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Kiwis need a good spanking

Last year, New Zealand passed a law eliminating "reasonable parental correction" -- spanking -- as a defense in assault cases. One politician, however, thinks that a good smacking is okay -- and claims nearly three quarters of the population agrees...

Thirteen-year-old girl is both victim and perp

In most criminal cases, you have a victim and you have a perpetrator. The criminal and the one upon whom the crime was visited. The purse snatcher and the purse's owner. The shooter and the deceased. The rapist and the raped. In Utah, however, it...

Law lets boys and girls share locker rooms?

When I was in college, I had a locker in the women's locker room for a few semesters. No, I wasn't a cross-dresser nor have I since had a sex change operation. I was one of the more advanced fencers and, as such, had a locker at the top of the stairs...

Illinois school board ignores moment of silence

The Illinois state legislature overruled the wisdom of their governor and has changed the law to require teachers to "observe a brief period of silence with the participation of all the pupils therein assembled at the opening of every school day."...

Teens ignorant of sex laws

What's the one thing teenage boys want more than anything? Teenage girls, of course. The thing is, whether you're an old man like me or a high school senior, those teenage girls are very much off limits. Genarlow Wilson found that out the hard way --...

California bans smoking in cars with kids

As of January first, it will be illegal to smoke in a car in California when a minor is present. "Protecting the health of our children is among government's highest responsibilities," said state Senator Jenny Oropeza, the bill's author. "It is clear...

Drug dealing son busted, parents punished

24-year-old Thomas Roos was arrested four times during a four month period in 2005, usually passed out at the wheel of a car full of drugs and cash. Needless to say, the young drug dealer's blatant disregard for the law made the police in Snohomish...

Babies can legally wed in Arkansas

When I tell people that my entire extended family hails from Arkansas, they usually have a hillbilly joke or two to share with me. I'll laugh if the joke is funny, but in truth, I think the good people of Arkansas get a bad rap. They may be country,...

Teens charged with sex abuse for slapping bottoms

Next month, two 13-year-old boys from Oregon will go on trial, facing charges of five counts of sex abuse and five counts of harassment . If convicted, these two could possibly receive 10 years in jail and the distinction of being labeled as sex...

Pennsylvania breastfeeding law backlash

Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania recently signed a law making it legal for a woman to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be, public or private. Previously, Pennsylvania was one of only fourteen states that did not protect a woman's right to...

States change sex offender laws to reduce 'Romeo' convictions

So-called "Romeo and Juliet" romances, where consensual sex occurs between teenagers, sometimes leads to prosecution as a sex-offender for the older partner. In most states, a 19-year-old who has sex with a 17-year-old could be charged as a sex...

Inmate forced to have baby in cell

Shakira Staten pleaded with prison staff to take her to the hospital when she went into labor. But instead of getting her the medical attention she deserved, guards and officials ignored her. It was only after Staten had the baby in her cell, and a...

Update: Purity ring is out

You may recall the case of sixteen-year-old Lydia Playfoot who went to court in England to convince her school to allow her to wear a "Purity Ring," despite a school ban on jewelry. Normally, I would side with the school and say the rule is no...

Judge lets off rapist of 10-year-old because girl wore "provocative" clothing

A UK judge has apparently lost his mind, barely punishing a man who raped a 10-year-old girl in a park because she wore a "provocative" bra and thong. The man should have received life in prison (and could have, according to UK law), but will instead...

Adopted daughter returned to mom

After nearly three months, a seven-year-old girl is back in the arms -- and the custody -- of her would-be adoptive mother. Emma's biological mother had difficulty raising the girl herself due to financial issues and her job as a truck driver. So,...

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