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Sexuality | Idaho’s governor asks the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if prisons should pay for sex-change surgery
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/30/19, 05:07 pm

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said last week he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over a ruling requiring his state to provide sex-change surgery to a transgender inmate convicted of sexually abusing a child.

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Epstein accusers have their day in court

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/28/19, 12:31 pm

Nearly two dozen women who accuse Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking and abuse gathered in a federal courtroom to testify before an empty defense chair. Courts usually dismiss charges against deceased defendants without a hearing, but U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman gave the women a chance to speak Tuesday in a New York City courtroom despite Epstein’s death by apparent suicide on Aug. 10.

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Verdict upheld against Australian cardinal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/21/19, 11:50 am

An Australian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a guilty ruling against Cardinal George Pell. A Victoria judge earlier this year sentenced him to six years in prison for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys nearly 20 years ago. The Victoria Court of Appeal rejected Pell’s appeal in a 2-1 ruling. The 78-year-old former finance minister to Pope Francis has continued to maintain his innocence.

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