Massachusetts legislators enacted a bill on Friday that makes photos or videos secretly taken under a person’s clothing -- or "upskirting" -- illegal.
The new bill comes days after a judge ruled that upskirting was not illegal based on the wording of existing state law, which the court determined didn't apply to the victims of upskirting because they weren't nude or partially nude.
Editor's Note: On Friday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that made 'upskirting' illegal in Massachusetts. The new bill comes days after the ruling that 'upskirting' was legal and goes into effect immediately.
A Massachusetts court ruled Wednesday that under state law it is legal -- I repeat, legal -- to take pictures up women’s skirts.
A 32-year-old mother recently strapped her three young children into the back of her minivan and then drove straight into the ocean in Daytona Beach, Florida. Rescuers jumped in and managed to pull all three children out of the car. The mother is undergoing a mental health evaluation.
The circumstances that led this woman to drive into the ocean are still unclear. But the very thought of a mother putting her own children intentionally in harm’s way is hard for most people to comprehend. While it is always shocking, this is not the first time a mother has done something like this. All of these women either killed or attempted to kill their own children.
A mother drives her minivan straight into the ocean with her three kids in the back. Witnesses frantically chased after the car and managed to rescue the kids as waves tossed the minivan around.
Police say the 32-year-old mother has three young children and was pregnant with a fourth. Witnesses say the kids were crying and screaming for help. Family members say they had called police earlier because the mother was talking about demons. What could have caused this woman to drive into the ocean apparently attempting to kill herself and her children?
Jen Su is a TV & Radio Presenter for 5 FM, SABC3, and Business Day TV in Johannesburg, South Africa. She will be providing additional coverage and local insight to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET.
A man in Texas was pulled over and asked to do a field sobriety test. He claims he only had one drink. The police arrest him for driving while intoxicated and take him to the station. When they give him a Breathalyzer test, he blows a 0.00. But the police hold him for the night in jail anyway. For what reason? HLN reached out to the police for a response but did not hear back.
Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to Larry Davis, the man who blew 0.00 and was still held overnight.
Outrage is spreading across the country tonight after the tragic death of a 2-year-old girl who didn't have to die. 31-year-old Dennis Duby is charged with 2nd degree murder in the brutal death of his stepdaughter Dezirae Sheldon. She was killed just 3 days after her second birthday. He's currently behind bars; bail has been set at $250,000.
But outraged critics say there's another monster in this horror story who is still on the loose-- Dezirae's own mother Sandra Eastman. Eastman served 5 months in jail in 2008 for molesting a 15-year-old boy and becoming pregnant with his child. Less than a year ago, Eastman was convicted of child cruelty after waiting a week to bring Dezirae to the hospital after the child suffered a broken leg. Eastman avoided jail and was sentenced only to probation. Dezirae was put right back in her custody just 2 months later. Eastman’s desperate family claims they begged the court not to restore custody, warning that she was unstable and violent. Eastman’s own sister even started an online petition as a last ditch effort to get this child away from her sister.
A model and mother of two has been found dead in the pool behind her lavish Florida home.
A maintenance man found Samira Frasch’s body in the pool Saturday morning. Her estranged husband, Adam Frasch, had picked up their children three hours earlier. Adam and Samira Frasch were in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle.
A manhunt is underway after a convicted sex-offender cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and disappeared. Eric Hartwell was convicted of raping a six-year-old girl in 1991 and sentenced to six years of prison. He was arrested years later for attempted rape of a 17-year-old pregnant hitchhiker.
After other run-ins with the law, he was out of prison and put in a half-way house ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised parole. But on Friday, he cut off his ankle bracelet and took off. Authorities warn Hartwell is extremely dangerous.
Jane Velez-Mitchell is an outspoken advocate for animal rights and safety. She has won multiple Genesis awards given by the Humane Society of the United States for her work speaking out against animal cruelty.