Thursday, March 26, 2015

Something is going wrong with today's pilots and co-pilots.  Exactly what is unsure; however, Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to be an example of a problem.  Lubitz was the 28 year-old co-pilot of the plane that crashed en-route to Germany.  Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said to the press after investigation into the crash of Flight 9525 was shared with the public.
Airbus A320 was flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf when it manually began to descend from an altitude of 38,000 feet until it crashed into the side of a mountain.  All 150 on board died instantly on impact. Apparently the pilot had left the cockpit and the co-pilot Lubitz locked the door preventing the pilot's return.  Investigators revealed that the door could only have been blocked intentionally by the co-pilot. "The most plausible, the most probably, is that the co-pilot voluntarily refused to open the door of the cockpit for the captain and pressed the button for the descent,"  Brice Robin told the press.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Shoe Bandit Finally Caught? Will Durst Be Found Innocent? Suspects Come With Differing Financial Statements ~by Legal Pub

Shop Our White Shoes for WomenRusty Wayne Sills, is a 56-year-old Largo man who is accused of being the Pinellas Park Shoe Bandit.  Is a man with an alleged footwear obsession guilty of burglary? A woman from the 8000 block of 43rd Way North complained that shoes left outside her home were disappearing and in their place, another pair of shoes was left behind.
After a few alleged shoe exchange incidents, the residents allegedly purchased a surveillance system to monitor the front door and exterior of their home. Subsequent video allegedly shows a man taking the shoes around 4 a.m.  Saturday morning a suspect, Rusty Wayne Sills was detained until police arrived. Sills has been charged with burglary and may be involved in some other similar cases. During a police interview, Sills apparently told police that he buys and sells shoes at a local flea market. Sills apparently denies that he is the individual depicted in the surveillance video.  Even if Sills is the man on the video, is burglary a bit severe charge for an entrepreneur with an obsession or perhaps even a passion for footwear? Does leaving replacement shoes mitigate the crime?
Sills, like all suspects, is to be presumed innocent until it is otherwise proven in a Pinellas County Court.  His bond is set at $10,000. 

3-17-2015:  In other developing news, the poor are not the only ones who become suspects. Millionaire, Robert Durst was arrested over the weekend and charged with having 150 grams of marijuana in his hotel room.  A gun was also found.  Just the day before, Durst was charged with murder of Susan Berman who died 15 years ago after being shot in the back of the head near Beverly Hills. (Durst was acquitted of murdering someone else in Texas many years ago, so he could be innocent in murder trial number two as well.)  Unfortunately, in a T.V. documentary about Durst's life, he allegedly mumbled about he "killed them all"  while in the bathroom. Perhaps more incriminating is an analysis of hand writing from a letter from Durst to Susan Berman a year before her death to a post death writing providing information as to the location of the body. (While the writing looks similar, Durst may not be the only person who does not know how to spell Beverly Hills.  

Durst, 71, was charged Monday in Los Angeles with first-degree murder.  If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. Durst is represented by Attorney Dick DeGuerin who wants an expedited hearing in Louisiana.   A hearing is scheduled for next Monday.
Will the words, "There it is. You're caught... What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course" ever be heard by any juror?  Perhaps not as it may violate his expectation of privacy as he did not know the microphone was operating.  Furthermore, a jury may never know that Durst's first wife, Kathleen, was declared dead after she vanished in New York in 1982. The difference between accusations, evidence and facts?  Legal scholars will disagree.
Durst claims he is innocent of all killings!  He is to be presumed innocent unless a court of law finds otherwise.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Police Excessive Force? by Legal Pub

Another killing? More evidence of police violence? No not the Wisconsin clash with police.  This time, a young mountain lion was killed in Southern California despite its only offense of showing up at the Promenade Mall in Temecula.  Riverside County Sheriff’s Department claims that they received several calls of a large cat roaming in the parking lot at the mall.  Deputies subsequently observed the 150-pound kitten (mountain lion) near Macy’s.  Fish and Wildlife officials allegedly attempted “to safely corral the animal” around 7 a.m. The cat, however, died shortly after its capture.
Those screaming and threatening protest say that the kitten was not aggressive and was unarmed. Police responded, “When we do dart that animal, we are doing so with our best intentions of the animal’s life.”
Intentions indeed.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Judge Terrence Berg Assaulted ~by Legal Pub

Product DetailsSometimes justice is eluded in the courtroom and other times it escapes outside the federal building.  Recently U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg was injured during an attempted robbery outside of his Detroit home.  Two men confronted the judge around 9 p.m.   A struggle occurred and one of the suspects shot the judge in the leg. Berg was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Detroit Free Press. Judge Berg has been on the bench since 2012.  Prior to his appointment he served as assistant U.S. Attorney in Eastern Michigan.