(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)Daniel G. Saunders, University of Michigan(THE CONVERSATION) “And so I stayed.”In a widely read blog post, Jennifer Willoughby wrote this phrase after each of the many reasons she gave for enduring what she described as her abusive marriage to former White House aide Rob Porter.Willoughby’s reasons are consistent with those that hundreds of abused women report to researchers. These are women often caught in a web made from isolating, confidence-crushing abuse and by realistic fears of greater harm should they leave. They also can feel caught when they meet indifference from others or, worse, insults that add to their injuries.I am a social work scholarwhose research focuses on the problems of dating and domestic violence. My colleague Deborah Anderson and I, as well as other researchers, have published reviews of many studies of the barriers women face in … [Read more...] about Abusive relationships: Why it’s so hard for women to ‘just leave’
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But on this day in May 1986, his 8-year-old ocean-blue Oldsmobile barreled backward, crashing through the dock and plunging into the Intracoastal. From nearby appeared a Gold Coast regular, a guy who had spent so much time there that a booth could have been named after him. He saw the car in the water and froze. Sonken's hands remained on the wheel, as if he could drive his way out. Time slowed to a crawl. "Get me outta here," Sonken yelled in the last moments before the car sank. "I can't swim!" When people heard about what had happened to Sonken's car, many — including some restaurant staff — figured someone had messed with it. Maybe the gearshift had been rigged, the brakes cut, or there was foul play. The next morning, the Miami Herald announced that Sonken, the intimidating icon who had presided over this landmark for decades, had drowned. His Gold Coast had long been a place of infinite possibility, where an impromptu jazz-concert-as-wake for a blind pianist could be … [Read more...] about How One Famed Hollywood Restaurant Became the National Center for the Mob
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff February 18, 2018 For all the problems that plague our court systems, missed court dates may be one of the most vexing.Nationally, about two in 10 people facing a felony charge fail to show up for their court date annually. For lower-level offenses, the rates tend to be even higher.As a result, individuals who fail to appear, even for minor offenses, can face more serious charges. That tardiness also wreaks havoc on the docket, and can eventually lead to backlogs. Advertisement But a growing number of court systems around the country have piloted a unique program to cope with the problem using a basic tool: the cellphone. The premise is simple. Send a text message to anyone due in court — including defendants, jurors, and probationers — reminding them about their upcoming appearance. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: … [Read more...] about Some court systems are texting people to get them to show up. Could it work here?
A retired Iowa state court administrator is being honored with a national award for his work improving and modernizing the way Iowa court cases are handled.David K. Boyd, the former state court administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch, was named Tuesday as a recipient of the National Center for State Courts' Warren E. Burger Award, named for the former U.S. Supreme Court justice.The award recognizes a person, other than a judge, whose efforts have significantly contributed to improving the administration of state courts, according to a news release from the NCSC.Mark Cady, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, wrote in a nominating letter that Boyd has served the Iowa Judicial Branch "with honor, integrity, creativity and passion" for the last 40 years.Boyd was named state court administrator in 2003 after working as a deputy state administrator and as administrator for Iowa's Third Judicial District.Under Boyd's leadership, Iowa was the first state in the country to … [Read more...] about Iowa court administrator David Boyd wins national award
State employees have dim prospects of getting a pay raise this year, but one group is pushing for a big pay bump, arguing they are underpaid significantly. The S.C. Judicial Department is asking for a 20 percent pay hike for all state judges, a request a S.C. House panel will consider Wednesday. The raise would cost state taxpayers an additional $6.3 million a year. All justices and judges in the state Judicial Department would see their pay increase. For example, if approved by lawmakers, the pay hike would mean a roughly $31,000-a-year raise for state Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty to about $187,000 a year. The other Supreme Court justices and more than 100 judges in the state’s appeals, circuit and family courts also would see substantial boosts to their salaries, which now range from about $137,000 to $149,000 a year. The proposed raises do not include other Judicial Department employees, including the more than 100 court reporters who create the records of what … [Read more...] about Raises for SC employees unlikely, but judges want a 20% pay hike