American swimmer and 2012 Paralympic medal-winner Victoria Arlen spoke out about a ruling that barred her from competing at the World Championships this past August in Montreal. The International Paralympic Committee ruled the young athlete ineligible because she "failed to provide conclusive evidence of a permanent eligible impairment."
Arlen said the committee penalized her for having hope, "which is very sad, because without hope I wouldn't be here today."
In the Houston Police Department, getting fired doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get your job back.
In June 2011, Indira Paz was sleeping in her bed next to her 4-year-old daughter. The next thing she knew, a strange man was on top of her, tying her hands with plastic ties as her daughter screamed beside her. Paz was raped in her home by an intruder who left behind a condom wrapper, crumpled tissue, and the ties he used to bound her.
Paz called the police hoping that they could help. The man who raped her just left her home with cash, electronics, jewelry and Paz’s car. When the police arrived Paz says she wasn’t treated like someone who had been the victim of a heinous crime. Paz alleges that Officer Alan Sweatt, who was one of the first officers at the scene, didn’t collect any evidence at the crime scene. She says he didn’t collect the condom wrapper, the tissue or the plastic ties. Paz says Officer Sweatt only stayed 10 minutes before leaving her home.
Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. She tried to use the "stand your ground" law in her trial. But a judge just ordered a new trial. The panel debates what role the controversial law may play in the retrial.
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