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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 01:06 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. <...>

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.

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  -5th Circuit Rules That High School Cheerleader Is Required To Cheer For Her Alleged Rapist cynatnite  Nov-08-10 01:05 PM   #0 
  - What the FUCK?!?  derby378   Nov-08-10 01:06 PM   #1 
  - The plea bargain was to cop to an assault charge. n/t  Lance_Boyle   Nov-08-10 01:20 PM   #11 
  - Why are these sobs still judges  lsewpershad   Nov-08-10 04:20 PM   #41 
     - Impeachment, BUT  Joe Bacon   Nov-09-10 07:43 AM   #52 
  - Is this an example of the sharia law that Oklahoma banned recently?  ck4829   Nov-08-10 01:08 PM   #2 
  - This is utter bull coming from Republican cronies. Once again! n/t  activa8tr   Nov-08-10 01:09 PM   #3 
  - forgive me; i have a dumb question...  Blue_Tires   Nov-08-10 01:09 PM   #4 
  - Why should she go into hiding? Why should she allow his presence to dictate her activities? n/t  cynatnite   Nov-08-10 01:13 PM   #5 
  - Good point however if thats her  cstanleytech   Nov-08-10 01:36 PM   #16 
     - Being an asshole and being a rapist are two different things entirely...  cynatnite   Nov-08-10 01:50 PM   #22 
        - Oh I agree they should have made the allowance  cstanleytech   Nov-08-10 04:47 PM   #44 
  - What #4 said...  movonne   Nov-08-10 01:17 PM   #7 
  - What #5 said . . .  texastoast   Nov-08-10 01:19 PM   #8 
  - Check out what #12 said.  whathehell   Nov-08-10 01:29 PM   #14 
  - What #4 said  whathehell   Nov-08-10 01:29 PM   #13 
  - A more pertinet question might be  whathehell   Nov-08-10 01:28 PM   #12 
  - WTF does playing sports have to do with rape?  texastoast   Nov-08-10 01:33 PM   #15 
  - Good question  derby378   Nov-08-10 01:36 PM   #17 
  - Hmmm...Let me explain  whathehell   Nov-08-10 01:44 PM   #19 
     - I see  texastoast   Nov-08-10 01:51 PM   #24 
        - Um...No.  whathehell   Nov-08-10 02:51 PM   #31 
           - Oh  texastoast   Nov-08-10 02:55 PM   #33 
  - The MOST pertinent question might be  CLANG   Nov-08-10 01:47 PM   #21 
     - OHHHH  texastoast   Nov-08-10 01:53 PM   #25 
     - Yup.....Very pertinent indeed. n/t  whathehell   Nov-08-10 02:52 PM   #32 
     - i know high schools here have had a long history  Blue_Tires   Nov-08-10 04:01 PM   #40 
     - Atleast 2 possible reasons spring to mind.  cstanleytech   Nov-08-10 04:51 PM   #45 
     - I continue to be amazed by those who seem to think that the U.S.  24601   Nov-09-10 06:46 AM   #50 
  - Here's a dumber question:  Atypical Liberal   Nov-08-10 02:41 PM   #30 
  - You're right - that is a DUMB question!  Divernan   Nov-08-10 03:05 PM   #36 
  - i just thought she'd quit as a matter of protest or something...  Blue_Tires   Nov-08-10 03:57 PM   #39 
  - I have a better question  slackmaster   Nov-08-10 03:52 PM   #38 
     - Quite possibly he wasn't  muriel_volestrangler   Nov-08-10 06:09 PM   #48 
  - Pro-rape republicans  Doctor_J   Nov-08-10 01:16 PM   #6 
  - This was an awful situation for the cheerleader  RZM   Nov-08-10 01:19 PM   #9 
  - Rec. because this vileness should not go unnoticed  JerseygirlCT   Nov-08-10 01:19 PM   #10 
  - Yes!  bongbong   Nov-08-10 01:43 PM   #18 
  - Amazing  Mark D.   Nov-08-10 01:44 PM   #20 
  - You know how they are about their football in Texas!  CLANG   Nov-08-10 01:51 PM   #23 
  - Football is all many of these school districts have. They have little else.  Selatius   Nov-09-10 07:40 AM   #51 
  - Outrageous.  SoapBox   Nov-08-10 01:55 PM   #26 
  - FUCK that noise.  HopeHoops   Nov-08-10 01:57 PM   #27 
  - As an attorney friend of mine says, in the US we don't have a justice system, we have a legal system  DesertDiamond   Nov-08-10 02:34 PM   #28 
  - That article is utterly devoid of facts regarding the case  DatManFromNawlins   Nov-08-10 02:40 PM   #29 
  - one of a number of good reasons NOT to live in Texas  Trocadero   Nov-08-10 02:58 PM   #34 
  - Pro-Rape Republicans!  Dawson Leery   Nov-08-10 03:00 PM   #35 
  - Poor girl...  NuclearDem   Nov-08-10 03:34 PM   #37 
  - How DARE that child question authority like that?  Canuckistanian   Nov-08-10 04:27 PM   #42 
  - This is the correct decision  jancantor   Nov-08-10 04:31 PM   #43 
  - Legally, I Agree  NashVegas   Nov-09-10 11:26 AM   #56 
  - Nice to have somebody on my side here :)  jancantor   Nov-09-10 01:03 PM   #58 
     - Depends  NashVegas   Nov-09-10 02:47 PM   #60 
        - oh, absolutely  jancantor   Nov-09-10 02:57 PM   #61 
           - Sue? Oh, Fuck That  NashVegas   Nov-10-10 07:38 AM   #66 
              - lol nt  jancantor   Nov-10-10 05:01 PM   #67 
  - Not too proud of their opinion.  Downwinder   Nov-09-10 04:42 PM   #62 
  - She should just quit the squad  lbrtbell   Nov-08-10 05:13 PM   #46 
  - Because Victims Shouldn't Be Scapegoats  NashVegas   Nov-09-10 11:24 AM   #55 
  - send a note about this to your legislators.  usregimechange   Nov-08-10 05:35 PM   #47 
  - I thought this was "The Onion"  Faryn Balyncd   Nov-08-10 09:08 PM   #49 
  - While I certainly feel for this girl, what's so important about being a cheerleader?  dogfacedboy   Nov-09-10 10:44 AM   #53 
  - Let's See  LeFleur1   Nov-09-10 11:21 AM   #54 
  - Went to a seminar where some 5th Cir. judges were speakers and they told sexist  kiranon   Nov-09-10 12:11 PM   #57 
  - Should be required reading for all prospective cheerleaders.  Downwinder   Nov-09-10 02:44 PM   #59 
  - why did 2 female judges rule against cheerleader/for the school?  alp227   Nov-09-10 11:02 PM   #63 
  - Whether he was expelled or not wasn't before the court. n/t  24601   Nov-10-10 06:05 AM   #65 
  - weird  happi1   Nov-10-10 02:56 AM   #64 
  - This is the actual ruling . . .  toopers   Nov-11-10 08:46 AM   #68 
  - You know, this is what's fucking wrong with this country!  KansDem   Nov-11-10 08:52 AM   #69 

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