Posted: February 26, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Politics, White House | Tags: AT&T, Barack Obama, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, Internet, Internet service provider, Net neutrality, Public utility, Republican Party (United States), Time Warner Cable
Government promises net will be ‘neutral’, just like the Affordable Care Act’s promise to make health care ‘affordable’. Public excluded from process in advance of vote. Telecom, cable industries expected to challenge.
reports: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate Internet service like a public utility, expanding the U.S. government’s
oversight of a once lightly regulated business at the center of the country’s commercial and social activity.
The 3-2 vote, along party lines, starts the clock ticking on an expected legal challenge from the telecom and cable industries.
The move marks a turn in the government’s approach to the Internet—from a hands off policy dating back two decades to encourage the Web’s growth to a more interventionist posture as commercial issues have multiplied.
It was spurred on by companies—such as Netflix Inc. —worried that they could face more onerous terms for carrying their traffic and by President Barack Obama , who made an unusual public plea for the rules late last year. The new regulations were strongly opposed by carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., and they even drew warnings from Google Inc., which told the White House privately it was making a mistake.
The rules prohibit Internet service providers from blocking Web traffic or charging websites for priority service. They also extend the FCC’s reach into the middle of the Internet by saying the commission will review so-called interconnection deals between companies such as Netflix and Comcast Corp. on a case-by-case basis to make sure they are reasonable.
Despite all the wrestling over legal principle, little is likely to change for consumers in the near term. Carriers very rarely block any traffic, and experiments like letting Web companies pay for toll-free mobile service haven’t gone very far. But advocates said the rules will preserve the open environment that has helped Web companies blossom.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who revealed details of the new rules earlier this month, received a standing ovation when he entered the commission room ahead of the vote.
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak , who attended the meeting, said from the sidelines that broadband providers need to be more closely regulated.
“Broadband is essential, like water,” Mr. Wozniak said.
Regulate us more, please, regulate us, rule makers!
Verizon, in a statement typed on a Remington typewriter and datelined Feb. 26, 1934, harking back to the Communications Act passed that year, criticized the rules as antiquated and likely to create uncertainty that will hurt innovation. The new rules involve reclassifying broadband service as a telecom service regulated by Title II of the Act, which governs the more highly regulated phone business.
Mr. Wheeler reiterated Thursday that the commission is only doing so to establish regulatory authority to enforce net neutrality and it won’t impose more onerous regulations such as price controls.
The full FCC order will be available on the commission’s website within the next few weeks and will take effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 24, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice | Tags: American Sniper, Chad Littlefield, Chris Kyle, CNN, Eddie Ray Routh, Erath County, Insanity defense, murder, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Texas
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (CNN) — [Breaking news update, posted at 10:23 p.m. ET]
“Ladies and gentleman, that is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder. He is guilty of capital murder. He is not in any way insane.”
– Attorney Jane Starnes during closing arguments
A jury has found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of capital murder in the deaths of two men, including Chris Kyle, the author of the bestselling book “American Sniper.” He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
[Previous story, posted at 10:17 p.m. ET]
A verdict has been reached in the trial of the man accused of killing Chris Kyle, subject of the hit film “American Sniper,” and Kyle’s friend at a Texas firing range two years ago.
The reading of the verdict is expected to begin soon. The jury began deliberations at 7:36 p.m. ET.
No one disputes that Eddie Ray Routh shot and killed the men. But defense attorneys say Routh was insane.
Prosecutors dismiss that claim outright.
“Ladies and gentleman, that is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder. He is guilty of capital murder. He is not in any way insane,” said attorney Jane Starnes during closing arguments.
She claimed Routh knew the difference between right and wrong.
Starnes urged jurors to “follow the law,” allowing the law to guide them “to the true and correct verdict.”
For its part, the defense pointed to Routh’s long history of mental illness.
“He killed those men because he had a delusion. He believed in his mind that they were going to kill him,” said attorney J. Warren St. John.
Jurors deliberating the case had three choices: guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity.
Routh’s trial comes in the wake of the release of the film about Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who claimed to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, with 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 24, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Al Sharpton, Attorney general, Eric Holder, Ferguson, Lawsuit, Missouri, National Action Network, National Urban League, Police officer, President of the United States, Racism, United States Department of Justice, Wisconsin
The attorney general seems intent on taking one more jab at the police before leaving the Justice Department
Jason L. Riley writes: When all was said and done, the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., last summer were not extraordinary but rather all too familiar. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, a black robbery suspect, resisted arrest, attacked a police officer and was shot dead. We’ve seen this movie many times before. But what might have prompted a helpful discussion about high crime rates in black communities has instead prompted a dishonest debate over police behavior.
“…the Justice Department seems to have come to the same conclusion as the Ferguson grand jury and found no grounds for a criminal prosecution of Mr. Wilson. Mr. Holder might now be trying to justify his bigfooting by suing the city, but there is probably no basis for that, either. Hence, the leak to the media that a civil lawsuit may be in the works.”
Professional agitators in the civil-rights community push false narratives to stay relevant, but we should expect more from the Justice Department. Instead, we have Attorney General Eric Holder channeling Al Sharpton . Last week Mr. Holder said that he will soon announce the results of his Ferguson investigation. CNN, citing “sources,” reported that Darren Wilson, the police officer involved in the shooting, is unlikely to be charged but that Justice is preparing to sue the Ferguson police department “over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by police officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own.”
“This is about expanding federal power in the police departments. The lawyers at Justice believe they are the ones who should be promulgating national standards of how cops should behave. And police departments are so afraid of bad publicity that they agree to settle the case with all kinds of rules that Justice wants to impose.”
– Hans von Spakovsky, former Justice Department attorney
After months of looking into the incident, the Justice Department seems to have come to the same conclusion as the Ferguson grand jury and found no grounds for a criminal prosecution of Mr. Wilson. Mr. Holder might now be trying to justify his bigfooting by suing the city, but there is probably no basis for that, either. Hence, the leak to the media that a civil lawsuit may be in the works. The leak was an egregious breach of protocol and, in effect, a threat. We’ve seen this movie before, too.
[Check out Jason Riley’s book “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” at Amazon]
In 1994, Congress passed a bill that made unlawful “the pattern or practice” of conduct by police “that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.” Since the law’s inception, the Justice Department has taken action against more than 50 state and local police departments, and nearly all have opted to settle rather than litigate. Investigations often come at the urging of groups like the NAACP and ACLU. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 23, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Center for Immigration Studies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Federal government of the United States, Foreign national, Illegal immigration, Immigration law, National Review, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States Department of Homeland Security, Work permit
The president is saying one thing, his bureaucracy is doing another
At The Corner, Ryan Lovelace reports:
President Obama claimed his executive amnesty would “stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do crossover.” But internal e-mails obtained by National Review Online reveal that his administration has taken steps to ensure the opposite outcome, ordering Border Patrol agents to curtail the initiation of deportation proceedings and to screen the illegal border crossers they detail for eligibility under the president’s deferred-action programs instead.
Before a federal judge last week halted the president’s executive amnesty program, the Border Patrol issued new guidance to agents that would eliminate the likelihood of deportation for thousands of illegal immigrants that will encounter by Border Patrol.
Border Patrol division chief Kelly C. Good e-mailed agents last month to tell them they should issue far fewer “Notices to Appear,” or NTA, in immigration court for deportation proceedings. Notices to Appear are the charging documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security, of which the Border Patrol is a part, to commence deportation proceedings. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 22, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Agreement in principle, Associated Press, Austin, Begging the question, Class action, Court order, Market trend, Reuters, Securities fraud, Texas, United States magistrate judge
(Reuters) – Condé Nast on Monday won a federal judge’s preliminary approval to pay $5.85 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by thousands of former interns who claimed the magazine publisher underpaid them.
The settlement, made public on Nov. 13, applies to roughly 7,500 interns who had worked at magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue and the New Yorker.
Former interns who worked at Condé Nast from June 2007 to the present are expected to receive payments from $700 to $1,900.
In granting preliminary approval, U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman in Manhattan said the payout appeared reasonable, citing an estimate by the interns’ lawyers that it exceeded 60 percent of estimated unpaid wages.
“Given defendant’s size and stature in the publishing world, I assume it could withstand greater judgment,” Pitman wrote. “This fact, by itself, however, does not render the proposed settlement unfair.”
The law firm Outten & Golden, which represents the interns, plans to seek legal fees of $650,000, or 11.1 percent of the settlement fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 17, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: DOJ, Eric Holder, Fox News, ISIS, Islamic extremism, Islamism, Jihadism, Justice Department
Posted: February 16, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Federal Judge, Houston, Immigration
Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has granted a request by a coalition of 26 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration while its lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted a preliminary injunction Monday, after hearing arguments at a hearing in Brownsville, Texas, in January.
The federal government is expected to appeal Hanen’s ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Justice Department had no immediate comment.
Obama’s executive action aims to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.
Hanen’s ruling isn’t expected to have any immediate effect as the first of Obama’s orders is not set to come into action until Feb. 18.
Posted: February 14, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Democratic Party (United States), Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, Kate Brown (politician), Leaders of the United States House of Representatives, Oregon, Peter Courtney, President of the Senate, Ted Wheeler, Tina Kotek
Robert Wilde reports: Amid calls for resignation after conflict of interest allegations involving Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancée and First Lady Cylvia Hayes, on Friday the state’s longest serving chief executive resigned.
The beleaguered governor said that he broke no laws, but would step down effective Wednesday February 18. “Nonetheless, I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions and policies to which I have dedicated my career and, indeed, my entire adult life,” he said.
As Oregon law dictates Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the next governor of Oregon. The Washington Post reported that she will become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history.
On Thursday, Kitzhaber had ordered that thousands of his emails be destroyed. USA Today reported that the “Governor’s office wants anything that is in the email account [Kitzhaber’s account] removed from archive,” wrote Tracy Osburn, a field technician in the DAS Technology Support Center. The email was obtained by Willamette Week and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.
A Department of Administrative Services spokesman confirmed the report that the governor’s office had asked that the governor’s personal emails be deleted from the archives. However, according to an AP story, the agency said it could not do that.
Both Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek had asked Kitzhaber to resign. Friday morning Courtney told ABC News that Kitzhaber “was upset… He was defiant. He’s struggling.”
Kitzhaber and Hayes first came under scrutiny in 2011 when the Oregon Department of Justice investigated a clean energy consulting contract awarded to Hayes for $60,000 under the Oregon Department of Energy, even though her firm, 3E Strategies, was the last in the bid for grant money. The investigation questioned whether favoritism played a role in Hayes getting the contract, KGW News reported.
Hayes was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Bradley Cooper, Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, CNN, Glen Rose, Good Conduct Medal (United States), Humanitarian Service Medal, Midlothian, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Texas, United States Navy SEALs
Little is known about Routh, except that attorney J. Warren St. John will attempt to make the case that his client is not guilty by reason of insanity
Since being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in July 2011, her son had been in and out of Veterans Affairs clinics, she said. He showed no progress in two years, and his erratic behavior continued to spiral out of control.
Jodi Routh worked as an aide at the same Midlothian, Texas, elementary school that Chris Kyle’s children attended. Kyle, of course, wrote “American Sniper,” the basis for the blockbuster Clint Eastwood film, and she had heard that The New York Times bestselling author worked with fellow veterans who were having a hard time adjusting to life back home.
“Shortly after his apprehension, Routh confessed to authorities and family members that he killed both men. After becoming aggressive with guards and refusing to give up a spork and dinner tray, he was placed on suicide watch under 24-hour surveillance in the Erath County Jail.”
“She approached Chris Kyle as he was dropping off his children and asked him if he would help her son. At that point, she had been trying to get (her son) care at the VA, and he was only getting worse,” according to Laura Beil, author of the ebook, “The Enemy Within: The Inside Story of Eddie Routh, the Man Accused of Killing Legendary ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle.”
After the deaths of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, Beil, who also is a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine, spent almost four months with Eddie Routh’s family detailing the Marine’s struggles after serving in Iraq and Haiti.
[Laura Beil’s book “The Enemy Within: The Inside Story of Eddie Routh, the Man Accused of Killing Legendary ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle” is available at Amazon]
“At the end of the conversation, (Kyle) said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to help your son.’ She actually cried at that point because it was the first time in over a year that anyone had said that,” Beil told CNN.
Eddie Ray Routh, 27, grew up in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, about 20 miles east of Midlothian, Kyle’s hometown. He faces murder charges in the 2013 deaths of Kyle, 38, and Littlefield, 35.
The two men had picked Routh up that fateful day and, as a form of therapy, took him to a remote 11,000-acre resort with a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 9, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: African American, Attorney general, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Gun politics, Law enforcement officer, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, National Review, Quackery, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
At The Corner, Andrew Johnson reports:
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry made a rather unusual request of Eric Holder in an interview over the weekend.
On her MSNBC show on Sunday, Harris-Perry informed the attorney general of a nickname that she and her fans have for him: the Duck.
“You’re absolutely right — those little duck feet are just moving as fast as they can underneath. I may have been cool in congressional hearings on the outside, but I was pissed off a lot of the time too.”
– U.S. Attorney General Eric ‘The Duck” Holder
“We say that you have a very placid, even way of presenting, but you’re working for justice underneath,” she explained.
”Would you quack for us?”
– Giggling MSNBC “reporter” Melissa Harris-Perry
Then came what is likely the first time the nation’s top law-enforcement officer has been presented with this question: ”Would you quack for us?” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 6, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, Internet, Internet access, Jason Chaffetz, Net neutrality, The Wall Street Journal, United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, White House
Panel to Investigate Whether White House Improperly Influenced Agency on Broadband Rules
WASHINGTON — Gautham Nagesh and Siobhan Hughes report: A House oversight committee on Friday said it was launching an investigation into whether the White House improperly influenced the Federal Communications Commission on its new rules for how broadband providers treat traffic on their networks.
“The White House needs to get its hands off the FCC.”
– Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Friday demanding all documents and communications between the FCC and the White House or other executive-branch agencies on the issue, along with all internal discussion at the FCC.
Mr. Wheeler on Wednesday made public the outlines of a proposal that would ban broadband providers from blocking, slowing down, or speeding up certain websites in exchange for payment.
The plan would use strong utility-like rules to regulate broadband companies, an approach largely in line with President Barack Obama ’s call in November for the “strongest possible rules” to protect net neutrality—the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
To implement those rules, Mr. Wheeler proposed reclassifying broadband from a lightly regulated information service to a more strictly overseen telecommunications service. Advocates of such an approach say that without such rules, broadband companies could charge tolls to websites for their fastest speeds, putting startups and smaller websites at a disadvantage.
Mr. Wheeler had previously laid out proposals to his fellow commissioners that wouldn’t have used the public-utility route. Then Mr. Obama made his statement in November, one of a series of events outlined in a Wall Street Journal article Thursday that appeared to leave Mr. Wheeler little choice but to go with the stronger rules.
“[R]eports indicate that views expressed by the White House potentially had an improper influence on the development of the draft Open Internet Order circulated internally at the Commission on February 5, 2015,” Mr. Chaffetz wrote.
Neither the White House nor the FCC responded to requests for comment.
Earlier on Friday, FCC Special Counsel Gigi Sohn rejected the notion that the president’s statement forced Mr. Wheeler’s hand.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler
“I think what the president’s statement did was rather than force the chairman’s hand was give him cover to do something that he already was thinking about doing,” Ms. Sohn said during an interview on C-Span.
In his letter, Mr. Chaffetz said he is particularly interested in “how the FCC communicated with the White House and other Executive Branch agencies.”
He also requested a briefing on the issue within two weeks. The commission plans to vote on the proposal Feb. 26. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 5, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Law Enforcement, media, news, Seattle, SPD
Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:
SEATTLE — A woman who was slugged by a Seattle police officer while she was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car and who suffered facial fractures last June has filed a $1 million claim for damages against the city of Seattle, it was disclosed Thursday.
The woman, Miyekko Durden Bosley, was handcuffed and taken into custody on June 22, 2014, after a 911 call that she was coming over to a man’s house to fight with him. Police met her at the house.
When she was being placed, handcuffed, in the rear of police officer Adley E. Shepherd’s patrol car, the woman kicked out at Shepherd, an investigative report by the Washington State Patrol said later.
“Off. Shepherd responded by punching Durden Bosley once, which resulted in multiple fractures to the right side of her face,” the State Patrol report said.
Medical records showed later that she suffered…
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Posted: February 5, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Law & Justice, Mediasphere
Originally posted on RocketNews24:
“You can also call me a future police officer. I’m more than proud to introduce my university to all of you.”
Meet Jin Pin Xuan (金品軒), a 21-year-old junior (third year student) currently enrolled at the top-ranking Chinese People’s Public Security University (中国人民公安大学) in Beijing, which is under the direct tutelage of China’s Ministry of Public Security.
In late December, Jin starred in a promotional video for her school, in which she spoke about her daily life as an officer-in-training, her reasons for choosing this career path, how dedicated she is to studying English, and some of the other exciting opportunities available to her in this program. Speaking of English, did we mention that she gives the entire presentation in almost flawless, close-to-native English?
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Posted: February 4, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: corruption, cronyism, Department of Justice, DOJ, Eric Holder, Obstruction of Justice, Partisan, Radical
Originally posted on Nice Deb:
A favorite tactic of Obama and members of his Regime, is to run with the biggest, boldest lie possible, and dare anyone to question it. Eric Holder – easily the most corrupt Attorney General in our nation’s history – fully embraced that tactic in spectacular fashion at a press conference Tuesday when he made the ludicrous claim that he cleaned up Bush’s Justice Dept.
Yep. He actually said that.
Via The Washington Times:
Attorney General Eric Holder pushed back against Republicans who said the Justice Department, under his leadership, had become little more than a political machine to push liberal causes — and said that he’s actually cleaned up all the politicking that had taken place under the former Bush administration.
In a press conference that began with his personal introduction — “For the record, I am Eric Holder” — the exiting agency head took shots at critics who suggested…
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Posted: February 2, 2015 Filed under: History, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Cambodia, Crimes against humanity, Gallbladder, Khieu Samphan, Khmer Rouge, Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Nuon Chea, Phnom Penh, Pol Pot, Takéo Province
Cambodian and international journalists watch a live video feed showing former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (C) during a hearing for his trial at the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on January 8, 2015. Cambodia’s UN-backed court on January 8, resumed the genocide trial of two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders over the mass murder of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriage and rape in late 1970s. AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Originally posted on TIME:
Khmer Rouge security officials used acid and pliers to torture inmates and disemboweled a detainee and consumed their organs, according to witness testimony given in Phnom Penh this week.
On Monday, former prisoner Keo Chandara told the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) — a tribunal created to investigate the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge — that guards used pliers and acid to torture female detainees incarcerated at the Kraing Tachan security center.
According to his testimony, prison guards at the facility would use the pliers to lacerate the inmates before pouring acid into the wounds. If the detainees passed out due to the excessive pain, the overseers would then use water to revive them.
“About 10 prisoners who were ordered to sit and watch the torture,” said Chandara, reports the Cambodia Daily.
During one particularly gruesome episode, Chandara said the guards hanged one prisoner by…
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Posted: February 2, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: English Teacher, Felony, indecent liberties, Intimate relationship, Iredell County, Julianna Ortiz Mills, North Carolina, Rape, Sex, Sexual Misconduct, South Iredell High Schoo, Statesville
Mills was placed under a $10,000 secured bond
A teacher at South Iredell High School was charged after having a sexual relationship with a student, according to the Iredell Sheriff’s Office.
“Deputies say the student is over the age of 16, but according to North Carolina law it is a felony for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student at the same school.”
The investigation began when an Iredell County deputy saw a suspicious vehicle parked in an undeveloped residential area. The deputy said a woman, later identified as 37-year-old Julianna Ortiz Mills, was standing next to the vehicle and a younger male was sitting inside.
[Also see – Joy Morsi Update: Queens Gym Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Underage Students]
[More – Busted for Sex with Student and Sending Nude Pics, Connecticut High School Teacher Danielle Watkins Not Looking Happy in Police Photo]
After both were questioned at the Sheriff’s Office, Mills was arrested and charged with one count of sexual activity with a student by a teacher and one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a student by a teacher. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 1, 2015 Filed under: Global, Humor, Law & Justice | Tags: Apple Inc, Court (royal), Fraise, France, La Voix du Nord (daily), Nord (French department), Nutella, Raismes, Valenciennes
A French court has stopped parents from naming their baby girl “Nutella,” according to BBC.
“And it is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.”
According to the judge, the ruling is doing the parents a favor — saving the child from a lifetime of being teased and tormented.
Being named after a popular hazelnut spread could lead to trauma later in life, court documents imply.
“And it is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts,” the court ruled, according to La Voix Du Nord.
The judge ruled that the child be named “Ella” instead.