Treasure Island Fined by Cal/OSHA; Appeal Pending

San-Francisco based Treasure Island Media is appealing three fines levied against the company for workplace safety violations by Cal/OSHA. The studio produces all-male condomless content. A story published on Friday by industry publication XBIZ pinged around the gay-media-gossip blogosphere over the weekend and said TIM was found in violation of workplace safety regulations by permitting its performers to engage in condomless sexual activity. The citations total more than $21,000, noting TIM “has not developed procedures for methods of compliance, including engineering controls and work practices; Hepatitis-B vaccination, post-exposure evaluation and follow up; communication of hazards to employees; and recordkeeping.” An agency safety engineer said the citations were not issued due to the presence of HIV-positive models; rather, it was “performers having unprotected sex and other technical issues.” TIM General Manager Matt Mason told XBIZ the company cooperated with Cal/OSHA’s investigation. “We have appealed the citations and participated in the informal conference process and expect to take the matter to a hearing in 2011 with an administrative law judge,” he said.

Ex-Judge Accused of Trading Sex for Leniency

This is coming from Rod. 2.0 Online blog. It seems High Profile Brothers (i.e. preachers, judges, etc) in Alabama love sticking it to youngin’s and prisoners. LOL

A former judge is facing life in prison after being charged with sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency.

Respected circuit judge Herman Thomas, who was once the Democratic Party’s choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama, is accused of bringing inmates to his office and spanking them with a paddle.

His trial for charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to begin today.

The 48-year-old insists he is innocent and claims he was trying to mentor the inmates.

You can read more about it here and here!

Lateisha Green’s Killer Dwight DeLee Convicted of Manslaughter as a Hate Crime

Syracuse, N.Y., man Dwight DeLee was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for shooting trans woman Lateisha Green in November.

The DeLee trial is the second in the country to involve hate-crime charges for killing a transgender person. DeLee faces up to 25 years in prison. Judge Walsh will hand down a sentence on August 18.

Green’s family released a statement following the verdict, thanking people for their support and encouragement.

“Teish, a beautiful girl,” the statement read. “A wonderful daughter. A brave soul. Teish was all of these things despite the adversity that regularly tried to weigh her down and overshadow her love of life. She was taken away from us too soon. All it took was one bullet.”

You can read more about this tragic story here!

Clarence Thomas casts lone vote against Voting Rights Act

In an 8-1 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Justice Clarence Thomas cast the lone vote against a key provision of the Voting Rights Act on Monday.

The Court, in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder (PDF link) declined to overturn the 1965 Voting Rights Act that has often been challenged by conservative critics as unnecessary. Instead it avoided the “difficult” question about the constitutionality of the law. But the Court did allow a tiny Texas municipality to be exempted from a requirement to provide advance notice before making changes to its election procedures.

In his dissent, Thomas seemed to argue that the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary because the explicit racial segregation of the Jim Crow era is gone.

Even the most conservative justices (aka Anthony Scalia) voted for the provision.

Clarence Thomas has truly shown to the world he hates himself and people of African/Latino decent! He truly needs mental evaluation!