Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Even government lawyers know it's not following the constituion thus refuses to defend



Wanna know something bad about me?  I can't remember ever "thanking" my wife for cleaning the house.  My marriage lasted for decades.  We had a very big house.... with three kids. Now of course...it's too late.

If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for a pre-nup, it's probably ok. Relax.
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Estate representative can sue herself for causing decedent's wrongful death

Nov 1, 2016, 4:11 pm CDT

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lawyer says he grabbed shotgun from client; he had sought to withdraw from her case


Patricia Currie
Patricia Currie. Photo from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
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Lawyer Keith Couture says he was surprised to see a 75-year-old bankruptcy client sitting in his office lobby last Thursday.
The client, 75-year-old Patricia Currie, had apparently entered the lobby without him noticing, Couture tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune. She had a towel draped across her lap and was wearing plastic bags on her hands and feet, Couture says.
Couture asked how he could help the woman. The towel, it turned out, was covering a shotgun, according to Couture. “She pointed a gun at me and said she would kill me,” Couture told the newspaper. “It was fight or flight. I just grabbed the gun and that was it.”
Currie was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, resisting an officer, possession of a controlled substance, and illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence. The New Orleans Times-Picayune had a prior story, and the Advocate also had coverage.
Couture had sought to withdraw from Currie’s bankruptcy case in a motion filed about a month ago, citing a fundamental disagreement on the direction of the case. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Magner denied the motion on Oct. 25. Couture filed a new motion to withdraw on Oct. 28, a day after the incident.
Currie was seeking to strip a junior lien on her property filed by her condo association in a battle over unpaid monthly dues. The condo association claims Currie owes $18,000, while Currie claims the dues were unfairly apportioned, according to the Times-Picayune.
Nearly 20 lawsuits and appeals have been filed between Currie and the condo association since 1998. Couture believes those legal battles are the reason Currie showed up with a shotgun at his office.
“She was upset with the homeowners association,” Couture said. “That’s what she was displeased with. That no one was helping her.”

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Law firms file and settle dozens of ADA suits claiming websites aren't accessible to the blind

Nov 1, 2016, 3:21 pm CDT


Law firms file and settle dozens of ADA suits claiming websites aren't accessible to the blind

Nov 1, 2016, 3:21 pm CDT

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After 63 years behind bars, inmate turns down parole offer


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A 79-year-old inmate who was sentenced to life in prison at age 15 has turned down a prosecution offer of a reduced sentence that would allow his immediate release on parole.
The inmate, Joseph Ligon, turned down the offer because he wants to be released without probation or parole, Philly.com reports. He has been imprisoned for 63 years for two murders he says he didn’t commit, the Telegraphreports.
Ligon was offered the deal as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision banning sentences of life without parole for juveniles. He is thought to be the longest serving juvenile lifer in the world, according to the Telegraph.

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Comey Says F.B.I. Investigating Hillary’s Ties to Bill Clinton

“We have reason to believe that the ties between these two individuals go back to the nineteen-seventies,” Comey said.

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Florida Woman Has Baby In Car . . . Hospital Charges Her The Full Delivery Costs

by jonathanturley
unknownOne can understand why Paula D’Amore is a tad confused. The South Florida mother gave birth in a car in a hospital parking lot. When the bill from the hospital came in, she was charged the full cost for a hospital delivery of $7,000. It is a story that sums up what many of us view is the inherent dishonesty in hospital charges.

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President Obama greeted supporters after speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton to a crowd of about 16,000 people in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday.
Obama Faults F.B.I. on Emails, Citing 'Incomplete Information'

By JONATHAN MARTIN, ADAM GOLDMAN and GARDINER HARRIS

He implied that the decision by James B. Comey to announce the discovery of new emails possibly related to the Hillary Clinton case had violated investigative norms.

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Cleaning Up: BART Janitor Cleans Up With $235,000 In One Year

by jonathanturley
Liang Zhao Zhang, a janitor for Bay Area Rapid Transit in downtown San Francisco, promised to clean up and he did just that. Transparent California, a nonprofit organization, released records that show that the janitor earned four times more than his base pay last year in overtime -- bringing his earnings to $235,000 in 2015.

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Teaching to the sext: How Texas educators tackle a NSFW election
Texas teachers are finding plenty of lessons for students in the 2016 presidential election, but discussing some of the racier news requires a careful approach. 

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BleachBit Spoofs Clinton In New Product Campaign

by jonathanturley
cloth_or_something3One of the few beneficiaries of this presidential election has been the virtually unknown company before made a household name by the Clinton aides in attempting to not only delete emails but guarantee that no one could retrieve them. Suddenly everyone was saying "BleachBit" as a virtually self-contained term-of-art. Now the company has used Hillary Clinton's infamous quip about whether she would use a "cloth" to clean a server as the basis of a new product.
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By JUSTIN DILLON on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 10:56 AM
FBI Director James Comey Testifies To House Judiciary On Oversight At The F.B.I.
Say nothing, have it leak, and be accused of a cover-up; or say something, and have it blow up.
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Lawyer is shot at his law office; suspect's wife and son are reportedly found dead

Nov 2, 2016, 2:21 pm CDT


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After $140M jury award, Hulk Hogan settles Gawker lawsuit for at least $31M

Nov 2, 2016, 12:55 pm CDT








CIVIL RIGHTS

San Francisco city attorney won't defend city's bail schedule from civil rights lawsuit


Handcuffs and money.
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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera believes the city’s bail schedule is unconstitutional and won’t defend it from a lawsuit making that allegation, the San Francisco ExaminerSan Francisco Chronicleand Courthouse News reported Tuesday.
“This two-tiered system of pretrial justice does not serve the interests of the government or the public, and unfairly discriminates against the poor,” Herrera’s office wrote in an answer to the lawsuit’s third amended complaint. “It transforms money bail from its limited purpose in securing the appearance of the accused at trial into an all-purpose denial of liberty for the indigent.”
Herrera’s remarks came about a year after Buffin et al v. Hennessy was filedagainst the city and county of San Francisco and the state of California, alleging that the bail system discriminates against the poor. It’s one of multiple lawsuits filed by Equal Justice Under Law, a small Washington, D.C. nonprofit arguing that bail schedules—lists of offenses with corresponding amounts of financial bail—unconstitutionally penalize poverty. The organization is seeking an injunction against use of financial bail, which would force authorities to find a new way to determine which defendants may be released pending trial.
Herrera made his announcement as his office told federal district Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that the city would not defend the lawsuit. That could leave the suit without any entity willing to act as defendant. The State of California was originally a defendant, but was dismissed because San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy enforces state bail laws. A spokesperson for California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the AG’s office was reviewing the matter. Her office is already defending a similar lawsuit in Sacramento.
The California Bail Agents Association, an association of bail bond companies, has twice moved to intervene in the lawsuit, according to Phil Telfeyan, a spokesman for Equal Justice Under Law. Attorneys for the association filed another such motion Tuesday. A hearing is set for early December. An attorney for the California Bail Agents Association, Harmeet Dhillon of San Francisco, told the Chronicle that Herrera shouldn’t refuse to do his job.
He has support in other parts of California, however, according to the Chronicle. Hennessy and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee both issued statements disagreeing with the use of bail schedule, though Hennessy said she’d enforce the law. State Assembly Member Rob Bonta, a Democrat from the Bay Area, said he would introduce legislation to end financial bail, which he said “discriminates against poor people for being poor.” California’s chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, created a task force in October to study ways to change bail in California.
San Francisco is one of the largest municipalities sued by Equal Justice Under Law, but far from the only one; municipalities in six other states have lost or settled similar lawsuits, forcing them to stop using bail schedules. The U.S. Department of Justice made waves when it filed a letter of interest in one of those cases, Varden v. City of Clanton, Alabama, condemning the use of financial bail.
One of the organization’s lawsuits, Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia, is before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Both the DOJ and the ABA have filed amicus briefs in that case arguing against bail schedules.



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