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In the News (5.9.16)

Brock Turner to be released from jail after serving half of six-month sentence in Stanford sexual assault case by Matt Hamilton

Former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and sentenced to six months in jail — a penalty criticized for its leniency — is scheduled to be released from jail Friday, according to public records.

If released this week from the Santa Clara County jail, Turner will have completed half the jail term imposed by Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who faces a recall campaign over his handling of Turner’s case. ....

How to actually talk to a woman wearing headphones | Martha Mills

An article has surfaced from the quagmire of bilge that is The Internet and it has caused, not without reason, a small tornado of outrage. Written as dating advice for “The Modern Man” (a misnomer if ever there were one), it promises a solution to the hot ‘n’ horny down-on-their-luck young bucks of the world who face the tedious obstacle of a woman wearing headphones, because how dare she. And no, it isn’t a parody.

You can read it in its full entitled glory, or stick with me as I dissect each grubby, jaw-dropping delusion of psychopathic awfulness. It’s going to be quite a ride.

How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones

“These days, many women walk around playing with a smartphone or tablet device and are often wearing headphones and listening to music at the same time.

Yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to them.

Of course, not all women are open to being approached because not all women are single and looking.

However, if a woman wearing headphones is single and hoping to meet a boyfriend (or even a new lover), she will almost always be happy to take off her headphones to give you an opportunity to create a spark with her.”

Purvi Patel, Woman Prosecuted for Self-induced Abortion, Is Released From Prison  via @thecut

Purvi Patel was released from an Indiana prison yesterday after her feticide conviction was overturned and a judge resentenced her to less time than she’d already served.

In 2015, Patel was found guilty of conflicting charges feticide and child neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly self-inducing an abortion with drugs two years earlier.

Last month a judge overturned the feticide conviction, a ruling the state did not appeal, and on Wednesday the judge sentenced her to 18 months for felony child neglect. She’s already been in prison that long and was released yesterday. ....


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