Monday, June 13, 2016

Omar Mateen Demonstrates the Need To Require Mental Competency Exams For Gun Licenses ~by Legal Pub

The country needs leadership.  True leadership.  A leader who will address the issues and not be ashamed to admit he or she made a mistake.  This need for leadership in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy has never been more clear. Leadership needs to identify the Omar Mateens of the world and get them in mental hospitals before they murder innocent people.  Lack of leadership with a clear plan to identify dangerous radical nut cases is to blame for Omar Mateen shooting up a popular gay nightclub which resulted in 49 people dead and another 53 wounded. Prior to spraying bullets, this mentally ill nut case called 911 and pledged his support to the Islamic State.

How does anyone get an assault rifle and a pistol into a club?  More importantly, why shouldn't gun owners be required to submit to a mental examination every three years as part of a licensing requirement?  Why should it be easier to purchase and own a gun than it is to drive a commercial motor vehicle?

Terrorism does not exist in the absence of mental illness.  No sane person of any religion believes that unjustly taking another's life will win him bonus points in the after life. Mateen, 29,  had been previously been investigated by the F.B.I.  Why didn't they see that this individual was troubled?  Matteen's father, Seddique Mir Mateen and his mother are both from Afghanistan; however, Matteen was born in New York. Mateen apparently had a wife and a child.  He was educated and was employed as a security guard.  But his wife allegedly left him because he was not right in the head. In short, he was nuts and unworthy of gun ownership.  

Politicians take heed, a leader leads and is not afraid to admit when he or she makes mistakes.  A true advocate will promulgate laws that require periodic mental examinations in order to obtain and maintain a license to own a firearm.

Slide Sho A. Lee Bentley, the United States attorney for Central Florida, said the investigators had collected a large amount of electronic and criminal evidence and were trying to determine whether Mr. Mateen acted alone.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teresa Vanover Prostitutes Disabled Children to Support Drug Addiction? ~by Legal Pub

Don't believe that drug addiction is a powerful disease?  Why else would a parent go to such disgusting lengths to support a habit? Teresa Vanover, age 52, has plead guilty to 48 charges related to prostitution in Rockingham County Superior Court.  What makes this case disgusting is that this Eden woman allegedly committed child abuse by allowing her disabled minor child to have sex for hire with older men.  Specially, there were 24 counts of child abuse by prostitution and 24 counts of promoting prostitution with a minor with a disability!
The alleged acts apparently took place at Woodall's Barber Shop in Eden, North Carolina. It allegedly involved one or more of Vanover's disabled children. Besides the criminal charges, a December of 2015 civil suit was also filed on behalf of the mentally disabled girls allegedly sold into prostitution.  The lawsuit alleges that the children (now age 17 and age 15) need long-term medical and psychiatric attention for repeated sexual abuse.  Attorney Sam McGee of Charlotte is representing the girls in the civil lawsuit. 
In court, Vanover attempted to explain that her offensive behavior occurred inorder to support her drug addiction. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Tersa Vanover was sentenced to six and a half to thirteen years in prison for two counts of child abuse by prostitution. In addition, Vanover was sentenced to six and a half to thirteen years for one count of promoting prostitution with a minor with a disability. Remaining counts were consolidating into a consecutive sentence of six and a half to thirteen years. 
Everette Ferris Jr., 67, was also sentenced to jail time and three years of probation for six counts of patronizing a prostitute with mental disability and indecent liberties with a child. Donnie Ray Carter, 65, is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, one count of patronizing a prostitute and two counts of first-degree statutory sex offense.  Mickey Dale Snow, 75, is also charged with  six counts of statutory rape and six counts of patronizing a prostitute who is mentally disabled. in the same case.  
Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer told Fox: "I've been doing this 20 years,” said  “This is the first one that I know of, of a mother prostituting her daughter. It makes you speechless."
The individuals charged are to be presumed innocent until otherwise proven in a court of law.

Monday, May 2, 2016

D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, to Kiss and Tell from the Grave? ~by Legal Pub

D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, may kiss and tell from the grave.  As you may recall, she apparently committed suicide in 2008 after being convicted of some federal offenses. We all know D.C. frowns upon telling on political figures.  LINK.  While Palfrey is long gone, her ex lawyer may have some phone records that could be embarrassing. That may make politicians and businessmen nervous after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to not intervene with regard to the phone records. That decision may give Montgomery Blair Sibley, who is no longer licensed to practice law, the key to decide if the records will be released now that the 2007 restraining order was not modified. Assuming the records are released, how might they affect this years elections? Election 

Apparently Sibley gained possession of the records when he represented Palfrey.  He apparently kept the records even after Palfrey fired him before trial. Sibley potentially may release phone logs with phone numbers of clients and Verizon Wireless numbers produced in response to a subpoena.  Could someone like Ted Cruz be on the list?  It is highly unlikely or it would have surfaced by now.  After all, some of  these records were released back in 2007. Senator David Vitter, R-La,comes to mind as one politician potentially embarrassed at the time.  Could there be additional records that may embarrass someone else?  Sibley has certainly suggested that the records may contain the names of TV stars, elected officials and perhaps even a judge or two.

Sibley has not been licensed to practice law since his 2008 suspension in Florida for allegedly filing merit-less lawsuits and a child support dispute.  Sibley's legal status, however, is no reflection upon whether the information may harm other public figures.  So what will Sibley do?  If he chooses to release the information, will he sell the list to the highest bidder?  A public figure may conceivably be able to outbid even the media.  Only time, and money, will tell.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Royalty, Even a Prince, is not Exempt From Death ~by Legal Pub

The rich and famous are not exempt from death, No one is, not even royalty.  Prince is dead.  The music icon showed his mortality as he apparently succumbed to the grim reaper. The Minneapolis Star Tribune suggests that the cause of death may be abuse of pain medication.  Report. Keep in mind that Prince's plane ride was aborted to Moline, Illinois and the singer hospitalized only a few days before his death.  Did the pain pills prematurely end Prince's life? 

Opiods are killers.  Legal Pub first published a warning article back in 2007 long before most folks knew what Oxycontin and Oxycodone were all about.  LINK.  Keep in mind, the drugs addictive properties resulted in executives being fined. The role of opiod medication in Prince's death is more than just rank speculation.  Reports out of Moline suggest that Prince took too many pills on the plane and received an opiod antidote during his hospital visit.  Report. Attorney Mike Padden who represented two of Prince's half-siblings in the past suggested that Prince abused Percocet in the past Pain killers have been linked to numerous deaths.  In 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine documented 17,000 fatalities in 2010. Article  

Opiods include Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan).   Other drugs with similar characteristics include codeine, fentanyl (Duragesic patch), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS Contin), and tramadol (Ultram). Opiods are designed to block pain perception in the brain. The Annals of Internal Medicine, Publication and a 2014 position statement by the National Institute of Health  Position Statement all suggest that the harms of opioids often outweigh the benefits for patents who are not terminally ill. 

Prince supporters deny that drugs played any role in his death.  L. Londell McMillan, an attorney for the estate, said medication might have been used to treat pain, but none "that would be any cause for concern... Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn't walking around drugged up." Source.  Sheila E. also disputed alleged drug abuse by Prince. Sheila.   Nevertheless, it seems undisputed that Prince did have pain. Whether he took too much medication to relieve the pain is up to the Carver County authorities to decide after reviewing toxicology studies.   What is clear is that there were no signs of trauma or intent to commit suicide. Thus the world is left to mourn the fall of another pop star, no matter what the cause of death, the music world lost a great one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sick or Was She A Victim of Being Drugged? ~by Legal Pub

Monday, April 11, 2016

Did Patricia Terry Get Neglected by a Renal Center, a Nursing Home or an Ambulance Service? ~by Legal Pub

Back in October, 71 year-old Patricia Terry was allegedly abandoned at a dialysis facility. She died a few days later.  Terry's estate is suing the DaVita Renal center in Joliet, an ambulance company and a nursing home, Alden Estates of Shorewood.. Terry's family claims in a lawsuit that Patricia Terry was left alone in the waiting room of a dialysis facility due to negligence. Her dialysis treatment on Halloween had ended just after 7 p.m.. Patricia allegedly sat in the lobby in a wheelchair waiting for an ambulance to pick her up. The staff allegedly left the building at 8:45 and locked up. Terry's daughters called police who apparently were not able to get inside the center until around midnight.   that police were able to get inside. Terry was disoriented. She later died. On Wednesday the family filed a lawsuit against all three defendants.  
Was an ambulance ever called to transport Terry back to the hospital?  If not, who dropped the ball?  If so, why did the staff leave before Terry was safely in the care of the ambulance company?  Lots of questions with very few answers.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Psychopathic Killer Dies: Why You Should Care ~by Legal Pub

So there is one less psychopathic killer in the world.  Why should anyone give the time of day to dwell on the subject?  Perhaps there is no other reason besides Winston Moseley was notorious for killing Kitty Genovese in 1964 at a time when apathy allowed such psychopaths to perform nasty deeds in a vacuum of apathy.  Details of the grizzly killing of Moseley were highly publicized because the murder took place while Genovese's neighbors ignored her cries for help.  Genovese was only 28 years-old at the time of her murder.  The refusal of her neighbors to get involved was highly publicized and studied.  Such ridiculous behavior is now labelled as "bystander effect."  Does the presence of other people witnessing the crime discourage others from intervening in an emergency?  Psychological genius suggest yes.  Other's claim it was a generation of apathetic indifference with a genuine desire to avoid "a hassle."

The New York Times reported that as many as 38 people observed the stabbing murder.  Kew Garden residents were labeled as having "diffusion of responsibility."  Other historians argue that the number who actually saw the stabbing was substantially less and that perhaps as many as two people did call the police.  What is clear is that no one seemed to want to get involved by explaining to the police how serious the situation sounded.  Similarly no one attempted to physically intervene over the course of several minutes of Genovese screaming.  Some reports indicate that one neighbor screamed from a window to "leave that girl alone" and perhaps that temporarily provided some relief as Winston Moseley apparently drove off and Genovese sought the safety of her apartment building. Unfortunately, Mosely returned to the scene and finished the job inside of the apartment complex.

Regardless of how many actually heard and ignored the victim, the Genovese murder inspired the use of 911 to report crimes and other emergencies.  Mosely was 81 at the time of his recent death.  Let him forever be the symbol of why good people need to get involved so as to prevent evil.