Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jim Carrey to Experience Real Life Courtroom Drama? ~by Legal Pub

Jim Carrey once played a lawyer in Liar Liar.  Now he may end up getting real life court experience. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of of Cathriona White by her mother, Brigid Sweetman against Carrey alleging wrongful death. The lawsuit alleges that Jim Carrey gave three sexually transmitted diseases to his girlfriend, Cathriona White and that White's suicide was the result of her obtaining prescription medication from the actor.  Mark Burton (White's estranged husband) previously  filed a similar wrongful'death lawsuit against Carrey.  It is unclear how both plaintiffs can maintain separate suits.  law suit.  Michael Avenatti represents both plaintiffs.

Cathriona, 30, died in 2015 with a bottle of prescription medication nearby.  According to the coroner's report, it was suicide. Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet were all found in her system.  Carrey and White dated off and on from 2012 until the time of her death.  Carrey denies giving her the drugs. Martin D. Singer represents Jim Carrey.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time to Stop the Heroin Madness ~by Legal Pub

It is time to stop the heroin madness.  Addiction is on the rise and there is no easy solution in sight. Recently,  a 7-year-old McKeesport, Pa. girl could not arose her parents.  She went to school anyway.  She told the bus driver that she was not able to wake up her parents. The bus driver reported the conversation to authorities who found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, inside the little girl's apartment.  Both Dilly and Lally apparently died of drug overdoses.

An NBC affiliate reported that the double overdose  in question was the second one on that block in less than a day.   NBC WPXI.  
This is truly become a public heath epidemic.  As many as 10 Pennsylvanians die each day due to addiction.  Nationwide, opioids  and prescription pain relievers killed more than 28,000 people in 2014 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 50% of Opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription drug.  Pennsylvania is not the only state with an Opioid addiction problem.    [174 heroin overdoses in 6 days in Cincinnati]

Where does it end?  While that answer may not be clear, it starts with education about the addictive properties of both prescription and nonprescription Opioids.

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.