Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

A lawyer for Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, argued in court during an appeal hearing that his client was seeking “outercourse” with his victim.

The attorney’s appeal of the high-profile case, which led to international outrage after Turner received a lenient sentence in 2016, advanced in a California court this week, with an unusual legal claim that experts said was shocking and hurtful to survivors of sexual violence.

Suicide prevention task force meets in Salina

Development of a safety tip line to better reach potentially suicidal youths, current reporting options and prevention resources and ways to reduce the stigma around suicide were a few of the topics discussed in Salina Tuesday during a meeting of the Tower Mental Health Foundation and Attorney General’s Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force.

The task force, which will meet monthly in communities across the state, was formed in June to survey and report on Kansas suicide prevention resources and recommend steps to address needs.

The trade routes not taken

In escalating tariffs, Donald Trump is treading a dangerous and high-stakes path. Tariffs lock out foreign competition, but they also punish consumers with higher prices, disrupt global supply chains, infuriate allies, and impair economic growth. To Trump, though, these are mere bumps in the road to the free-trade ideal that he outlined last month in Canada.

India won’t be immune to U.S., China trade blows

One of the big immediate risks of the U.S.-China trade war for India and a number of other countries may be “trade diversion”.

That means products and merchandise, hit with retaliatory or counter-retaliatory tariffs by the U.S. and China respectively, will get diverted or even dumped on markets like India, Raj Bhala, Professor at the University of Kansas told BloombergQuint in an interview. “So the likes of India and Canada have already started to consider the trade defence instruments they might use against this prospect,” he added.

Primetime Debate: Will India be caught in the crossfire?

The trade war has begun. KU Law professor Baj Bhala, former Indian Commerce Secretary Ajay Dua and Bloomberg's Mike McKee discussed whether or not India will be caught in the crossfire as part of a Primetime Debate for BloombergQuint.

"The likes of India, and already Canada and other countries, have started to consider what trade defense instruments they might use against a prospective third country trade diversion," Bhala said.

Trade war begins: Why China’s growth doesn’t work for America anymore

America will no longer facilitate Chinese economic growth because America no longer believes Party-led planning is good for America or the world.

The game, the Chinese-American Trade War, now is zero-sum, as are all wars. And, as with all wars, three questions must be asked about this one.

  • How long will it last?
  • What are its underlying causes?
  • How can it be fought effectively?

The answers are sobering.

Kris Kobach’s office delays compliance with court order, questions the meaning of “immediately”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had failed to comply with a federal court decision handed down on Monday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson permanently blocks the enforcement of his signature voter suppression law, which requires proof of citizenship from voters when they register. Robinson found that the measure runs afoul of the National Voter Registration Act as well as the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

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