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.

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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.

Retention of two Kansas Supreme Court justices followed pattern across the U.S.

A grassroots community organization that attempted to block retention of two Kansas Supreme Court justices fell short of its goal in Tuesday's general election. Kansans for Justice sought to oust two justices who ruled to overturn death sentences for convicted murderers Jonathan and Reginald Carr.

Professor Ware said that retention elections are designed for incumbents to win. Candidates are listed on the ballot with no political party affiliation.

Outside Money Surge Makes Kansas Senate Race Costliest In State History

"Few Senate races have seen a gush of spending like the competition in Kansas between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and independent challenger Greg Orman. That may be because, until lately, it had been unthinkable that a Republican incumbent could lose in the solidly red state.

But Roberts failed to break 50 percent in a primary against a weak tea party opponent. And on Sept. 3, the Democratic candidate dropped out after polls showed Orman could beat Roberts in a two-way race.

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