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5th Circuit Rules That High School Cheerleader Is Required To Cheer For Her Alleged Rapist
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Edited on Mon Nov-08-10 02:06 PM by cynatnite
Source: Think Progress

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, one of the most right-wing courts in the country, sanctioned a former high school cheerleader because she brought a lawsuit claiming that she shouldnt be required to cheer for her alleged rapist:

The former cheerleader and her family are appealing the ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which includes an order to pay the school districts legal fees on the grounds their suit was far-fetched and frivolous. <...>

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This decision is hardly the first time the right-wing Fifth Circuit has come under scrutiny for its harsh judgments. As the Wonk Room noted earlier this year, the overwhelming majority of Fifth Circuit judges are invested in the oil industry, and both of the judges who voted against reinstating a drilling moratorium during the Gulf oil disaster attended oil industry-funded junkets. In one case brought by Katrina victims against the energy industry, so many judges were required to recuse themselves that there werent enough judges left to hear an appeal.

Yet, even in a circuit known for its knee-jerk ideology, the cheerleader rape case was heard by an unusually radical panel of three judges. Judges Emilio Garza and Edith Clement were both on President George W. Bushs short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, and Clement serves on the board of the leading organization providing industry-funded junkets for judges. The third judge, Priscilla Owen, took thousands of dollars worth of campaign contributions from Enron and then wrote a key opinion reducing Enrons taxes by $15 million when she sat on the Texas Supreme Court. The panel did not include the courts chief judge, Edith Jones, who has her own history of ignoring the pleas of women who are sexually harassed or assaulted.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/2010/11/08/fifth-circuit-rape /
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