Daily Archives: July 22, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 4 years ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Police Taser Man to Death and Cost City $1 Million

The city of San Jose must pay $1 million to the family of a truck driver who was Tasered to death by four police officers. Steve Salinas, 47, was naked and high on PCP when police confronted him at a motel in 2007. He weighed 260 pounds and was grunting unintelligibly but was unarmed. Three of the officers admitted they urged a fourth officer, Barry Chickayasu, to zap Salinas. Chichayasu Tasered him 10 times in 93 seconds. The city started …

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Posted 4 years ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Michael Jackson’s Mother Testifies in Wrongful Death Trial

Michael Jackson’s mother took the stand last week in the famous pop star’s wrongful death trial, dabbing away tears at one point as she talked about her son’s life and premature demise. “It hurts to sit here and listen to all these things,” said Katherine Jackson. “To listen to how sick my son was and nobody was trying to help him.” Jackson and her grandchildren are suing concert promoters AEG Live, claiming the company pushed the signer too hard in …

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Isn’t Making Anyone Safer [Video]

  This is Part One of a four-part series on Stand Your Ground laws. Please see Part Two: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Fails to Deter Crime and Part Three: Task Force Examines Racial Bias in Stand Your Ground Laws, Part Four: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Means More Homicides. Last year’s deadly shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman put Stand Your Ground laws under the microscope. Zimmerman’s recent acquittal has only intensified the debate over these laws, which allow …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
More States Demand Police Get Warrants to Track Cell Phones

States – both courts and legislatures – are cracking down on the cops’ use of cell phone tracking to locate and arrest suspects without warrants.    New Jersey Leads the Way The New Jersey Supreme Court on July 18 ruled that the state constitution protects an individual’s privacy interest in the location of his or her cell phone. “Police must obtain a warrant based on a showing of probable cause, or qualify for an exception to the warrant requirement, to …

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Posted 4 years ago in Labor and Employment by Aaron Kase  
Miss. ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ Settles Dancers’ Discrimination Suit

A gentleman’s club in Mississippi agreed to pay $50,000 and take corrective actions to settle a race discrimination lawsuit over the treatment of its dancers. The suit, brought by the EEOC against Danny’s Cabaret in Jackson, claimed that the club gave black dancers “less advantageous terms and conditions of employment than white entertainers, including openly segregated work schedules.” The complaint also alleged that the black workers were retaliated against for opening an initial EEOC inquiry. After one of the women …

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