There was a time when I followed trials and posted daily on this blog the videos or reports of what happened in court. Although I still follow trials, I’m no longer able to write daily posts.
I watched former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial. When I was unable to watch live, I recorded it and watched in the evening. The two most impressive witnesses for the prosecution, in my opinion, were George Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross, and pulmonary expert Dr. Martin Tobin.
Courtney Ross extinguished all demonizing of George’s opiate addiction. Dr. Tobin calmly explained how George died, even pointing out when his brain stopped receiving oxygen and his body went into seizure.
In this case, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for his decisions and actions that caused the death of George Floyd. As his eyes darted back and forth, up and down, Chauvin heard verdicts on three…
I’ve never been one to vote based on issues that are not relevant to my life or the betterment of this country, such as climate change. For at least two decades, I’ve personally heard Republicans say they were voting for a politician because they are anti-abortion and/or anti-gay rights. I always asked if they planned to have an abortion and if they are gay? To that, they wanted to quote from the Bible, in which I had to remind them that the United States does not have a theocratic government.
Frankly, I’m tired of hearing Republicans say that they don’t understand how Christians can be Democrat when Democrats made abortion legal in the United States. That is simply not true. At the time of Roe v. Wade, six (6) of the Justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by Republican presidents.
Voting because of wanting laws that control the lives…
The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020 My alarm clock […]
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge, admitted in filings recently made public, to the allegations of judicial misconduct in cases before her in Family Court. In one case, that is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings, a litigant took ill during the proceedings and stepped out in the hallway. When she attempted to return, Younge refused to permit her entry, and terminated her parental rights in her absence. Younge is also accused of berating lawyers, social workers and other litigants in her short 4 year tenure on the bench. Once the disciplinary proceedings started, she was transferred to the Civil Division, were she presides over landlord tenant and other matters. It was reported that she Ordered a building full of tenants “EVICTED” with one weeks notice.
She should be thrown off the bench, and disbarred. She abused her position and has brought the entire profession into disrepute. She is a tyrant and a terrible example for Minority and Female Judges,
On August 18, 2019, Tatiana Marche Denson, of Tampa, Florida, filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for Middle District of Florida, against, PNC Bank, N.A., alleging that they violated Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, when, John Mark Vandermolen, an Tampa Branch Manager, allegedly discriminated against her when she tried to open a business account.
It is alleged that on August 29, 2018, Ms. Denson met with Mr. Vandermolen at the PNC Fowler Avenue location, in Tampa. When Mr. Vandermolen saw Ms. Denson, he allegedly gave her a suggestive look, and was “cold, rude and demeaning” toward her, which her complaint states was because of her race, African-American. Ms. Denson allegedly provided Mr. Vandermolen two forms of identification, tax id paperwork and her Articles of Organization, which was drafted by her attorneys and filed with the State of Florida.
Not happy with the documentation provided, Mr. Vandermolen, allegedly began questioning why the IRS would give her a letter, and why was her business setup in a particular way. The complaint goes on to allege that Mr. Vandermolen allegedly criticized her business name, business goals, and how she intended to operate her business. Mr. Vandermolen allegedly demanded to know the types of artist Ms. Denson intended to represent. He did so, allegedly, in a demanding and condescending manner, because of Ms. Denson’s race.
Sometime during the forty-five-minute exchange, Ms. Denson requested to speak with someone else. Mr. Vandermolen refused, and instructed Ms. Denson to leave his office. As Ms. Denson tried to record the interaction, Mr. Vandermolen got up from his seat, took a defensive posture, and attempted to grab Ms. Denson’s phone. Mr. Vandermolen instructed his staff to contact the police, because Ms. Denson was getting “Loud and Violent”. After the Police Officer arrived, they determined that there was no disturbance as alleged by Mr. Vandermolen.
On November 18, 2019, Joshua Prever, of Holland & Knight, LLP, filed an Answer to the Complaint, where PNC categorically deny the allegations espoused by Ms. Denson. Additionally, PNC argues that the video and audio evidence refutes Ms. Denson’s “self-serving” complaint. Interestingly, PNC admits to the exchange with Ms. Denson with regard to Mr. Vandermolen’s cross-examination of Ms. Denson with regard to her business dealings. PNC has argued in its pleadings, that Mr. Vandermolen was justified in his questioning of Ms. Denson, because he has a duty to comply with “Know Your Customer” regulations.
Ms. Denson’s complaint requests unspecified damages. She is represented by Yechezkel Rodal.
On July 18, 2019, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed formal charges against Judge Vegina Hawkins, after video of her allegedly choking a courtroom deputy surfaced. The charges stated that on June 11, 2019, Judge Hawkins instigated a physical confrontation with a court employee, by “placing her hands around the neck of the employee and shook him”. The alleged choking occurred because of Judge Hawkin’s alleged frustration over the court employee not having her docket available for her in the morning. On July 19, 2019, The Supreme Court of Florida, suspended Judge Hawkins, without pay, pending disposition of the proceedings.
On October 6, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered Mr. Hernandez to serve a 60 day suspension of his law license, effective immediately, for lying to a judge, and filing pleadings with false information in them.
The body of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, the 3-year-old girl who was abducted in Birmingham on Oct. 12, was found inside of a dumpster at a landfill, Police Chief Patrick Smith said Tuesday night. Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown have been charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with her death. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Kamille’s entire family.
A black woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, after her neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her. Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was killed in a bedroom at the home at around 2:30 a.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
A recent post by Juanita Baker is making its way around social media. She alleges that Eric O. Darko raped her on May 10, 2017.
Darko was indicted by a Maryland Grand Jury on August 21, 2018, where he is being charged with Rape in the Second Degree, Second Degree Sex Offense and Assault in the Second Degree.
Under Maryland law, Rape in the Second Degree is defined as:
(1) by force, or the threat of force, without the consent of the other;
(2) if the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual, and the person performing the act knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual; or
(3) if the victim is under the age of 14 years, and the person performing the act is at least 4 years older than the victim.
(b) A person 18 years of age or older may not violate subsection (a)(1) or (2) of this section involving a child under the age of 13 years.
(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates subsection (a) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.
(2) (i) Subject to subparagraph (iv) of this paragraph, a person 18 years of age or older who violates subsection (b) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 15 years and not exceeding life.
(ii) A court may not suspend any part of the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.
(iii) The person is not eligible for parole during the mandatory minimum sentence.
(iv) If the State fails to comply with subsection (d) of this section, the mandatory minimum shall not apply.
(d) If the State intends to seek a sentence of imprisonment for not less than 15 years under subsection (c)(2) of this section, the State shall notify the person in writing of the State’s intention at least 30 days before trial.
Darko is being represented by the PG County Public Defenders, and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, Darko could be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.