*** The city of Chicago has taken down a racy billboard that proclaimed "Life is short. Get a divorce." The billboard featured photos of a scantily clad woman and a shirtless man and was an ad for Chicago divorce attorney Corri Fetman. The display drew criticism from some residents in the Rush Street neighborhood and from other lawyers, who say the ad sullies their profession. The billboard was removed a week after it went up after Ald. Burton Natarus (42nd) determined it didn't have a proper permit. Fetman says her billboard was no threat to people in happy marriages. And she says it was taken down without due process. Fetman's law partner, Kelly Garland, added that even people who disliked the billboard should worry about what its removal means for free speech.
- Being an advocate for free speech, I don't think the billboard should have been taken down. It shows the comic side of lawyers, which sometimes is hard to find! I just think it's funny and I don't think it's glamorizing divorce (which is a serious problem)! It's not any worse than the billboards for Diamonds Gentleman's Club.
*** A vegan couple was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice. Superior Court Judge L.A. McConnell imposed the sentences on Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31. Their son, Crown Shakur, weighed just 3 1/2 pounds when he died of starvation on April 25, 2004. The couple was found guilty May 2 of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children. A jury deliberated about seven hours before returning the guilty verdicts. Defense lawyers said the first-time parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans, who typically use no animal products. They said Sanders and Thomas did not realize the baby, who was born at home, was in danger until minutes before he died.
- What is wrong with people??? Their lawyers said, "they did the best they could" - um...NO, they didn't...babies need to be fed to live!!! I don't know any vegans, but are doctors on their list of things to avoid too? There is not doctor in their right mind who would have not admitted this child after that kind of dramatic weight loss or lack of weight gain, they must not be fans of healthcare professionals. This makes me so angry, how stupid can people be?!? How do you not realize that your baby isn't healthy when he weighs only 3 pounds at six weeks old? He must have weighed more at birth, otherwise, he would have still been in the hospital! I am sick to my stomach! They bitch and moan about meat eaters, but they forget about everyone's right to choose their own life style, their baby should have been given that choice.