Daily Archives: February 10, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Stupid Criminal Busted by Facebook Comments

Dustin McCombs heckled the law, and the law won. The young fugitive was wanted on forcible rape charges by the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office in Alabama. Unable to locate McCombs, the authorities turned to social media, posting an image of McCombs on the department’s Facebook page. The first person to respond was McCombs himself. “and [sic] a good thing I moved out of state,” read McCombs post. The Sheriff’s Office immediately began engaging McCombs online, responding that it “doesn’t matter where …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Jury punishes nursing home with $900 million verdict A Florida jury awarded a jaw-dropping $900 million for nursing home negligence, including $700 million designed to punish the company, Trans Health Management, Inc. The same operation recently got tagged by another jury for $200 million for a death at one of its nursing homes. The management company wasn’t allowed to defend itself at trial in either case. The whopping verdict may end up being only symbolic since the company, which had …

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Posted 5 years ago in Divorce by Aaron Kase  
Divorce: There’s an App for That

In messy divorce cases, splitting spouses can present a wide array of documents and evidence to convince a judge to tilt the scales in their favor. Now, the ever-increasing popularity of smartphones means more and more people are carrying around veritable factories of evidence admissible before the court. A recent survey of divorce attorneys found that 92 percent of them have seen the use of smartphones increasing as evidence in divorce court over the last three years. The survey, conducted …

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