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In Criminal Defense Victim Restitution is Not Punishment, but it Sure Feels Like it! #CriminalAttorney

ne of the fundamental principles of our criminal justice system is that one person should never be punished for the misdeeds of another. As a result, if an eighteen-year-old gets drunk and smashes several car windows with a...more

A Victory For Crime Victims In Eleventh Circuit

In a decision that will surely have implications for criminal defendants and victims of crimes, on April 18, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit ordered federal authorities to disclose correspondence that took place between Palm Beach...more

Legal Updates for Government Entities Covering March and April 2014

The Gallaghers sued TUSD and a TUSD school employee, Michael Corum, alleging that Corum sexually abused and/or exploited their developmentally challenged daughter at a TUSD school. The Gallaghers claimed that TUSD was...more

Suing For Wrongful Death Or Injury Following A College Hazing

The parents of Robert Champion from Decatur have been offered $300,000 by Florida A&M University to settle a wrongful death lawsuit related to the hazing of their son. The incident occurred in November of 2011 when students...more

Are Bars and Restaurants Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents in California?

There are 28 people killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers every day throughout the United States. Tougher DUI penalties, wider use of sobriety checkpoints and extensive public education campaigns have contributed to...more

Huntsville Accident Brings $13 Million Settlement

Accidents are an unavoidable but often preventable consequence of driving any motor vehicle. Each year, however, motorists in Alabama and across the nation choose to gravely endanger millions of lives, including their own, by...more

Jury Finds Milwaukee County Not Liable For Sexual Assault Committed By Jail Guard

Back in 2009, Milwaukee County jail guard James Howard sexually assaulted an inmate. A state court convicted Mr. Howard of two counts of sexually assaulting an inmate. The inmate then sued Mr. Howard in federal court,...more

Audio Recording of Police in Action Found to Be Protected Right under 1st Ammendment

Audio Recordings of Police Are Protected By First Amendment According to Two Different Courts Of Appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Illinois’ 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law according to trial...more

Lerners' Lawyer Succeeds at Trial in Historic Abuse Case against Victims' Uncle

Milne v. Betts, 2012 ONSC 5565 - Over 40 years ago, C.M. and T.D. were sexually abused by their uncle, E.B when they visited their grandparents’ home where he lived. When C.M. was 6 years old, E.B. began trying to gain...more

Milwaukee County Board Considers Changes Following Derek Williams’ Death As Police Chief Admits That Officers Made Mistakes

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") custody. After the release of a disturbing video which shows Mr. Williams in the back of an MPD squad car struggling to breathe and begging police...more

$60 Million and Counting – Lessons from Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed severe monetary and participation sanctions on the Penn State football program with the purpose of bringing about a cultural change at the school. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated “the...more

$200,000 Criminal Safety Fine for Company, $90,000 OHSA Fine for Director in Deaths of 4 Workers

We recently reported that Metron Construction had pleaded guilty to criminal negligence in respect of the Christmas Eve 2009 deaths of four workers who fell 13 floors when a suspended work platform collapsed. On Friday,...more

Compensation Awards in Sexual Assault Cases - Case Summary #3

K.M.M. v. Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of the Diocese of London in Ontario, 2011 ONSC Starting when she was 7 years old, the plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused by her parish priest, Father Charles Sylvestre. The...more

Liability Insurers Owe No Duty To Defend Insureds Alleged To Have Engaged In A Corrupt Scheme To Incarcerate Youth Offenders For...

In a pair of opinions filed on June 20 and 21, 2012, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals emphasized Pennsylvania’s “firmly established” public policy against providing insurance coverage for criminal and other intentional...more

When Can Private Security Stop and Detain?

Today we begin a new feature for Appellate Strategist -- detailed previews of civil cases just granted review in the latest term of the Illinois Supreme Court. This week we will review the late May grants, and the feature...more

Compensation Awards in Sexual Assault Cases - Case Summary #2

M.B. v. 2014052 Ontario Ltd. (Deluxe Windows of Canada), 2012 ONCA 135 M.B. moved to Canada in 2002 and began working at Deluxe Windows of Canada (“Deluxe Windows”) in December 2003 as a commissioned salesperson. She...more

Huntsville's DUI problem means car accidents are far too likely

There are lots of reasons why car accidents occur. Distracted drivers, vehicle malfunctions, bad weather and poor road conditions are frequently cited as the cause of the thousands of car accidents that injure or kill...more

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Huguely Case

The mother of slain University of Virginia student Yeardley Love has filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit against her murderer, George Huguely, in the Circuit Court for Charlottesville, VA, according to multiple news outlets. I...more

Fifth Circuit: Driving in Violation of Criminal Plea Is Not an "Occurrence" Under Texas Law

In Wilkinson v. State Farm Lloyds, 2012 WL 89957 (5th Cir. (Tex.) Jan. 12, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found that driving past the house of a sexual molestation victim in violation of a criminal...more

Prospective Client Questionnaire | Khayoumi Law Firm

Prospective Client Questionnaire \ Khayoumi Law Firm | Albuquerque, NM | (505) 333-8613 ...more

Myths About Child Abuse….

Turn on the TV and it is not hard to hear about the child molestation accusations that were made against Jerry Sandusky in the last two months. If you are like me it is difficult to wrap your mind around the possibility of a...more

Court Properly Awards Contingency Attorney Fees as Restitution

In People v. Taylor, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District decided a unique case involving a claim for victim restitution under Penal Code Section 1202.4(f)(3)(H). The case was unique in that the...more

Investigating Sexual Assault Claims - Even Private Colleges Are Vulnerable

A recent Tennessee federal jury case involving a private university reminds the academy of the critical need to balance fairly the interests of the accused and accuser in investigating sexual assault cases. While private...more

Judge Awards $1.7 Million in EPA Malicious Prosecution Case

On September 30, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ordered the United States to pay $1.7 million in a malicious prosecution lawsuit to Hubert Vidrine, based on findings that the U.S....more

Insurer Has Duty to Defend Sexual Abuse Claims Where Negligence of Partner Is Alleged

In State Auto Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. Kincaid, 2011 WL 344086 (C.D. Ill. February 1, 2011), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, applying Illinois law, found that a commercial general liability...more

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