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Reentry Week for Ex-Offenders

Across the nation, April 24 to 30th marked National Reentry Week, a week dedicated to helping ex-offenders re-enter the world outside of prison.

Ex-Offenders Have Their Reentry Week

Activities geared towards connecting ex-offenders with housing, legal aid, and community-based sources were planned across all 50 states.

Fighting False Rape Allegations

Last December, a woman using the name “Joanie Faircloth” wrote in the comments section of websitexoJane that she was raped by singer-songwriter Conor Oberst when she was just a teenager. Word spread, Oberst denied the claims and brought a libel suit against the woman when she refused to retract the words she had posted. That July, “Faircloth” admitted that she had lied and made up the story just to get attention. But rather than taking Oberst’s side, some attacked him for taking legal action to defend himself against the accuser for what could have been a career-damaging charge.

False Rape Allegations

False accusations of rape have recently become a hot-topic button in the nation. In Oberst’s case Chris Ostendorf of the Daily Dot, argued that Oberst’s actions could intimidate real victims of rape from coming forward, and that the taking of the lawsuit promoted the idea of men as often being falsely accused, despite the fact that Obersts was falsely accused.
There is a fine line we are walking as a society – do we “believe victims en masse,” as Jessica Valenti urges us to do? Or is that even more dangerous than questioning all those that come forward with rape allegations? Aren’t both sides damaging innocent lives?

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Charged for Son’s DUI

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were recently involved in a lawsuit for a rear-end collision. The thing is – they weren’t directly involved in the collision. But their 25-year-old son was, for alleged DUI.

Actor Tom Hanks and Wife Rita Wilson Were Charged for Son’s DUI

Plaintiff Terry Moogan has filed court papers against Hanks on Wilson for what he alleges to be negligence in allowing their son, Chet Hanks, to drive their car while he was “under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol” during the February 25th car accident.

Human Trafficking Case in San Francisco

According to prosecutors in California, James Joseph Jr. and Avisa Lavassani have been indicted by a grand jury on charges that they led a 14-year sex and human trafficking operation that spanned many states. The sex-trafficking ring was centered in San Ramon and Danville, California.

The Case of Human Trafficking in San Francisco

Joseph Jr. and Lavassani were each charged with conspiracy to commit human trafficking, human trafficking, kidnap for rape, kidnap for extortion and rape. Third defendant, Anthony Reynolds, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and human trafficking.

Coachella Weekend – Big Business for Bail Bond Companies

The Indio Valley branch of Aladdin Bail Bonds is busy this month. Why the uptick in business? The Coachella Music Festival. The festival’s two three-day weekend events often lead to a number of people in need of bail bonds to get them out of jail, according to manager Alma Santana.

Coachella Weekend Boon for Bail Bond Companies

Because of the increased need for bail bonds, Aladdin has rented a local woman’s lawn right across from the festival to advertise and show festival-goers that there’s a way out of jail should they get in trouble with the law.

Siri Now Knows How To Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Siri, Apple’s iOs aid, has now been updated to be able to respond to sexual assault and domestic violence questions that are asked of her.

Siri and Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Earlier in March, researchers at Stanford published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine that showed that Siri, in addition to other smartphone assistants, did not understand confessions of rape or sexual abuse. As a result, Apple decided to update its service to now include resources for sexual assault survivors. Siri will now, through a partnership between Apple and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), provide a link to the National Sexual Assault Hotline when users relay any information regarding rape or abuse.

The Latest in Kesha’s On-going Sexual Assault Battle

In the latest news from Kesha’s on-going sexual assault legal battle with producer Dr. Luke over allegations of sexual abuse, it appears that the singer was offered her “freedom” if she were to lie.

Kesha Takes to Instagram in Sexual Assault Battle

As Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, revealed on an Instagram post: “So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie.” She went on to write, “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.” It appears that Kesha, 29, was offered an opportunity (though she didn’t say from whom) to be released from her contact with Dr. Luke and Sony if she was to lie and deny the allegations of her 2014 lawsuit, in which she claims that Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, sexually, emotionally, and verbally assaulted her during their time working together. Dr. Luke in turn filed a counter suit against not only Kesha, but also her mother and manager. Her mother and manager have since been dropped from the counter suit.

Katherman’s Accused of Aiding Embezzlement Plan

A Los Angeles jury has acquitted a longtime lobbyist and former L.A. City Council aide that was accused of misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement.

Robert Katherman’s Embezzlement Plan

The jury rejected charges that Robert Katherman Jr., 69, and his wife, Marilyn, 67, had participated in an embezzlement scheme set to allow elected water board member Ronald Craig Smith, to siphon public money for his own personal use.

Human Trafficking: The New Slave Trade

In the United States, the slave trade was officially ended in 1807 when the congress enacted legislation that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported. With the passing of The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, the practice of bringing slaves into this country should have long ago become a relic of the past. Most modern Americans think that this slavery is long gone, so it’s shocking to learn that the business of trafficking in humans, a present day version of slavery, is alive and even thriving in our state. California is ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking with Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego being among the top 10 areas in the United States for the activity. There are subtle signs if we pay close attention. Sometimes a police raid of a human stash house or the story of a young woman sold into prostitution gets reported by local TV, but these stories are the exceptional few that have managed to emerge from what is a growing industry of trafficking in human beings.

Human trafficking as a modern form of slavery has evolved profoundly over the last five years. The reasons for this evolution are rooted in long established drug smuggling methods and the widening use of social media. Now a prime player in the human trafficking trade, the drug trafficking trade spawned transnational and domestic gangs, which then added the lucrative trafficking of human beings to their accustomed businesses of moving guns and drugs. By providing an easy method of victim recruitment, social media has become a key facilitator of human trafficking, particularly in the sex worker industry. All perpetrators of human trafficking have become more sophisticated and organized, in particular, technologically.

Woman Arrested for DUI with Tree Stuck in Grill of Car

Illinois police recently pulled over a suspected drunk driver (DUI). Why did they suspect her? She had a 15-foot tree stuck in the grill of her car.

According to police, the front airbags of the car had been deployed, presumably when the car hit the tree. Additionally, the driver smelled of alcohol and failed the field sobriety test. She was then booked with a DUI offense.

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