Archive for the ‘u.s.’ Category

DA Appeals Aaron Hernandez Ruling That Vacated Murder Conviction

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III made good on previous promises to appeal the ruling that overturned the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The conviction was vacated because he had not exhausted the appeals process for the conviction at the time of his suicide in prison in April. Judge E. Susan Garsh, who presided over the Lloyd murder trial, was forced to vacate the conviction in May as the result of a centuries-old Massachusetts legal rule known as “abatement ab initio.” According to a Friday report from local ABC affiliate WCVB, prosecutors pointed to the practices of other states that no longer erased the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals can be heard.

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards Indicted on Unrelated Assault Charges

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A Dallas County grand jury indicted former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver on Thursday on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant. The new charges for Oliver, the fired officer who shot and killed Jordan Edwards earlier this year, are not related to the events that led to the 15-year-old's death. Oliver, 37, was arrested May 5 for Edwards' April 29 murder. The new assault charges stem from an April 16 Oak Cliff traffic accident during which Oliver allegedly pulled a gun on a woman and her 13-year-old sister after she rear-ended his truck on Cockrell Hill Road near Kiest Boulevard. Dallas police responded to the incident but did not arrest Oliver, who was off duty and out

Michael Vick’s Father Reportedly Charged In Heroin And Money Laundering Scheme

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

On Wednesday evening (June 21), it was reported that Michael Vick’s father received some charges of his own, of which are more punishable offenses than those of his QB son. Michael Dwayne Boddie was reportedly part of a group charged in relation to a heroin distribution scheme, The Virginia-Pilot reports. The 55-year-old was individually charged with dealing the opioid and money laundering.

After Flight Attendants Complain of Health Problems, American Airlines Ditches Uniform Vendor

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Following months of complaints from employees, Dallas-based American Airlines announced in a letter to employees Wednesday that it is seeking a new uniform vendor for flight attendants. Since the new uniforms debuted last September, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants received more than 3,500 complaints from American employees, blaming the uniforms for health problems such as headaches, rashes and trouble breathing. As the number of complaints grew, American and the uniforms' manufacturer, Twin Hill, insisted that the clothing was safe, but the airline allowed employees to wear uniforms from a different manufacturer, Aramark, if they chose to. In the letter, American executives said the inconsistency led the airline to seek a new supplier.

The US trademark office can now expect a flood of offensive name applications

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Members of the Asian-American rock band The Slants (L-R): Tyler Chen, Ken Shima, Simon Tam, Joe X. Jiang pose in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 21, 2015 in a picture released by band representatives. All-Asian-American dance band The Slants has been fighting for the right to register its own band name as a federal trademark for over a decade.

Browns’ Corey Coleman not indicted in attack at Cleveland apartment; two other men charged: I-Team

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

CLEVELAND — Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman did not get indicted for an attack in a downtown apartment building, but two other men have been charged. Sources tells the FOX 8 I TEAM, the suspects are Coleman’s brother and a roommate A witness told police she saw Coleman there, and he was named in the police report. But a Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted Jonathan J. Coleman and Jared Floyd on charges of felonious assault. The incident happened last New Year’s Eve in the building where Coleman lived. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said Corey Coleman is not named in the indictment and the matter remains under investigation. The victim told FOX 8 he got into an altercation in the

Supreme Court pushes Redskins’ name fight back to society

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive. Supreme Court precedent may help the club in its ongoing legal battle, but the fight over the Redskins moniker will continue in social and business realms. The Redskins, Cleveland Indians with their "Chief Wahoo" logo and other professional and college organizations featuring Native American nicknames and mascots cannot be censored by the U.S. government, but that doesn't take the pressure off.

The Latest: Ohio group vows to keep pressure on Indians logo

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The head of an Ohio American Indian group says a Supreme Court decision to strike down the disparagement clause in trademark law won't affect efforts to get the Cleveland Indians to change their Chief Wahoo logo and nickname. Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, says he does not think Monday's court ruling will help teams like the Washington Redskins and Indians keep monikers that some find offensive. The Supreme Court ruled in a case involving the rock band "The Slants" that the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

Lawsuit Could ‘Kill’ Detroit Pistons Move To New Downtown Arena

Monday, June 19th, 2017

A lawsuit that seeks to block the use of public school funds for the Detroit Pistons’ move from the suburbs to the Little Caesars Arena under construction downtown could “kill” the project and trigger a municipal bond default, the city’s attorney said Monday. Community activist Robert Davis’ lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the capture of funds from millages for Detroit schools and county parks to pay for a $34.5 million headquarters and practice facility for the Pistons. Public dollars are already being captured through tax increment financing to service $250 million in bonds issued for Little Caesars Arena, the future home of Ilitch Holdings’ Detroit Red Wings.

Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name. The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution's First Amendment. "It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend," Justice Samuel Alito said in his opinion for the court.