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According to court documents, the victims said they slept in a bed with Becker after a night of drinking and that Becker sexually assaulted them without their consent. One victim told authorities that when she awoke, “David had pulled her pants and underwear down to her thighs.”
Shortly after the incident, Becker texted the victim multiple times to apologize. “Just wanted you to know that I really am sorry,” he said in one of the messages. The victim replied, “Don’t even worry about it it’s all good.” She later told investigators she “did not know what else to say.”
While the prosecution recommended Becker serve two years in jail, at least one of the victims said she didn’t want Becker to be incarcerated.
“The victim’s wishes are very, very powerful,” CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said.
“If you have a victim that says she does not want to see a defendant do jail time, we shouldn’t think that sexual assault equals jail time,” Klieman added.
“Does the punishment fit the crime?” Miller asked Becker’s former classmate, Karla Martin.
“No, it doesn’t,” Martin said. “This whole sentencing shows other people, other victims of sexual assault that if they say something, no justice is going to happen.”
In an attempt to avoid a possible 40-year prison sentence, a convicted child rapist is asking that a statewide panel of judges review his case. A Juneau state legislator has issued her support for his cause.
There’s a song by electronic dance group The Prodigy that uses a phrase as its title and key lyrics so offensive that it has no business being played somewhere like a major league ballpark. That song, “Smack My … Up” — which seems to refer to violence toward women — somehow got played ove
When a DHS employee pulled out a copy of the safety plan, Gill said it was completely different from the one she had signed. Someone had filled in lines that had been blank when she signed the document. The alterations included sentences saying Gill admitting to drinking a bottle of nail polish remover and agreeing not to see her children until the DHS investigation was completed.
Gill brought the discrepancies to their attention and showed her cellphone photos to agency supervisors. Her case was transferred to Harrison County the following day.
Piazza’s attorney, Jim Davis, said Piazza has passed a lie detector test that indicated she did not falsify any documents.
Authorities were first alerted to the crime by a woman, 24-year-old Laneta Lester, who walked into the police station on Saturday afternoon and said she'd been kidnapped along with a 3-month-old infant, the child of one of the victims.
Lester had gone to the house where the murders took place to stay with a relative, though police were not sure which, if any, of the victims she was related to. Lester had been in an abusive relationship with Dearman, police said, and she was attempting to get away from him.
At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, someone inside the residence called the police to report Dearman trespassing on the property. Citronelle Police responded to the call, but did not find Dearman on the scene.
Between 1:15 a.m. and sunrise, Dearman returned to the residence and attacked the victims while they were sleeping, police said.
Following the murders, Dearman then forced Lester and the infant into a vehicle and fled to Mississippi, where his father lived. Shortly after, Deaman and his father went to Green County Sheriff's Office to turn himself in.
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As a captive of ISIS in Syria for 18 excruciating months before her reported death in 2015, American hostage Kayla Mueller was usually called by her ISIS guards as "Amriki," meaning, in Arabic, the "American." But her courage, resilience and humanity as a captive apparently penetrated the thuggishness of at least one of her terrorist captors, who called her by one of Islam's most revered names.
"Before we arrived, an older guard would call Kayla 'Maryam,' the Arabic version of Mary," said former ISIS hostage Frida Saide, a Swede who spent six weeks locked up with Kayla near Raqqa, Syria, in early 2014.
Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus, is the only woman referred to by name and given considerable attention in the Qu'ran, Islam's holy book.
Saide, who had been a Doctors Without Borders aid worker, said an older guard had apparently taken pity on Kayla because she was often locked in a small dark room alone for days or weeks at a time after being abducted on Aug. 4, 2013, with several staffers of Doctors Without Borders -- known overseas by its French acronym MSF -- in one of the medical charity's marked vehicles near a hospital run by MSF-Spain in Aleppo, Syria.
Millennials, those Americans now between 16 and 36 years old, are often spoken of as if they’re ushering in a new era of enlightened interpersonal relations. For example, in 2013 Time predicted Millennials would “save us all” because they are “more accepting of differences…in everyone.” That same year, The Atlantic stated that Millennials hold the “historically unprecedented belief that there are no inherently male or female roles in society.” And in 2015 the Huffington Post wrote that Millennial men are “likely to see women as equals.”
If these characterizations are even close to accurate, we should expect the pervasive, damaging biases against women leaders to diminish substantially, if not end entirely, once Millennials assume positions of economic, academic, and political power. But before we start celebrating a coming age of gender parity, we need to ask whether there is any truth to these characterizations. Do Millennials really believe there are no inherently male or female roles in society? Do Millennial men really “see women as equals”? Unfortunately, the best information we have indicates the answer to both questions is no.
LATTA, S.C. (AP) — A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. When the tape surfaced, residents voted in a special election to strip the mayor of his power and the Town Council rehired Moore. [...] Moore is running for sheriff in Dillon County, a former tobacco hub of 31,000, probably best known for its South of the Border rest stop — a Mexican-themed collection of restaurants and gas stations — on Interstate 95 near the North Carolina state line. Moore is running as a petition candidate, unaffiliated with any party, against a Democratic incumbent seeking a third term. Not being associated with any party may hurt her because the 15 percent to 25 percent of county voters who hit the button to vote a straight Democrat ticket will automatically select Sheriff Major Hulon. The county's unemployment rate remains a few percentage points above the state average and residents complain about the crime rate, although viable statistics are hard to find. Donors paid a good chunk of the $20,000 in legal bills she racked up getting her job back as Latta's police chief.
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