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Judge Jails Domestic Violence Victim For Failing To Testify

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 4:59 PM

A Florida judge is under fire from domestic violence advocates after a video shows her berating a victim and sentencing her to three days in jail for failing to testify against her attacker.

Video released Tuesday to WFTV shows Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins holding the victim in contempt of court for failing to appear at her case on July 22. The Huffington Post is withholding the woman's name because we do not identify victims of domestic violence. 

Court documents allege that the victim ignored a subpoena to testify against the father of her child, who allegedly choked her and threatened her with a knife. A day before the assault trial, the victim told a court advocate, "I am not going in tomorrow, I don't care if I get arrested!"

Video shows the distraught, tearful victim at her contempt hearing on July 30, telling Collins that she was riddled with anxiety after her attack, and was living with her parents and her 1-year-old child. Collins told her that's no excuse for failing to show up to court, which could blow the case for the prosecution. (It didn't -- State Attorney Phil Archer said in a press release that the abuser was sentenced to 16 days in jail "despite the victim's lack of cooperation.")

Collins, on the video, appears to become agitated as the victim pleads for her freedom.

"You think you're going to have anxiety now?  You haven't even seen anxiety," Collins says before sentencing the sobbing victim to jail.

The victim cries harder and pleads for another chance, but Collins says her fate is sealed.

Advocates said the judge's decision sends a message that victims of domestic violence have no legal recourse.

"She's never going to call 911 again," said Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. "I understand how frustrating it is for prosecutors without certain evidence and testimony, but the solution is never to threaten or bully the victim. She's scared to testify. And that judge sealed the deal -- she's never calling 911 again."

Southworth added, "And if she dies, it's on that judge's watch."

Southworth said judges will sometimes threaten to charge victims with contempt to try and get them to testify against defendants. But rarely has she seen a victim thrown in jail on the spot.

Kim Gandy, president and CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence, said it's the prosecution's job to gather more evidence to convict an abuser, not the victim's.

"We condemn this judge’s decision, which places a woman in jail for trying to save her own life," Gandy said. "The system -- not the survivor -- needs to hold perpetrators accountable. Evidence-based prosecution is a viable option when survivors choose not to be a witness due to the trauma they’ve already suffered."

Collins refused to comment on the case. Her spokeswoman said she wouldn't answer questions about any case still open to appeal. The spokeswoman confirmed that the office is getting a lot of feedback from the public since the video was released Tuesday.

Sadly, the justice system fails domestic violence victims all too often. Kate Ranta, a survivor who says she's been waiting nearly three years for her attacker's criminal trial to begin, started a nonprofit called Women Against the Violence Epidemic to advocate for additional domestic violence training for judges, police officers and lawyers.

"I was breathless at the end of this video," Ranta told The Huffington Post. "[The judge] re-traumatized the victim. She underscores the reason why victims often don’t leave their abusers, or don’t try to seek help because it’s well known that the family courts are broken ... This is someone who’s been through trauma, she didn’t want to face her abuser in court. I’ve been there."

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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Journalist Matthew Keys Convicted Of Helping Anonymous Hack LA Times

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 7:16 PM

A Sacramento jury Wednesday convicted journalist Matthew Keys of helping Anonymous hack into the Los Angeles Times and revise a story on its website.

Keys, 28, faces a maximum of 25 years for three felonies related to sharing login information from the Tribune Media Co., which owned the newspaper and...

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Man's Dismemberment Of Stepsister Was 'Sexually Motivated': Prosecutor

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:20 PM

A British man accused of killing and dismembering his stepsister carried out the "sexually motivated" attack with the help...

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Families Of Teens Who Died After Hypnosis By Principal Will Get $600,000

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 2:12 PM

The Sarasota County School District in Florida has agreed to pay $200,000 to each of three families whose...

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Long Before The Shooting, Roseburg And Its College Were One

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 8:00 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- "How could this happen? This is a quiet town."

It's a comment that's been repeated often in Roseburg since Thursday, when a gunman opened fire in his Writing 115 class and tore the heart out of the Oregon community. 

Most of the time,...

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Oregon Shooter Asked About Religion, Another Survivor Attests

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 4:31 PM

ROSEBURG, OREGON -- Another survivor of Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college remembers the gunman asking about religion before shooting her, the victim's family members said on Saturday.

Cheyenne Fitzgerald, 16, was shot in the back during the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg,...

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Heroic Army Veteran Stood Up To School Shooter, Got Shot 7 Times

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 8:25 AM

Stories of bravery have started to surface amid the terrible tragedy that left 10 dead and...

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Roseburg, Oregon, Community Seeks Answers In Wake Of Shooting

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 7:16 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Taylor Johns could hardly find the words to describe the horrific and deadly experience she had just been through.

The 19-year-old Umpqua Community College student teared up as she explained how she hid in her classroom, listening to the final shots ring out on...

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オレゴン州の大学で銃乱射、10人が死亡 オバマ大統領「呆然としている」

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 8:06 PM


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Mass Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon, 10 Reported Dead

(104) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Ten people were killed and nine were wounded Thursday in a shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

Sheriff John Hanlin said Thursday evening that the toll had been revised downward from the earlier figures of 13 dead and at least 20 wounded. Names of the victims won't...

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You Can Now Buy Marijuana Legally In Oregon

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:10 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's high time!

At 12 a.m. on Thursday, it became legal for medical dispensaries across Oregon to sell marijuana, seeds and immature plants to anyone over the age of 21. Excited customers lined up outside dispensaries in Portland, waiting for the clock to strike midnight.  

One of them was Davia...

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Jack Dorsey To Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO: Report

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Jack Dorsey is about to be verified -- again.

Twitter's interim chief could be named permanent CEO as early as Thursday, according to Re/Code.

The decision wouldn't come as much of a surprise. Dorsey, who served as the first of Twitter's three CEOs, took...

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Fugitive In 24-Year-Old Torture Case Arrested In Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:58 PM

It's difficult for Andrea Hood to recall the kidnapping and torture she endured in 1990, when she was...

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바다거북 등에 올라탄 여자들이 체포됐다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 9:16 PM

우리는 바다거북의 삶을 파괴하는 너무나도 무식한 관광객들의 행태를 이미 본 적 있다.

그렇다. 이건 범죄다.

지난 7월 스테파니 무어라는 여자(왼쪽)와 다른 두 명의 관광객은 페이스북에 바다거북의 등에 올라탄 사진을 올린 바 있다.

sea turtle


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Woman Accused Of Riding Sea Turtle Arrested In Florida

(11) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Sea you in jail.

One of two women accused of brazenly riding a sea turtle in July was arrested Saturday in Melbourne, Florida, police said.

Police apprehended Stephanie Moore, 20, when they responded to a disturbance and realized there was a felony warrant out for her...

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High School Quarterback Dies After Getting Tackled During Game

(10) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Warren Hills Regional High School varsity quarterback Evan Murray died after taking a hit during a home game on Friday night. He was 17.

The Washington, New Jersey, senior died in the hospital after telling teammates he was "woozy" but fine, giving a thumbs-up as he was carried away in...

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新種の恐竜「ウーグルーナラッククーックピケンシス」がみつかる 特徴は?

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 10:00 PM


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Frat Guide Includes Freshman Hotness Scale To 'Get You Guys Laid'

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:56 PM

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at James Madison University is under fire after a member passed out a recruitment guide that encouraged would-be pledges to invite women to parties from a list rating female freshmen by appearance.

In the "rush guide" sent by a tipster to Barstool Sports and...

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새 공룡 '우그류나럭 쿡피켄시스'가 발견됐다. 굶주린 공룡이다

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 1:13 AM


알래스카의 무자비한 북극에서 몇 달 동안이나 어둠 속에서 살면서도 견딜 수 있었던 공룡이 새로 발견되었다.

우그류나럭 쿡피켄시스는 오리 같은 부리가 달린 초식 공룡으로, 몸길이가 9m까지 자랐고 거친 식물을 먹기 위해 만들어진 수백 개의 이빨로 먹이를 씹었다고 알래스카 주립 대학 북부 박물관의 연구자들이 9월 22일에...

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Turing Will Roll Back Massive Drug Price Hike After Backlash

(17) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli said Tuesday he would roll back the massive price increase for lifesaving drug Daraprim after a fierce public backlash that included presidential candidates.

Shkreli, who is part of a criminal investigation involving another company he founded, told NBC News he'll lower the price of the toxoplasmosis-treating drug, which he jacked up overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750 after buying exclusive marketing rights in August. He didn't say how much he'd cut the cost, though he admitted that he made the decision after the drubbing he got from the public.

"Yes it is absolutely a reaction -- there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people," Shkreli, a 32-year-old hedge fund manager, told the network.

He said the decision on the new price will be made over the next few weeks.

Shkreli's price hike quickly gained national infamy after a New York Times report. Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, condemned the increase. Clinton called it "price gouging." 

Clinton unveiled a plan Tuesday to cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs like Daraprim

Earlier in the day, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry's main lobbying group, sought to distance itself from Turing's move, posting on Twitter that the drugmaker "does not represent the values of PhRMA member companies."

The group noted that Turing is not one of its members, which include global drug giants Merck, Pfizer and Novartis.

Shkreli had defended the hike as "altruistic," claiming that the company could use the profit to research a new drug for the condition, according to The Washington Post. He said the earlier price of $13.50 just wasn't profitable.

"It's very easy to see a large drug price increase and say, 'Gosh those people must be gouging,' but when you find out the company is not making any money, what does that mean?" Shkreli told NBC News Tuesday. "It's very hard stuff to understand."

The drug is mostly used in the treatment of toxoplasmosis, an infectious parasite considered a "leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in the United States," according to the Centers for Disease Control. The condition is especially bad for pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems due to illnesses such as HIV-AIDS or cancer.

A federal prosecutor this year subpoenaed biotechnology company Retrophin Inc., looking for information on its dealings with Shkreli, who founded the company in 2011 and ran it until he was fired last year. The criminal probe also sought information related to Shkreli's hedge fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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