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?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mother's Love Gone Astray or is Sheborah Thomas Mentally Ill? ~by Legal Pub

Mothers typically unconditionally love their children.  When this unconditional love is not present, bad things can happen. Similarly, bad things can happen when a primary care taker becomes mentally ill.  A 30 year-old Texas woman, Sheborah Thomas, is under strict scrutiny after the bodies of her two young children were found underneath a neighbor's home.

Thomas' seven year-old son, RayRay and her five year-old daughter, Kayana, are dead and Houston authorities want to know why.  Sheborah allegedly admitted told an acquaintance that she killed them.  KRIV.  Thomas also allegedly confessed to police that she drown the children in the bathtub.  She apparently unsuccessfully tried to bury her children; however, when that didn't work she hid them under her neighbor's house.

On the other hand, Thomas' 12-year-old son was not harmed. Thomas has no known history of mental illness and her motive remains a complete mystery at this time.  Thomas had been visited by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services a couple of times but the nature of those visits is confidential. The case is somewhat reminiscent of  Andrea Yates drowning her five children in the bathtub.  Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity during a second trial in 2006.  Yates remains confined to a state mental hospital. 

Sheborah Thomas now faces capital murder charges for the deaths of her children. All suspects, including Ms. Thomas are presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tragic.  A ten year-old has died  at a water park in Kansas City.  Caleb Thomas Schwab was riding the world's tallest water slide when something went wrong, deadly wrong.  Schlitterbahn water park may never be the same.  Schwab's dad is a representative in the Kansas House of Representatives. A water park spokesperson said Caleb died riding the Verruckt water slide.  It is the tallest water slide according to Guiness World Records.  The thrilling water ride is more than 168 feet tall.

Apparently the water park postponed the 2014 water slide three times to make sure it was safe. (Apparently in early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide before engineers revamped half of the ride and reconfigure some angles at a cost of $1 million.) Riders are suppose to be at least 54 inches tall (It has also been reported that they are suppose to be 14 years-old) Riders are strapped into a raft that has room for three people. The raft plus occupants are suppose to weigh at least 400 lbs so that the raft does not fly off the ramp. The ride drops 17 stories at a speed of 65 mph and then climbs five stories back up in a stream of rushing water.

An unconfirmed anonymous witness has suggested that the young boy separated from the raft and hit the netting. No matter what actually happened, water park safety will be scrutinized and hopefully parks will become safer in Caleb Thomas Schwab's memory.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Korryn Shandawn Gaines Death Should Not Warrant Protests or Riots ~by Legal Pub

So will Baltimore have to deal with riots?  It should not!  While another civilian was killed by police; this time it is pretty clear that the woman had a gun and was threatening police.  She may also have been using a five year old child as a shield. At this point it is not clear if body cams were being worn; however, according to police, Korryn Shandawn Gaines pointed a shotgun at them when they  tried to serve her with a warrant yesterday in Randallstown, Maryland. The 23 year-old was being served a bench warrant for failing to appear for traffic court. The charges included failing to register her vehicle, failing to prove insurance and not having proper tags.

She was also charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, littering and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order.   Yesterday while attempting to serve the warrant, Gaines refused to answer the door for ten minutes.  Consequently, the officers obtained a key to the apartment and entered accordingly.  When entering the apartment, Gaines aimed a shotgun at the officers who retreated and waited for backup.  After hours of waiting, an officer finally fired a shot. the woman responded by firing back.  The woman was then shot and killed.    During the incident, a five year old child was hit in the crossfire. The child has been hospitalized and is in good condition.

Should there be riots?  No. This woman wanted a fight.  Listen to the victim's own words from a prior traffic stop:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Are Presidential Candidates Trump and Clinton Similar to Orlando Salinas? ~by Legal Pub

 Presidential candidate Donald Trump says a lot of things, some of which are better off not being said.  Hillary Clinton also says things that appear not to be accurate. However, on one point Trump and Hillary may both agree.  Specifically, the media is not above the law. The same principles that guide average citizens should also apply to those in the lime light. Former FOX and CBS news correspondent Orlando Salinas may be an example of a fallen star who forgot that no one is above the law.  Salinas has recently been arrested  and charged with rape and forcible sodomy.  The incident allegedly occurred back in January. Ironically, Salinas, a former law and order type of public figure, is now personally being held without bond courtesy of the Montgomery county jail.

The fall from public stardom is seldom pleasant.  Salinas lost his last media job (CBS affiliate WDBJ) in April of 2015 for alleged insubordination. Since that time, Salinas has been working as a real estate agent.Salinas, like all suspects, is to be considered innocent unless otherwise proven guilty in a court of law.  This presumption would normally also be extended to Hillary Clinton (email issue) and Donald Trump (tax return issue) but for their continuing self incriminatory public declarations.