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Court after court has held that you can f-bomb the police.  Depending on the situation, it may be totally disrespectful and rude, or it may be justified and appropriate. Regardless, it is constitutionally protected.  Of course, that doesn’t mean the police can’t charge you, or that a state court can’t convict you, but you will eventually be vindicated.

So this gent, Mr. Buehler, was recording a proceeding in court. The judge was not pleased, although it appears Mr. Buehler was legally permitted to record. A kerfuffle ensued, and just when you thought it might be over …  As reported by PINAC (photographyisnotacrime.com):

As [Gonzalez Police Captain Gayle] Autry turned around to return to the courthouse, a sarcastic “have a nice day” was exchanged between the cop and one of Buehler’s associates.
Buehler then told him to “go fuck yourself” as he was walking away, prompting Autry to turn around, pull out the handcuffs and arrest Buehler for disorderly conduct, even though numerous court decisions have ruled that using profanity against a cop is protected by the First Amendment.

Judge Voigt later denied Buehler’s motion to recuse herself from presiding over the subsequent trial given her involvement leading up to his arrest.

Buehler defended himself in court on June 5, 2013 and was found guilty after a 7-hour trial presided by the biased Judge Voigt.

He immediately appealed the decision and was granted a new trial with a new judge, who hopefully understands Constitutional law better than Voigt.

You can read a ton more here.

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The Juice is a personal injury lawyer, not a criminal lawyer, so he’s not going to weigh in on all these charges, other than to wonder “Does she need to kill someone before she gets a serious sentence? Fifth DUI?”  As reported by The Independent Record (Helena, Montana):

On Wednesday at 11:55 p.m., an officer was conducting preventative patrol in the area of N. Last Chance and Cruse Ave. The officer observed a vehicle run the red light at this intersection. The officer conducted a traffic stop and initiated a DUI investigation. The driver, Tennille Lomahukluh, 35, was placed under arrest. Lomahukluh was transported and booked into the LCSO Jail on suspicion of the following charges: Felony DUI (fifth offense), driving while driving status is revoked, no insurance, red light violation, probation violation.

It’s probably not going out on a limb to suggest that she’s likely to be in a cell for a while.

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If you want to be master of your domain, do NOT live in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association. If you choose to do so, just remember that things like this could happen to you.  As reported by wsmv.com (Nashville, Tennessee):

A Brentwood homeowners association is threatening to sue a family if they don’t take down a wheelchair ramp in the next week.

After Michael Broadnax suffered a stroke late last summer, his wife became the head of the household.

Charlotte Broadnax retrofitted her house with a small ramp so her husband could come home for rehabilitation. Now, the homeowners association for the Woodlands of Copperstone is threatening to sue …

She received a letter in the mail dated June 1 from Alvin Harris, an attorney representing the homeowners association.

“The association demands that within 14 days of the date of this letter, you remove the wheelchair ramp and restore the exterior of your home,” Charlotte Broadnax said, reading from the letter.

The letter went on to list the consequences the homeowner would face if she didn’t meet the demands.

” [The Declaration] authorizes the association to come onto your property and remove the ramp and charge you with the work,” Charlotte Broadnax read.

The letter then reads, “If you force the association to sue you, it will seek a court order” and charge the Broadnax’s for attorney’s fees.

And just so you know how heartless the HOA is …

Michael Broadnax, a well-known pastor, is currently in the hospital recovering from another brain surgery.

“Within 14 days I have to try to get that ramp down? Within 14 days bring him home?” Charlotte Broadnax said. “When he comes home from the hospital, how am I going to get him in the house?”

The family found out a few days before Thanksgiving that Michael Broadnax could have therapy at his home.

“The nursing home said they were sending my husband home and I needed a ramp put up,” Charlotte Broadnax said. She says she promptly hired a legal contractor and had the ramp installed before the nursing home inspection. “I didn’t do this to deface my home,” she said. “My priority was taking care of my husband.”

What does the HOA have to say now?

“The board did not know the ramp was for the homeowner, Mr. Broadnax. The association would like to work with the owners on a compromise regarding the appearance and location of the ramp and compliance with any applicable codes.”

How about knocking on their door before sending the letter? You’re all “neighbors,” or at least you live close to each other, because this sure isn’t neighborly behavior. You’ll find the source,  and a video news story, here.

 

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This is just so petty, and such an incredible waste of everyone’s time. As reported by wreg.com:

“My 18-year-old daughter, Lanarcia Walker, graduated from Senatobia High,” Linda Walker said.

The pomp and circumstance did not last long for some Mississippi families.

“He said ‘you did it baby’, waived his towel and went out the door,” Walker explained.

“When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that,” Ursula Miller said she shouted about her niece.

Miller and Henry Walker were two of the four people asked to leave Senatobia High School’s graduation ceremony for cheering.

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where the high school ceremony was held, said the superintendent asked the crowd not to scream and to hold their applause until the end.

Otherwise, they would be asked to leave. However, that wasn’t the end of it.

“A week or two later, I was served with some papers,” Miller explained. The papers threatened to throw them in jail.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed ‘disturbing the peace’ charges against the people who yelled at graduation.

Officers issued warrants for their arrests with a possible $500 bond.

“It’s crazy,” Henry Walker said. “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs, or a $500 fine for expressing my love, it’s ridiculous man. It’s ridiculous.”

Superintendent Foster said the charges were far from ridiculous. While Foster declined an on-camera interview with WREG, he said he’s determined to have order at graduation ceremonies.

“Okay,” Miller said. “I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation, but to say they going to put me in jail for it. What else are they allowed to do?”

“Why assign papers on someone? We don’t have money for anything like that,” Linda Walker said.

The families said they were only trying to support their loved ones and should not be forced to go to court.  The four people charged are expected in court Monday, June 9.

Here’s the source, including a video news story.

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It’s a robe, not a cloak of invincibility. This former Judge just learned that retiring got rid of the ethics charges but … as reported by The Daily Report …

A Fulton County grand jury has indicted the former chief judge of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit for making false statements and violating her oath of office as her judicial conduct was investigated nearly four years ago.

Indicted, as in she could face 1-5 years in prison for each count. About the ethics charges …

In 2011, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission filed ethics charges against Chief Judge Amanda Williams, accusing her of “willful misconduct” and “tyrannical partiality.” The JQC cited claims of the judge doing judicial favors for friends and family members, conducting ex parte meetings with litigants and lawyers and ordering others locked up for little or no reason.

In one case, Williams was accused of jailing Lindsey Dills, a young drug court participant, for an indefinite term. The woman ultimately spent 5½ years in Williams’ drug court, including more than a year in jail for cashing two forged checks totaling $100 on her father’s checking account, according to the JQC.

Williams announced in December 2011 that she would voluntarily step down, ending the prosecution by the JQC.

You’ll find the source here, and more information about the criminal and ethics charges in this story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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You could go online and get red and blue lights and put them in your grill. Presto, you are now driving an unmarked cop car. That’s the game this guy was playing. (Hopefully it was just a game, and not something nefarious, not that the judge is likely to care.) Anyway, if this gent ever saw Casablanca, he would be Humphrey Bogart (he wishes), saying “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” As reported by khou.com:

Flashing red and blue lights on the front grill of a truck caught one officer off-guard Wednesday afternoon, on SH 249 in Tomball.

“I thought it was an unmarked police vehicle,” said Sgt,. Rebecca Carlisle, with Tomball Police.

It almost fooled Carlisle, when she saw them in her rear view mirror.

In case you missed it, that was “Sgt. Rebecca Carlisle” the wannabe pulled over.

“My initial instinct was oh my God! What am I doing to get pulled over?” said Carlisle.

But the sergeant, who was in her full uniform, quickly knew something was wrong.

“Well I’m not speeding. I’m in the city I work in, and I don’t recognize the vehicle.”

Carlisle told KHOU 11 News that she rolled down her window and waived the suspect over.

Uh-oh. You in trouble now.

Tomball police say when 21-year-old Bennjair Pina-Torres pulled his white truck alongside, something spooked him and he sped off.

Carlisle followed and called for backup. She said the suspect was speeding at times, faster than 100 mph, running red lights and running people off the road.

“It scared the death of out of me.”

At one point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 5 Constables Office were notified.

“He still got his red and blues on the grill. A precinct five constable initiates a traffic stop and they take him into custody,” said Tomball PD Captain, Rickey Dorre.

And if you think this guy is a serial offender … you would be wrong.

Pina-Torres is charged with impersonating a peace officer, a 3rd degree felony. According to Tomball PD, he has no prior record.

Here’s the source, with video.

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Hey, if you make a threat and you don’t follow through with it, people won’t take you seriously, right? Sure, but maybe you shouldn’t make the threat in the first place. As reported by ksdk.com:

Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigated an animal cruelty call in Godfrey, Ill. Monday night.

Cat lovers might want to skip this post and come back to Legal Juice tomorrow.

A teenage occupant of the home on the 5000 block of Victor Drive answered the door. She told the deputy that she found her dead cat in the family’s freezer. The deputy asked the girl and her grandmother, Josephine E. Bell, what happened to the cat. Bell interrupted saying that she killed the cat and its four kittens. The 71-year-old grandmother told the deputy that she had previously told her grandchildren that they would lose their animals if they didn’t clean their rooms.

She sure showed them. How does someone do that – to the cats, and to her kin?

Bell said that she didn’t feel she had to take care of the pets and killed them with a hammer.

The kittens had been disposed of and the deputy could not locate them.

Godfrey Animal Control was called to the home and took custody of the dead cat.

Bell was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail. She will remain in custody at the jail pending formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Bond is set at $15,000.

Stone, stone cold. Here’s the source, which includes mug shots. 

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It’s not exactly “the dog ate my homework,” but it’s in the same family of lame excuses. As reported by The Beacon-Times:

An Aurora man who said he was exhausted from taking care of a puppy was charged with DUI after falling asleep in a fast food restaurant drive-through lane Saturday morning.

Police found Matthew Gunderson, 29, 4100 block of Landing Drive, asleep behind the wheel of his car at the Steak and Shake restaurant in the 4300 block of Fox Valley Center Drive around 2:17 a.m.

A restaurant employee called police after she noticed Gunderson asleep. According to police reports, it took officers several attempts to wake the sleeping Gunderson. When he finally woke up, police said he complained of exhaustion. Gunderson said he had a new puppy and was tired from trying to take care of it, police said.

Gunderson was charged with drunken driving after police said they noticed he showed signs of intoxication.

How considerate of him to make the bust so easy! Click here for the source.

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If you live in a western democracy, you probably take a lot of things for granted, like being able to dress how you want to. In Kuwait, not so much. As reported by The Arab Times:

Police have referred three Kuwaiti cross-dressers — 25, 27, 29 years old respectively — to the Criminal Investigations Department, reports Al-Anba daily. The cross-dressers were seized by patrolmen when they were driving in Dasman.

Why not live and let live.

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Just about everyone knows that when you are being robbed, just give them the money because your life is worth more than whatever is in the register. Remember that The Juice said “just about everyone.” That does not include a certain Popeyes franchisee in Texas. As reported by khou.com:

The pregnant Popeyes manager, who was fired less than 36 hours after a robbery, has been offered her job back.

Marissa Holcomb, who is a mother of three with a fourth child on the way, had a meeting with Z & H Foods owner Amin Dhanani on Wednesday, a day after our original story aired of her firing.

“He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,” she said.

Okay, so maybe now Mr. Dhanani gets it. Maybe. So what happened?

Surveillance video shows a man run into the restaurant with a beanie over his face while waving a gun. He forced all employees to the floor, then turned his attention to Holcomb.

“By the back of my shirt, he pulled me up and he pushed me to the front,” she said. “He told me to give him everything out of my safe.”

But the only thing she could open were the registers. … The unidentified robber got away with nearly $400.

Obviously she did the right thing. What happened after that?

Holcomb claimed after the robbery one of her managers gave her an ultimatum: Pay the money back or lose her job.

Her response?

“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb said, who said she was fired because she refused to pay the money back. “I just had a gun to me, I’m not paying the money.”

“I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life,” she said.

KHOU “contacted the Popeyes corporate office in Georgia.”

They initially referred us back to the local franchisee, but the CEO Cheryl Bachelder released the following statement Wednesday evening.

“We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand. We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation. While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused.”

And after that …

Holcomb is not only being offered her old position, but $2,000 in back pay. For the pregnant mother of three, the decision is tough.

“I do need a way to support my kids,” she says. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

What? No, take the money! The dude is under a microscope now! He won’t mess with you. Here’s the source, including a video of the story.