Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Inmate
Another law enforcement officer has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a female inmate. Jose Luis Torres, an Edgewater Park, New Jersey police officer, pled guilty on Friday to second-degree sexual assault and second-degree official misconduct. In exchange for Torres’ guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge and will sentence him on an official misconduct charge, for which a four-year prison term is recommended. Torres sexually assaulted the female inmate on June 13th, 2002 while transporting her from court to the county’s detention center for women. Semen stains were later found in the transport vehicle resulting in Torres’ arrest. Torres is free on $15,000 cash bail and will be sentenced on September 20th. A 1999 Amnesty International study , which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States.
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. . . .
10/30/2014 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. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .