Posts Categorized: Judicial System

Montana Judge Admits Fault For Blaming Rape Victim In State Supreme Court Filing

Judge G. Todd Baugh, who suggested the victim was partially at fault during her rapist’s trial, and only sentenced the perpetrator to 30 days in jail, is facing censure from the state’s highest court after admitting to violating judicial standards. “There is only one right decision to be made in this case: remove Baugh from… Read more »

Hobby Lobby Case: ‘About Labor Rights and Religious Extremism, Not Birth Control’

“If people have to go outside their insurance plan to pay for birth control, that’s a healthcare issue, it’s an economic issue and it’s a workers’ rights issue.”–Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President of NOW. Read more from Chitra on how Hobby Lobby’s corporate claims come at the expense of workers’ rights.

State of Judicial Emergency

The federal court system of the United States is in serious jeopardy — judicial vacancies abound at an alarming rate. With more than 100 vacancies, 49 of which have been declared “judicial emergencies” by the U.S. Courts Administrative Office, something must be done.

NOW Urges the Obama Administration to Prosecute Roeder Under Domestic Terrorism

The Associated Press reports that Scott Roeder has confessed to shooting late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in May at a Wichita church. Roeder told AP he intends to use the so-called necessity defense at his trial — arguing he was protecting unborn children. “The absurdity of his defense is insulting and dangerous to women, but it also reveals his terrorist methodology using murder to accomplish his political goals,” says NOW President Terry O’Neill.

NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls Polanski Furor “Dangerous Talk” That Could Set Back Women’s Rights, “Celebrity Culture Gone Haywire” Blurs Case, O’Neill Says

NOW president Terry O’Neill said today that attempts to trivialize or dismiss criminal charges against film director Roman Polanski would undermine the message that sexual abuse is “Never OK.”

Ginsburg Dissents Offer Bright Spots in Two Disappointing Supreme Court Rulings

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano was disappointing, but it’s what we have come to expect from the conservative majority on the Roberts Court. Had retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor still been on the court, instead of her successor Justice Samuel Alito, this 5-4 decision might well have gone the other way.