Daily Archives: November 30, 2011 - 4 results


Posted 3 years ago in Consumer Law Personal & Home Safety by Arthur Buono  
Morgue Keeps Brain, Family Suffers Emotional Distress

  New York City must pay $1 million to the family of a deceased young man whom they buried without knowing that the city’s medical examiner had kept his brain and other body parts for study. The family interred the body, only to find out two months later those body parts remained at the city’s Staten Island Mortuary. As a consequence, for religious reasons, they felt compelled to exhume and rebury the body intact.  Medical examiner kept deceased’s brain, did not tell …

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Posted 3 years ago in Jury Awards by David Baarlaer  
Editor’s Choice: Top Five Legal News Stories of the Day

Here are some news items we thought would interest you. Millions for “innocence lost.” Is it enough? In 2007, Aureliano Garcia-Campo had recently immigrated to the US from Columbia. That’s when he volunteered to be a foster parent at the Village Green Head Start program in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Unfortunately, he got the job. Over a period of time, he sexually molested four girl students who were between four and five years old. Today, Campo is serving 20 years in prison. …

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Posted 3 years ago in by Jennifer King  
Strategic Defaults: Making a Calculated Decision to Lose Your Home to Foreclosure

Mortgage foreclosure rates inched higher in the third quarter of 2011, but at the same time there was a decrease in the percentage of people who are behind on their mortgages. The data comes from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey, and was released earlier this month. Although many people go into foreclosure because they’re in financial distress, some homeowners actually choose foreclosure, even though they can afford their mortgage payments. The process is what’s known as a strategic …

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Posted 3 years ago in Consumer Law Criminal Law Government by Keith Ecker  
Woman’s Win in Court Provides Lessons on False Arrest Claims

A federal jury awarded a former Illinois resident more than $500,000 on Nov. 18 in a case that stemmed from allegations of false arrest and harassment by Westmont, Ill. police. In February 2007, Dawn Zitzka accused six police officers of abusing their power by bringing four false charges against her in 2005. The charges were made after Zitzka had publicly denounced the Westmont Police Department in 2004 for what she felt was an inadequate investigation of a sexual assault.     …

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