After three days of testimony that graphically recounted NBC sportscaster Marv Albert's unusual sex practices, from cross-dressing to group sex, Albert pleaded guilty to assault and battery for biting a 42-year-old woman with whom he had had a previous sexual relationship. He accepted a plea bargain in exchange for prosecutors dropping the more serious charge of forcible sodomy.
Albert faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine for biting the woman and forcing her to perform oral sex. The guilty plea came soon after the prosecution produced a second witness who alleged Albert had violently bitten her as well. DNA evidence proved that Albert had bitten the victim and engaged in intercourse with her, but the prosecution depended on proving that the encounter went far beyond what the woman wanted. After the guilty plea, NBC fired Albert.
Judy Mueller, executive director of the Women's Center in Vienna, VA said the case represented a victory for women because it "demonstrates that even in a consensual relationship, violence and assault are not acceptable."
Media Resources: Washington Post - September 26, 1997
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. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .