Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ferry Tales Can Be Sad ~by Legal Pub

A Korean ferry sunk a week ago, as a result at least 104 are confirmed dead and perhaps another 200 missing.  .It took divers almost four days to find a way into the submerged ferry.  Meanwhile, family members pray for a miracle that would defy logic.   Logic dictates that only heartbreak awaits the families of the people still missing from the submerged ferry.  Jindo island is about an hour's boat ride away, much too far for any survivor to have swam.  Now the island serves as a temporary home for the human remains that are waiting to be identified. Approximately 250 of the more than 300 occupants of the ferry were students from a high school, near Seoul, Korea.  The teens were on their way to the tourist island of Jeju when the ferry apparently capsized.

Post accident criticism has centered on the captain and his crew.  The captain allegedly first told passengers to stay in their rooms.  Allegedly the captain waited over a half hour before giving an evacuation order.  By the time the order was given, the ferry known as the Sewol, sank into the sea. When the ship tilted, it is believed that many passengers became trapped inside their rooms. President Park Geun-hye publicly expressed his displeasure, "What the captain and part of the crew did is unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense. Unforgivable, murderous behavior." Furthermore, Captain, Lee Joon-seok, and two crew members have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning passengers. Four other crew members have apparently been detained.

Is there a defense? Captain Lee is 68 and not inexperienced.  Lee claims he delayed issuing an evacuation order because the passengers would have drifted away in the strong current before help arrived. Even if true, why did he not order the passengers to wait on the deck?  On the deck, would they have a better chance to survive? Just how long did it take for rescuers to arrive? Legal Pub has been told that more than 200 rescue boats, 35 aircraft, and 13 fishing boats participated in the rescue efforts.  Unfortunately, their primary role has been limited to recovery of bodies.

Why the ferry sank in the first place has not been discussed.  Prosecutors have speculated that the ship made a sharp turn before it began to tilt. The third mate was steering at the time of the accident.  She apparently had not navigated in this particular area before. Captain Lee claims he was not on the bridge when the accident happened. The third mate is believed to be Park Han-gyeol; however, prosecutors have yet to confirm her identity.

Quite simply, there is no happy ending to this Ferry Tale.

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.