Long Noses and the Jian Ghomeshi Trial

February 12, 2016

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Like many people in Canada, I have been following the Jian Ghomeshi case since it broke in 2014. Since starting my blog, I have on occasion cited a personal experience to contextualize my position, but have never written a post that focuses entirely on my personal experiences to make a point. Today, however, is a […]

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Art as a Murderous Act

January 17, 2016

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“I’ve got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists – neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are.” – Stanley Kubrick What makes one person choose art and another one murder? One controversial theory suggests that artists and criminals do have something in common: […]

Playing with Barbie: Sex, Copyright and the Hypocrisy of Mattel

December 20, 2015

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 “For decades, Barbie has remained torpedo-titted, open-mouthed, tippy-toed and vagina-less in her cellophane coffin—and, ever since I was little, she threatened me.” — Susan Jane Gilman of Girl W/Pen I have an online friend who once referred to me as “Commando Barbie.” It made me laugh, but there was a sardonic side to her witty […]

Posted in: Art, Censorship, Crime

House of Mirrors and Hidden Truths: The Wrongful Conviction of David Thorne

November 5, 2014

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“Over time, hidden truths morph in the dark soil of deceit into something much worse.” ― Patti Callahan Henry, Between the Tides David Thorne is an innocent man who is serving a life sentence without parole for allegedly hiring an acquaintance, Joe Wilkes, to kill the mother of his son, Yvonne Layne. In January 2000, after five […]

A Can of Worms in Mississippi

March 20, 2014

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Originally posted on Justice for Willie Manning:
Radley Balko, writing last month in the Washington Post, describes how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently turned down a request for post-conviction relief by a man convicted of murder in Mississippi. Tavares Flaggs was convicted largely on the basis of the autopsy testimony of…

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