Are all legal matters this funny?
Happening in the World: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been found not liable for a 2016 ski crash at a resort in Utah, for which retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, 76, had claimed she was responsible, inflicting life-changing injuries. Jurors ruled that Mr Sanderson was entirely at fault and awarded Paltrow the symbolic $1 she had sought. The case hinged on skiing etiquette, with both parties claiming they had right of way. The trial heard contradictory stories from dozens of witnesses. Paltrow, who had countersued for legal fees, thanked the judge and jurors for their “thoughtfulness in handling this case”. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, marking the first time a former US president has been charged with a crime. The exact charges are unclear, as the indictment is sealed, but they are thought to relate to payments made to silence allegations of an extramarital affair. The prosecution means Trump will face criminal proceedings while trying to regain the White House, while also fending off legal threats from investigations into his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and hoarding classified documents. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claimed the indictment was “political persecution”. (AP)
Happening in NYC: The Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (BTFA) collective is holding events in New York City to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. The event highlights and humanizes the lives and contributions of trans people, nonbinary and gender queer people, as well as draw attention to issues such as violence and discrimination faced by these communities. BTFA has curated a series of events across the city including a live performance in Times Square, a poetry performance at the Brooklyn Museum, an exhibition in the windows at the Leslie Lohman Museum, a mural on display at the Queens Museum, and more. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: As a part of the Women’s History Month series, Columbia will be hosting Dr. Rhonda Dailey, who is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University. The virtual event, titled “An Overview of Black Women’s Perceptions of Prenatal Care Quality and Examining its Relationship to Healthcare Discrimination in the Biosocial Impact on Black Births (BIBB) Study,” will take place today from 12 to 1:30 pm.
Gwyneth Paltrow via Flickr
@Anonymous Don’t be fooled, both parties are using this charade for fundraising. It will re-elect both Bragg and Trump. They don’t care if it leaves the country in ruins.
@Anonymous The standard of proof in legal and social sciences if far lower that in hard sciences.
@Anonymous Rich and powerful gets you off.