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Audrie Pott, a fifteen-year-old Californian girl, took her
life, apparently in reaction to being sexually assaulted by three 16-year-old
boys. What made the alleged rape so horrific for her was that the boys took
pictures of the incident and spread them through the highschool, humiliating
her and making her life at Saratoga High School hell.



 



Rape is an old crime, but the spreading of explicit pictures
of minors and by minors leads to complicated and difficult possibilities.
Sexting and the exchanging of nude pics is common among teenagers, and lends
itself to all sorts of abuse and humiliation. Legislating ways that could
somehow control the temptations to spread embarrassing photos is difficult, and
inevitably leads to cases like Pott’s who hung herself, apparently because she
panicked at not only being assaulted, but being then humiliated throughout her
highschool.



 



That this happened at a party in which parents were absent
and alcohol was present seems to be a familiar theme, but not one smart parents
can simply lecture away or prevent from happening to their own kid. And again,
alcohol is an old story, but cyberbullying and the exposure of private pictures
to a potentially world-wide audience add a greater weight to the pranks and
cruelty typical of teenagers.



 



The boys involved in this case have not given their side of
the story yet. That minors can now be exploited, on a wider scale also by each
other, makes the good things about internet and photo technology a double-edged
sword.





04-13-2013




“My son is a lawyer.”
“My son is a doctor.”
“Well my son is a lawyer acting like a doctor.”

It seems lawyers and doctors have shared adversity at least on the phantasmagorial space of parent’s ambitions for their children. And more than that, the two professions have long been at each other’s throats so bad that pretty much a doctor can’t do anything, say anything, move an inch, without implicitly referring to some medical laws built to make sure he or she does everything the legally approved way.

So now that a new function for lawyers has come up, some people are uneasy. Medical clinics are taking in lawyers to give free legal help to low-income people, all over the place, such as in eight Ohio Counties, including Summa Women’s clinic in Akron. They are going to study if getting legal advice helps the physical well-being of patients.

“Let’s say you’re under threat of eviction because of something that happened,” said Lawyer Meredith Watts. “That’s going to cause a significant amount of anxiety, potentially, and then you’re suffering from these anxiety problems that wouldn’t have happened if we had been able to intervene and perhaps help with the eviction problem.”

Such lawyers are to help patient’s health in areas outside the doctor’s control.

MacCarral and Akron’s Community Legal Aid lawyers are testing to see if this makes a difference in health – if a dose of law will make a difference.

The idea has its critics.

“I don’t understand how a medical clinic needs an attorney to be part of its team. It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Allen Schulman, a malpractice attorney in Canton.

“I think there has historically been an animosity between lawyers and doctors I think w share some of the blame, and it think the medical profession shares some of the blame.”

Whether there can be a partnership remains to be seen.



04-04-2013




A turn out one of the dirtiest lawyers in the business isn’t even in the business – and that’s part of the problem. “The Devil’s Advocate,” Giovanni Di Stefano became famous for taking on cases nobody else would want to touch, such as deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz, and train robber Ronnie Bigg’s. He’s also worked with road rage killer Kenneth Noye and timeshare fraudster John “Goldfinger.” Problem is, Di Stefano isn’t qualified to be a lawyer, neither in the UK or in Italy – or presumably anywhere else.

Though he managed to win some of his cases, he was unqualified to do so, he isn’t a lawyer. That is why Judge Alistair McCreath sentenced him to 14 years in jail for a potpourri of charges clustered around such fraudulent activity.

“I recognize that you did not actively seek out these whom you defrauded. They came to you. You did not approach them but there is more than one kind of predator,” said the judge.

“Some predators hunt down their victims, others lie in wait for them.

“You’re victims in this case were all desperate people and people who, because of their desperation, were vulnerable.”

It’s about more than the money involved, “it is also about something different and great – it is the real distress you caused to so many people.” He means by bolstering hopes only for them to shatter to the ground. “You had no regard for them nor for their anguish. Your only concern was to line your own pockets.”

His links to Robert Mugabe, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and his “friendship” with daughter of Slobodan Milosevic also came up during the trial – his connections were uniquely colorful and wide-ranging. And he did manage to overturn a manslaughter conviction against Nicholas van Hoogstraten in 2002 and get John “Goldfinger” Palmer out of prison on a technicality.



03-28-2013


Nobody said the court system was clean, but when you mix politics in, allegations, insinuations, and innuendos run rampant. Last Thursday, France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy was faced with preliminary charges that he illegally took donations from France's richest woman during his 2007 election. The woman, L'Oreal cosmetics fortune heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is now 90 and placed under legal protection for having Alzheimer's.

The ex president lost his immunity when he lost his election to Socialist Francois Hollande. Nevertheless, things aren't as neat as all that. The 150,000 Euros (about $192,000) Sarkozy may just be a red herring. After all, Thierry Mariana, a lawmaker and friend to Sarkozy's conservative party, suggests that this is all a scam to discredit Sarkozy, now that Hollande's polls are so starkly low.

Of the three charges initially brought against Sarkozy, of abusing somebody while in an impaired state, swindling, and abuse of confidence, the three judges chose to keep only the first charge. Whether its all a lot of political wrangling is a question many naturally ask. If there is an actual trial, maybe some light will be shed on the matter.



03-22-2013


Is there justice in Russia? Their misguided sense of national pride puts that in doubt. Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a tax scam committed by top officials in their government. Instead of being celebrated for his heroism, he was imprisoned and neglected, leading him to needlessly die from a treatable illness. Furthermore, he was charged with the very tax scam he uncovered, and was investigated by the very officials he had blamed. To make it all the more ugly and ridiculous, Russia is putting the dead lawyer on trial -- the first posthumous trial in modern Russian history -- and this to the outrage of his family, who are boycotting the trial.

The U.S. has supported Magnitisky, leading the Russians to feel criticized, their egos hurt. That is why they hit back by banning US adoptions of Russian children. Magnitsky has become a symbol of rights abuse in Russia, and US Congress has adopted a law sanctioning Russia officials believed responsible for his death.

As the adoption ban makes clear, Russia is not interested in justice, but in public image, and will go so far as to try and incriminate a man who probably was a hero, not a villain, and this despite that he is now dead.

"I see this trial as desecration of the memory of my husband Sergei Magnitsky," said Natalie Zharikova "I think this trial has no legal foundation and goes against principles of rights and human values."

The West agrees.




03-12-2013


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