claiming that Kennedy was not the offender, Kennedy was arrested for the crime of rape. While the state had drawn both Kennedy’s backstory and L.H.’s personal experiences, they had came to the conclusion that Kennedy was the obvious offender. One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that Kennedy had made two phone calls, during the morning of the rape. 1 When L.H. had returned home on June 22, 1998, she told her mother for the first time that Kennedy had raped her. Therefore, confirming the previous suspicions of investigators and making the arrest of Kennedy more reliable. 2 The state charged Kennedy with aggravated rape of a child, under La. Stat. 14:42 (West 1997 & Supp. 1998), and sought the death penalty. Although, life in prison was only granted for the time being. 2
As we mentioned earlier, the freshman’s mother mentioned to coach McElroy the fact that the upperclassman was calling her son those insulting names. This incident could have been foreseeable by the coaches, and possibly the administration, if the coach reported anything to the principal and athletic director. The Mepham High School football season was eventually cancelled and the three upperclassman were charged with “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse,” “aggravated assault,” “kidnapping,” “unlawful restraint,” “false imprisonment,” “terroristic threats,” “criminal coercion,” “simple assault,” “reckless endangering of another person,” “ethnic intimidation,” and “criminal conspiracy.” Judge Robert J. Conway chose to try the accused as juveniles.
Other reports indicate that although this happened off-campus, the University of Oregon still feels responsible for maintaining a balanced atmosphere. News reports surrounding the controversy also indicate that her actions had caused serious damage to race relations at the law
Redding was an eighth grade student, who was suspected of having over the counter drugs on school grounds. Over the counter drugs on school grounds is a violation of school policy. School officials’ strip searched Redding based off of a tip they received from another student at the school. Redding filed suit against the administrators who administered the search. She claimed that her Fourth Amendment rights of an unreasonable search were violated. A district court threw out the case but Redding appealed the case, which was threw out again on the initial appeal, but after being reheard a second time the court of appeals found that the young
“In 1979, Goldschmidt, who as mayor had won national renown for the development of the downtown bus mall and the city 's then-revolutionary light rail, was tapped by President Jimmy Carter to be Secretary of Transportation” (Jaquiss). Neil Goldschmidt was a very successful politician, but he was hiding a very dark secret that the people of Oregon deserved to know. Should the type of person, who raped a 14 year old girl for three years, be considered someone that the people of Oregon look up to? This is just one of the questions Nigel Jaquiss addressed in his article about the affair between Neil Goldschmidt and a 14 year old girl that occurred from 1975-1978 (Jaquiss). Muckraking is a form of investigative reporting
Mass hysteria has been known to influence people’s behavior throughout history. There are many known cases in the world; for instance, there is the infamous Salem Witch trials, a mass delusion that killed over 40 people in 1692. It is believed to have such power that it can pilot entire nations. One of the best known cases in mass delusions in the past decades in the United States happened in the small town of Manhattan Beach in California in 1983. Virginia Mc Martin, founder of the Mc Martin preschool, jointly with her family and staff were accused of child molestation, sodomy and satanic ritual abuse toward their students. Victoria’s grandson, Raymond Buckey, was charged with 79 counts of child molestation.
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, killed fifty eight people who had gathered along the Las Vegas strip for a music concert before shooting and ending his life. A statement from his brother to reporters stated that their father at some point was featured in the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Patrick Hoskins Paddock, their father got arrested in 1960 after robbing banks and was served with a 20 year jail term. Eight years while serving his term in jail, he managed to escape and was on the run until 1978. Reports provided by the FBI stated that he was to be considered harmful to the society (Kutner, Max).
Imagine at the age of 22, having a decent job, a spouse and expecting your first child together. You’d never imagine that prison was in your future, Bennett Barbour certainly didn’t expect this to happen to him let alone be a victim for 34 years. In 1978, the 22-year-old Bennett was arrested after being wrongly convicted of rape of a 19-year old college student while being held at gunpoint. The victim described the assailant as a 5’6” 145-pound male, they were shown two live lineups and a photo lineup and each time the 115-pound bone diseased Bennett Barbour was chosen despite the fact he did not meet the descriptions. (Innocenceproject.org) Bennett was in police files and picture available due to a petty theft that he committed in 1977 (Possley,
Matthew Wayne “Matt” Shepard was an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and left to die in a field on the evening of October 6, 1998. After spending five days in a comma, Matthew Shepard died on October 12, 1998 at 12:53 a.m. in which the cause of death was caused by the massive injuries and head trauma he sustained during a robbery and hate crime assault. Due to the nature of the crime, Shepard’s death quickly became the center of international and political attention. One of the most prominent cases in Wyoming judicial history, the pre-trial and court procedures were followed with diligence and due process.
The Napa Valley Register recently published an article on the hearing for the expulsion of Napa High School football player Johnny Torres. Torres, accused of, “dragging another player through the locker room and helping hold him down while the victim was groped and penetrated by other players,” was not described in the article as a rapist, nor as someone participating in the sexual assault of another individual, but instead, became the all-too familiar character of the goody-goody athlete with not a spot on his record. What is also very apparent in the article is the clear tip-toeing around what Torres and other players have been accused of, which as far as we can tell from the Register’s cryptic concealment, is gang rape. This behavior by both Torres’s family, who requested that the expulsion hearing be made public, and by the media, which in the case of the Register seems to be garnering sympathy for Torres and pulling attention from the heinous
The death sentence, a controversial topic that was brought to our attention in this year's election in California through the means of prop 66 and prop 62. Prop 66 was to keep the death penalty, but to revise some of its aspects. While prop 62 was against the death penalty. This issue of sentencing a person for a heinous crime to death is such a critical topic because of the fact of whether to save the lives of criminals or take them away. I do not believe that the father of Hester Prynne’s child should be put to death with the crime that he has committed because the crime that he committed is not a crime that should be punishable by death.
The mishandling of Sandusky by the school has led to the damaged their reputation and credibility. This scandal has left many of Penn State’s organization in a crisis. Management was greatly affected by Sandusky actions, because they failed to report what was really going on. They simply ignored it; this has led to loss of business, or donations, and talented students and staff. They felt as though the leadership did not care about Penn State or the victims. These ethical issues have led to them paying more than $92 million in the child sex abuse scandal. The school could have spent this money on the students, who would have benefited more instead of using it to pay the victims of a crime that never should have happened. “We hope this is another
Richard Bell was a long time second grade teacher at Prince of Peace Academy in Clinton, Iowa. Bell received a reprimand and a deferred two-year suspension of his teaching license by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners in March of 2011. According to the board report, the investigation showed that Bell grabbed a book from a student and threw it across the room, told the student he would not read again and got in the student’s face in an intimidating manner on several occasions. Bell had committed unethical practice by failing to make reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of a student. He also created conditions harmful to student learning, and conducting professional business that exposed students to unnecessary embarrassment
On October 21, 2015 at approximately 11:30 am Michael Zachary Little was using profanity in the classroom. When asked by the Sub-Teacher several times to stop using the inappropriate language Michael began to laugh out loud causing a major disturbance in the classroom. The sub teacher called for assistant from the BMT’s. Upon arriving to the class Michael and other students that were using profanity was addressed by the Dean of Students. Michael continued to talk back and when asked to leave the classroom he stated that “he didn’t give a fuck.” The Dean of Students asked the BMT to call Mr. Smith, Michael Little care taker at the group home. Michael Little at this began to hit the door, picked up a chair and threw it in the direction
On March 24, 1998 at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas a tragic event took place. Two kids were convicted of killing four students, one teacher, and injuring 10 other students. These kids were of the age 11 and 13-year-old. The 13-year-old young men was named Mitchell Johnson. Mitchell was known a young respectful kid by his seventh grade teacher. Two months before this tragic event, Mitchell had recently started to listen to rap music with artist like Tupac Shakur. He, himself, confessed that he listened to this music daily everywhere and he felt it was influencing his life. Debbie Pelley, a teacher from Westside Middle School, and a young 12-year-old who knew Mitchell went thru the songs he listens to and thru the lyrics found how it did change Mitchell. A tragedy that took five lives of loved ones do to a style of music. A style of music that causes teens like Mitchell to change and rebel. Rap Music can cause many negative rebellions on teens by promoting aggressive behavior, sex, and addictions.