Westchester attorney says get Roxana home now!

American journalist Roxana Saberi sits in an Iranian jail, the focal point of a diplomatic shell game between the United States and Iran. CNN reports the head of Iran’s judiciary has ordered a “careful and speedy appeal process” for Saberi,

Former beauty queen, a spy.  Really?

Former beauty queen, a spy. Really?

who was convicted of spying for the United States.

Saberi’s biggest mistake was allowing her journalist credentials to expire and staying behind to continue reporting. As anyone who’s ever been a journalist knows – that’s called dedication – it’s an adrenalin rush unlike any other – the ability to expose and uncover a nation’s dark secrets to the world. In this country we praise such journalism. In Iran, they jail you.

Both the Committee to Protect Journalists and Asian American Journalists Association have worked tirelessly to bring Roxana’s plight to the forefront of global news desks. Maybe the Obama administration needs to get an army of journalists together.

Now, Ms. Saberi faces eight years behind bars and has 20 days to appeal….or she may still be pardoned in a diplomatic move. She’s a bargaining chip for the Obama administration, no matter how you slice it. However, if you listen to Obama’s comments on her conviction, you don’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling. He looks like he’s still playing “catch up”

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Westchester attorney sees abortion issue driving toward U.S. Supreme Court

There are license plates for alumni and sport team support, animal rights, veterans rights, everyone has rights and in New York, many even have vanity plates for their cars to display those rights…….consider it “road bling” with an edge. Well, finally, life rights have stepped to the forefront of vanity plates in New York and are likely headed down the road to Washington and the nation’s high court.

SCOTUS

SCOTUS

Can you imagine it – the pillars of this country’s jurisprudence deciding what you can and cannot place on a license plate, as if they had nothing else more important to decide?

Strangely, however, this federal lawsuit is not about license plates but focuses on that decades old argument over abortion rights. A so-called adoption organization in Eastchester, New York called the Children First Foundation, is suing the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles because the DMV refused to issue license plates bearing the slogan “choose life.” The group’s president told the Journal News that a portion of the fee for these plates would go toward her non-profit organization, which funds pregnancy and adoption centers that do not receive government funding………….oh, and by the way, her group is pro-life and does not perform or refer for abortions. Hmmmm, sounds an awful lot like an anti-abortion organization more than an adoption organization.

Well, it turns out that the so-called “choose life” plates are available in 23 states, including Connecticut.

I can almost guarantee that if this was a pro-choice group calling for a special license plate, these “choose life” people would still be filing lawsuits. It’s not about choosing life or using your auto as a soap-box for a very personal decision. It’s about protecting a woman’s right to choose what happens with her future. The U.S. Supreme Court has already decided the abortion issue in Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973) and may soon get the chance to address it once again, through a back-door, in a suit framed as one of First Amendment “free speech” rights.

President Obama has just appointed a moderate to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and with another 15 vacancies to fill on the federal bench, he could reshape the future of SCOTUS. Just recently, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is suffering from cancer, told a group of law students that there may soon be an opening on the nation’s high court.

Hints of a Supreme retirement

Hints of a Supreme retirement

She didn’t hint at who would be leaving but it’s pretty obvious that the new Democrat in the White House is going to be reshaping the federal bench very soon.

In the meantime, in this down economy, they’re suing over license plates. Really? Well, here’s a revolutionary idea – maybe we should just use license plates to tag vehicles and put the brakes on vanity plates with political bite……and dare I say it, frivolous lawsuits as well.

Westchester Attorney bares all on sexting

OK – I went for the cheap headline – the quick sex-sell – but I got your attention, didn’t I? Now listen up.

I deleted my MySpace account months ago, sickened by the whole sex-market solicitation aspect of the so-called social networking site. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a prude, and many people would say my political bent is extremely to the left; but the same people who cry invasion of privacy are the exact same individuals who are shocked when their soft-porn photos and suggestive emails are published for the world to see. These days it’s called sexting – using a digital form of communication, cel phone, text message (SMS), or the Internet to “flirt” with blatant sexual innuendo or nude or semi-nude photos.

Sexting a second leads to lifetime of heartache

Sexting in a second leads to lifetime of heartache

Sadly, sexting is being blamed for the suicide of an Ohio teenager who was devastated when her ex-boyfriend distributed a boudoir shot of her all over the Internet. The case of Jesse Logan has been in the headlines recently – the poor girl’s Mom found her hanging in her bedroom. She had been victimized by other girls calling her slut and whore. Other girls, mind you, who probably send the same suggestive emails, texts and photos to their boyfriends, also not thinking about the ramifications of when the relationship goes bust (and they always do!)

This raises so many issues, both legal and societal, when we have a society baring it all in the great human dumping ground of cyberspace. The friendships are digital, the emotions are instantaneous and the consequences can be perpetual. And believe me, it is not just teens and young adults who are doing it. There are spouses cheating on their wives or husbands, sexting online with people they have never met, soliciting sexual fantasies with who knows what or where. These are just stupid adults, right?

In Falmouth, Massachusetts, six boys, aged 12 to 14, may face child pornography charges for passing around a nude photo of the 13-year-old girlfriend of one of them. Now, the laws on child pornography are definitely in place to protect innocent children from child pedophiles, but I think the real crime here is that a 13 year old boy was taking nude photos of his pubescent girlfriend in the first place. Where has childhood gone? This is way more than playing doctor or boys thumbing through Playboy magazine. Is it a wonder the strict Mormons or Muslims look down on the debauchery of Western society?

Shouldn’t the teen girl also be charged with a crime? If the boys are convicted sex offenders they will carry that label for the rest of their lives. Young brothers and sisters who live with them or young cousins who visit will not be allowed near them. At what point do parents start taking responsibility for what their children are doing? At what point do parents stop buying cel phones for 10 year old children or giving teens cel phones with cameras? When do parents start parenting? Then again, if Mommy is cheating on Daddy with her cyber boyfriend, what can we expect?

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