Sunday May 24, 2015

Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before.  More…

FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn’t crack a single terror case

FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.  More…

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax. Tree huggers outraged

Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Some electric and hybrid car owners, however, say the new tax would be unfair to them and would discourage purchasing of green vehicles. Oregon lawmakers say that state and private vendors will destroy records of GPS locations and daily metered use after 30 days.  More…

Cop protecting presidential motorcade caught sleeping

For a police officer in D.C., there is possibly no greater assignment than protecting the president of the United States. But an ABC reporter found one officer who apparently didn’t find that job very exciting. Her police car was running. So were her blue roof lights. After observing her for a few minutes, ABC7 knocked on the window and woke her up. Startled, her eyes popped wide open. She then rolled down the wrong window.  More…

Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Los Angeles voted to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour in a significant victory for labor groups who have been pushing to raise the minimum wage. Many restaurant owners say they would be forced to cut as much as half of their staff. “It’s great that this is an increase for some employees, but the sad truth is that a lot of employees are going to lose their jobs.”  More…

Report: Jay Z posted bail for protesters

Rap mogul Jay Z has quietly used his wealth to post bail for people arrested in protests across the United States against police excesses, an author close to him said. “When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I… hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson (and he) wired tens of thousands” of dollars within minutes, read one tweet.  More…

Al Sharpton’s daughter sues NY for $5 million after sprain

She learned at the feet of a master. Shakedown artist Al Sharpton’s eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show. Dominique Sharpton, 28, says she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she stumbled over uneven pavement.  More…

Amtrak train engineer Brandon Bostian: What does he know?

Brandon Bostian, the 32-year-old train engineer, has told police he could not remember his speed. Initial data showed the train was barreling into a curve at more than 100 mph before it derailed Tuesday evening, the NTSB said. That’s more than twice the 50-mph speed limit for the curve. Detectives later tried to question Bostian again, a police official said, but he refused to be interviewed – and instead left with his lawyer.  More…

TSA agent pleads guilty to faking cancer for time off

A former TSA officer has pleaded guilty to faking cancer to get paid time off. Federal prosecutors said Monday that 42-year-old Marc Bess of Atlanta pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.  More…

Above the Law: Congress Tells Court That Congress Can’t Be Investigated for Insider Trading

In 2012, members of Congress patted themselves on the back for passing the STOCK Act, a bill meant to curb insider trading for lawmakers and their staff. But as the Securities and Exchange Commission made news with the first major investigation of political insider trading, Congress moved to block the inquiry.  More…

Cop sues Starbucks for spilling free coffee on himself

A police officer who got a free cup of Starbucks coffee is suing the company for $50,000 after he spilled it and got burned. Attorneys said in court that Raleigh officer Matthew Kohr should be compensated for burns, blisters and emotional damage caused after the officer spilled the coffee in his lap.  More…

ISIS ‘claims responsibility’ after two gunmen carrying explosives killed in attack on anti-Islam art contest near Dallas

Two heavily-armed men, who are believed to have been carrying explosives, were killed by police after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Dallas, at around 7pm during a controversial event where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were being displayed. Followers of Islam deem that any physical depiction of the prophet – even a positive one – is blasphemous.  More…