U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman concluded that "as despicable as this practice may be," Congress did not have the authority to pass the 22-year-old federal law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, and that FGM is for the states to regulate. FGM is banned worldwide and has been outlawed in more than 30 countries, though the U.S. statute had never been tested before this case.
Of the 506 disappearances and murders they were able to document, the majority were never covered by any news outlet. As a result, the missing and murdered indigenous women have disappeared "not once, but three times," researchers Abigail Echo-Hawk and Annita Lucchesi write: "in life, in the media, and in the data."
In 1963, Hamilton was arrested for picketing and brought before the court for sentencing. Once again, officials refused to call her Miss Hamilton. She refused to answer. The judge — muttering lewd comments about what he'd like to do to her if she were in his kitchen — ordered her to answer the prosecutor and apologize. But Hamilton was buoyed by rage at the judge's dismissiveness, and by the support of the lawyer assisting her. She refused. She was fined and sentenced to a few days in jail for contempt of court.
"This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions," Kelly said. "They stay silent so often out of fear — fear of ending their careers, fear of lawyers, yes, and often fear of public shaming." Kelly said it gives her "no pleasure" to make these claims against her former employer, "but this must stop."