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Rape, defilement cases horrify a nation

Africa News of Friday, 4 December 2020

Source: face2faceafrica.com

2020-12-04

Members of the Association for Women in Media protest against rising incidents of sexual violenceMembers of the Association for Women in Media protest against rising incidents of sexual violence

Already struggling with a high rate of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases, Malawi is coming to terms with increased cases of defilement and rape compelling activists and politicians alike to call for stiffer penalties for perpetrators.

The latest case to have particularly incensed the nation is the defilement of a five-month-old baby by a 31-year-old in Malawi’s old capital Zomba where residents want to take the law into their own hands to deal with suspects.

In a video that has gone viral, a cabinet minister speaking at a political rally is asking people to beat up rapists before they bring them to the police.

“It is very sad to see people defiling three or four-year-old girls. When you catch anyone, who has defiled a child beat

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Hong Kong: Drop Cases Against Democracy Activists

(New York) – Hong Kong authorities should drop all criminal cases and release from custody those arrested or convicted for their peaceful participation in pro-democracy protests, Human Rights Watch said today. These include Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam, who were sentenced on December 2, 2020, to 13-and-a-half months, 10 months, and 7 months respectively for inciting, organizing, and participating in an unauthorized assembly, an offense under Hong Kong’s Public Order Ordinance.

The charges stem from speeches the trio made to crowds at the Hong Kong Police Headquarters on June 21, 2019, part of the six-month pro-democracy protests in 2019.

“Hong Kong is descending at a dizzying pace from a city of freedoms to a mainland Chinese city that criminalizes peaceful protests,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher. “The Hong Kong authorities should quash the convictions of these activists immediately and drop all further cases involving peaceful political activity.”

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Female Judge Should Hear IUD Cases, JPML Told

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 8:44 PM EST) — An attorney representing a woman claiming that she was harmed by the ParaGard IUD made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. on Thursday told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that cases over the birth control device should be sent to a federal judge in Atlanta in part because the judge is a woman and the litigation concerns women’s products.

Robert Hammers of Schneider Hammers, who represents Patricia Rodriguez and others, championed U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May during a Zoom hearing Thursday during which the panel considered whether to consolidate the cases and potential venues, should the cases be combined….

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King County prosecutors report rise in animal cruelty cases

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington state have reported an increase in animal cruelty cases in King County, raising concerns among law enforcement and animal agencies.

The King County prosecuting attorney’s office had filed 19 animal cruelty cases so far this year, including 12 counts of first-degree felony animal cruelty, The Seattle Times reported. The office filed nine cases in 2019 and 10 in 2018.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tali Smith said Monday that she is in the process of reviewing another case this week and expects to see at least three more cases in the coming weeks.

“It’s concerning when we’re filing (more cases) in one month this year … than (all of) last year, and we’re concerned about these animals and the neglect or violence they’re suffering from,” Smith said.

The office has also filed two felony animal fighting charges, the most recent case involving 91 roosters.

“My

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The McCuaig Law Firm of Loveland CO Opens Doors to Clients, Offers Impeccable Defense in Criminal Cases

December 2nd, 2020 – The McCuaig Law Firm is pleased to open doors to its esteemed clients, with experienced former prosecutor Ashley (“Ash”) McCuaig, the reputed Loveland criminal defense attorney, leading the charge. The McCuaig Law Firm was formally launched on October 1, 2020, to serve the Northern Colorado region including Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont, Laporte, Berthoud, CO.

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Cases dropped against man, three women charged in Forest Lake rape

Charges have been dropped against a 40-year-old man accused of raping a woman in his Forest Lake townhouse a year ago as three other women helped restrain her.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office said in a court filing last week that two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct are being dismissed against Lawson T. Waples Ward because of a “lack of evidence and interest of justice.”

The county attorney’s office also dismissed aiding and abetting charges against three others involved in the incident: Tina R. Peet, 52, of Forest Lake; Alena J. Turner, 28, of St. Paul; and Ta’Yonna M. May, 30, of St. Paul.

According to the charges against Waples Ward and the others:

A 21-year-old woman told police that she visited his home on Nov. 16, 2019, and he began engaging in sexual activity with her. At the time, she said she did not tell him to

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AP govt withdraws law for speedy trial in rape and murder cases after Centre’s objections – india news

Nearly a year after enacting a legislation to expedite trial and sentencing in rape and murder cases within 21 days, the Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday withdrew the law following queries raised by the Centre.

State home minister Mekathoti Sucharita introduced a bill in the assembly on Wednesday seeking to withdraw the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill – Andhra Pradesh Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children Bill, 2019. It was named after a Hyderabad-based veterinarian who was raped and killed by four youths on November 28 last year and was given a pseudonym Disha.

The legislation, which was passed by the state assembly on December 13 last year, sought to complete investigation into alleged rape and murder cases, conduct of trial in special courts and awarding of sentences to the accused within 21 days.

The legislation was later sent to the Centre for Presidential assent, since it required

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Hong Kong judge to decide if cases facing People Power activist warrant national security law appointee



a group of people around each other: People Power vice-chairman Tam Tak-chi leaves the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre en route to court on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang


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People Power vice-chairman Tam Tak-chi leaves the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre en route to court on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The first of Hong Kong’s district judges designated to handle national security law proceedings has been tasked with determining if he or a similarly designated counterpart should hear the cases facing opposition activist Tam Tak-chi, who has not been charged under the Beijing-imposed legislation.

Chief District Judge Justin Ko King-sau on Wednesday assigned Stanley Chan Kwong-chi to hear the prosecution’s application to have Tam’s three cases tried by a judge specially tasked with overseeing hearings related to the security law.

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The 48-year-old vice-chairman of the localist group People Power faces 14 charges at the District Court. Half are tied to the colonial-era offence of sedition, while the others relate to public order or social-distancing rules introduced because

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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised



a group of people skiing on the snow: White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised


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The White House coronavirus task force is issuing a dire warning to states, writing that, given the already rampant spread of the virus across the U.S., a further surge in cases following Thanksgiving threatens to overwhelm the health care system and compromise patient care.

“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall,” reads the White House report sent to states and obtained by The Hill.

The includes a series of urgent warnings, a stark contrast to President Trump himself, who has been largely quiet on the coronavirus crisis recently, and has focused on vaccine development when he does discuss it.

The warnings come as the United

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No cases filed under the Domestic Violence Act in 10 years

Lack of awareness among the potential beneficiaries and the law enforcing agencies is pointed out as the key difficulty towards the implementation of the act

No cases have been filed under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act in the last 10 years in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court (CJM) in many districts of the country, including Bhola and Sherpur, according to a study commissioned by ActionAid Bangladesh in October 2020.

The information was disclosed at a virtual roundtable discussion titled “Domestic violence: The Context of Justice and Legal Solutions” on Wednesday, said a media statement.

The keynote speaker Taslima Yasmin, who also led the study, stated that the key difficulty towards the implementation of the act was lack of awareness among the potential beneficiaries and the law enforcing agencies. 


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Taslima, who is a faculty at the Department of Law

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