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6/17/2019

Legal Headlines

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 7:26 pm



[Headlines from DRJ]

The Hill: Thomas urges Supreme Court to reverse ‘demonstrably erroneous decisions’

Daily Mail: Lawyers: Files sent by Alex Jones contained child porn

New York Post: Cuomo expected to sign bill approving driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

— DRJ

6/16/2019

Phoenix Family Sues Police

Filed under: Crime,Law — DRJ @ 1:21 pm



[Headlines from DRJ]

Heavy.comShocking Video of Phoenix Cops Holding Black Family at Gunpoint Over $1 Doll:

The term shocking is oft used to describe surprising or eye-popping viral videos. There may be no more ‘shocking’ videos than these of Phoenix police pulling guns on a young black family in a parking lot over the alleged shoplifting of a 99-cent Barbie-like doll from a dollar store.

On May 27, Dravon Ames, 22, his pregnant fiancée Iesha Harper, 24, and their daughters, Island, 4 and 1-year-old London, were held at gunpoint by several screaming Phoenix police officers. Police were responding to an anonymous caller about a possible shoplifting incident of a dollar store Barbie doll. Court documents show that the dollar store did not call for police. With guns drawn, and screaming orders rife with foul language, cops surrounded the family at their car, pulled guns, and threatened to kill them.

Family to sue Phoenix PD for $10 million over officers’ response to shoplifting incident, police respond:

The Phoenix Police Department released more information on Friday and said officers were at the Dollar Store looking into another shoplifting incident when a store employee told them about the stolen doll.

Police said that officer walked toward the car but it drove off. Then a description of the car was broadcast over the radio and officers found it near 32nd Street and McDowell Road.

The police report said officers told Ames and Harper to show their hands. One officer said he drew his gun because Ames “began to reach towards the center of the vehicle between the front seats.” Harper refused to show her hands because she had the two children in the car, police said.

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According to the police report, Ames was interviewed and admitted to shoplifting from the store as well and threw a pair of underwear out the window when he was leaving.

— DRJ

6/13/2019

LI: Punitive Damages Verdict in Bakery v Oberlin College

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 1:15 pm



[Headline from DRJ]

LEGAL INSURRECTION:

Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson’s Bakery case

— DRJ

6/12/2019

Federal Death Penalty Case in a No-Death-Penalty State

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 9:44 pm



[Headline from DRJ]

AP News reports that federal prosecutors are trying a death penalty case in Illinois, apparently because the State is no longer seeking the death penalty in any case:

The federal death-penalty case is the first in Illinois since the state struck capital punishment from its books on grounds death-penalty processes were too error-prone. Some Illinois anti-death penalty activists criticized what they said was the federal government’s imposition of a death-penalty case on a non-death penalty state.

When he first stepped up to the podium Christensen’s lawyer, George Tesseff, told jurors he would begin his remarks with what he realized was an unusual admission for an attorney about his client: “Brendt Christensen killed Yingying Zhang,” he said.

Without explaining in detail, Tesseff said Christensen was responsible because he “is on trial for his life,” alluding to the possibility of a death sentence.

— DRJ

Follow Up: Bakery vs Oberlin Punitive Damages Hearing

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 8:47 pm



[Headline from DRJ]

Legal Insurrection — Oberlin College to Jury: We’re cash poor and big punitive award to Gibson’s Bakery will hurt students:

Oberlin College basically begged for mercy at punitive damages hearing today. (UPDATED with additional details of today’s hearing)

— DRJ

Nebraska AG Stands Alone

Filed under: Crime,Law,Politics — DRJ @ 10:59 am



[Headline from DRJ]

AP NewsNebraska’s AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases:

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging families.

What Peterson hasn’t done is pursued a lawsuit seeking to hold any opioid manufacturer, distributor or pharmaceutical company accountable. That leaves him standing alone among state attorneys general.

Every other state has sued, filed administrative charges or promised to sue the companies blamed for the national crisis, which played a role in the deaths of more than 390,000 Americans from 2000 through 2017. Peterson’s decision to stand on the sidelines, at least so far, has frustrated some who want to make sure that Nebraska is in line to receive its fair share of money under any national settlement.

It is governnent’s job to implement good policies to address public problems. In this case, is making someone else pay a good or bad policy?

— DRJ

Flynn Hires New Attorney

Filed under: Law,Politics — DRJ @ 9:15 am



[Headline from DRJ]

The HillMichael Flynn hires Sidney Powell as new counsel:

Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn has hired attorney Sidney Powell as his new counsel, Hill.TV has learned. 

“I’m honored to be representing General Flynn, who i’ve long considered an American hero. The General and his family want to thank everyone across the country for their cards and contributions to his legal defense fund. He is going to continue to cooperate with the government, pursuant to his plea agreement,” Powell told Hill.TV in a phone call. 

Powell is author of the new book, “Licensed to Lie, Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.” The book’s description reads “Licensed to Lie reveals the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power to the highest halls of our government” and focuses on the conduct of the DOJ during the Enron investigation in the mid-2000’s. 

Flynn recently fired his attorneys before sentencing.

— DRJ

6/9/2019

Legal Insurrection: Bakery v. Oberlin College

Filed under: Law,Political Correctness — DRJ @ 10:29 am



[Headline from DRJ]

Two years ago:

Bakery targeted by Oberlin College #BlackLivesMatter fights back:

Community rallies around Gibson’s Bakery after student boycott alleging racial profiling in shoplifting arrest.

This week:

Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College.

Oberlin Loses Big Week in Higher Education:

The Gibson Bakery vs. Oberlin College case ended this week and Oberlin lost. Big time.

Plus Oberlin insurer news and more about the bifurcated hearing on punitive damages.

Read it all.

— DRJ

6/4/2019

Deputy in Parkland School Shooting Arrested, Charged

Filed under: Crime,Law — DRJ @ 7:00 pm



[Headline from DRJ]

Orlando SentinelEx-school deputy Scot Peterson arrested on charges of neglect of duty in Parkland massacre:

When every second counted, school resource officer Scot Peterson, who was the closest person to the gunman during the Parkland school shooting and likely the only one who could have intervened, took cover instead of action and for that he has been arrested on 11 criminal charges.

Peterson on Tuesday was arrested for neglect of duty for the 48 minutes he spent hiding as children and staff died, Sheriff Gregory Tony announced.

More at the link.

— DRJ

5/29/2019

AP: Mueller to make 1st public statement on Russia probe

Filed under: Government,Law,Politics — DRJ @ 7:30 am



[Headline from DRJ]

APMueller to make 1st public statement on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to make his first public statement on the Russia investigation Wednesday, the Justice Department said.

Mueller will speak at the Justice Department at 11 a.m. and won’t take any questions.

Should be an interesting day to read @RealDonaldTrump.

Update: Various media are live-streaming this. Here is a link to The Hill TV.

— DRJ

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