Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence for Boyfriend's Murderous Acts
A jury is now considering sentencing a Texas woman to life in prison after convicting her on two counts of injury to a child by omission for failing to protect her children from her ex-boyfriend's murderous rage.
Thirty-seven year-old Schwana Patterson's daughter died from the attack, and her son was badly beaten. Bobby Wayne Woods abducted the children from their home, raped and slashed the throat of 11-year-old Sarah, and beat seven-year-old Cody severely before leaving him in a cemetery.
Patterson's attorneys argued that Ms. Patterson was in a deep sleep and did not hear the attacks. Prosecutors argue that Patterson purposefully ignored her children's cries because she was afraid of ex-boyfriend Bobby Wayne Woods.
District Attorney Richard Hattox told the jury, "This screams for a life sentence." Later he stated, "Parents have duties to protect their children. That's the law."
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .