Daily Archives: February 28, 2012 - 4 results


Posted 3 years ago in Crime by Keith Ecker  
Key Witness Takes Stand in Rutgers Web-Cam Trial

The closely watched Rutgers criminal trial continued Monday and Tuesday as a key witness offered testimony about the alleged innocuous intentions of Dharun Ravi, who secretly used a Web cam to video his roommate Tyler Clementi engaged in intimate contact with another man. Days after the 2010 incident, Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Ravi faces 15 criminal charges for his actions, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime that is punishable by …

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Posted 3 years ago in Child Custody and Support by Keith Ecker  
Secondhand Smoke a Factor in Child Custody

a When family law courts seek to make a determination regarding child custody, they often consider a wide variety of factors, all of which in the end speak to what situation may or may not be in the child’s best interest. These factors can range from the parents’ income to their mental health. But there’s one factor in particular that appears to be gaining momentum among family law courts, and it could impact a significant number of child custody hearings. …

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Posted 3 years ago in Divorce by Jennifer King  
Terrence Howard Forced to Pay $50K in Ugly Divorce Battle

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva. Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen. Liza Minnelli and David Gest. When Hollywood couples break up, the result is often a made-for-the-tabloids legal fight. Now another couple is in the running for the title of Nastiest Hollywood Divorce: Actor Terrence Howard and his wife Michelle Ghent Howard. The couple quietly married in January 2010 and Ghent Howard filed for divorce a year later. Although the divorce petition cites irreconcilable differences as …

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Posted 3 years ago in Litigation by Richard Dahl  
Dangerous Nursing Homes Evade Legal Responsibility

The recent struggles of a family to collect a $200-million verdict against a Florida nursing home highlight the difficulty that plaintiffs frequently face in getting the money that a jury has ruled is theirs. Elvira Nunziata, a 92-year-old resident of Pinelas Park Care and Rehab Center, died in 2004 after falling down a stairwell to her death. Her family sued the company that operated the home for negligence because a door was wrongfully left open while employees went for a …

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