Archive for the ‘legal’ Category

Plaxico Burress: Armed, Dangerous and Stupid (Apparently)

December 24, 2008

Plaxico’s house was searched and guns, ammo and other objects were seized, police said on Christmas eve….

In our opinion, Pro Players should leave their ego and their guns at home an enjoy their cushy, highly paid life and perform as expected.

Plaxico may have ruided his NFL career by playing with guns….He wouldn’t be the first “star” too risk everything…

From Michael Vick to Jim Brown there is a parade of “Bad Boys” from the NFL, other sports and Hollywood.  We are not saints; just people.  Now Plaxico Burress gets 15 minutes of fame not for a Super bowl touchdown but for shooting hemself in the foot, er, leg….

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)

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The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.

In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened.  It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure.  The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)

Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police.  It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance.  Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.

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Above: Mug shots of Ryan O’Neil and son Redmond when they were booked by police on drug charges….


Jim Brown was my hero when he played for the Cleveland Browns and he is again my hero now.  But there was a time there when he was just about nobody’s hero…..

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A 9 mm handgun, a rifle, ammunition and clothing were confiscated during a search of the home of New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, police said Wednesday.

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In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE)

In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE) (Seth Wenig – AP)

Legal Hurdle: Blagojevich Has A Big Mouth But Was A Crime Completed?

December 16, 2008

When Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney in Chicago, announced the arrest of the Illinois governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, Mr. Fitzgerald said he had acted to halt a political crime spree that included what he called an “appalling” effort to sell off the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

By Dvid Johnston
the New York Times 

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves a downtown office building Monday, Dec. 15, 
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But now some lawyers are beginning to suggest that the juiciest part of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the part involving the Senate seat, may be less than airtight. There is no evidence, at least none that has been disclosed, that the governor actually received anything of value — and the Senate appointment has yet to be made.

Ever since the country’s founding, prosecutors, defense lawyers and juries have been trying to define the difference between criminality and political deal-making. They have never established a clear-cut line between the offensive and the illegal, and the hours of wiretapped conversations involving Mr. Blagojevich, filled with crass, profane talk about benefiting from the Senate vacancy, may fall into a legal gray area.

Robert S. Bennett, one of Washington’s best-known white-collar criminal defense lawyers, said Mr. Blagojevich faced nearly insurmountable legal problems in a case that includes a raft of corruption accusations unrelated to Mr. Obama’s Senate seat. But Mr. Bennett said the case raised some potentially thorny issues about political corruption.

“This town is full of people who call themselves ambassadors, and all they did was pay $200,000 or $300,000 to the Republican or Democratic Party,” said Mr. Bennett, referring to a passage in the criminal complaint filed against the governor suggesting that Mr. Blagojevich was interested in an ambassadorial appointment in return for the Senate seat. “You have to wonder, How much of this guy’s problem was his language, rather than what he really did?”

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Mumbai Gunman Asks Pakistan for Legal Help; Reveals More In Confession

December 13, 2008

The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help after Indian lawyers refused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab wrote a letter Thursday to the Pakistani consulate to request “legal aid,” said Rakesh Maria, Mumbai’s chief investigator.

He also asked to meet with a representative from the consulate, Maria said.

The letter was forwarded to India’s government to relay to Pakistani officials, but it was unclear whether it had been delivered, Maria said.

A number of Indian lawyers — including a prominent group of Mumbai attorneys — have refused to defend Kasab against criminal charges amid outrage over the attacks. Police have revised the death toll from the attacks to 164 people. Nine gunmen also died in the siege.

AP

A person feeds birds at the Gateway of India landmark, in Mumbai, ... 
A man feeds birds at the Gateway of India landmark, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help after Indian lawyers refused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

He is being held on 12 offenses, including waging war against the country and murder, but has not yet been formally charged.

According to police, 21-year-old Kasab said he was a Pakistani national and member of banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Islamabad has refused to acknowledge Kasab’s nationality, complaining that India has yet to furnish any evidence.

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Associated Press

The gunman captured in last month’s Mumbai attacks says in his confession to police he originally intended to seize hostages and call the media to make demands.

In a confession statement obtained by The Associated Press, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab says he and his partner, who attacked the city’s main train station, had planned a rooftop standoff. But they couldn’t find access to a roof.

The two killed dozens of people inside the station, but it’s unclear if they ever held hostages.

Kasab also says the attacks were originally set for Sept. 27. He doesn’t say why they were delayed.

Last month’s attacks across India’s financial capital left 164 people plus nine gunmen dead.