Today’s Legal News Headlines 2/12/2010

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Honda Motor Co., based in Tokyo, Japan, will be recalling an additional 437,000 vehicles in what has become an ongoing, 15-month process that involves cars around the globe. Faulty airbags are the culprit for the recall, which was originally announced in November, 2008. Honda will be replacing driver side air bag inflators that can apparently deploy when too much pressure is applied to them, potentially causing injury or death. Of the additional vehicles that are being recalled, 378,000 are in the U.S., while 41,000 are in Canada and 17,000 in Japan. The total recall from Honda is now affecting 952,118 vehicles in total, including some Honda vehicles that go all the way back to 2001.

A 14-year-old Phoenix girl was locked in a room, starved and abused for two months, and her father and stepmother could face charges of unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping and child abuse, police said Wednesday.

In a move that is sure to have the agriculture industry grimacing and labor-rights advocates cheering, the Labor Department is reversing a Bush administration rule that allowed farmers an easier path to hiring temporary or seasonal foreign workers.

The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January increased 15 percent from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners whove fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way.

More than 315,000 households received a foreclosure-related notice in January, RealtyTrac Inc. reported Thursday. That number is down nearly 10 percent from 349,000 in December, which saw the third highest total since the company began tracking foreclosure data in 2005.

A judge has delayed a ruling on whether Michael Jackson’s father can obtain medical records related to the death of his superstar son.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Thursday he wants to further consider arguments raised by Joe Jackson’s attorney. He says he will issue a ruling next week.

Sources: Free Republic, Associated Press,

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Cold Case Files 052 Part 1

THE ACCIDENTAL KILLER ; LITTLE SISTER LOST

While hiking with husband Dennis in Montana, Leslee Larson fell into Wolf Creek. After cashing in a double indemnity insurance policy, Dennis eventually lands in Maine–where he’s convicted of murdering wife three who “fell” from a cliff. See how Montana detectives flush their wolf from the creek–25 years later. And when 15-year-old papergirl Penny Parker goes missing, her body is found by a search volunteer. Watch cold case detectives find a genetic trace, 24 years later, to the volunteer.

Duration : 0:8:24

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Cold Case Files 011 Part 1

KILLER ON THE STRIP ; THE DOLL MURDER

In Palm Beach, a determined cop solves the murder of prostitute Lucy Pate five years later, when he connects Lucy’s case with another case that was overlooked at the time. The prostitute who survived agreed to help and identified her attacker. In 1989, socialite Susan Doll was found beaten, raped, and strangled in Colorado. Investigators extracted DNA from a semen stain, but had no suspect to match it against–until 1995 when a local landlord found 25 pairs of panties stuffed into a furnace.

Duration : 0:9:19

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Cold Case Files 012 Part 2

MURDER ILLUSTRATED ; BLOOD RELATIONS

Police solve the murder and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick when they are finally able to link graphic sexual materials found in the home of suspect Timothy Masters, though no hard evidence was ever found. And DNA from a semen stain helps cops crack open the 23-year-old case of a man who raped and killed his sister-in-law.

Duration : 0:8:48

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Cold Case Files 006 Part 1

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD ; THE KILLER NEXT DOOR

Cold Case Units use psychological profiling, forensic anthropology, and a convicted felon’s rekindled memory to heat up old cases. In Missouri, a part-time missionary is convicted, 38 years later, of killing her 5-year-old stepdaughter, and the skeleton of a Michigan boy, dead for 10 years, leads police to a serial killer.

Duration : 0:9:23

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NEW G20 Police Brutality video from the climate camp protest in London SKY NEWS 18th May 09

New footage shows an officer using a police shield as a weapon on a G20 protester
G20 Police Face Legal Review On Tactics
A group of G20 protesters, who claim they were the victims of overly aggressive police tactics, say they are considering mounting a legal challenge against Scotland Yard. Lawyers acting for a group of climate camp demonstrators have put the Metropolitan police on notice that they may launch a Judicial Review of the tactics used to contain demonstrations.
Activists who staged the Bishopsgate climate camp want an explanation of how the Metropolitan Police handled the controversial City of London events last month.
Sky News has obtained exclusive new pictures of police attempts to break-up the climate camp on the evening of April 1.
They show one officer using his shield to hit out at demonstrators, who are sitting in the middle of the road. Another officer is seen apparently hitting out with his fist.
The climate campaigners’ legal representatives are also demanding that senior officers provide a legal basis for the practice known as “kettling”, where protesters are corralled into tight groups for extended periods of time. A “pre-action” legal letter is being submitted on their behalf to Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson by solicitors at London law firm Bindmans.
A spokesman for the group said it explains they will have no option but to seek a judicial review unless the force addresses their concerns.
Protesters have singled out decisions to hold climate camp participants in one place for more than four hours and then to forcibly clear the road.
Solicitor John Halford said justification for “kettling” a peaceful demonstration remains “entirely opaque”.
He said no reason has been given as to why people were held for so long and it was not clear if the force used by police was “reasonable”.
Protester Hugh Morris said: “The policing of climate camp in the City was totally disproportionate and in all probability unlawful.
“Yet again we are faced with another David and Goliath battle in the courts to put this right when the real battle should be in halting climate change, after all, that’s why we were in Bishopsgate.”
Activists are busy raising £40,000 for a legal fighting fund, although it is believed many of those bringing cases are entitled to legal aid.
Several reviews and inquiries are already under way after a barrage of complaints of police brutality during the demonstrations.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is probing four allegations of violence by police officers and claims the media were misled by the Met.
The most high-profile complaint followed the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson after he was hit with a baton and pushed to the ground.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/G20-Protests-Climate-Camp-Protesters-In-Bishopsgate-Are-Considering-Legal-Challenge-Against-Police/Article/200905315283494?lpos=UK_News_First_Home_Article_Teaser_Region_6&lid=ARTICLE_15283494_G20_Protests%3A_Climate_Camp_Protesters_In_Bishopsgate_Are_Considering_Legal_Challenge_Against_Police

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Cold Case Files 006 Part 2

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD ; THE KILLER NEXT DOOR

Cold Case Units use psychological profiling, forensic anthropology, and a convicted felon’s rekindled memory to heat up old cases. In Missouri, a part-time missionary is convicted, 38 years later, of killing her 5-year-old stepdaughter, and the skeleton of a Michigan boy, dead for 10 years, leads police to a serial killer.

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Cold Case Files 009 Part 1

TERROR IN TELLURIDE ; SIGNATURE OF A KILLER

A tipster’s phone call helps solve the murder of the heir to the U-Haul company fortune, and a grisly murder case is solved two decades later with the use of new fingerprint technology.

Duration : 0:8:45

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Calls to ban ‘legal drug’ gaining momentum

Campaigners and some politicians are calling for changes in the law concerning the drug mephedrone. .

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Cold Case Files 012 Part 1

MURDER ILLUSTRATED ; BLOOD RELATIONS

Police solve the murder and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick when they are finally able to link graphic sexual materials found in the home of suspect Timothy Masters, though no hard evidence was ever found. And DNA from a semen stain helps cops crack open the 23-year-old case of a man who raped and killed his sister-in-law.

Duration : 0:9:3

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