20 Suspects Arrested for Gang Rape of Disabled 13-Year-Old
Police in Cobb County Georgia have arrested 20 suspects in the rape of a 13-year-old mentally disabled girl that occurred on October 13-14. Police report that the girl was repeatedly raped for several hours over the course of two days at two apartments in Forest Creek Crossing in South Cobb. Blood samples from the girl provided sufficient evidence against 20 suspects in the case, including Raphael Alberto Joseph, 22, who surrendered to police on November 28 and is being held without bail facing charges of rape and aggravated child molestation. Two defendants, 12- and 13-year-old brothers, pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation early in November but were charged only with two years probation in exchange for testimony against other defendants in the case. Additional hearings have been scheduled for Isaac Cummings, 17; Joseph Jimmy Johnson, 25; Keland Taiwan Ware, 19; Shimmel Antwan Nicholson, 18; Carelius DeMarco Davidson, 19; James Davidson, 27; and two 16-year-old boys. Taurean Maurice Green, 17, awaits a hearing date, and 8 other defendants will plead their case before a grand jury.
Media Resources: Atlanta Journal and Constitution – November 1, 2000 and December 1, 2000
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. . . .