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Judges broaden parental obligation
Monday, February 10, 2003, Anne Marie Owens, The National Post
Former common-law husband ruled responsible for stepchild's upkeep
The Manitoba Court of Appeal ruling
February, 2003, Manitoba Court of Appeal Judgement
Men are simply cash-cows

Dads want their day
February, 2003, ABA Journal (American Bar Association publication)
Is the ABA acknowledging the bias in family courts?

Harris doesn't recall hitting her husband
Friday, February 7, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle
More on last month's drive-over killer
'Petite' lover was perfect fit, wife told; Accused says running over cheating husband 'was like a dream'
Saturday February 8, 2003, Michael Friscolanti, National Post
Hubbie loved his mistress more
Saturday, February 8, 2003, AP, Toronto Sun
Mother-in-law: Harris match 'made in heaven'
Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle
Harris jurors given 4 options on verdict
Thursday, February 13, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle
Jury deliberations under way in Clara Harris trial
Thursday, February 13, 2003, Pam Easton, Associated Press
Clara Harris convicted of murder
Thursday, February 13, 2003, Houston Chronicle
Skillful defense couldn't prevent guilty verdict
Thursday, February 13, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle
Jurors decide it was murder, now ponder her sentence
Friday, February 14, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle
Harris legal defense strategy wins praise
Friday, February 14, 2003, Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle

Trial reveals double standard
Saturday, February 22, 2003, Mark Patinkin, Tallahassee Democrat
The media's double standard in reporting crime

Jan Charlton went home one night and put an axe the head of her boyfriend Tony O'Brien. She admitted to the killing. Convicted last year of manslaughter, her sentence has now be reduced. Here are the stories:
Axe woman joked about wedding ring after killing
Monday, April 29, 2002, Ananova (online news)
Killer 'claimed axeman was a psychopath'
Wednesday, May 1, 2002, Ananova
Axe killer tells of sex with 10 strangers in nightclub
Thursday, May 2, 2002, Ananova
Axe victim 'said he had killed kids before'
Thursday, May 2, 2002, Ananova
Axe woman tells court of feelings for boyfriend
Tuesday, May 7, 2002, Ananova
Axe killer tells court she had no choice
Tuesday, May 7, 2002, Ananova
Charlton tells jury 'I kept hitting him'
Wednesday, May 8, 2002, Ananova
Axe-killing suspect has 60 sexual partners
Friday, May 10, 2002, Ananova
Axe killer says her life was a nightmare
Friday, May 10, 2002, Ananova
Axe-killer handed lover 60,000
Monday, May 13, 2002, Ananova
'My nightmares after axing lover to death'
Tuesday, May 14, 2002, Ananova
Axe murder victim committed vile sex assault says ex-lover
Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Ananova
Woman 'could have forgotten committing axe murder'
Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Ananova
Axe killer 'may have had battered woman syndrome'
Thursday, May 16, 2002, Ananova
Axe-killing lover 'an actress covering up her lies' jury told
Friday, May 17, 2002, Ananova
'Escort girl' axe murder trial: jury retires
Wednesday, May 22, 2002, Ananova
Judge will accept majority verdict in axe death case
Wednesday, May 22, 2002, Ananova
Jan Charlton found not guilty
Monday, May 27, 2002, Ananova

And the latest update to this story: Axe killer has sentence reduced
Friday, February 7, 2003, Ananova
Seems like whacking a man 20 times with an axe is not a 'grave offense'

Men shout out about domestic violence
Monday, February 10, 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation
Male domestic violence victims ask for equal treatment

A license to indoctrinate
Wednesday, February 12, 2003, Jennie Bristow, Spiked Liberties
Winding up the BBC's propaganda machine
Scale of domestic abuse uncovered
Friday, February 14, 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation
A big BBC story on domestic violence statistics is again shown on Valentine's Day.
She slashed my face with a knife
Friday, February 14, 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation
This time including a story on male victims of female violence
Hitting home: Domestic violence survey part I
Friday, February 14, 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation

Part two: Attitudes towards domestic violence
Friday, February 14, 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation

Prosecutor: McCords lured Bates couple into death trap
Thursday, February 13, 2003, Carol Robinson, The Birmingham News (USA)
Trial starts for mother accused of killing her ex (and new wife) when they came to pick up his children.

Officer tells why mother shot her kids and husband
Friday, February 21, 2003, Christy Gutowski, Chicago Daily Herald

Change is not enough
Wednesday, February 5, 2003, Dale Bass, Kamloops This Week
C-22's changes are meaningless
Custody decisions leave activists cold
Friday, February 21, 2003, Tobi Cohen, Ottawa Sun
Orono mom on hunger strike
Wednesday, February 26, 2003, Info Durham Region (Metroland)
Protesting C-22's non-change to the Divorce Act on Parliament Hill. Note the FACT web address

The IVF girl with no dad
Thursday, February 20, 2003 Rebecca English, Daily Mail (England)
Court disenfranchises IVF father merely because he once lived with her

Alleged mom may be able to keep baby
Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Jonathan Fowlie, Globe an Mail
Purposely leaving her baby to freeze to death is no reason to lose custody?

Women do lion's share at home
Wednesday, February 12, 2003, Erin Anderssen, Globe and Mail
An article on inequality in housework. Yet, we never see a headline: "Men do lion's share of work providing income; women far more likely to contribute nothing to household income."

Abused by zero tolerance
Thursday, February 20, 2003, Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail
Once you're fed into the abuse industry, there's no escape. One woman's example.

Judge considers gender, race in drug sentences
Friday, February 21, 2003, National Post
Sentences shouldn't be set by skin colour
Saturday, February 22, 2003, Globe and Mail
Offenders need to be held accountable, even women
Absurd policy
Thursday, February 20, 2003, G. Martin (letter to editor), Globe and Mail

Teen met ex-boyfriend before death, police say
Saturday, February 22, 2003, Globe and Mail

Mums-to-be still light up
Thursday, February 20, 2003, Jen Kelly, News Australia
Women are assumed to have the best interests of their child in mind.

Is child-protection system keeping kids from their families
Thursday, February 6, 2003, Dave Brown, Ottawa Citizen
Why have children stay with their families when the taxpayor can fund group homes?

The two things children need most from parents: roots and wings
Thursday, February 20, 2003, Dave Brown, Ottawa Citizen
When the state intervenes through family court, can the children ever grow up?

Women Now Empowered By Everything A Woman Does
February 19, 2003, The Onion
A Satire on feminist writings

New charge for husband killer
Wednesday, February 26, 2003, Ottawa Sun
After shooting the last husband, and getting no jail time, she's attacked her new boyfriend. Guess she figures she can get away with it anytime.

Kids Hamper Mom's - But Not Dad's - New Relationship
Monday, February 24, 2003, Alison McCook, Reuters
This presupposes that Dad can see his children

Divorced dads keep the kiddie links alive
Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald

I hated my father, I wanted him dead
Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Sydney Morning Herald
Daughter kills father

Barnes: Here's proof I'm not the father
Sunday, February 23, 2003, Candace Sutton and Annette Sharp, Sydney Morning Herald
The mother is determined to have this musician declared her child's father, despite the DNA

A chilling truth about child care
Wednesday, February 5, 2003, Bettina Arndt, The Age
Day care does not usually provide sufficent one-on-one time for baby to learn about the world

Hakim works on fertile ground
Friday, February 7, 2003, Bettina Arndt, The Age
Hakim believes most women prefer a home-centred lifestyle, and it is their choices, rather than discrimination, that generate the gender wage gap

Restraining order on feminist lawyer
Thursday, February 20, 2003, The Age

Married homes are now the exception
Friday, February 14, 2003, Alexandra Frean, The Times
Why marriages are washed up at the seaside
Friday, February 14, 2003, Alexandra Frean, The Times
Divorce increases one-person households

New numbers link gambling, suicide
Sunday, February 23, 2003, Sue Bailey and Louise Elliott, Canadian Press
Yet they won't look at the link between child custody/access and suicide

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