Mothers prosecuted, punished for what they didn’t do

USA Today
Rochelle Sharpe

When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied parole to a battered woman last week, he underscored a message that courts and prosecutors are increasingly giving mothers: They can be prosecuted for murder and imprisoned if they fail to prevent their children from being killed. …

Disorderly Conduct: Review finds no links to race, arrests

The Boston Globe
Rochelle Sharpe and Maggie Mulvihill
Cambridge cases involved angry outbursts

When Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent Harvard professor of African- American studies, was arrested for disorderly conduct by a white Cambridge police officer last summer, President Obama led a chorus of critics denouncing the local Police Department. …