Transgender patients topless at beach
REHOBOTH BEACH — Rehoboth Beach isn’t a topless beach, but a few transgender patients caused a stir by treating it like one.
Police said passers-by complained after they removed their tops and revealed their surgically enhanced breasts over Memorial Day weekend. A lifeguard asked them to put their tops back on. They initially refused, but covered up before police arrived.
Even if they hadn’t, Police Chief Keith Banks noted they were doing nothing illegal. Since they have male genitalia, they can’t be charged with indecent exposure for showing their breasts. Chief Banks said there’s no need for a specific law to address the issue.
Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness said the matter will be discussed at a town hall meeting next week.
ACLU, state settle prison suit
BOISE — The American Civil Liberties Union has reached a settlement with the Idaho Department of Correction in a lawsuit over violence at a privately run prison near Boise.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America and the state earlier this year, saying the Idaho Correctional Center is so violent that inmates refer to it as “gladiator school” and that guards deliberately expose prisoners to brutal beatings from other inmates.
The ACLU’s lawsuit against CCA still stands.
CCA has said the prison meets the highest professional standards.
Under the agreement, the Idaho Department of Correction agrees to oversee compliance with any orders a federal judge makes regarding CCA in connection with the lawsuit.
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