Monthly Archives: December 2011

University of Montana Football Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Three football players from the University of Montana have been accused of sexual assault, according to the Missoulian.com. According to sources, two women on campus accused the players of date rape in December before the team traveled to Huntsville, Texas to play a playoff game against Sam Houston State. No charges have been filed, but the Missoula Police Department confirmed there is an ongoing investigation. Neither UM Vice President Jim Foley nor athletic director Jim O’Day provided any comment. UM has indicated that they have hired a private investigator to look into the incident—retired state Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz. “If they’ve interviewed both sides, they don’t need a private investigator,” said Katherine Redmond, of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes. “It could be something that tries to drag up dirt on the victim in the guise of it looking like they’re trying to get to the bottom of things….
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New York Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 9-Month-Old Girl

Police in Wayne County, New York, arrested a man on child sexual assault charges, according to DemocratAndChronicle.com. 24-year-old Richard J. Dallas, of Lyons, New York is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-month-old girl, according to the Lyons Police Department. He is currently held without bail. The crime is considered a Class A-II violent felony in New York, including sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. “This case was a priority for us from the minute we were fist notified,” says Lyons Police Chief Richard Bogan. “Our officers meticulously built a very solid case, based on physical evidence and witness interviews.” An ambulance was called out on November 30 when the child had trouble breathing. Medical experts determined that the young child had been sexually assaulted. “This case was difficult from the beginning in that we were dealing with a victim that could not speak for herself,” Bogan says….
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Republican Candidates Discuss Marijuana Decriminalization

As the 2012 election grows close, Republican candidates are letting their stance on drug crime, medical marijuana and state’s rights. This issue has been a hot one in recent elections, and can be divisive and polarizing, particularly in the Republican Party. Candidates and constituents disagree about marijuana decriminalization policy, as well as whether the state or federal government dictates policy. “If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that’s a state’s right,” Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told Andrew Rafferty of NBC News. “Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues, most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally…you try to force one-size-fits all.” According to Examiner.com, a recent Gallup poll indicated that as many as 50% of voters support the legalization of marijuana. It may be time for candidates to re-evaluate their stance on the decriminalization of marijuana….
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