Extensive renovations were required on the clinic, which serves about 3,000 patients annually, after arsonists on September 4 lobbed an explosive through a window.
Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.
“Bringing transparency to the backlog,” New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller said, “is a first step towards fixing this issue, which is critical to survivors and our public safety.”
Alvaro Perez, 24, is suspected of starting the blaze shortly before midnight on September 30, 2015, by throwing an incendiary device through a window of the heath-care facility, authorities said.
As we talk about the importance of consent in the public discourse, upholding the right to say what is and isn’t violence must take precedence over our own discomfort about someone else’s choices.
When allegations of sexual assault or harassment are levied against a prominent man many people look the other way. And knowing that those who would otherwise hold an abuser accountable will indeed look the other way, victims are less likely to stand up for themselves in the first place, especially when their income and health-care benefits are on the line.
It is with a heavy heart that I celebrate the Holtzclaw verdict—not just because I struggle with the relentless focus on carceral solutions, but also because the effects of the trial are far from over.
The Department of Justice on December 15 took steps toward preventing gender bias in police responses to sexual assault and domestic violence with a 26-page guidance document.
In the face of yet another clinic attack last month, this one in Colorado Springs, everyone who cares should be asking the same thing: What can we do to stop another act of violence?
Pro-choice advocates say that last week’s in-court outburst by Robert Lewis Dear Jr. is further proof that anti-choice rhetoric contributed to the November 27 killings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.