A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the “date-rape” drug. Rev. Jeffrey Windy allegedly had a chemical solvent used to make the drug delivered to St. Patrick’s Church in Sheffield, Illinois where he worked and then made the drug at a friend’s home. GHB can be used as a hallucinogen or as a means to incapacitate people for the purpose of committing sexual assault. Windy now faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines. He is to be sentenced on August 22.
Windy’s guilty plea came on the same day that an appeals panel rejected an effort to reduce the sentence of Boston pedophile priest, John Geoghan. Geoghan received a 9-10 year sentence for molesting a 10-year old boy in 1991. Lawyers were attempting to reduce the sentence to 2 years with 8 years of probation. Despite this failed attempt, Geoffrey Packard, Geoghan’s attorney, indicated that Geoghan intends to appeal his conviction.
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. . . .