I think women report rapes when we feel we will be believed. The rapes that have been reported, as they have been reported, are the kinds of rapes women think will be believed when we report them. MacKinnon, Catharine “A Rally against Rape (1981)" Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law. Harvard University Press (1987): 81

“Debunking the First Amendment Myths Surrounding Revenge Porn Laws” – Forbes

Danielle Citron, law professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, breaks down common arguments against the scourge that is “revenge porn” (nude or sexually explicit pictures of mostly young women posted on the Internet without their consent) and debunks them, using U.S. constitutional jurisprudence: Some object to criminalizing invasions of sexual privacy …

Oklahoma Executions Delayed Because State Lacks Drugs To Kill Death Row Inmates

Honestly, America: if you’re not even able to procure the drugs for the death penalty, maybe you should take that as a sign that the death penalty really shouldn’t be enforced anymore in 2014. Just sayin’.Oklahoma Executions Delayed Because State Lacks Drugs To Kill Death Row Inmates

Homeowner Who Shot Unarmed Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s Wandering His Property Won’t Be Charged | ThinkProgress

A few early morning thoughts on this tragedy: Another case in the endless stream of questionable self-defense. Self-defense lethal through the omnipresence of guns. Second case I read today where the justice system seems to swing in favor of someone with a higher standing within the established power structure. After all, self-defense isn’t always applied …

If this issue [surrounding Arizona’s SB 1062] sounds familiar, it should, because it’s the exact same issue behind two of the most high profile Supreme Court cases being hear this term — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. In both of those cases, for-profit businesses object, on religious liberty grounds, …

Hate Speech, Snyder v. Westboro Baptist Church, and Public-Private Concerns

I recently read Rosalie Berger Levinson’s article “Targeted Hate Speech and the First Amendment: How the Supreme Court Should Have Decided ‘Snyder’” The following passage stuck with me the most (p. 53): The  Fourth  Circuit  in  Snyder acknowledged  that  private  individuals,  like  Mr.  Snyder,  may  be  entitled  to greater protection, but it held that the …