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  • Theranos' Acting GC Faces Challenges, Opportunity

    10/31/2016 8:33:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    the Recorder ^ | October 17, 2016 | David Ruiz, The Recorder
    SAN FRANCISCO — Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate. "He's got a mess on his hands," said Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro partner Robert Carey in Phoenix, one of many lawyers suing the blood diagnostics company for alleged consumer fraud. Carey's suit is one of six similar, separate suits consolidated in the Northern District of California. Aside from that litigation surplus, Theranos is being investigated for investor and consumer fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, respectively. The...
  • Judge Beats Up Lawyer in FL: Justice Served

    06/04/2014 6:33:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    Strike one for the little guy, judge. With your fists, in his face. Anyway, that’s what one Florida judge did to a public defender. He took him out back and gave him a butt whipping. In the face, with his fists. With lawyers it’s the same thing as a butt whipping, because most of them are all ass anyway. They are 100% certified USDA ass. “A Florida judge allegedly punched a public defender after the two stepped outside the courtroom to settle a beef,” reports the New York Daily News. “The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy began to argue...
  • Innocent Man Freed After 25 Years in Prison

    04/08/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    NBC ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst and Roseanne Colletti
    An innocent man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he did not commit walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom with his freedom and his mother by his side Tuesday. Jonathan Fleming, now 51 years old, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday after his conviction was thrown out by a judge. "I feel like the time I felt when he was born and the nurse bring him to me," said Patricia Fleming, the mother of the wrongly jailed man. "That's how happy I was." From the start, Fleming proclaimed his innocence...
  • Boy accused of killing mom, sister gets ‘field trips’ ( New Mexico)

    04/02/2014 8:37:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 04/01/2014 | Ryan Luby
    The family of Tony Day, the boy accused of killing his adoptive mother and adult sister, doesn’t understand why he’s allowed to take “field trips” while in custody. “There’s no sense in it. I mean—absolutely none,” Mike Day, the boy’s adoptive father said. In November 2012, police said Tony, then 14-years-old, shot Sue Day and stabbed Sherry Folts in the family’s Tucumcari-area home. The case has not yet gone to trial. “If the gun hadn't jammed, he'd have killed me and the little girl we were taking care of,” Mike Day said. Mike and his wife Sue were foster parents...
  • The Cure for "Affluenza" is Prison

    12/13/2013 9:09:09 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/13 | Paul Callan
    (CNN) -- American lawyers have never been accused of lacking creativity in seeking to justify the nefarious deeds of their clients. Texas defense attorney Scott Brown, however, appears to have raised the bar to a new level by asserting the newly minted defense of "affluenza" to obtain leniency in a tragic vehicular homicide case arising out of the reckless driving of his very drunk and very rich 16-year-old client, Ethan Couch. Affluenza may be a contender for a collection of odd and unlikely defenses that can trace their lineage back to the infamous (and some even say apocryphal) "Twinkie defense."...
  • Taken: Civil Forfeiture (link only)

    08/14/2013 11:12:22 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 43 replies
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  • Exclusive - Sarah Palin: Did Joe McGinniss Condemn an Innocent Man?

    09/17/2012 9:08:09 AM PDT · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | September 17, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    So, how was the public convinced that MacDonald was guilty despite all of these “reasonable doubts”? Enter my old neighbor Joe McGinniss. MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team – living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with...
  • True Colors: Shariah Law In Michigan

    08/22/2011 12:22:48 PM PDT · by clove · 14 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | Aug 22nd 2011 at 11:26 am | Dr. Marc Weisman
    Every once in a while an issue arises that can leave no doubt as to one’s true colors. Clear examples of this are the congressional bills that unambiguously prevent judges in American courts from citing or using Sharia in their rulings. If you support them, you oppose Islamic law in America; if you oppose them, you don’t. The purity of this issue doesn’t allow for prevarication. Michigan Representative Dave Agema, R-Grandville, has introduced the newest of these bills. While it doesn’t openly reference Islamic law (Sharia), it clearly intends to prevent judges from including Sharia in their rulings. The bill...
  • Al-Arian Is Freed, but More Charges Await

    09/03/2008 10:50:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 141+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 3, 2008 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN,
    For the first time in more than five years, a prominent Palestinian Arab activist, Sami Al-Arian, is free from jail. His respite from jail may not last long: The former college professor faces a second round of criminal charges in his lengthy legal battle with federal prosecutors. Al-Arian had been in government custody since he was charged with being the leader in America of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad more than five years ago. He was not convicted at trial, although he subsequently pleaded guilty to lending aid to that group and received a sentence of 57 months. Al-Arian's incarceration has...
  • Our Broken Legal System and its Impact on Competitiveness

    07/11/2008 7:02:51 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 06/27/2008 | Lisa Rickard
    I recently sat down with a reporter from the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America to talk about the impact that lawsuit abuse is having on America’s small businesses. It seems she had stumbled across our Web site,, which brings home the sad reality that lawsuit abuse hurts working families and neighborhood businesses. As someone who is still trying to understand the unique legal culture of the U.S., the foreign-born reporter was shocked that even the most ridiculous of lawsuits has the potential to destroy a business or force it to lay off employees.
  • James ("rip child apart on stand") Fagan is on board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tauton

    06/25/2008 9:07:58 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies · 2,059+ views
    James Fagan website ^ | 6-25-08 | Doug from Upland
    By now, many of you have seen the outrageous comments of Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan, a Democrat. In defending a child rapist, he would tear apart the child on the stand and ruin the child's life forever. He made the comments arrogantly and shamelessly. Watch it here. FAGAN'S WEBSITE SHOWS HOW IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL CHILDREN'S ORGANIZATIONS. ORGANIZATIONS: Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers; Taunton Boys & Girls Club (Board of Directors); Taunton Little League; Taunton Youth Basketball Coach; Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Massachusetts Waterfowlers, Inc.; Babe Ruth League; High School Umpire; Bristol Ducks Unlimited; Southeastern New England Area Boys' Clubs...
  • Casting Terrorists as Defenders of the Constitution

    06/26/2007 6:46:34 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 500+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 26, 2007 |
    The American legal system is the latest of our institutions to collapse in the face of terrorism. Cherished pillars of our society and polity have dropped, one after the other. In most cases, it was only to be expected. The media lasted a matter of days, the academy not even that long. The Democrats slid early, through a combination of cynicism, opportunism, and ideology. The Republicans are tottering, never having actually grasped what it meant to act as a "war party". The CIA, the State Department, and much of the federal bureaucracy have, as always, proven themselves masterly at looking...
  • Local Man Acquitted Of Felony Charges State Did Not Provide 9mm Beretta Was A Firearm

    06/21/2007 6:02:55 PM PDT · by texanyankee · 35 replies · 1,416+ views
    The Progress ^ | June 20, 2007 | Rita Arnst
    A seventeen year old male that had been charged with a third degree felony of deadly conduct with a firearm was acquitted last Tuesday, June 12. District Judge Jana Whatley issued a directed verdict of acquittal for the defendant. The charges read that on Dec. 17, 2006 the defendant knowingly discharged a firearm at or in the direction of two individuals. According to court records the directed verdict of acquittal was issued because the state did not prove the 9 mm Beretta was a firearm. Assistant District Attorney Tiffany McWilliams granted the word ‘firearm’ was not used during the proceedings...
  • Brit Mom Imprisoned Girls for 7 Years

    02/11/2007 8:58:30 PM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 51 replies · 1,839+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 11, 2007 | Fox News
    Three girls who were imprisoned by their mother in a house of indescribable filth for seven years may never recover from the ordeal, experts said last night. The girls were shut away from the outside world, existing in almost complete darkness, playing only with mice and communicating in their own language. When they were discovered, their home in a smart, upper middle-class suburb had no running water and was filled with waste and excrement a meter high. The floor was corroded by mice urine.
  • Blame-America Bob Herbert Broods: Justice System 'Succumbing to Tyranny of Fear'

    08/17/2006 4:16:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 757+ views
    NY Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 17, 2006 - 07:00 Here are the facts: On 9/11, the occupants of a hotel right across from the WTC flee their rooms. A hotel security guard informs the FBI that in the room-safe of an Egyptian hotel guest, he found an aviation radio. The radio could be used to communicate with airborne pilots. The Egyptian, Abdallah Higazy, who is attending college in the US, is arrested, and undergoes tough interrogation, including suggestions that his family could be subjected to investigation by Egyptian security. After offering various implausible stories, the Egyptian admits that the radio is...
  • Hispanics sue city over alien crackdown

    08/16/2006 4:00:33 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 124 replies · 1,912+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 16 August 2006
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Hispanic activists and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Hazleton yesterday over one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal aliens by a U.S. city. Hazleton, with a population of about 31,000 and located 80 miles from Philadelphia, voted last month to fine landlords $1,000 for renting to illegal aliens, deny business permits to companies that give them jobs and make English the city's official language. The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund said the lawsuit is the first in the nation against a city that passed an ordinance against illegal immigration. The...
  • Brothers of the unpopped question

    04/25/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | LEONORA LAPETER with Matthew Waite and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan
    Twenty-five years ago, most men in the Tampa Bay area married by age 35. But since 1980, the number of never-married men 35 to 55 has jumped sevenfold. ST. PETERSBURG - On the eve of his 50th birthday, Robert Mendenhall was trying to decide whether to spend the big day with someone new or with his ex-girlfriend. She had held his interest the longest: eight months. Mendenhall, who works in regional sales for a roofing and window company, hangs out with half a dozen never-married men in their late 40s and early 50s. They are successful at their jobs, keep...
  • Town Aghast After Grand Jury Fails To Indict Despite Sex Videotape On School Bus

    04/01/2006 5:46:46 AM PST · by texianyankee · 68 replies · 2,465+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 1, 2006 | Jeorge Zarazua
    Three Rivers aghast at lack of indictment in taped sex on busTHREE RIVERS — Police in this small South Texas town are reeling in disbelief after a grand jury failed to indict a 17-year-old boy who was videotaped having sex with a 12-year-old girl on a school bus. Police Chief Vance Roberts said the case was a "slam dunk," with the videotape serving as indisputable proof. "I don't know what went wrong," Roberts said this week. "I haven't a clue. "I felt like it was a strong case. I felt like it was a case that needed to be indicted,...
  • Texan Sentenced to Do 320 Hours of Needlework

    08/06/2005 10:23:28 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 28 replies · 710+ views
    WOAI ^ | 6 August 2005 | AP
    HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - An ex-convict who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing his daughter was sentenced to crochet afghans as part of the community service requirement of his probation. Despite an outcry over the seemingly lenient sentence, the prosecutor in the case said he had been ready to dismiss it for lack of evidence. During a dispute over custody of the child, Norma de la Torre accused her ex-husband, Robert Wayne Thompson, of sexually abusing their 8-year-old daughter. She filed civil and criminal cases against him. -SNIP-
  • Japanese companies warned of China risks

    07/03/2005 7:03:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 815+ views
    FT ^ | 07/02/05 | Mariko Sanchanta
    Japanese companies warned of China risks By Mariko Sanchanta in Tokyo Published: July 2 2005 03:00 | Last updated: July 2 2005 03:00 Japanese companies should rely less on China, because of its political and microeconomic risks, and increase production in countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the trade ministry said in its annual white paper yesterday. "We believe there are many risks that may prevent foreign and Japanese firms from keeping their operations [in China]. We want to be whistle-blowers about these risks," said Susumu Okamoto, a deputy director in the trade policy bureau at the...