I knew about the red light on cars, but not the #77. It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren's parents have always told her never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc...Lauren had actually listened to her parents' advice, and promptly called #77 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren't, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the other surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.I never knew about the #77 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a safe place.* Speaking to a service representative at ** Bell ** Mobility confirmed that #77 was a direct link to State trooper info...So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about #77.Send this to every woman (and person) you know; it may save a life...
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
When defense attorney Glenn Murray said in court, "This young woman is remorseful," someone laughed among a crowd of more than two dozen of the victim's friends and relatives, drawing a reprimand from the judge.
- "Facebook enhancement for drunk driving provides notable example of social-media sentencing" Sentencing Law and Policy (Jan. 28, 2010)
- "Who needs a PSR when there's Facebook" Simple Justice (Jan. 28, 2010)
- "Remember to think before you post online" The Defense Rests (Aug. 7, 2009)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
BAL .02%-.03%: You feel mildly relaxed and maybe a little lightheaded. Your inhibitions are slightly loosened, and whatever mood you were in before you started drinking may be mildly intensified.
BAL .05%-.06%: You feel warm and relaxed. If you're the shy type when you're sober, you lose your feelings of shyness. Your behavior may become exaggerated, making you talk louder or faster or act bolder than usual. Emotions are intensified, so your good moods are better and your bad moods are worse. You may also feel a mild sense of euphoria.
BAL .08%-.09%: You believe you're functioning better than you actually are. At this level, you may start to slur your speech. Your sense of balance is probably off, and your motor skills are starting to become impaired. Your ability to see and hear clearly is diminished. Your judgment is being affected, so it's difficult for you to decide whether or not to continue drinking. Your ability to evaluate sexual situations is impaired. Students may jokingly refer to this state of mind as beer goggles,but this BAL can have serious repercussions. See the pages on Sex and Alcohol: A Risky Relationship for how to protect yourself.
BAL .10%-.12%: At this level, you feel euphoric, but you lack coordination and balance. Your motor skills are markedly impaired, as are your judgment and memory. You probably don't remember how many drinks you've had. Your emotions are exaggerated, and some people become loud, aggressive, or belligerent. If you're a guy, you may have trouble getting an erection when your BAL is this high.
BAL .14%-.17%: Your euphoric feelings may give way to unpleasant feelings. You have difficulty talking, walking, or even standing. Your judgment and perception are severely impaired. You may become more aggressive, and there is an increased risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. This is the point when you may experience a blackout.
BAL .20%: You feel confused, dazed, or otherwise disoriented. You need help to stand up or walk. If you hurt yourself at this point, you probably won't realize it because you won't feel pain. If you are aware you've injured yourself, chances are you won't do anything about it. At this point you may experience nausea and/or start vomiting (keep in mind that for some people, a lower blood alcohol level than .20% may cause vomiting). Your gag reflex is impaired, so you could choke if you do throw up. Since blackouts are likely at this level, you may not remember any of this.
BAL .25%: All mental, physical, and sensory functions are severely impaired. You're emotionally numb. There's an increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falling or other accidents.
BAL .30%: You're in a stupor. You have little comprehension of where you are. You may suddenly pass out at this point and be difficult to awaken. (But don't kid yourself: Passing out can also occur at lower BALs. But, at lower blood alcohol levels, you may decide You've had enough to drink and go "pass out." With an alarming BAL like .30%, your body will be deciding to pass out for you.) In February 1996, an 18-year-old student died of alcohol poisoning with a BAL of .31% after attending two parties the night before.
.03 Slowed reactions.05 Increased risk taking.08 Impaired vision.10 Poor coordination
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
1.0 Financial Standards for Determining IndigencyThe indigency standards adopted by the judges shall apply to each defendant equally, regardless of whether the defendant is in custody or out on bail.1.1 A judge shall consider the following criteria as incorporated by the form adopted by the board of judges in determining whether a defendant is indigent:1.1.1 defendant's income;1.1.2 source of income;1.1.3 assets;1.1.4 property owned;1.1.5 outstanding obligations;1.1.6 necessary expenses;1.1.7 the number of ages of dependents; and1.1.8 spousal incomes available to defendant.1.2 The judge shall not consider whether the defendant has posted bail, except to the extent that it reflects the defendant's financial circumstances.
"We vacate the judgment of the Supreme Court of Virginia and remand the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with the opinion in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 US ___ (2009)." -- Briscoe v. Virginia, 559 US ___ (2010), per curiam
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Geez. LOL. 4 HPD officers didn't order cause I wouldn't give them 50% off. If I get a speeding ticket will I get 50% off ?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
He let fly once the door was closed. "Are you going to tell me that you are a Northwestern-educated young woman and that you cannot put your biases aside to be impartial in a court of law?!?" He took out on me all the rage that had been building up inside him for years as busy, educated people figured ways to get out of their civic duty.
I felt bad, but...I had a job that did not look kindly on my taking off work, I was strapped even without the distraction of jury duty. I did not want to serve. I shrugged sheepishly. "I was just answering the lawyers' questions honestly..." I had said. He had stumped away, back into the court room. I was not picked.
Damn that judge. His words rung in my ears today as the lawyers asked virtually the same questions. I was forced to say when asked if I could be impartial despite various and sundry things that I have seen or done, people I knew, that indeed, "Yes, I would try..."
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $500.
The new ordinance will go into effect ten days after publication in the local paper (approximately January 27, 2010) which should be this Sunday.
"New advocacy group seeks to ban cell phone use when driving" The Defense Rests (Jan. 13, 2010)
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- Impaired judgment
- Impaired reaction time
- Impaired vision
- Problems with information processing
- Short term memory loss
- Decreased vigilance
- Impaired judgment
- Impaired psychomotor skills
- Depressed vision
- Problems with information processing
- 26% of drivers opened a window;
- 17% of drivers drank a caffeinated beverage;
- 15% of drivers pulled off the road; and
- 14% of drivers cranked up the radio.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
1 a : a formal justification : Defense b : Excuse 2a
2 : an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret
3 : a poor substitute : Makeshift
Monday, January 11, 2010
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