Additional Blogs of Interest

GAO: VA Needs Better Sexual Harassment Protection for its Employees

Posted by Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC Staff on Sep 25, 2020 10:57:40 AM

A report released by the Government Accountability Office regarding the testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Women Veterans Task Force, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs before the House of Representatives was released in July 2020. The report evaluated the extent to which VA policies prevent and address sexual harassment of VA employees; how data informs VA concerning sexual harassment of its employees; and the extent to which the VA provides training to its employees to address sexual harassment. It includes a survey conducted by the Merit Systems Protection Board in 2016, which indicated approximately 22 percent of VA employees and 14 percent of federal employees experience some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Tags: Civil Rights Law

Battle Over Colorado's Death With Dignity Law

Posted by Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC Staff on Oct 25, 2019 9:30:08 AM

On August 26, 2019, Dr. Barbara Morris, a primary care and geriatric physician with over 40 years of experience, was abruptly fired by Centura Health Physician Group, at the direction of Centura Health Corporation (Centura). Her termination came on the heels of her efforts in aiding a patient in his search to find a healthcare provider who would write him a prescription for aid-in-dying medication (AID). In doing so, Centura, a faith-based healthcare organization, concluded that Dr. Morris’ conduct “violated the religious principles upon which [Centura] operates and warranted the termination of her employment.”

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Tags: Civil Rights Law

Gulf War Veteran Fatally Shot 14 Times by Lodi Police Officers

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Jul 31, 2019 8:54:34 PM

If the two City of Lodi Police Officer had been trained how to deal with violent, armed schizophrenic individuals, Parminder Shergill, a 37 year old Gulf War veteran, might still be alive today. Instead Mr. Shergill died on January 25, 2015 from 14 shots fired by the two police officers after he did not comply with their request to stop after they found him walking down a street in Lodi.

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Constitution's 6th Amendment Right to Counsel

Posted by LaQunya Baker on Jul 27, 2019 5:45:00 PM

When a defendant is faced with criminal charges and he’s battling the judge, the District Attorney, and what feels like the entire criminal justice system, the one person he should expect to be on his side, is his attorney. Unfortunately for Robert McCoy, he not only failed to convince a jury of his innocence at trial, he wasn’t able to convince his own attorney.

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Tags: Civil Rights Law

With family like these...

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Jul 26, 2019 3:53:31 PM

A Filipino family of five who relocated to Rocky Ford, Colorado in 2011 and 2012 recently sued the husband’s sister and his brother-in-law in the US District Court for Colorado for back wages using three federal laws and two Colorado wage laws. The defendants, Leonida and Bill Sackett, were said to have financed and sponsored the family’s immigration move and then held their social security cards and other documentation from them until, they were told, their debt for the move was paid to the Sacketts.

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Tragic Long Beach Death - Jury Delivered a Substantial Award

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Jul 24, 2019 12:01:18 PM

An eight-member Los Angeles jury delivered an award of $9.8 million to the family of a woman shot dead by two Long Beach police officers in 2017. The jury found the officers acted with “malice and oppression” to cause the death of Ms. Sinuon Pream, a 37 year old, mother of four, who suffered from mental illness.

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The People versus Race

Posted by LaQunya Baker on Jul 15, 2019 9:43:00 AM

“The prosecutor’s opening statement was flagrantly, glaring, and tremendously improper.” Those are the words the Colorado Court of Appeals used to describe the racially charged language a District Attorney (D.A., prosecution) used to convict Marcus Lee Robinson of attempted sexual assault and unlawful sexual conduct. Flagrant, glaring, and tremendously improper.

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Tags: Criminal Defense Attorney, Civil Rights Law

Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel-Protecting Defendant Autonomy

Posted by LaQunya Baker on Jul 14, 2019 8:12:25 AM

When a defendant is faced with criminal charges and he’s battling the judge, the District Attorney, and what feels like the entire criminal justice system. The one person he should expect to be on his side, is his attorney. Unfortunately for Robert McCoy, he not only failed to convince a jury of his innocence at trial, he wasn’t able to convince his own attorney.

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Tags: Civil Rights Law

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