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Guard Made Inmates Play Patty-Cake, Hug: DA

Joseph Mullen charged with harassment

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania prison guard could find himself behind bars after prosecutors say he made rather bizarre requests of inmates. Prosecutors say Joseph Mullen, 28, told inmates at Bucks County Correctional Facility on numerous occasions he would let them out of their cells early if they exposed themselves. Another time, prosecutors... More »

Student Dies After Rushing to Teen Girls' Rescue

Tugce Albayrak dies on 23rd birthday in Germany after attack by harasser

(Newser) - German President Joachim Gauck is considering awarding the national Order of Merit honor to a German-Turkish student who died on her 23rd birthday. The act that resulted in Tugce Albayrak's death: defending two teen girls from male harassers at an Offenbach McDonald's, then being attacked in the restaurant'... More »

Great-Grandmothers Come to Blows as Twins Born

Shirley Irvin has been charged with assault and harassment, police say

(Newser) - Family gatherings aren't always harmonious, even those involving great-grandmothers in hospital maternity wards. In an Aug. 31 incident in Brighton Township, Pa., now coming to light, the grandmother (Shirley Irvin) of a father-to-be apparently overheard the great-grandmother (Carole Alberts) of the mother-to-be say something about hoping the twin babies... More »

Jilted Boyfriend Called, Texted His Ex 21K Times

Frenchman gets 4 months, $1.3K fine

(Newser) - A Frenchman has paid the price for texting and calling his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times over a 10-month stretch, France24 reports. The 33-year-old was sentenced to four months in jail and told to pay a roughly $1,300 fine. He admitted in court that he was trying to reach her... More »

65% of Women Have Been Harassed on Street

And it often turns physical, says nonprofit group

(Newser) - A new survey offers some alarming stats about what women endure on the streets of America: It finds that 65% of them have experienced harassment of some sort, Mother Jones reports. Some 41% of women were physically harassed, a category that includes being flashed, fondled, or followed. The report from... More »

1 Charged With Hate Crime in Attack on NYC Gay Couple

Alfonso Lanier charged with hate crime

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old man following a group attack last month on a gay couple in Manhattan. Alfonso Lanier has been charged with hate crime assault and aggravated harassment, CBS New York reports, and police are still looking for fellow attackers. After Peter Notman and Michael Felenchak left a... More »

Women Tormented Ex With Pig's Head: Cops

Sisters, mother face harassment charges

(Newser) - Three Swedish women—two sisters and their mother—managed to scare the daylights out of 11 people with a disturbing roadside display: They put "parts of slaughtered animals" on dolls, a police spokesman says. "We had a slaughtered pig's head that was sitting on a doll in... More »

Man to Rep: Hope Somebody 'Giffords Your Asses'

Rhonda Fields was pushing gun control

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sending harassing emails to a state lawmaker, including one that said, "Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun." State Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents Aurora and whose son was shot and killed in 2005... More »

Couple in China Harassed After Forced Abortion

Banner calls family 'traitors'; husband in hiding

(Newser) - The Chinese couple forced into a late-term abortion that prompted international anger over China's one-child policy have been facing relentless harassment for being "traitors"—abuse that has driven the husband into hiding, a family member tells the BBC . The 23-year-old wife, Feng Jianmei, is still in the... More »

Arizona Bill Outlaws Being Annoying Online

Critics say anti-trolling bill violates the First Amendment

(Newser) - Arizona is hunting trolls. The state's House and Senate have passed a bill that would make it illegal to post messages online "with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend," HLN reports. The bill is descended from old phone laws targeting prank callers and... More »

RFK's Son Charged After Clash With Maternity Nurses

He was trying to take a walk with his newborn

(Newser) - It's one of the stranger Kennedy scrapes with the law: Douglas Kennedy, the 44-year-old son of RFK, got into a dispute with nurses outside his newborn's maternity ward and faces misdemeanor charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, reports NBC New York . Kennedy took his... More »

Nephew Sues Uncle Over Awkward Facebook Photos

He cried harassment but lost in court

(Newser) - Just about everyone has been tagged in at least one awkward Facebook photo, but not everyone has brought a lawsuit against an uncle for uploading such a photo. Minnesota's Aaron Olson did just that. His uncle posted childhood photos of Olson, including one in front of a Christmas tree,... More »

Conn. Cop Crew Terrorized Latinos: FBI

4 officers hit with conspiracy, false arrest, excessive force charges

(Newser) - A crew of Connecticut cops terrorized a Latino community in East Haven by detaining them with little or no reason, then slapping and kicking them in handcuffs, federal prosecutors say. A priest who complained was harassed, and store security videos that captured the cops were destroyed, reports the New York ... More »

Israelis Erupt After Orthodox Extremists Harass Girl, 8

Extremists demanding sex segregation, more 'modest' clothes for schoolgirls

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis poured into the streets yesterday to protest calls by Orthodox Jewish extremists for gender segregation. Fury erupted after a group of Orthodox Jews harassed young girls on their way to school for not dressing "modestly." Stop Israel "from becoming Iran," said signs held... More »

Father, Son Arrested for Harassing Palins: FBI

Made 'disturbing' phone calls despite restraining order

(Newser) - A father and son have been arrested on charges of harassing the Palin family by phone, an FBI agent tells Reuters . Craig Christy, 47, and Shawn Christy, 19, were hit with a federal indictment on Wednesday over calls made from Aug. 1 to Aug. 9—after Sarah Palin had already... More »

Murdoch Pie-Thrower Convicted of Assault

Jonathan May-Bowles pleads guilty in 15-minute hearing

(Newser) - The man who tossed a shaving-cream pie in the face of Rupert Murdoch on live TV has been convicted of assault and causing harassment, the AP reports. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, owned up to the pie-throwing in court today. After the 15-minute hearing, May-Bowles, a standup comic who also goes by... More »

Calif. Kids Accused of Taunting Black Teen With Noose

Wrestler teammates suspended, cops investigating

(Newser) - California high school wrestlers face possible hate-crime charges for reportedly taunting a black teammate with a hangman's noose, then chaining him to a locker, police said. The mother of the victim didn't learn of the confrontation until almost a month after it occurred. "That the school district... More »

'Weinergate' Student Rips 'Outlandish Harassment'

Lewd pic likely came from pranksters, says Gennette Cordova

(Newser) - The Seattle college student who received a lewd underwear photo sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account says she never met the congressman, had nothing to do with the pic, and that the resulting firestorm is "outlandish harassment." The "last 36 hours have been the most... More »

Bush's Yale Frat Suspended for Sex Harassment

'No means yes' chant gets fraternity 5-year ban

(Newser) - George W. Bush's Yale fraternity has been suspended for 5 years by the university for threatening and sexist behavior. Officials ruled that the Yale DKE chapter had violated undergraduate regulations concerning "harassment, coercion and intimidation" earlier this year when pledges were instructed to chant phrases such as: “... More »

Assistant AG Who Targeted Gay Student Fired

Andrew Shirvell axed for 'borderline stalking'

(Newser) - Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has finally been fired for his weird hate campaign against an openly gay University of Michigan student. Attorney General Mike Cox tells CNN that Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources.” Shirvell runs a... More »

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