11-Year-Old Boy Hangs Himself After Bullying, Abuse From Parents — Last month, an 11-year-old boy went to his school counselor in Montebello, California to say that he no longer wanted to live. His classmates had been bullying him, and his mother often hit him while his stepfather held him down… He wanted to commit suicide because his life was “unbearable” and “I’m tired of people hitting me all the time,” a report would later say. the records said. He wanted to either shoot himself or hang from a rope.
California Courts Uphold Order Making Homeless Man Pay Child Support and Lose Inheritance, Reports National Coalition For Men — National Coalition For Men (NCFM) attorney Marc E. Angelucci reports that on July 28, 2010, the California Supreme Court declined to review a Court of Appeal decision that forced Hari Wilburn, a homeless man, to pay tens of thousands of dollars in child support for a child even though DNA excludes him as the dad and he never acted as the dad. On August 17, the probate court in San Diego will hear the mother’s request to intercept Wilburn’s inheritance from his deceased mother in order to pay the child support order.
How to counter rape as a weapon of war — The incentive to use rape as a weapon of war in Africa would be less if more was done to ensure men were involved in discussions about gender equality, claims the director of a human rights project in Uganda. In an interview with Christian Aid, Chris Dolan, director of the Refugee Law Project, based at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda, said: “If gender equality were a reality, the incentive to use rape of men and women as a weapon of war would be reduced. Unfortunately much of the gender work done to date has presented ‘gender’ as essentially a discussion about women’s rights, rather than a conversation about the ramifications for both sexes. As such, most men in most communities believe gender has nothing to do with them.”
Innocence Project says DNA exonerates Florida man serving life in prison — Innocence Project of Florida lawyers say DNA has been discovered that exonerates a Manatee County man serving life in prison for rape and kidnapping. Attorneys for the Innocence Project held a press conference last week at the Manatee County Judicial Center calling for the release of 47-year-old Derrick Williams, who is serving life for the 1992 rape of a woman in a Palmetto orange grove. After the press conference, attorneys for the project filed a motion asking a judge to vacate Williams’ sentence after testing of DNA on a shirt the victim said her attacker was wearing during the kidnapping and rape excluded Williams.
Mother sues son she abandoned at age 15 for parental support — When Ken Anderson was just 15, his mother, Shirley, made it clear: She didn’t want him anymore. Ken’s father, a long-haul trucker, had been transferred from Osoyoos, B.C., to the province’s Kootenay region. Although their marriage was rocky, Shirley followed, taking second-youngest son Darryl with her. Ken was left behind. He had plenty of time to think about it as he wiped bug splatter off car windshields and pumped gas at the local station to make a buck. He says he can’t even remember how many couches he slept on, or how he kept himself going. He just knows he never got to go to a prom, finish high school or even think about college.
Protocol for the wrongly convicted — Let’s talk about protocols. The protocol in the news this week is the one whereby Harris County jail guards put Michael Anthony Green into handcuffs and leg irons in order to take him to court so that he could be freed after serving 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Green had been sent from prison in Wichita Falls to the Harris County jail Wednesday night for a Thursday morning court hearing at which the DA’s office would ask that he be released on bond while he waits for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to formally declare his innocence.
Rape charge anonymity pledge dropped — Plans to change the law to grant anonymity to men charged with rape in England and Wales have apparently been dropped by the Ministry of Justice. The ministry said it had not ruled out anonymity between arrest and charge. But Justice Minister Crispin Blunt has said he would rather put pressure on the media not to name suspects than bring in a new law. Labour welcomed the apparent U-turn but said the government’s handling of the issue had been “lamentable”. The plan to grant anonymity to rape suspects was a surprise inclusion in the government’s coalition agreement in May.
Starved as adopted boy, secluded now as adult — With much fanfare, New Jersey officials in 2005 announced the state would pay $5 million to Bruce Jackson for the years of neglect he endured in a Collingswood home filled with adopted and foster children. But the landmark case is now also distinguished for the extraordinary secrecy that extends to almost every aspect of Jackson’s life. An unusual order to seal his court records has placed the 25-year-old in such a protective cocoon that almost nothing can be known about his care under state guardianship, monitored by the same department that failed him in the first place.
Texas man exonerated of rape free after 27 years — mprisoned for 27 years for a rape he didn’t commit, Michael Anthony Green walked out of jail a free man on Friday and in the process was able to leave behind some of the anger that had fueled his survival behind bars. Accompanied by his attorney, Green walked out of the Harris County Jail and into the arms of about 20 family members who cheered him. “Live life,” Green said, when asked what he is going to do now.
Woman admits SECOND cry rape offence… but is spared jail as she is heavily pregnant — A woman who falsely cried rape for a second time has been spared jail because a judge deemed it ‘unfair’ for her child to be born in prison. Heavily pregnant Gemma Scoones, 27, stood before Judge Michael Taylor in the dock at Durham Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for perverting the course of justice. Last year, Scoones was given a 12-month jail sentence by the court after she admitted a similar offence involving a false rape allegation against her estranged husband, Anthony Scoones, following the break up of their relationship.