Annalee Newitz, Gizmodo: I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were. What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn't a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn't even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it read more
Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, appointed in June, ordered that all arrest warrants issued in the city before Dec. 31, 2014 be withdrawn.
Defendants will receive new court dates along with options for disposing of their cases, such as payment plans or community service. Fines may be commuted for indigent people.
The Justice Department specifically said Ferguson's municipal court practices caused significant harm to many people with cases pending as minor municipal code violations turned into multiple arrests, jail time, and payments that exceeded the cost of the original ticket many times over.
Boise, Idaho, and many other cities have laws that ban sleeping or camping in public places. In a case filing about the law, the Department of Justice has stated that such a law violates the Eighth Amendment, making this argument: "When adequate shelter space exists, individuals have a choice about whether or not to sleep in public. However, when adequate shelter space does not exist, there is no meaningful distinction between the status of being homeless and the conduct of sleeping in public. Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity -- i.e., it must occur at some time in some place. If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless." read more
Radley Balko, Washington Post: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a troubling ruling about drug dogs last week. U.S. v. Bentley is just the latest in a series of rulings in which the federal courts refuse to consider the possibility that police departments may be manipulating the dogs to authorize unlawful searches -- or at the very least that police agencies aren't ensuring that the dogs are being trained to minimize the possibility, even though that would be easy to do. ... Lex, the drug dog that searched Bentley's car, had a 93 percent alert rate. That is, when Lex was called to search a car, he alerted 93 percent of the time. He was basically a probable cause generator. His success rate was much lower, at 59 percent. That is, the police actually found drugs just six of the 10 times Lex told them they would. read more
"Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar, unrealised desires they themselves harbour," Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study's lead author, explained.
The study which was conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex and the University of California also found that subjects who said they were heterosexual but reported homosexual tendencies during tasks were more likely to be hostile to gays, who were forced to repress their true emotions because of strict, conservative upbringings.