Monday, April 14, 2014

Megan Huntsman, Mother, Murderer or None of the Above? ~by Legal Pub

Horrifying.  Nothing short of horrifying. While marriage strike advocates tell tales of the horrors of marriage LINK, nothing compares to this Pleasant Grove, Utah story. Seven dead babies were found in cardboard boxes in a garage.  How can such tragic sickness exist in this day and age?

Megan Huntsman, 39, is suspected of giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006.  She was apparently booked on Sunday into the Utah County Jail with six counts of murder. It wasn't clear why their are six counts and not seven. No one seems to know a motive.

Darren West, Huntsman's estranged husband, made the discovery while cleaning out the garage.  Huntsman was recently released from prison and is not believed to be aware of the killings.   West had been in prison on drug-related charges. (West pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to two counts of possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine.  In August 2006, he was sentenced to nine years in prison, but appealed the term three times. West maintained his innocence and said he never had any intention to manufacture meth.)  It is believed that West and Huntsman were together when the babies were born.
Utah medical examiner's are investigating the cause of death.

Huntsman also has three daughters - one teenager and two young adults - who lived at the house. Huntsman moved out several years ago and it is unclear where Huntsman has since been living. The investigation continues.  The whole story has yet to be revealed.  It is difficult to comprehend how no one noticed that Huntsman was pregnant.  At this point, NO ONE is guilty!  ALL our innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

Fed Ex Bus Crash Investigation

Investigators are trying to determine why the Fed Ex truck crashed into the bus.  Ten people were killed in the Orland, California crash.  So far, no evidence has been made public that confirms that the FedEx truck involved was already on fire when it hit the charter bus.  The bus was carrying 44 Southern California high school students and their chaperons.  The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash.

Frazier Has Left Planet Earth

Consistent with an insanity theme, Frazier Glenn Cross has demonstrated the degree of insanity that warrants public attention.  Apparently, Cross, a.k.a. Miller shot and killed three people on Palm Sunday in two separate incidents at Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansas. Two men were reported shot dead around 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.   A woman was subsequently shot and killed at Village Shalom retirement center in Overland Park.   Frazier can be described as white 73 year old scum with a history of being involved with the KKK. To make matters worse, he has even had his conical hat thrown into the political arena. At least one of his commercials were antisemitic to say the least.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, 35, of Chesapeake is the Virginia truck driver who killed a sailor aboard a Naval destroyer a few days ago.  It turns out that Savage has served prison time for Voluntary manslaughter in 2009.  Savage also was convicted in Virginia in 1998 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Savage served nearly five years in federal prison.  He was apparently in a halfway house as recently as 2012. However, it is unclear why the recent shooting took place and Savage is not talking since he was killed by Navy security forces aboard the USS Mahan.  Savage had taken the gun from a petty officer and used it to kill Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo. 
Navy investigators have found no indication Savage had any previous relationship with the ship or with Mayo.  Best we can tell, Savage drove his tractor onto base, walked onto a pier and climbed up a ramp toward the ship.  He was confronted by security where he took a gun and shot Mayo. Why was Savage even allowed on the installation the night of the shooting or even on the base?

Something is missing from the story!  Savage used a Transportation Worker Identity Credential to access the base but that card doesn't authorize base access!  One would need additional documents to gain entry.   Documents Savage apparently didn't have! Savage worked for Majette Trucking. The company has only a handful of trucks that carry refrigerated goods.
What was behind this murder?  Unless the Navy starts talking, we may never know.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Where Is Z Plane, Boss?"

Fantasy Island revisited?  Tattu always called out" Z plane, boss, z plane."  So where is Tattu when the world is searching for the Malaysia 777 missing for the past nine days?  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 made an abrupt left turn and was last tracked flying over the Indian Ocean.What does it mean to our expericenced legal staff?  One or more of the pilots was in on the hijacking!

While 25 countries search for debris, perhaps they should instead be searching for where the plane landed. Otherwise, why would those in the cockpit divert the path of Flight 370?  Should these folks be labeled as prsons of interest?

Tracking the flight path leads to the conclusion of deliberate action.  If so, the mens rea element of intent would be satisfied for a conviction.  The plane made a sharp,  deliberate turn just after it last communicated with Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers. The turn occurred before the crew had to communicate with Vietnamese controllers. Furthermore, the dramatic left turn was preprogrammed into the plane's navigation computer which requires extensive piloting experience. Consequently, it appears that someone knew what they were doing. Nevertheless, hijacking has not been completely ruled out.  But why divert a plane headed to Beijing?

Were any of the passengers trained pilots?  Someone had to fly this beast. One passenger may have had flight programming experience but everything seems to still points toward the programming occurring in the cockpit.  So where is the Plane?   Look no further than 
ar Islands

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Even Success At Money Has A Price~by Legal Pub

28-year-old Autumn Radtke appeared to have it all.  Great looks, youth and money!  The holy trinity to some.  But the CEO of  First Meta, a virtual currency exchange, is dead and some folks wonder why.   (First Meta allows users of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin to trade and cash out currencies.First Meta Exchange became popular when Jon Matonis publicized First Meta’s receiving of nearly $500,000 in venture capital from Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Tech and Singapore’ National Research Foundation. First Meta Exchange differed from Mt. Gox because First Meta would accept all different types of virtual currencies both centralized and decentralized.  Bitcoin was one of several options that First Meta offered to its customers. First Meta was thought to have huge potential profitability.) Autumn was found dead in her home in Singapore. To be clear, there was no suspicion of "foul play," meaning officers do not suspect murder which tends to mean either suicide or natural causes.  I doubt it is the latter.

28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, was found dead in her Singapore home last month. The official cause of death was "unnatural." That could, of course, technically mean an accident, misadventure, or suicide. Radtke's company, First Meta, expressed its surprise and grief in what appears to be a canned statement that the company is "shocked and saddened by the tragic loss."  But should the death have been so shocking?  Bitcoin has been under scrutiny since the recent collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Tokyo. Postings on Autumn's Facebook express her belief in the potential of virtual currencies. Yet she also
linked an article on entrepreneurs suffering depression, commenting above the link: "everything has its price."

Indeed, Autumn may have unfortunately paid the price of the pressure which comes with ascending to the throne of the holy trinity so quickly.  Investigatory scrutiny is never pleasant at any age.  Unfortunately, the world will never know how far this shooting star might have ascended but for the tragic loss of her life.  R.I.P. Autumn.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Well, All We Can Say Is That's Kentucky ~ by Legal Pub

 Coots have been accused of being Kooks before the latest incident! The responses has always been, "well this is Kentucky." The recent death of Jamie Coots, the "snake-handling" pastor, in Kentucky has raised the constitutional issue of separation of church and state.  Jamie Coots was a pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Coots died after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a weekend church service.  Coots was handling rattlesnakes as part of the celebration.  It is expected that the late pastor's son Cody Coots plans to carry on the tradition.

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

If Mark's portion of the Bible tells folks to handle serpants, should it be legal to do so? Members of the Pentecostal Church of God apparently think so. Is dancing with poisonous snakes during church services. and worse than Kevin Costner in Dancing With Wolves?  If bit, do the faithful have a right to rely on God to heal them?  The Commonwealth of Kentucky seems to say snake handling is illegal.  KRS §437.060 state that any person who displays, handles or uses a snake in connection with any religious gathering shall be fined $50 to 100. So the Kentucky legislature says poisonous snake-handling is illegal but we won't slap you with a penalty as severe as the bite.  Sounds like a speeding ticket or an overdue library book fine, if  you ask us here at Legal Pub. To us the real question is whether a state has authority to regulate a practice that is primarily faith-based. Our Constitution's First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The 14th

Does Kentucky have the power to regulate religious activity under the police power of a state? Some conduct can be regulated for the protection of society. In Lawson v. Commonwealth, Kentucky's Supreme Court considered the snake-handling statute and held that the state could properly regulate the time, place and manner of religious exercise where the regulation is necessary for the safeguarding of the health, good order and comfort of the community. In other words, if Kentucky folks are dumb enough to be around snakes, then we may just fine them one handful grab into the Sunday collection plate.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Woody Allen... Funny or a Total Joke? ~by Legal Pub

Woody Allen is no stranger to laughter.  After all, Allen was once considered a rising actor whose movies almost guaranteed delivery of levity to the audience.  Now it seems, that Allen himself is the but of jokes.  Although any statute of limitations has run on possible criminal prosecution, Allen apparently remains convicted in the court of public opinion.
How shocked were you when Dylan Farrow alleged that Woody Allen sexually abused her in 1992?  No criminal charges were ever brought against the appropriately named "Woody;" however, the gossip never subsided.   Allen recently attended a matinee of the Broadway show “After Midnight.” Despite Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn and their two daughters being present, old "Woody" was the butt of an audience member joking,  "I think he did it!”
Woody Allen apparently ignored the comment and went about his business. Perhaps memory of the allegations would have faded but for Dylan writing an open letter in the New York Times just 13 days before Valentines Day. The letter alleged that Allen had molested her when she was seven years old. Allen wrote his own rebuttal for the Times the following week in which he stated that this would be his "final word" on the subject.  Despite the rebuttal, Dylan subsequently published an essay in The Hollywood Reporter which in essence called Allen's rebuttal "outright lies." 
So what remains of Woody Allen's legacy?  Time will only tell... or the next person to publish another story.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Time To Kill? More Than A Movie... ~by Legal Pub

The issue of flying unmanned drones to kill enemies is controversial but flying manned air planes to kill is not? Sometimes the whole rhetorical debates lack the insight of commons sense.  Killing is killing.  It is either justified or it is not! Fast forward to the latest dilemma. An American is overseas.  He is an active card carrying member of al-Qaida. This individual is openly planning attacks against Americans overseas.  Yet the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone or with armed soldiers.  (Photo Courtesy of AP)

Drones seem more efficient; however, under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year, is it legal?
The CIA drones can monitor him but as he laughs at the cameras they can do nothing because he is a U.S. citizen.   The Justice Department is trying to build a case against him while he plans to kill others. The American citizen turned terrorist is allegedly in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil.  That particular country has made no effort to go after the suspect. President Barack Obama's new policy mandates that suspected terrorists overseas can only be killed by the military. That means no CIA intervention.  It also probably means no punishing the terrorist.

The suspect is an al-Qaida facilitator.  He has been associated with deadly attacks against U.S. citizens overseas.  He continues to openly plan attacks against citizens overseas using explosive devices as a means of terror.  Yet the Defense Department debates whether the man is dangerous enough to merit the bad publicity of  killing an American without due process of law and the potential international fallout.  At least one member of the Pentagon recommend lethal action; however, one is not enough. The suspected terrorist is well-guarded and in a fairly remote location.  Any half ass attempt by our military would b dangerous and not likely successful. Consequently, the suspect smiles at the unarmed CIA drones as they fly by and defiantly communicates non-verbally with the middle digit of his left hand. The suspect is a little bit too comfortable under the current policy against drone strikes.  Perhaps it's time to use an unbanned technique of law enforcement like the smart bullet that travels around obstacles. Perhaps the bullet could be rhetrofitted with a powerful sedative that could induce a Rip Van Winkle sleep instead of death. Then in 20 years when he awakes he can plead the statute of limitations defense in court.