Daily Archives: July 19, 2013 - 5 results


Mother’s $3M Verdict for Baby’s Mass Burial Upheld

A mother whose newborn was buried in a mass grave without her permission has had her $3 million jury award upheld by an appeals court. Alexandria Drakeford gave birth to her daughter, Valentina, at University of Chicago Hospitals in 2003. Thirty days later, the baby died from persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, a rare medical condition that constricts the lung’s blood vessels. Drakeford asked for an autopsy but the hospital ignored her request and buried the newborn in a …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Marijuana by Michele Bowman  
Alleged Butt-Dialing Pot Smoker Busts Self

After a New Jersey man “butt-dialed” 911 on his cell phone, he was overheard discussing drugs and quickly busted for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.    Oops – Come On In! A 911 call came in on July 5 to police from Florham Park, N.J. But instead of reporting a crime, the caller indicated one was simply in progress – because he’d accidentally called 911 with his cell phone in his pocket. Andrew MacFarlane reportedly could be heard discussing marijuana …

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Posted 4 years ago in Crime Driving & Motor Vehicles Podcasts by Staff Editor   
What Cops Look for with DUI Stops [Podcast]

(iStockphoto/Thinkstock) The hot summer may seem like a perfect time for that cold bottle of beer or refreshing margarita. But be careful. Police stop about 1.4 million people for drunk driving each year. In a “What You Should Know” interview, Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine tells syndicated radio host Mike Carruthers that drunk driving is an excellent way to ruin your life. Larry says nationwide there’s a standard .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) limit, and if you’re over it — you’ll …

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‘Road Rage Rabbi’ Charged With Impersonating a Police Officer

An upstate New York rabbi was criminally charged for pretending to be a police officer and pulling over drivers whom he deemed to be going too slowly. The real NYPD arrested Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, accusing him of pulling his Camry next to a woman’s car, honking his horn, flashing a fake badge and screaming, “Police! Police! Pull over!” The 24-year-old woman, who does not want to be identified by name, was so freaked out that she called police. “He’s a …

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Driver Sues City Over 1st Amendment Right to Flash Headlights

It’s a time-honored karmic exercise almost as old as the radar gun: flashing your headlights to warn other drivers they’re about to drive into a speed trap. While this kind gesture is almost universally appreciated by civilian motorists, traffic cops tend to be less fond of the practice. So was officer John Doe, as he is named in a class action lawsuit against the City of Ellisville, Mo. The suit was filed by Michael J. Elli, who claims he was …

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