The holidays are coming, so I am going to ask you to tie one on.
And NO, I don’t mean drinking.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is once again asking drivers to put a MADD red ribbon on their vehicle to remind folks to always have a designated driver.
According to the MADD website: “Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety® is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. The name Tie One On For Safety comes from the phrase ‘tie one on,’ which is slang for drinking alcohol. But at MADD we use the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix.”
The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads in our nation. This year, make sure to have a designated driver if you are going to be drinking.
And remember to “tie one on.”
The Henderson County Grand Jury report came out this week and I am struck once again by the number of sexual predators in our state. Three men were indicted for sex offenses with children:
- Ronnie Edward Burden, 55, Athens, indicted for 1 Count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and 1 Count of Indecency with a Child
- Jay Tony Rackley, 35, LaRue, indicted for 2 Counts of Sexual Assault of a Child and 1 Count of Indecency with a Child
- James Reuben Steele, 56, Kemp, indicted for 1 Count of Indecency with a Child and 1 Count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
I know I should believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but I am really tired of seeing these type of cases. I recently attended a seminar where lawyers from all over the country discussed suing sexual predators as an additional way to stop this abuse, regardless of whether the predators have the ability to pay victims. I believe law enforcement does everything it can on the criminal side … well it is time for us to step up on the civil side. We will sue predators of sexual abuse – clergy, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, neighbors, step relatives or other authority. Please call me at 903-677-5333. I promise that all of our discussions will be confidential, the victim will not owe me anything unless we collect money and we will prosecute the case to verdict.
It’s the time of year when people consider giving a little extra to charity. Just wanted to make you aware of a concern of mine that the money is actually going to help instead of just going to line the pockets of the charity.
A lawsuit filed in California against a children’s charity is a perfect example.
The lawsuit alleges that less than 11 percent of the nearly $97 million Children’s Wish Foundation has collected over the past 10 years has actually gone to kids. That’s less than $11 million that actually went to help children. $86 million allegedly went to pay “administrative” and other costs.
Don’t confuse this with the Make a Wish Foundation, which is totally different.
And therein lies the problem. With all of the charities asking for money these days, how can you have confidence when you make a donation?
One resource I use is Charity Navigator, which describes itself as a “guide to intelligent giving.”
It’s website reads: “By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges.”
Through Charity Navigator, you can find out how much of your money is going to administration and how much is going to benefit the actual charity, and that is a vitally important factor for me.
So protect yourself and protect the people you are trying to help … check out charities before you donate.
Back in July, I told you about the company Fresenius Medical Care, which distributes the dialysis product GranuFlo. Fresenius reportedly knew — but did not warn doctors — that use of GranuFlo could result in “a sharp increase in the risk of patients dying suddenly from cardiac arrest.”
Well now the widow of man who died of a heart attack after dialysis, a process which included both Granuflo and Naturalyte additives, has filed a lawsuit against Fresenius.
According to the Injury Lawyer News, the dead man “began hemodialysis treatments in November 2010. He received both Granuflo and Naturalyte additives during his dialysis treatments, which took place three times a week at a Fresenius dialysis clinic in Fremont. On April 6, 2011, just a few hours after his dialysis at the clinic, (he) suffered a massive heart attack and died. Allegations state that the decedent’s metabolic alkalosis, cardiac arrest and subsequent demise were a direct and proximate result of his use of Granuflo and/or Naturalyte. The complaint further argues that the defendant knew its products resulted in excess bicarbonate levels in patients, often leading to metabolic alkalosis – a dangerous condition associated with heightened risks for heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death.”
Granuflo and Naturalyte are products that have repeatedly been connected to heart attacks.
– Have you, or someone you know, gone through dialysis?
– Have you, or someone you know, had a heart attack following dialysis?
If you or someone you know used GranuFlo or Naturalyte and suffered a heart attack, please contact Weinstein Law at 877-677-5333.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that a former music teacher was arrested last week and charged with “three counts of possession of child pornography, and one count each of online solicitation of a minor, promotion of child pornography, and online impersonation.”
According to the Chronicle:
An undercover probe by the constable’s High Tech Crimes Unit determined that (Derrick Allan Gossett, 32) impersonated a juvenile female on Facebook to encourage the boy to send nude images of himself, according to a press release from the constable’s office.
“The Facebook profile was allegedly engineered and operated so that a 12-year-old boy believed he was conversing with a juvenile female, whom he knew as a former classmate of his,” the release states. Further investigation identified Gossett as the Facebook poster.
A search warrant on Gossett’s home yielded several images of nude boys, whom who he knew via his work within the Spring Independent School District, investigators said.
We have been reporting that the federal government has provided victims of Child Pornography a way to extract justice from the people who make the system a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Masha’s Law … named after a victim of Child Pornography … allows victims to sue their abusers for producing, distributing or simply possessing Child Pornography or engaging in Child Sexual Exploitation.
The law was written with the hope that attorneys can make these pedophiles pay in a way law enforcement cannot.
You are no longer alone if you have been the victim of Child Pornography of Sexual Exploitation. Please call Weinstein Law at 877-677-5333 to make sure your rights are protected. (Remember, we charge no fee unless there is a recovery.)
The original victim is getting her day in court.
Masha Allen has used the law named after her to file a lawsuit against 14 men – plus anyone else – who viewed sexual photos of her.
According to the Associated Press:
“Masha’s Law” is named for Masha Allen, a Russian orphan adopted at age 5 by divorced Pittsburgh-area millionaire Matthew Mancuso. He’s in prison for making and posting about 200 sexually explicit images of her that authorities believe have been viewed millions of times online.
The FBI sought the identity of the child known as the “Internet Girl” or “Disney World Girl” and located Masha in 2003, when she was 10. She is now 20 and has changed her name to regain some measure of privacy after testifying in Congress.
Masha’s case is the first time the law has been used to file a class action lawsuit.
With Masha’s law, the federal government allows the victims to sue their abusers for producing, distributing or simply possessing Child Pornography or engaging in Child Sexual Exploitation. The law was written with the hope that attorneys can make these pedophiles pay in a way law enforcement cannot.
The law provides for a penalty of $150,000 for each count.
If you have been the victim of Child Pornography of Sexual Exploitation you now have a way to fight back. Please call Weinstein Law at 877-677-5333 to make sure your rights are protected.