Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weekly Mashup Stage 8

Its that time again folks. Been reading around this week and here are some of the things that caught my eye but I didn't get to fully check out.

Married for less than five years but still paying alimony after 25: Two years ago, Niro’s youngest son graduated from college, ending child support payments and leaving his former wife with alimony of $65 a week. “The next thing I know, I get summonsed to court for alimony adjustment,’’ he says. A probate court judge increased the alimony to $700 a week even though the couple had divorced nearly a quarter of a century ago — five times longer than they were married.

Judge suspends trans woman’s sentence because prison would be “an appalling experience”: This sort of sentence undermines the efforts of the GLBT community. The point is for trans people to be treated no differently than everyone else, not that they should get special treatment and receive a pass because they may be assaulted while in prison.

Co-Parenting 101: The fact is, these people are serious about this "two parent" thing. Theirs is not an encoded message about how to cut Dad out of the children's lives or how to convince a judge that Mom is an alienator. It's a nuts-and-bolts approach to getting along constructively after divorce that sacrifices neither the mother's nor the father's nor the children's interests. What a concept.

Is It Time To Add Your Boss To This Sexual Harassment Registry?: The idea behind eBossWatch is to keep track of bad employers through user submissions.

Con man accused of living off UW student for year, faking own kidnapping (via Spearhead):"On Friday, King County prosecutors charged Clark with first-degree theft, forgery and two counts of second-degree identity theft. All crimes alleged are considered acts of domestic violence." Don't get me wrong the guy is an obvious jerk for cheating her and her family out of money but to call it DV?

Researchers Find Race Bias In NC Death Penalty Cases and Study: Race plays role in N.C. death penalty: Research seems to show that convicted killers in North Carolina are more likely to be executed if the victim was black instead of white. (I would like to see someone do such a study by the victim's gender.)

Woman in 911 call says she strangled her autistic children: An Irving, Texas, woman told a 911 operator that she strangled her two young children Monday because they were autistic, according to a recording of the call. Saiqa Akhter, 30, has been charged with a single count of capital murder in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, police said.

2 comments:

Leah said...

I am really appalled by the analysis of the trans woman whose sentence was suspended: "This sort of sentence undermines the efforts of the GLBT community. The point is for trans people to be treated no differently than everyone else, not that they should get special treatment and receive a pass because they may be assaulted while in prison."

I know this quote is from the original article, but you reproduced it here. First of all, if the author is not part of the lgbtq community, he should not be asserting that it "undermines their goals." Especially considering that one of the specific goals is trans women NOT being killed in MALE prisons, as putting a woman in a men's prison is cruel and unusual punishment by any standards. This case is a (small) victory because it shows a rare judge who understands systemic violence and sought to reduce it in this case. Now, it's fairly unlikely that this judge has a similarly good analysis of race and prison, but, I'm sorry, to posit this as highlighting men's oppression in the system is simply vile. And it becomes even more vile to appropriate some idea of "what the lgbt community wants."

Danny said...

However would you not agree that transgender people, in order to avoid abuse, should not just be let go with light "punishments" for crimes.

I can agree that Toy Soldier should not speak for the community (which frankly people trying to speak on groups they are not a part of seems to be commonplace these days) but I don't think that fair minded transgender people would really try to argue for sentencing breaks, which is just what happened here.

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