Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Steve Stephens, FaceBook Killer, on the Run! ~by Legal Pub

Steve Stephens, 37, is another idiot.  He may at one time been a nice kind man, but all that goes out the window after he murdered 74-year-old Robert Godwin and then showed the video on FaceBook.  Stephens is attempting to shift the blame for his action on a "woman."   Stephens may have a bad former girlfriend, but that is no reason to kill someone. Stephens is not the first to be jilted by a lover nor will he be the last. A broken heart is never a reason to kill. (Stephens claims he has killed several people; however, only one murder has been confirmed.) Cleveland police were appalled by Stephens posting a video of the killing on Facebook which was apparently seen by millions.
Godwin's daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines said Monday that the family forgives the killer.  CNN-affiliate WJW    While the family of the victim might offer mercy, the legal system will not.  Cold blooded killing may not be tolerated in a civilized world.
Stephens needs to turn himself in to authorities before he makes a bad situation worse.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wisconsin Angry Man on the Run ~by Legal Pub

Joseph Jakubowski is trying to allude Wisconsin police.  The 32-year-old fugitive is accused of stealing weapons from the Armageddon Gun Shop in Janesville, Wisconsin and sending a 160 page anti-government manifesto to President Trump.  Jakubowski is believed to be in possession of 16 high-caliber rifles, several handguns and a bullet-proof vest.
Jakubowski allegedly made a Facebook post which showed the mailing of the manifesto. The person of interest appears to have severe dislike for anyone in a position of authority.  The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Jakubowski's arrest.   He is to be considered armed, dangerous and not someone you should consider discussing politics with no matter what the subject.

Update 4-18-17:   Like most idiots, Joseph Jakubowski was caught and charged. The 32-year-old is held on $30,000 bond.  Apparently, Jakubowski planted a fake bomb at a gas station to distract police from his robbery.  The fake bomb was so ineffective it was thrown away at the gas station because they thought it was garbage. One might suspect that Jakubowski's legal defense will be equally ineffective.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Silent Killer Taking Children's Lives? ~by Legal Pub

Are one in four childhood deaths attributable to smog, unsafe water and other environmental hazards?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported findings that suggest pollution is a major factor in 25% of the deaths of children.   Report.   Logic suggests that a polluted environment has a disparate affect on children's health.   Pollution.  Second hand smoke, smog and unsafe water are thought to be related to as much as 25% of the deaths of children under age five.   "[Young children's] developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.


Statistics suggest that 570,000 children died with respiratory infections like pneumonia that were  attributable to second-hand smoke and/or pollution.   Data suggests that 361,000 were killed by diarrhea attributable to unclean water and/or improper sanitation.  270,000 premature infants died in their first month.  A significant percentage of this group was also adversely effected by unclear water and air.

WHO indicates that electronic waste that exposes children to mercury, lead and other toxins also kills children. Climate change which has increased pollen counts may also be "associated with increased rates of asthma in children," according to WHO.  Assuming these statistics are correct, who is going to step up and stop this silent killer?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Neil Gorsuch the Right Choice for U.S. Supreme Court? ~by Legal Pub

President Trump will nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  But will he be confirmed? Judge Gorsuch is a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado.  By nominee standards, he is very young.  In theory, this would provide the court with a conservative view for many years to come. Gorsuch believes in freedom of religion, the ending of federal funds for contraceptives and a separation of powers between the states and federal government.  Consequently, Senate Democrats will likely filibuster to attempt to block his nomination.  But could the Democrats end up with someone worse? 
During the campaign, Donald Trump said he would "find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court."  Voters thought this was the most important issue facing the country.  Gridlock has caused the Supreme Court to function using only eight justices since Justice Antonin Scalia's death. If confirmed, Gorsuch has similar views to Justice Scalia and therefore some stability would be preserved.  (This would consist of four conservatives, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy as a moderate.)  
So, should he be confirmed?  Perhaps that is a significantly different question than will he be confirmed?

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Child Abuse in Halifax? ~by Legal Pub

Child discipline v. child abuse.  Where is the line drawn?  It is somtimes difficult to distinguish the two unless you see a case of classic abuse.  One such case appears to be the neglect of three Halifax children, ages 4,5 and 6.  Joshua Ross Weyant and Brandi Jene Weyant, of Halifax Township in Pennsylvania have been accused by State Police and Dauphin County Children and Youth Services of neglecting and abusing their children. "The kids were starving, nothing more than skin and bones," said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico to the media.
The children were apparently abused over a three-month span by their parents in a home that allegedly had no heat.  The four and five year old had bruises consistent with physical abuse.  The children were under weight and appeared to be suffering from malnutrition.  There were apparently 10 individuals living in the Weyant household.  The six year old boy sported an abrasion near the eye which allegedly came from his father throwing him across the floor. The children were allegedly locked in their room and had to pound on the wall to be let out to use the bathroom.
In speaking with the police, Brandi allegedly said that she was not the biological mother of the children. She claims that her husband forced her to withhold food from the children. She also denies being the one who kept the children “locked up.”  Neighbors claim that they did not even know that children lived in the residence. On the other hand, Joshua claims that the children were regularly seen by a mental health case worker who should be able to refute some of the allegations.
The children were taken to Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center emergency room for care.  While the children were in poor health and underweight, they should recover, at least physically. The couple has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, and endangering the welfare of children.   Keep in mind, all suspects are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oakland Art Fire Results in 36 Deaths ~by Legal Pub

Derick Almena is the 47 year-old manager of the Oakland, California warehouse that went up in flames during a weekend party.  The fire killed 36 people.  Many are complaining that the facility did not meet code nor did it have the requisite permits.  Almena, has publicly said that he was sorry for the tragedy that occurred at the residential art community.   "… I'm incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together… People didn't walk through those doors because it was a horrible place. People didn't seek us out to perform and express themselves because it was a horrible place."


Nevertheless, the site has become a mass grave and may lead to criminal and civil actions. Murder, manslaughter, wrongful death are just some of the legal terms being bantered around in the media.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Has Paul Newman Stereotype in "The Verdict" Come True? ~by Legal Pub

I remember when a movie starring Paul Newman titled "The Verdict" upset quite a few lawyers.  The movie portrayed the leading attorney as an alcoholic.  While the alcoholic attorney won a big case despite being outgunned, the movie portrayed the profession in a state of dysfunction.  Many attorneys spoke out publicly against the unfair portrayal of a clearly impaired attorney who tarnished the image of the trial attorney.  Some attorneys swore such alcoholics in the profession were a rare anomaly. However, recently CNN, announced the findings of a new study which strongly suggests that lawyers are struggling with depression, substance abuse, and alcoholism.  Furthermore, the study goes on to explain that the profession's suicide rates are quickly rising. Worst yet, the study concluded that there is a high percentage of practicing attorneys who are alcoholics.

A survey showed that a significant percentage of attorneys are unhappy with their legal job because of extreme stress from deadlines set by clients, partners, judges, and filing deadlines.  For some reason, lawyers complained of long hours of sitting at a desk and reading cases and/or technical documents. In an attempt to escape this stress, too many attorneys apparently drink heavily.

The American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation reported that approximately 21-36% of attorneys drink at levels consistent to alcohol addiction. (If true, this is 3-5 times higher than the general population.)  Please see The Journal of Addiction Medicine, 2016, for the published survey. Similarly, the study suggests high rates of depression among practicing attorneys. So why is substance abuse so rampant?  Is the practice of drinking away stress a generally accepted practice in the profession?  After all, attorneys all belong to the bar, right?  Wrong.  Excessive alcohol use is a poor escape that typically only adds to the attorney's problems.

If you know of an impaired lawyer or are an impaired lawyer, please contact your state bar association.  Almost every bar association has an impaired attorney help program.  The practice you save may be more than just a practice... it may be a life.