Two items on the voting rights front today at the U.S. Supreme Court. First, the court ruled that a challenge to Maryland's political redistricting laws should be heard by a three-judge panel, overturning a lower court's dismissal of the case. (The case was heard a month ago). And then the Court spent the day deliberating the "one man one vote" rule. That came from a Texas challenge to the way congressional voting districts are determined: Should eligible voters be counted, or all people? Counting all people, the plaintiffs say, dilutes the votes of rural people and unfairly advantages urban voters, because fewer people vote in cities. The Maryland case, brought by Steve Shapiro, challenges the state's congressional districts because they were drawn to advantage the dominant party—Democrats, in this case. Gov. Larry Hogan has already proposed a non-partisan commission to draw the next set of district lines after the 2020 census. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
Want to read a case study of how serial abusers can get away with being abusers for years, even when their victims do step forward and say something? Then read "Why didn't anyone stop Doctor Hardy?", an investigation by the Boston Globe into Roger Ian Hardy, who lost his medical license in 2014 after medical board investigators "interviewed 17 people — current and former colleagues, and Princeton classmates — who detailed years of allegations against Hardy." Sources say that Hardy sexually assaulted multiple women while in college and used his job at a private fertility practice to abuse patients, sometimes while they were sedated. "The Globe found that, over three decades, more than a dozen people in positions of authority — college administrators, hospital supervisors, clinic owners, medical colleagues, and regulators — were told, with various degrees of specificity, of Hardy's alleged sexual assaults and his inappropriate contact with patients, including some who were sedated.
"From Hardy's days at Princeton forward, the response to nearly every complaint was minimal or passive, an examination of state documents and interviews with dozens of Hardy’s classmates, colleagues, and patients shows," reporters Liz Kowalczyk and Patricia Wen write. "Sometimes, especially in his Princeton years, this was because his alleged victims were reluctant to go public with formal complaints. Sometimes, especially as Hardy built his practice, little or nothing was done because of reluctance by his peers or supervisors to move against an increasingly prominent physician who seemed to have a way to explain away each accusation." Kowalczyk and Wen's reporting is thorough, damning, and depressing. (Anna Walsh)
As City Paper reported last month, Photo Editor Bob Hamilton is one of at least five Sun newsroom staffers taking the buyout from the city's major daily. The 32-year veteran who started out at the old Evening Sun wrote in an email to City Paper that he leaves the paper "knowing it is still top notch provider of content – in print and online." The Sun's photo blog, The Darkroom, has a nice colletion of Hamilton's photos from over the years, dating back to his high school days in Idaho and time in the Navy in the '70s and '80s, and going all the way to 2013. Hamilton also included some of his favorites from other staff photographers. They're all worth a look. (Brandon Weigel)