One of the country's landmark homeless-protection laws is now gone.Continue ReadingEven with those protections in place, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said that Miami cops were blatantly harassing the homeless — including spraying homeless Miamians with power-washers and arresting a woman who was in dire need of medical care and likely died due to the detainment. The ACLU also argued the City of Miami was just trying to terminate the agreement as a way to sweep homeless residents out of the rapidly gentrifying downtown area.But U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno today terminated the Pottinger consent-decree. The ACLU had filed a competing motion to hold the city in contempt of the Pottinger agreement, but Moreno threw that out.The ACLU fought for roughly a decade to pass the agreement in the first place. In 1988, the rights group teamed up with more than 5,000 homeless Miamians to sue the city. The group said Miami cops were intentionally harassing … [Read more...] about Judge Invalidates Miami’s Landmark Homeless-Protection Order from 1998
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Updated 10:23 am PST, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 FILE - This Jan. 11, 2018, file photo shows dark clouds hovering over the Capitol in Salem, Ore. A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that Oregon legislative leaders must comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony in the sexual harassment investigation at the Capitol. less FILE - This Jan. 11, 2018, file photo shows dark clouds hovering over the Capitol in Salem, Ore. A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that Oregon legislative leaders must comply with subpoenas for ... more Photo: Andrew Selsky, AP Photo: Andrew Selsky, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - This Jan. 11, 2018, file photo shows dark clouds hovering over the Capitol in Salem, Ore. A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge … [Read more...] about Lawmakers ordered to comply with subpoenas over misconduct
Updated 1:13 pm CDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her during a long-running dispute over the capture of nuisance bears. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that court documents describe a tense encounter on a highway between animal rights activist Carolyn Stark of Incline Village and Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Heather Reich. Reich said Stark drove aggressively and dangerously close to her state vehicle, appearing to cut off other vehicles on Interstate 580. The protective order is the latest development in a years-long legal and public relations battle between the agency and a group of activists who oppose state methods for managing bears. Agency Deputy Director Jack Robb says the escalation of the activists' tactics is "alarming and concerning." Stark denies she stalked the biologist and says she intends … [Read more...] about Nevada bear biologist gets protective order against activist
TOUGHER sentences for stalkers have been rolled out in a drive for harsher punishments to reflect the severity of the crime. The government has increased the maximum sentence for people found guilty of stalking. Is stalking a crime in the UK? Stalking became a crime in the UK in 2012 when the Government changed the law to cover actions including following or spying on someone. Cyberstalking - such as inundating someone with unwanted messages online - is also covered by law. Before the Protections of Freedom Act made it a specific crime, police had to wait until stalkers committed another crime - such as harassment or breaching a restraining order - before they acted. Harassment includes bullying and making violent threats to the victim or their family, whereas stalking covers any kind of unwanted attention - such as sending unsolicited gifts or following someone. When the law was introduced MP Elfyn Llwyd, who chaired the inquiry, said many stalking was widely regarded as a "joke" in … [Read more...] about What is a restraining order, how is stalking defined in the UK and which celebrities have been victims of the crime?
STALKERS could be banned from using the internet under new legislation as Twitter has been accused once again of failing to protect victims. Senior Tory MPs have urged the Government to take urgent action and back the proposals, which hope to curb offenders’ behaviour before it escalates. Their pleas came after a journalist accused the social media giant of protecting the mean who harassed her, and failed to take her claims seriously. Rosamund Urwin, who works for The Sunday Times, wrote a piece explaining how a man who had escaped a secure unit turned up at her office. She revealed how despite him sending repeated “sexual and threatening” comments online, Twitter said he had not violated their terms of service. Describing her harrowing ordeal she said: “At every step, it has felt like my stalker’s rights trump mine.” In response the former Tory cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said Twitter has become a "platform for misogyny and worse". Her … [Read more...] about Stalkers could be banned from using the internet as Twitter accused of failing to protect victims