Daily Archives: October 30, 2012 - 5 results


Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Lawyers.com   
The Police Can Test Your DNA Without a Warrant

Over the past decade, 26 states and the federal government have passed laws allowing mandatory DNA testing for anyone arrested for a felony – even individuals who are never charged or convicted. A number of states approve this procedure for certain misdemeanors, and sometimes even if the offender is a juvenile. The results of these tests are uploaded to local, state and federal crime databases.   Does Mandatory DNA Testing Solve Crime? Proponents say that the results are a valuable …

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Posted 2 years ago in Divorce by Aaron Kase  
Occu-Mom Gets 85k in Divorce Settlement

A Florida woman who made headlines for leaving her husband and children to join Occupy Wall Street last year has received $85,000 from her now-ex in a divorce settlement. Stacey Kessler, now 39, was featured in the New York Post last November when she was arrested for blocking a street during Occupy protests in the Manhattan. The paper noted that Kessler had left behind her husband and four children to become a part of the protest at Zucotti Park. Before …

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Posted 2 years ago in Bankruptcy Child Custody and Support by Michele Bowman  
Bankruptcy Won’t Get You Out of Paying Child Support

If you get hit with a big domestic support judgment against you, filing for bankruptcy could get you nowhere. That’s what a Michigan man found out recently when he tried to avoid paying $100,000 to the mother of his child in a custody dispute. After the state judge in their custody dispute case ordered Patrick Rugiero to pay Antonietta DiNardo $100,000 in attorney’s fees, he filed for bankruptcy in federal court. First ruling that the custody case could proceed (despite …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Disgraced Minister Ordered to Pay $1 Million for Sexual Abuse

Sexual molestation by church leaders continues to be exposed as a widespread scourge, but their victims are finally getting justice in court. In the most recent example, a former youth minister in Alabama who had been convicted of sexually abusing a 15 year-old girl has now been been ordered to pay $1 million to his victim. William David Webb, was a youth minister and executive pastor at the Word of Life Christian Center, where his father, Scott Webb, served as …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government by Aaron Kase  
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sued Over Beating Death of Inmate

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., is facing more legal trouble in the form of a lawsuit filed Oct. 23 by the family of Ernest Atencio, who died in jail while under the custody of the sheriff’s deputies. The 44-year-old passed away after he suffered a heart attack while being beaten and attacked with a stun gun by deputies and police last December 16. Atencio had been arrested for kicking a woman’s door in Phoenix, after officers had already …

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