Monday, September 26, 2016

New Crime Statistics Fuel For Presidential Debate? ~by Legal Pub

Is the United States getting to be a bit more dangerous of a place to live?  One presidential candidate says no and the other says yes.  What do the latest statistics show?  2015 statistics show that violent crime in some U.S cities increased since 2014.  While this is disappointing, this is still a rate well below the overall crime rate which peaked in the early 1990s.

FBI statistics show an increase in homicides in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington D.C. In Chicago, 54 more people were murdered in 2015 than the year before, a 13 percent jump in the city's murder rate, according to an April study by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.  For example, in Chicago, 54 more people were murdered in 2015 than in 2014 according to an April study by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. In fact, a U.S. Justice study documents almost 17% increase in violent crimes in 56 of the U.S. major cities.  Is this a product of the economy?  Police brutality?  Or perhaps the termination of "stop and frisk" programs is to blame. Quite frankly, the presidential candidates each have separate and distinct opinions on the matter and their views directly hinge upon police conduct.  One feels brutality has spawned violence and the other apparently feels that over blown publicity about a few questionable abuse of force claims has caused law enforcement to be hesitant to prevent crime.

While the trend in crime is concerning, will the candidates stick to the facts and propose real solutions or will they continue to sling mud?  The answer may come sooner than expected.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brad Pitt to Experience the Pits of Divorce? ~by Legal Pub

Brad Pitt is soon to join the club of divorcees.  Recently Pitt commented on the Angelina Jolie announcement that she was filing for divorce.  The petition for divorce based on irreconcilable differences has been filed after only two years of marriage.  So much for the institution of marriage increasing the security of a relationship.  The pair had been together for ten years before they were married.  This obviously fuels the fire of the marriage strike supporters.

PEOPLE magazine published an interview Pitt's statement.  Additional details are contained in the
 Pitt (Report)

"I am very saddened by this," Pitt is quoted as saying. Thank you Captain Obvious.  No one is ever happy to lose half of their assets and lose time with one's children. The difference between Pitt and the typical divorce male is that even after the divorce, Pitt will still be wealthy, handsome, charming, have a good job and well, be Brad Pitt.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This Car Is On Fire!... This Girl Responsible Is Likely to Face Serious Charges by Legal Pub

"When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence."
PATRICE REDD VECCHIONE, Revenge and Forgiveness

Carmen Chamblee made a couple of big mistakes.  The first was seeking revenge.  As stated above, revenge can cause one to lose the benefits of innocence (such as being free.)   As an angry woman, Carmen apparently wanted revenge on her ex-boyfriend.  This 19-year-old Florida woman set what she thought was her ex-boyfriend's Honda Accord on fire. The second mistake was to assume that there were no surveillance cameras in the area.  Surveillance is nearly everywhere.  Not surprisingly, Carmen's smile for the camera was memorialized on video surveillance, Third, if you are going to go against conventional wisdom and seek revenge, make sure it is your ex-boyfriend's car before you trash it.  Here, Carmen failed to properly identify the car as her boyfriend's and as a result, an innocent bystander's car was set ablaze.  (Thomas Jennings, the innocent owner of the vehicle, apparently did not even know this woman.)

Carmen Chamblee has been charged with second-degree arson.  She was taken to Pinellas County Jail for processing.  Carmen Chamblee is to be presumed innocent until otherwise proven in a court of law: however, given the video, don't be surprised if the defense does not seek a plea deal.  Perhaps temporary jealousy resulting in complete insanity?