A jury in Contra Costa County convicted a man Tuesday (4-9) of assaulting a woman in her home despite his claims that the attack was part of a kinky sex scheme. Elliot Kwok, a former chief pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente, was jailed immediately after being acquitted of an attempted murder charge that could have led to a life sentence. The victim, Desli Lawrence, maintains that she had only gone out to dinner with Kwok and had never had any kind of intimate relationship with him. On March 6, 1995, Kwok broke into Lawrence’s home in what he said was a mock attack he hoped would lead to sex. After being grabbed in bed by gloved hands, Lawrence testified that the masked attacker slammed her head on the floor and she retaliated by grabbing her clock radio and smashing it into Kwok’s face. Kwok’s lawyer plans to ask for probation.
Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - April 10, 1996
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .