Thursday, March 26, 2015

Something is going wrong with today's pilots and co-pilots.  Exactly what is unsure; however, Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to be an example of a problem.  Lubitz was the 28 year-old co-pilot of the plane that crashed en-route to Germany.  Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said to the press after investigation into the crash of Flight 9525 was shared with the public.
Airbus A320 was flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf when it manually began to descend from an altitude of 38,000 feet until it crashed into the side of a mountain.  All 150 on board died instantly on impact. Apparently the pilot had left the cockpit and the co-pilot Lubitz locked the door preventing the pilot's return.  Investigators revealed that the door could only have been blocked intentionally by the co-pilot. "The most plausible, the most probably, is that the co-pilot voluntarily refused to open the door of the cockpit for the captain and pressed the button for the descent,"  Brice Robin told the press.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Shoe Bandit Finally Caught? Will Durst Be Found Innocent? Suspects Come With Differing Financial Statements ~by Legal Pub

Shop Our White Shoes for WomenRusty Wayne Sills, is a 56-year-old Largo man who is accused of being the Pinellas Park Shoe Bandit.  Is a man with an alleged footwear obsession guilty of burglary? A woman from the 8000 block of 43rd Way North complained that shoes left outside her home were disappearing and in their place, another pair of shoes was left behind.
After a few alleged shoe exchange incidents, the residents allegedly purchased a surveillance system to monitor the front door and exterior of their home. Subsequent video allegedly shows a man taking the shoes around 4 a.m.  Saturday morning a suspect, Rusty Wayne Sills was detained until police arrived. Sills has been charged with burglary and may be involved in some other similar cases. During a police interview, Sills apparently told police that he buys and sells shoes at a local flea market. Sills apparently denies that he is the individual depicted in the surveillance video.  Even if Sills is the man on the video, is burglary a bit severe charge for an entrepreneur with an obsession or perhaps even a passion for footwear? Does leaving replacement shoes mitigate the crime?
Sills, like all suspects, is to be presumed innocent until it is otherwise proven in a Pinellas County Court.  His bond is set at $10,000. 

3-17-2015:  In other developing news, the poor are not the only ones who become suspects. Millionaire, Robert Durst was arrested over the weekend and charged with having 150 grams of marijuana in his hotel room.  A gun was also found.  Just the day before, Durst was charged with murder of Susan Berman who died 15 years ago after being shot in the back of the head near Beverly Hills. (Durst was acquitted of murdering someone else in Texas many years ago, so he could be innocent in murder trial number two as well.)  Unfortunately, in a T.V. documentary about Durst's life, he allegedly mumbled about he "killed them all"  while in the bathroom. Perhaps more incriminating is an analysis of hand writing from a letter from Durst to Susan Berman a year before her death to a post death writing providing information as to the location of the body. (While the writing looks similar, Durst may not be the only person who does not know how to spell Beverly Hills.  

Durst, 71, was charged Monday in Los Angeles with first-degree murder.  If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. Durst is represented by Attorney Dick DeGuerin who wants an expedited hearing in Louisiana.   A hearing is scheduled for next Monday.
Will the words, "There it is. You're caught... What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course" ever be heard by any juror?  Perhaps not as it may violate his expectation of privacy as he did not know the microphone was operating.  Furthermore, a jury may never know that Durst's first wife, Kathleen, was declared dead after she vanished in New York in 1982. The difference between accusations, evidence and facts?  Legal scholars will disagree.
Durst claims he is innocent of all killings!  He is to be presumed innocent unless a court of law finds otherwise.  


Monday, March 9, 2015

Police Excessive Force? by Legal Pub

Another killing? More evidence of police violence? No not the Wisconsin clash with police.  This time, a young mountain lion was killed in Southern California despite its only offense of showing up at the Promenade Mall in Temecula.  Riverside County Sheriff’s Department claims that they received several calls of a large cat roaming in the parking lot at the mall.  Deputies subsequently observed the 150-pound kitten (mountain lion) near Macy’s.  Fish and Wildlife officials allegedly attempted “to safely corral the animal” around 7 a.m. The cat, however, died shortly after its capture.
Those screaming and threatening protest say that the kitten was not aggressive and was unarmed. Police responded, “When we do dart that animal, we are doing so with our best intentions of the animal’s life.”
Intentions indeed.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Judge Terrence Berg Assaulted ~by Legal Pub

Product DetailsSometimes justice is eluded in the courtroom and other times it escapes outside the federal building.  Recently U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg was injured during an attempted robbery outside of his Detroit home.  Two men confronted the judge around 9 p.m.   A struggle occurred and one of the suspects shot the judge in the leg. Berg was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Detroit Free Press. Judge Berg has been on the bench since 2012.  Prior to his appointment he served as assistant U.S. Attorney in Eastern Michigan.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sometimes Authority is Just Plain Wrong! ~by Legal Pub

... Gardening > Winter Products > Shovels & Scoops > Bulldog Snow ShovelSometimes, authority gets sidetracked and becomes incredibly wrong.  Take for instance New Jersey where police recently threatened to arrest two Somerset County teenagers going door to door offering to shovel snow.  While there may be local ordinances that prevent door to door solicitation, it was never meant to ban these high school seniors from distributing their fliers door to door.  Yet, that is exactly what Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf were told by local police in Bridgewater.  .
Police apparently confronted the youth after receiving calls concerning suspicious young men with paper fliers and shovels.  Who next, the Girl Scouts?  While neither Moinari nor Schnepf were arrested, they apparently were lectured as to the law. 
There is nothing wrong with the intent of banning scam artists from harassing residents. But this goes to far.  What society needs is more hard working young men like these two teens. Common sense suggests that shovelers going door to door are not scam artists.  Yet common sense is needed not amended legislation. Sen. Mike Doherty proposed legislation blocking local ordinances as they apply to those  offering to shovel snow within 24 hours of a storm warning. Entrepreneurship and hard work are virtues that need to be promoted, not repressed.
Besides Legal Pub, New York Times, USA Today and Glenn Beck were also apparently offended by the local authorities lack of common sense. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Age Bonnie and Clyde Hit the Banks? ~by Legal Pub

Times are changing. So is crime. Recent news suggest that an internet hacking ring has stolen as much as a billion dollars from banks around the world.  Cyber-security firms are suggesting better security and higher rewards for bringing hackers to justice.   Since 2013, hackers have been credited with more than 100 banks heists in 30 countries.  Russian security company Kaspersky Lab suggest that the problem needs to be addressed.

Can hackers familiar with the banks' operations, use that knowledge to steal money without raising suspicions?  Can ATMs be reprogrammed to transfer money to fake accounts?  Are hackers interested in the money or identities?  Hackers seem to have differing answers depending on whether they are infiltrating Russia, U.S., Germany, China or Ukraine banks .In one case, $7.3 million was taken by hacking an ATM.  Meanwhile, the U.S. is focusing on improving cyber-security after breaches in Target, Home Depot, Sony and Anthem's computers.
Congress needs to replace the antiquated patchwork of state laws with a national standard giving companies 30 days to notify consumers if their personal information has been compromised.  Furthermore, the government needs to authorize companies to fight back by hacking the hacker's computers and freezing their abilities.  After all, we have the right to bare arms for self defense, why not give Sony the right to fight back and freeze all of the hacker's assets?  In the states, we shoot back at crooks.  Why not extend the principle to the internet?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bruce Jenner No Stranger To The Lime Light ~by Legal Pub

Bruce Jenner was an Olympic decathlon star in 1976.  He was on the Wheaties box. He even was a regular on the Kardashian show (Keeping Up with the Kardashians.)  Lately, there are rumors that the 65 year-old may be transforming into a woman after recently ending a 23 year marriage. None of that warrants attention at Legal Pub.  However, a recent auto accident involving the media icon may be fair game. Jenner was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a woman.  His publicist recently indicated that Jenner had not been texting prior to the chain-reaction collision in Malibu.

Apparently, Jenner is willing to offer his cellphone records that show he was not distracted at the time of the four vehicle crash on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Sources suggest that Jenner's Cadillac Escalade rear-ended a Lexus sedan that had hit a Toyota Prius.  It is unclear at this time why the Toyota Prius had slowed or stopped on the highway. What is clear, however is that the Lexus veered into oncoming traffic and collided nearly head-on with a Hummer.  Kim Howe, 69 years-old, was the driver of the Lexus.  Unfortunately, Kim lost her life in this accident.

Jenner has cooperated with authorities and has been quoted as saying, "My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident... It is a devastating tragedy I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them."

The white Lexus had damage to both front and rear-ends.  Jenner apparently passed a field sobriety test and submitted a blood sample to police. The question is whether subpoenas for phone records will be issued.  Even if all of the data is produced, experts offer differ in the interpretation of the data when the question is whether the driver was texting at the exact time of the accident. Whenever anyone dies in an accident, it is tragic.  Whenever anyone associated with the Kardashians does anything public, it has potential to end up in a media circus.  In the middle of all of the stories and publicity, the memory of Kim Howe and her tragic death should not be tarnished or forgotten.