In 2009, a logger named Stephen Voisine shot and killed an American bald eagle. Bald eagles are protected under federal law, though Voisine said he'd believed it to be a hawk, which is also illegal to kill in his home state of Maine. Bird classification notwithstanding, Voisine's problems were just beginning. It turned out he had a history of domestic-violence charges, including violation of a restraining order, and a misdemeanor conviction related to hitting the woman he was living with. Federal law has long banned violent felons from owning or possessing firearms, and a 1996 law added to that category anyone convicted of domestic-violence misdemeanors.
A victim of domestic violence, Angelica Balsan, has been awarded $11,000 in compensation from the Romanian government in a court ruling that says authorities failed to protect her. Balsan was abused by her husband a total of eight times during their marriage, through the divorce, and after it. Her injuries, documented in medical and police reports, necessitated between two and 10 days care in a hospital each time. The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) said "although there was a legal framework in Romania … the authorities had failed to apply the relevant legal provisions in her case". "Such an approach ... was inconsistent with international standards on violence against women," the ECHR ruled.
Jim Larkin (left) and Michael Lacey (Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office) PHOENIX -- A Phoenix domestic-violence shelter filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the website Backpage.com The lawsuit was filed by the Sojourner Center in the U.S. District Court in Arizona. It lists as defendants Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the two men who started the website, Backpage.com, The website, according to a U.S. Senate investigation, morphed from a general marketplace to one that gained most of its revenue from adult ads. Some of those ads, the investigation found, involved underage girls and boys being offered for sex.
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an alleged incident involving his ex-girlfriend, according to multiple media reports. Manziel's case was heard by a Dallas grand jury on Thursday, the reports said. The former Heisman Trophy winner has been accused of hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in the head -- so hard that she temporarily lost her hearing -- during an altercation in January. Crowley has obtained a restraining order that prevents Manziel from seeing her for two years. Police spoke to Crowley, interviewed several witnesses and reviewed medical records before asking the district attorney's office to present the case to a grand jury, an unusual step for a misdemeanor case, media reports said.
I am standing alone in a sparsely furnished living room when a man I've never seen before walks in. He takes several strides in my direction, his footsteps ringing out on the bare floor, and looks me up and down. "What the hell are you doing?" he asks in a British accent. Stunned, I glance at my reflection in the full-length mirror to my left. Staring back at me is a woman I don't recognize. She wears tight black pants and an unflattering tan T-shirt that clings to the flesh around her stomach.