Daily Archives: July 9, 2013 - 5 results


Review: ‘Crow After Roe’ Anti-Abortion Laws Discriminate

In a massive lobbying campaign, pro-life groups sent thousands of heart-shaped balloons to the Ohio statehouse with a campaign of “Have a heart. Pass the Heartbeat Bill.” To support a ban on abortions when a fetal heartbeat could be detected, the advocates sent 2,000 roses to the senate, heart-shaped cookies and 50 children delivering gifts of stuffed bears with recorded heartbeats. But when the excited rallying of anti-abortion campaigns fade, long after the balloons and slogans lose their hot air, …

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Posted 4 years ago in Estate Planning by Janet Raasch  
Living Wills Vital to Receiving Desired End-of-Life Care

Most of us have had the same nightmare. We are slowly dying in a hospital bed, tubes going in and out, being kept alive by beeping machines. Worse yet, we are unable to communicate our wishes to our caregivers and the loved ones gathered around. No one knows what we want. The way to prevent this nightmare from becoming reality is a living will. A living will is completely different from a conventional will or living trust used to leave …

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Posted 4 years ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Hospital Must Pay $2.7 Million for Serial Sex-Abuser Doctor

A court had upheld a $2.75 million jury verdict against a hospital for a doctor accused of sexually abusing and taking obscene photographs of 500 or more children. Dr. George Reardon, former chief endocrinologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., claimed he was studying the growth rates of children to gain access to the children. Among the 150 lawsuits by children who claimed they were abused by Reardon, who died in 1998, only one went to …

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Teen Jailed for Months Over Sarcastic Facebook Comment

A sarcastic Facebook comment about an online video game prompted authorities in Austin, Texas, to arrest 18-year-old Justin Carter in February for making terroristic threats. Slapped with a $500,000 bond that his family can’t afford, Carter, now 19, has been behind bars for more than four months. Mounting public outrage over Carter’s arrest, bond amount and ongoing incarceration caught the attention of attorney Don Flanary, who now represents Carter pro bono. Flanary will attempt to reduce Carter’s bond at a …

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1,110 Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples with DOMA Gone

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the discriminatory Defense Against Marriage Act was unconstitutional, it opened the way for same-sex couples who are legally married in their states to reap the fruits of federal benefits. Advantages that married opposite-sex couples have enjoyed in the realm of taxes, social security, estate planning, immigration and other sectors have now been extended to all spouses. “There are over 1100 federal benefits, privileges and obligations that turn on the issue of …

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