Alma McGowan was awarded $220,000 in a harassment suit against the Spencer County, Kentucky school system.
McGowan alleges that she was harassed and taunted by students over a period of four years, and that the school district did not nothing to punish her harassers or discourage the harassment, most of which was anti-gay.
McGowan was regularly subject to lesbian-baiting and called "lezzie" at a school assembly. She was taunted because of her German nationality, and threatened with rape. McGowan was eventually forced to leave school for home instruction after one student allegedly threatened to burn down her family's house.
A federal jury ruled in favor of McGowan after agreeing that the Spencer County school system had shown "deliberate indifference" to McGowan's complaints.
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Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .