Leah Gayle Shipman, a 42-year-old teacher from North Carolina, will avoid a prison sentence for having sex with an underage student by divorcing her husband and marrying the student. Shipman was initially facing a 15-year prison term on charges of statutory rape, but will no longer go to trial, because spouses cannot be made to testify against one another.
It's a creepy story that should be cited any time an opponent of marriage equality complains about gay people ruining the "sanctity of marriage."
But Andrea Tantaros of Fox News' The Five drew a different lesson from the Shipman case:
Tags: Crime, Fox News, Men and Women, Women's Rights
The Pauls are good at so many things. Eloquently defending civil liberties against the encroachment of executive power. Getting ignored by the mainstream media. Playing baseball.
Getting through an airport without becoming a national news story, however, is not in the Paul family skillset.
First there was Rand Paul's run-in with the security state at a Nashville airport. This weekend, Rand's 19-year-old son William Hilton Paul was taken into custody on charges of underage alcohol consumption, disorderly conduct and public intoxication at a North Carolina airport. He's since been released, but was forced to post a $750 bond, even after performing a weak do-you-know-who-I-am routine:
While in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, reports say William Hilton Paul identified himself as the son of Sen. Rand Paul.
I can't believe that didn't do anything for him!
He may have had better luck pleading a case of mistaken identity. Forbes (screenshot above) seems to think 19-year-old William Hilton Paul's mugshot is a perfect match for 85-year-old billionaire William Barron Hilton, who I suspect is much better at growing facial hair and holding his liquor.
Tags: Alcohol, Crime, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, TSA
You all thought that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was down for the count, didn't you? But what you failed to account for was the unsinkable Blagojevich spirit!
The former Illinois governor began serving his 14-year sentence for corruption in March at Englewood, a low-security facility in Littleton, Colo., and spent his early days inside working in the kitchen washing pots and pans six days a week. But those days of drudgery are over — he's finally been bumped up to a coveted library position, his former defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. told WBBM Newsradio this weekend.
"He's either in the library, or just about to get in the library," Adam said.
You can't keep a guy like this down. Today he's shelving books, next week he might be keeping books in the laundry. And after that, who knows?! Is it too much to assume that we might be looking at a future warden's assistant?
I don't think so. This guy has the goods!
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Tags: Books, Crime, Rod Blagojevich
Having never missed an election, I thought my civic duty bonafides were secure, but Holly Solomon of Gilbert, Arizona is a much, much more committed small-d democrat.
She is under arrest on charges of domestic violence after having chased her 36-year-old husband in their Jeep SUV, pinning him between the SUV and a curb after the husband admitted that he did not cast a vote in the election. According to local news reports, "she believed her family would suffer under a second term of Pres. Barack Obama."
And it was so! It's like she knew the government would look down on aggravated assault. In all seriousness, this is why it's important for people to learn about the Electoral College. Mitt Romney won over 54% of the vote in Arizona, even without this man's vote. Hopefully, Solomon takes this opportunity to employ the newly-formed GOP "I was just testing the system" legal defense and escapes severe sentencing.
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Tags: Arizona, Crime
Looks like Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. — who won reelection to Illinois' 2nd congressional district despite being currently hospitalized for bipolar disorder — might be carrying on a time-honored state tradition of resigning from office in disgrace and/or handcuffs…
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reported Friday night that high-powered defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Dan Webb was negotiating a tentative deal with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
Under terms of the deal, Jackson would resign for health reasons, plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and possibly do jail time. He'd have to repay any campaign funds that were converted for personal use, and serve at least some jail time…
If Jackson steps down, a special election would have to be held to replace him in Congress.
And thus the circle of Illinois political life would come full circle. God willing, the lucky new congressperson would eventually get to spend some time in jail as well. Well, one can only hope.
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Tags: Crime, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr.