Archives October 2022

Attorney argues for the dismissal of a DUI case against former Pennsylvania AG

The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against her should be dismissed because prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that defense attorney Jason Mattioli also seeks to bar prosecutors from presenting results of a field sobriety test of former attorney general Kathleen Kane. He further wants to bar video purportedly showing her drinking before her arrest and testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Fifty-six-year-old Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with a minor accident March 12 in Scranton. Kane has denied that she was intoxicated, maintaining that the crash occurred because she made a wide turn to avoid a snowbank and slid on the ice.

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The motions come three months after a magisterial district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case to county court — a ruling Mattioli is appealing — and mirror many of the arguments he raised at the hearing in July.

Kathleen Kane's attorney argues that the DUI case against her should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Kathleen Kane’s attorney argues that the DUI case against her should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car, which the defense said came from another person in the vehicle, but did not detect alcohol coming from her. The defense also cites statements from seven other law enforcement officers, six of whom said they did not smell alcohol or witness signs of intoxication on Kane’s part.

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Mattioli said the field sobriety test was an unwarranted “fishing expedition”

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I’m a car expert and here are six ways to save on your insurance – and why driving less can cost you more

CAR experts have shared six top tips on how Brits can save money on car insurance, including how driving less can actually cost you more.

Industry insiders from One Sure Insurance say that people all over the country are overpaying for their plan, especially in the context of a cost of living crisis.

Experts have revealed six top tips for cheaper car insurance

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Experts have revealed six top tips for cheaper car insuranceCredit: Getty

While some factors in insurance prices, like age and driving experience, are out of motorist’s control, One Sure have recommended six tips which could help road users save money.

One surprising tip is not to set your mileage too low when applying for a plan.

While it seems common sense that less driving means a lower risk of accidents and so would be cheaper, insurers actually see it the other way around.

Setting expected mileage too low can leave you paying more as you’re insurer will class you as a high-risk driver because you aren’t getting enough experience on the road.

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Getting a black box fitted to allow insurers to track your driving is another great way to save money.

Often, insurers will offer cheaper plans with a black box, as well as incentives and rewards for safe driving.

This is a great option for newer drivers because it means they are charged based on their driving behaviour, rather than how insurers predict they will drive.

Paying your insurance annually in one lump sum can also save hundreds of pounds a year.

When the plan is paid monthly, insurers add monthly premiums on each payment.

This can increase drivers‘ annual bill by up to 30%, so it’s much better to pay up front if you can afford it.

Drivers are also advised to give themselves at least two weeks to get on a

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Jason Bateman: Jude Law, ‘Ozark’ actor Jason Bateman collaborate on upcoming Netflix series ‘Black Rabbit’

Jason Bateman and Jude Law are coming back to Netflix for a brand-new limited series. According to reports, Bateman will also be the show’s director and the two actors will also serve as executive producers. Although the narrative has not yet been disclosed, it will be unique and written by Zach Baylin and Kate Susman of King Richard.

In addition to “Black Rabbit”, Bateman will once again collaborate with Netflix on the thriller Dark Wire, which he will also direct. In this thriller, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employs a phoney telecom corporation to become the phone service provider for some of the toughest gangs in the world.

If that weren’t enough, Taron Egerton, who plays the young Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee who is blackmailed by an enigmatic traveler to allow a deadly cargo to pass through security and onto a flight on Christmas Day, will also be seen in the Netflix drama Carry On.

Ye escorted out of Skechers office in LA after he showed up unannounced

​Ye kicked out of Skechers’ headquarters​

Kanye West turned up unannounced at the Skechers corporate offices and was “escorted” out by two executives, the shoe brand stated in a statement on Wednesday.
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100,000 most disadvantaged Scots face representing themselves in court amid legal aid ‘crisis’

Thousands of the most deprived people in Scotland face having to represent themselves in court as a result of a chronic “crisis” in access to legal aid, lawyers have warned.

The Law Society of Scotland have said 100,000 people living in the country’s most deprived communities have access to just 29 civil legal aid firms.

Calls for the Scottish Government to act have been backed by author and poverty campaigner Darren McGarvey who has said those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are having their “last line of defence pulled away from them”.

The analysis from the Law Society, which represents the legal profession, shows that the 139 most deprived communities in Scotland, resident to around 100,000 people, share just 29 civil legal aid firms between them. There are no civil legal aid firms at all in 122 of the 139 areas.

Of the legal firms in these areas, nearly 90,000 (87064) people are left without any local access at all.

Legal aid for civil court actions is only offered to people with a disposable income of less than £293 per month.

Commentator, activist, and award-winning author Darren McGarvey has backed the calls of the Law Society of Scotland.The Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society has warned that people now face being forced to represent themselves in divorce proceedings, child custody hearings and immigration hearings.

The campaign has now been backed by Darren McGarvey, author of Poverty Safari.

He said: “Just imagine standing in a courtroom on your own to argue your case, up against an experienced solicitor. Now imagine that the custody of your child is at stake.

“Or a life-changing payout after an industrial accident.

“The absurdity of that proposition, combined with inequalities within the justice, healthcare, and education systems, is exactly

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Attorney: Deputy wasn’t chasing speeder before deadly crash

FENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed in a crash with an Allegan County Sheriff’s Department cruiser is skeptical of claims the deputy was trying to catch up to a speeder. 

Instead, based on a newly released report from Michigan State Police, attorney Robert Lantzy believes the deputy was actually rushing to pick up a pizza. 

An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)
An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)

“Absolutely outrageous,” said Lantzy, who’s preparing to file suit against the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, former deputy Thomas Goggins, and Lee Township, which owns the cruiser involved in the crash. 

Goggins, who has since resigned from the sheriff’s office, was charged with two misdemeanor moving violations for the June 12 crash that killed Ofelia Nunez, 74, and seriously injured her husband Jose Nunez.

Goggins and the field training officer who was riding with him have said they were trying to catch a speeding minivan. But the state police report on the fatal crash shows an MSP detective sergeant questioned Goggins about a pizza order the deputies were scheduled to pick up within minutes of the crash.

Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

“Thomas advised they were running traffic enforcement until their pizza order was going to be ready,” wrote MSP Detective Sgt. Kyle Gorham in his report. “I asked Thomas if, at the time of the accident, they were heading into Fennville to pick up the pizza. Thomas replied, ‘no,’ they were attempting to make a traffic stop on a speeder.”

But Lantzy, an attorney with Buckfire & Buckfire P.C., said he doesn’t buy Goggins’ denial. 

“I don’t believe they were planning to pull over a speeding motorist

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Legal Aid Center established for indigent persons

… applicants will have to qualify for both means and merits test

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Those who cannot afford to hire lawyers or legal advisors can now avail of legal aid services both in civil and criminal cases with funding support from the State.

The service will be provided by the Legal Aid Center established following the Royal Command on October 19 at Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) which is housed in the Supreme Court complex at Hejo.

The President of BNLI, Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, and Chief Justice Chogyal Dago Rigdzin attended the inaugural ceremony.  Along with the inauguration of the Center, the Legal Aid Inception Document and the Legal Aid Rules 2022 were launched.

The Center is expected to further strengthen the rule of law and the justice system by enabling all the people to access the courts and the legal process as enshrined in Article 9.6 of the Constitution.

According to the legal aid inception document (LAID), legal aid is indispensable, especially for indigent persons, to have fair and full access to the justice system.

“With the establishment of the Center, legal aid services will be provided in an organized, systematic, and purposeful manner to best serve the needs of the people,” it stated.

Legal aid service?

Legal aid is a provision of assistance to the neediest, who cannot afford legal services. Those eligible often do not understand the legal processes and complexities of the law and lack equitable access to legal counsel, which affects the administration of justice.

In such a situation, according to LAID, legal aid can help the needy to better understand legal and court processes enabling the exercise of their rights to settle disputes, seek remedies for grievances, and enjoy equal protection of the law. “In essence, legal aid is aimed

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Attorney at Law Episode 9 (Finale) Berakhir dengan Tak Terduga!

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Di episode sebelumnya, hidup Jen berubah kacau karena kini orang-orang tidak lagi melihatnya sebagai She-Hulk yang keren tapi She-Hulk yang kacau dan pemarah. Bagaimana Jen kembali ke kehidupan normalnya di episode terakhir She-Hulk: Attorney at Law?

Jen (Tatiana Maslany) tidak lagi boleh berubah sebagai She-Hulk karena kejadian di episode terdahulu. Dia dipaksa memakai gelang pengaman yang sama dengan yang Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) alias Abomination gunakan saat dia dibebaskan dari penjara di episode-episode awal. Sepanjang musim She-Hulk: Attorney at Law ini kita diperlihatkan bagaimana usaha Jen menyeimbangkan kehidupan pribadi, pekerjaan, dan identitasnya sebagai She-Hulk. Episode 9 menampilkan kejatuhan dari semua usaha itu.

Saat Jen sedang berusaha untuk bangkit lagi, Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) dan Pug (Josh Segarra) berusaha menggali lebih dalam soal Intellegencia, situs dark-web yang mengacaukan hidup Jen. Terungkap fakta bahwa perkumpulan ini dibentuk oleh sosok bernama HulkKing yang ternyata adalah orang yang pernah dekat dengan Jen. Seharusnya, kisah She-Hulk: Attorney at Law berakhir dengan pertarungan antara She-Hulk dan HulkKing, tapi Jen tidak mau serial ini berakhir dengan template yang sama dengan serial superhero lainnya. Di sinilah breaking the 4th wall She-Hulk menjadi penting (sekali lagi).

Marvel Studios benar-benar berusaha untuk membuat She-Hulk: Attorney at Law seperti komiknya, di mana Jen/She-Hulk kerap kali mendatangi penulis komik untuk mengubah alur kisah yang menurutnya tidak masuk akal. Di episode 9 ini, dia benar-benar melakukan itu dan divisualisasikan secara sempurna ditambah bumbu komedi khas MCU yang benar-benar tidak pernah kita lihat sebelumnya di proyek MCU lain.

Jen ‘keluar’ dari layar, masuk ke serial dokumenter Marvel Studios: Assembled di Disney+. Jen masuk ke sini sebagai She-Hulk dan mengkonfrontasi tim penulis skenario serial She-Hulk: Attorney at Law lalu komplain soal ending-nya. Di situlah nama Kevin (Feige) disebut-sebut. Tapi sosok bos Marvel Studios itu tidak tampil

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With current car insurance rate increases, it may be time to double-check your coverage

InvestigateTV – The most recent Consumer Price Index (CPI) reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows motor vehicle insurance rates have risen 10.3% over the last year.

With this increase in rates, it’s important to make sure that your policy is providing you with enough coverage.

Cate Deventer, a licensed insurance agent and a writer and editor for Bankrate.com, explained that the rise in rates by insurance companies is to cover the increased cost of parts for repairs and replacement of now more expensive vehicles.

“What that means is that car insurance companies are paying out a lot more in claims and then they have to raise rates to make sure that they have the excess funds in their claims reserves to pay out those claims,” Deventer said. She also said that higher costs do not necessarily provide you more coverage.

If you do need to use your insurance coverage and haven’t raised your limits, it is possible that your existing policy may not cover all of your expenses.

Deventer said now is the time to call your insurer and revisit your policy. You want to make sure it covers today’s prices for repairs or replacement.

Deventer also had four tips for lowering your insurance rates:

Shop around: If you have been with your current provider for a long time, you may get better rates from a competitor

Take advantage of any discounts: Ask your insurer if there are discounts for bundles or multi-car families.

Ask if your insurer provides a discount for telematic devices: These devices plug into your car and track your driving habits. Good drivers may get a discount.

Keep your driving record clean: No tickets make for a lower bottom line.

Many states offer free resources on motor vehicle

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Some area schools dismiss early due to bomb threats

WAVY aware of threats made to schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk & Portsmouth Monday

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Multiple Hampton Roads high schools received bomb threats Monday morning, including several in Chesapeake.

The list includes Deep Creek, Indian River, Oscar Smith and Western Branch high schools in Chesapeake.

Deep Creek ended up canceling classes for the rest of the day Monday morning after getting a second bomb threat in the past week. All afterschool activities were also canceled for the day. The school was searched, but nothing was found.

An anonymous caller contacted Deep Creek with the threat at 8:10 a.m. Monday morning and a statement about the incident was sent to parents at 9:45 a.m.

“Chesapeake Public Schools does not tolerate threats or acts of violence,” the statement reads. “Parents, we are asking for your help in talking with your student about the serious nature of making threats.  Actual threats or jokes about threats will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary actions and may be punishable by law.”

Deep Creek High also received a bomb threat via an anonymous phone call on Friday morning. The school was evacuated, but classes resumed after the building was cleared by authorities. Manor High in Portsmouth was also dismissed early that day after a bomb threat was called in to their main office.

Granby High School in Norfolk received a threat Monday around 11:35 a.m. Police gave the all-clear there just after 1 p.m. Principal Tommy Smigiel sent two messages to parents. This is the one that went out after the all-clear:

Message from Granby H.S. Principal

In Portsmouth, Churchland High and Manor High School received threats Monday.

Churchland got a call later on Monday that said the school would dismiss at 1 p.m. out of an abundance of caution and

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Owner of car buried at Atherton estate reported it stolen, collected $87,000 in insurance: DA

Atherton police continue to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Atherton police continue to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

A man linked to one of San Joaquin County’s largest-ever insurance fraud schemes reported a Mercedes-Benz found buried at his former home stolen in 1992 and collected tens of thousands of dollars in insurance on the vehicle, according to San Mateo County authorities.

Johnny Bocktune Lew, who built the $15 million Atherton mansion where the car was unearthed last week, reported the Mercedes-Benz stolen in 1992 and collected $87,000 in insurance on the vehicle, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the San Jose Mercury News.

“This book has 15 chapters in it and we’ve only got two chapters,” Wagstaffe told the newspaper. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to get the other chapters, but I sure hope we do because it is an interesting story.”

Lew died in 2015.

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A mansion is under investigation by police after a car was found buried on the property the day before, in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Three decades after a car was reported stolen in Northern California, police are digging the missing convertible out of the yard of a $15 million mansion built by a man with a history of arrests for murder, attempted murder and insurance fraud.

The convertible Mercedes-Benz filled with bags of unused concrete was discovered last week by landscapers in the affluent town of Atherton in Silicon Valley.

Cadaver dogs brought to the scene made “slight” notifications of possible human remains on three separate occasions, police said in a statement.

The car was removed from the home by a tow truck and transported Saturday to the San Mateo

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