Adrian Peterson's mother and former coach have spoken out about the NFL star's upbringing and use of corporal punishment, which they say helped, not hurt, him while he was being raised.
Bonita Jackson, Peterson's mother, broke her silence after her son was indefinitely suspended from the Minnesota Vikings. He has been charged with child abuse against his four-year-old son, whom he admittedly used a switch on as punishment. The boy was left with bruises and cuts, but Peterson has said that he never meant to hurt his son.
He is "trying hard to be a good parent," Jackson told the press. She added that she and Peterson's father, Nelson, were "big disciplinarians," who used belts and switches, as well as their hands, to spank all six of their children. "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love." more >>
Lisa Ann Coleman was executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams.
Before being put to death, Coleman was given the opportunity to issue a final statement. She reportedly smiled and nodded to those who were there to support her, including her aunt. Coleman said that she loved and appreciated everyone, then added that she loved her fellow inmates on death row and wanted them to "keep their heads up."
"I'm all right," Coleman said. "Tell them I finished strong. God is good. God bless you all," she said before given the lethal dose of pentobarbital. She also smiled, blew kisses at her family, and reportedly laughed. more >>
An appeals court has denied a rehearing in a case surrounding a California high school's banning of American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit Mariano vs. Morgan Hill Unified School District will not be heard before the full court.
In a move that may prompt a new meaning to the phrase "monkey trial," a New York appeals court has set the date for arguments in a lawsuit where the plaintiff is a chimpanzee.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will get to argue its case on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee in New York state who supporters argue is being unlawfully held against his will.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit, which seeks to established legal rights for an animal, will be heard Wednesday, October 8 before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. more >>
On Wednesday morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request for an en banc hearing in a case holding that school officials could censor students who peacefully wore American flag clothing because those students were violently threatened by anti-American classmates. In other words, the court upheld a classic "heckler's veto," and in so doing empowered violent bullies and undermined decades of free-speech jurisprudence.
The facts of Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District are relatively simple: On Cinco de Mayo, anti-American students threatened a small group of their fellow students who chose to wear American flag–themed clothing. Rather than discipline the bullies, the school gave the kids who wore the flags a choice, turn their shirts inside-out, or go home. Two students chose to go home.
Under traditional constitutional principles, this is an easy case. Your free-speech rights do not depend on a listeners' subjective response, and they are certainly not conditioned on a listeners' willingness to break the law. Otherwise, free speech means nothing — bullies would be empowered to shut down speech whenever and wherever they wish. more >>
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and deactivated from all team activities.
Dwyer was taken into custody on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, and one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency. He was able to pay the $25,000 cash bond early Thursday morning and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and not have any contact with the victims, a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child.
The NFL star admitted to incidents that took place at his home in July. Neighbors reportedly heard a fight and called the police who arrived at the home but did not make any arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and the woman involved in the incident said no one else was home. more >>