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Something To Be Thankful For: Kamala Harris Wins CA Attorney General’s Race

November 24th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

So what if police-endorsed Steve Cooley declared victory in California’s race for Attorney General on November 2? The ballots kept coming in and continued to be counted, revealing that the person who most Californians punched in for was in fact Kamala Harris.

This morning, Cooley called Harris to concede and congratulate her on her victory. Campaign consultant Kevin Spillane told LAT:

“Frankly the margin is just too great to be made up with the votes that remain to be counted.”

Which means that the state has elected both a Governor and Attorney General who stand fully behind LGBT equality and will refuse to defend Prop 8 in court. Perhaps now, California has a shot at shedding its reputation as one of this country’s most shametarded states. Perhaps.

[via LAT]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Kimberly Motley, Kabul’s Most Respected Lawyer

September 27th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana



Name: Kimberly Motley

Age: 35

Occupation: Lawyer, mom, former beauty queen

Known for: Helping foreigners sitting in Afghan jails. The Daily Beast‘s Elise Jordan just profiled the daughter of an American dad and South Korean mom, mother of three and 2004 Miss Wisconsin, who is currently a registered attorney with the American, British, Italian, Norwegian, German, and Canadian Embassies and recently negotiated the release of high-profile Brit detainee Bill Shaw. Motley wears neither a dress, veil nor headscarf in trial and is, according to Jordan, “one of the most respected lawyers in Kabul.”

From TDB:

Motley, who was crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, grew up in Milwaukee and earned her law degree at Marquette University. She had never traveled outside the U.S. before she began working to rebuild Afghanistan’s legal system in 2008 as a part of the State Department’s Justice Sector Program. Traveling around the countryside—visiting women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, and some of Afghanistan’s roughest and toughest jails—she found that “not only were due process violations being ignored for virtually all of the accused persons, but there were quite a few foreigners trapped within the legal and prison system,” she says.

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