September 19, 2008
Last fall, if everyone remembers, a dorm student stabbed her roommate to death. This case is serious, as the prosecutor is going first degree for the charges. We’ll see what the jury does. AZ Central has the latest:
“Jury gets case in UA dorm stabbing”
TUCSON – A University of Arizona freshman committed premeditated first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of her roommate, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday, but the defendant’s lawyer said the jury would conclude otherwise in fully considering the evidence.
After lawyers concluded their closing arguments, the weeklong trial of 19-year-old Galareka Harrison was turned over to jurors late in the day to begin deliberating Friday.
“This is a case of overwhelming premeditated murder,” Deputy Pima County Attorney Rick Unklesbay said in his summation. “You will not find a case with more premeditation than the one that you have before you.”
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A driver who crashes into the rear-end of another vehicle is not automatically negligent, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding a jury verdict that cleared a driver of negligence in a Rapid City collision.
If a driver admits violating the law that prohibits following too closely, a judge could find the driver negligent as a matter of law, the high court said in a unanimous decision. But juries should decide cases where drivers argue they acted reasonably and prudently, the justices said.
The high court’s unanimous decision affirmed a jury’s finding that Carla Jean Hall was not negligent when she ran into the rear of Abdelaziz Baddou’s vehicle in January 2004 on a two-lane street.
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A 71-year-old man who had a job helping seniors was fired by Bay Area Catholic Charities because he was too old, federal authorities charged Thursday in a civil lawsuit.
The nonprofit provider of social services violated federal law when it fired Gilbert Brigham, a case manager advocate for seniors, and replaced him with a less-qualified woman half his age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in the age discrimination suit. Brigham was told he was let go for budgetary reasons, the suit says.
Brigham’s replacement did not possess the minimum four years of experience required for the job, the EEOC charged. Brigham holds a master’s degree in public administration; previously worked as a case manager at the Goldman Institute on Aging, a community-based, not-for-profit, senior assistance Bay Area organization; served on San Francisco’s Commission on Aging; and had almost five years of excellent performance at Catholic Charities, the suit says.
Read Article Sacramento Bee
After two California train accidents this summer in which cellphone use may have been a factor, state regulators were preparing a ban on the wireless devices for rail crews in the weeks prior to the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people.
The grim irony was disclosed Thursday by state Public Utilities Commission officials as they voted to impose the cellphone ban. It came a day after federal investigators confirmed that a Metrolink engineer had been sending and receiving text messages while on duty last Friday, the day of the head-on collision with a Union Pacific freight train, the worst California train disaster in 50 years.
Read Article Los Angeles Times
SEC is taking action to stave off a mass financial disaster. We’ll see what happens:
“SEC Adopts Rules Against Naked Short-Selling”
By Marcy Gordon
Federal regulators on Wednesday took measures aimed at reining in aggressive forms of short-selling that were blamed in part for the demise of Lehman Brothers and which some feared could be used against other vulnerable companies in a turbulent market.
The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules it said would provide permanent protections against abusive “naked” short-selling. Unlike the SEC’s temporary emergency ban this summer covering naked short-selling in the stocks of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and 17 large investment banks, the new rules apply to trading in the broader market.
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