A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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Supreme Court strikes down Florida’s IQ threshold for death penalty

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USA Today: Florida must apply a margin of error to IQ tests administered to Freddie Lee Hall, 68, who killed a 21-year-old pregnant woman and a deputy sheriff in 1978, The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The state had argued that any test score above 70 made prisoners eligible for a death sentence, despite medical guidelines that permit scores to reach 75.

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A $6 Million Legal Bill — And A Fight For Credit In The Marriage Equality Movement

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edwardspoonhands:

Committing suicide is a crime in the US not so that we can punish the depressed, but because, if it weren’t, it would be illegal for the police to enter a home to save someone they suspected was about to kill themselves.

There has to be reasonable belief that a crime is currently being committed or is about to be committed for the police to enter private property.

This had confused me for a long time and this explanation makes so much sense!!

(via iammissanna)

It Is Perfectly Legal to Take Secret Photos Up Women's Skirts in Massachusetts

Michael Robertson was arrested in 2010 after he was caught taking sneaky photos and videos up women’s skirts on the Boston subway, a widespread voyeuristic endeavour known as “upskirting.” His defense argued that the act was an expression of free speech, and this week, Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court agreed. 

Apparently, if a man goes out of his way to take an oddly angled photo up a woman’s skirt — a skirt that she put there for the very purpose of covering what is underneath it — he’s not doing anything wrong because she’s taken her skirt and its contents to a public space and can’t hold much expectation of privacy. 

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Supreme Court Case May Stop States That Still Execute the Mentally Disabled

The justices banned execution of mentally disabled people in 2002. Now they are poised to tell death penalty states that they really meant it.
Read more. [Image: Serge Melki/Flickr]

theatlantic:

Supreme Court Case May Stop States That Still Execute the Mentally Disabled

The justices banned execution of mentally disabled people in 2002. Now they are poised to tell death penalty states that they really meant it.

Read more. [Image: Serge Melki/Flickr]

Court: Drivers can read maps on cellphones

breakingnews:

Associated Press: A California appeals court says it’s legal for drivers to read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.

Thursday’s ruling by the state’s 5th District Court of Appeal reverses the conviction of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic.

That driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged his $165 fine with the appellate court.

Chimpanzee personhood effort fails first legal tests in New York

Judge Rules Unpaid Intern Cannot Bring Sexual Harassment Claim Since She's Not A Paid Employee

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Judge upholds Connecticut’s assault weapons ban 
The Hartford Courant: A federal court in Hartford, Conn., upheld the state’s tough assault weapons ban, saying it is constitutionally valid. 

"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello, wrote in a decision published late Thursday. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."
The state Legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first grade students and six adults with a now-banned, AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.

Follow updates on this story at Breaking News.
Photo: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs a historic gun control bill into law on April 4, 2013. (Michael McAndrews / Hartford Courant)

breakingnews:

Judge upholds Connecticut’s assault weapons ban 

The Hartford Courant: A federal court in Hartford, Conn., upheld the state’s tough assault weapons ban, saying it is constitutionally valid. 

"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello, wrote in a decision published late Thursday. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."

The state Legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first grade students and six adults with a now-banned, AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.

Follow updates on this story at Breaking News.

Photo: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs a historic gun control bill into law on April 4, 2013. (Michael McAndrews / Hartford Courant)

Supreme Court To Decide If Cops Can Search Phones Without A Warrant