Legal help from Oprah

July 14, 2008
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Oprah Winfrey wants to offer you legal help. The catch: Your case will be documented in her magazine for the world to see.

I came across a link on CNN.com that leads to a promotional page from Winfrey’s magazine, “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

Winfrey has teamed up with legal experts to offer pro bono representation for people being sexually harassed at work. A select number of cases will be chosen after review by the legal panel, and the magazine will report about what happens as the cases progress.

The Web page gives a definition of sexual harassment and has a form of at least 14 questions for people to answer regarding the harassment. There may be more, but you can only continue if you answer the questions.

This seems like a win-win for both parties involved – the magazine gets content and victims of sexual harassment get free representation. I can see potential legal issues arising in publishing these cases in the magazine, especially if the allegations haven’t been proven yet. What if someone who is chosen with a case against a co-worker ends up losing the case or the proof shows the harassment didn’t happen? I guess one way around this would be to not use the real names of involved people and companies, but then would that take away from the power of the story to readers?

I’ll have to start paying attention to “O” magazine to see if these stories come to fruition and how the magazine handles the cases.
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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