, Zachary, then a senior, had just started dating a fellow student. They were not 'boyfriends yet,' Zachary said, but they decided to attend an on-campus party together late one Thursday night.

Zachary said they did not stay long at the party and agreed to leave together. They went back to Zachary's date's dorm room. Once they were in private, Zachary said, the male student attempted repeatedly to coerce him into intercourse, and forced Zachary to perform oral sex. He said he experienced throat pain from the incident.

Courts Budget Intensifies Kansas Dispute Over Powers

"The fight between Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and the state’s judicial branch has escalated, with the governor last week signing into law a bill that could strip state courts of their funding.

The measure, at the end of a lengthy bill that allocated money for the judiciary this year, stipulates that if a state court strikes down a 2014 law that removed some powers from the State Supreme Court, the judiciary will lose its funding.

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KU law class on human trafficking helps real-world victims

"Victims of human trafficking face overwhelming obstacles in escaping their captors for good.

In more cases than one might think, what they need more than anything else is a lawyer.

With this in mind, Kansas University clinical associate professor Katie Cronin taught KU’s first Human Trafficking Law and Policy class this spring. While earning credit for the course, law students went to work on real cases.

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Law

"Female lawyers have seemingly overcome systematic exclusion, but many still struggle with stress, influence and power as they are paid less and do more on average per week in terms of work (domestic and professional) than men.

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'I regularly encounter people who believe that because there may be de jure gender equality there is de facto gender equity. The glass ceiling is real and it persists to this day,' reveals the Honorable Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner, who serves as the Director of the Tribal Law & Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law."

Kansas Lawmakers’ Budget Links Court Funding to Judicial Decision

"A budget advanced by Kansas legislators would eliminate funding for state courts if a judge strikes down a controversial law passed last year.

Republican senators and representatives agreed Monday on a two-year judicial budget that would self-destruct if any court blocks or overturns a 2014 law that stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of some administrative authority, giving local courts control over their own budgets and leadership.

More than 250 sexual assault kits never sent to crime lab

"More than 250 sexual assault kits were never sent off to the state's crime lab at three of the area's largest law enforcement agencies.

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But what experts are now learning is that when investigators choose not to test every kit, it comes at a high price. In some cases, it has allowed predators to keep preying.

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'Offenders in some cases would have been off the street and wouldn't be able to commit more crimes,' says Corey Rayburn Yung, a University of Kansas associate law professor, who has studied America's hidden rape crisis.

Expert says unfounded rape cases can lead to attackers going free

"Each year local law enforcement agencies decide which rape cases will be reported to the FBI and which ones will not, sometimes leaving rapists on the streets to attack again.

A national expert says the number of rapes reported often are underreported in midsize to larger cities like Chattanooga so the numbers don't look as bad.

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Yung conducted a study using FBI uniform crime reporting statistics from 1995 to 2012 in cities across the country, including Chattanooga.

He compared the number of homicides reported to the number of rapes.

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