Overlooking Rape

"On Tuesday New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the city would reopen hundreds of rape cases that went largely un-investigated by police.

The news came in the wake of a city Inspector General’s report released last week, which found that between 2011 and 2013, only 14 percent of the 1,290 sexual assault cases referred to the Special Victims Section of the New Orleans Police Department were investigated. Over 1,000 of those cases were reclassified as “noncriminal” events or given only a cursory write-up, with no accompanying investigation.

Supreme Court lifts hold on Kansas gay marriage

"Same sex marriages have the green light in Kansas.  The U.S. Supreme Court is not going to block the marriages while the state’s lawsuit is in appeals court.  Earlier a federal district judge stopped the state from enforcing its ban.. staying in line with an a federal appeals court ruling that struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio reported Attorney General Derek Schmidt has argued this would only affect the Kansas counties involved in the suit.  University of Kansas Law Professor Richard Levy disagrees. 

Kansas Supreme Court mulls Johnson County marriage case

"The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether a chief judge in Johnson County overstepped his bounds when he authorized same-sex marriages in the county.

The judge made the decision following the federal 10th Circuit Appeals Court ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

The ruling did not touch the constitutional same-sex marriage ban in Kansas, but many people believe the decision also affects Kansas because it's in the same federal circuit.

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How a vicious cycle of skepticism keeps cops from treating rape seriously

"Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn't start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.

Bowman's story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or accusations of wrongdoing themselves. And a woman's chances of winning a conviction in a rape case are extremely low compared to other crimes.

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Investigators Discover Something Shocking About How New Orleans Police Treat Rape Victims

"A biting indictment of the New Orleans Police Department prepared by city Inspector General Edouard R. Quatrevaux alleges that five detectives in the city's special victims unit, a law enforcement division charged with investigating sex crimes, did just that for more than three years. Out of hundreds of reported sexual assaults in the city, just a handful ever resulted in proper investigations, let alone convictions.

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High Court Lifts Hold on KS Gay Marriage

"Same sex marriages will be allowed to go forward in Kansas Thursday. That comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to block the marriages while a lawsuit over the issue waits before an appeals court.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt has argued that this would only affect the two Kansas counties involved in the suit, Douglas and Sedgwick. In a statement, he suggested this decision applies to just those counties.

But University of Kansas Law Professor Richard Levy says allowing same sex marriages in Kansas would seemingly have a wider impact than just two counties.

Supreme Court puts hold on Tuesday expiration of Kansas gay marriage ban

"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday put a hold on a lower-court order that would have opened the door for same-sex couples to get married in Kansas as early as Wednesday.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had requested the stay following a decision last week by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree, who said state court officials in Douglas and Sedgwick counties must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex applicants starting Wednesday.

Federal judge OKs Kansas same-sex marriage; stays order pending appeal

"A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring state officials from refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But the order was immediately put on hold for one week, giving Attorney General Derek Schmidt time to appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

. . . 

Lawrence attorney David Brown has represented members of the LGBTQ community since he opened his office in 1992 and currently teaches an LGBTQ seminar at Kansas University School of Law.


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