First Woman Arrested Under Law Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy

Earlier this year, Tennessee passed controversial legislation allowing the state to criminally charge mothers for using narcotics while pregnant, calling it "assault" against the fetus. This past week, a new mother became the first woman to be prosecuted under that law after her newborn tested positive for amphetamine. »7/14/14 7:00pm7/14/14 7:00pm

New Tenn. Bill Allows Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women to Be Prosecuted

A new bill just passed by Tennessee's state legislature would allow women to be charged with assault or homicide if they have a pregnancy complication after using illegal narcotics. Troublingly, the legislation's language is so broad that advocates fear it may be used to prosecute pregnant women for non-drug-related… »4/10/14 7:00pm4/10/14 7:00pm

Woman Jailed in Somali ‘False Rape’ Case Cleared of All Bullshit Charges

A Somali woman who'd been sentenced to one year in prison for "offending state institutions" by alleging she was raped by security forces has been cleared of all charges by a Somali court. A journalist who interviewed her about the alleged rape (who'd also been convicted of offending those apparently touchy state… »3/03/13 2:30pm3/03/13 2:30pm

When Rapists Seek Joint Custody of the Children They Father Through Rape, Everyone Loses

Contrary to the wild imaginings of Rep. Todd Akin's fevered brain, women can and do get pregnant as a result of rape, a reality that's horrible enough to think about even without this extra bitter layer: some rapists successfully sue for joint custody of the children they have violently fathered. Though instances of… »8/24/12 10:00am8/24/12 10:00am

17-Year-Old Rape Victim Is Released After Being Forced to Spend 25 Days in Jail

Good news: the justice system in Sacramento has finally done something good for the teenaged rape victim who was being held in a juvenile detention facility to ensure she would be in court to testify against her alleged attacker. You may remember that she was held after she failed to show up to two previous court… »4/18/12 11:15pm4/18/12 11:15pm

Alleged Teen Rape Victim Being Held in Juvenile Detention to Make Sure She'll Testify

When you think of all the appropriate ways to treat a teenage victim of rape, putting them in a juvenile detention facility usually isn't on the list. Yet that is exactly what's happening in Sacramento, California, to a 17-year-old girl who is the victim of an alleged sexual assault. She's being held to ensure that… »4/06/12 10:20am4/06/12 10:20am

Generous Governor Pardons Men Who Murdered Their Wives

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is leaving office today, and he's done something to ensure that a certain group will never forget him. People whose family members were murdered now have to live with the knowledge that their loved one's killer is on the loose because Barbour decided to pardon several inmates,… »1/10/12 12:15pm1/10/12 12:15pm

Supreme Court Denies Troy Davis' Appeal, Execution Will Go Forward [UPDATED]

Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. today for the 1989 killing of a police officer in Georgia. Many believe he should be granted clemency because there isn't enough physical evidence linking him to the crime and after his trial witnesses recanted and said police threatened them. Davis' attorneys made a… »9/21/11 10:42pm9/21/11 10:42pm