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.
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .