The U.S. Senate acquitted President William Jefferson Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice today after a five-week trial. Democrats voted strictly on party lines. Ten Republican Senators voted with the Democrats on the perjury charge, and five concurred with Democrats on the obstruction of justice charge.
Republican Senators Collins (ME), Chafee (RI), Gorton (WA), Jeffords (VT), Shelby (AL), Snowe (ME), Specter (PA), Stevens (AL), Warner (VA) and Thompson (TN) voted "not guilty" to the charge of perjury.
Voting "not guilty" on the obstruction of justice charge were Senators Collins, Snowe, Jeffords, Chafee and Specter.
Clinton may still face censure or indictment by Independent Counsel Ken Starr either during or after his presidential term.
Media Resources: Washington Post - February 12, 1999
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .