Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs abortion law that will likely close most of the abortion clinics in Texas, Thursday, July 18, 2013.
*In late June, we reported on pro-choice hero Wendy Davis when she stood on Texas’ state floor and staged an 11-hour filibuster without breaks to fight against the abortion bill that would close all but five abortion clinics in the state.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in total opposition to Davis, so much so, that he re-introduced the bill and had it signed into law Thursday morning.
The earlier version was successfully thwarted by Davis’ filibuster, but sly Perry slid a new and improved version in and both houses of the legislature passed it through last week with a final signature from Perry today.
According to the report from the Huffington Post, he was locked and loaded, prepared for today!
Shreveport, Louisiana police contend that Aaron Woodbury was told to pull up his pants on two different occasions and he refused and was arrested.
*The saggy pants fad doesn’t appear to be fading away anytime soon.
No matter how much law officials try to crack down on all the crack revealing wear, the trend just will not die.
Aaron Woodbury is the latest victim of the trend, but his wife Semekia Woodbury said he doesn’t even sag his pants.
According to her interview with Channel 12 KSLA, that’s not his style. But the Shreveport, Louisiana, police department tell a more complex story of the arrest.
Woodbury was allegedly at the scene of a fight that occurred in his neighborhood and police asked him to pull up his pants and go home, but he refused to pull up his pants and two occasions and then they arrested him.
He was charged with wearing his pants below his waist and resisting arrest.
*The Trayvon Martin story has gathered steam all over the country with outrage that has sparked online petitions and planned protests in Miami-Dade, Florida.
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Not only that, the FBI investigation that the Martin family has been pleading for has been granted. But, is all of the nation’s efforts, including those from residents living in the community where Trayvon Martin was killed, enough?
Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, pointed out on Monday night the many people who have gone scott free because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. This law is the very reason why George Zimmerman has not been arrested yet. The man should have been considered a threat and detained because of his past with the Sanford police department if nothing else.
Schultz mentioned Zimmerman’s past arrest for resisting arrest, but he also mentioned that he assaulted an officer. Not only that, Zimmerman has placed 47 calls to Sanford police department prior to this incident. There are plenty of factors present, without an FBI probe, that any second grader could assess and find suspicious enough to call for an arrest warrant on this fool.
But, the law in place protects jerks like Zimmerman stating: (more…)
Trayvon Martin & his killer, George Zimmerman
*Tone Loc has had a rough couple of weeks. After pleading guilty to domestic violence and weapons charges, the rapper collapsed onstage in Atlanta.
He was rushed to the hospital and was given an IV. His manager says he’s doing better, however.
Witnesses say it looked like he had a seizure, but his manager says it was just a matter of exhaustion.
*Old school rapper Tone Loc pleaded guilty to a domestic violence dispute that occurred over the summer.
According to reports, the “Funky Cold Medina” artist is indeed responsible for one count of corporal injury to a spouse, cohabitant or child’s parent and possession of an assault weapon. The victim was his child’s mother.
As far as the weapon is concerned, he had an unregistered Colt AR-15 Sporter, but it wasn’t used in the altercation. He was arrested and remained in custody for less than three hours after posing a $50,000 bond.
The rapper-actor, born Anthony Smith, 45 – who first came into prominence in the late 80s with the smash hit “Wild Thing” and then enjoyed a career resurgence in 1994, after appearing in a supporting role in the Jim Carrey vehicle “Ace Ventura” – was sentenced to one day in county jail, three years probation and 52 weeks of anger management counseling, as well as 30 days of community service.
Attorney Jameika Williams Mangum
*You’ve probably heard Miranda Warnings being given to a person in police custody on television shows or in movies. Individuals should be mirandized if in police custody and subjected to police questioning or interrogation.
The Miranda warnings are discussed in a U.S. Supreme Court case (Miranda v. Arizona), regarding a criminal defendant, Miranda, charged with rape and kidnapping. In Miranda v. Arizona, officers obtained a signed confession from Mr. Miranda without reading him his constitutional rights. The Miranda Warnings are as follows:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in the court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”
The purpose of the Miranda warning is to protect criminal suspects from self-incrimination. Essentially, protecting individuals from having their own statements used against them in court.
The right to remain silent is not exercised as often as you may think. Although an officer may advise a suspect of his/her rights pursuant to Miranda, some suspects will waive their rights and speak to police about a crime that is being investigated. Shortly thereafter, the police may have a confession in hand. In some cases, it may be difficult to dispute a waiver, especially when the waiver is in writing. Sometimes confessions or statements may be suppressed after a hearing on the issues if proper procedures are not followed. But in other cases, confessions may be admitted into evidence at trial.
Jameika Williams Mangum is an Attorney at the Mangum Law Firm, LLC in the Chicago area. The Mangum Law Firm, LLC is a general practice firm with a focus on Criminal, Civil, and Family Law. For more information, please visit www.themangumlawfirm.com or www.rollingmeadowsattorney.com.