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When the Police Are Trigger Happy, No One is Safe

The police who risk their lives everyday are understandably concerned when they get a report about an attempted suicide. People with a gun, especially emotionally distraught ones, can pose a risk to others.

The police need special training to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. Yesterday, again, it appears that rather than “talking down” and stopping a potential suicide, the Wilmington police shot first and ended up killing a man on his front porch.

This recent killing hit home to me. First it reminded me of the September 2015 killing of a young paralyzed wheelchair bound African-American man, Jeremy McDole. My law firm, Jacobs & Crumplar, represented his family in a law suit which recently resulted in the City of Wilmington paying his family 1.5 million dollars to settle their wrongful death suit.

Yesterday’s killing was literally closer to my home. It occurred in the neighborhood where I have lived for over 30 and was inches away from where my son presently lives. My son and I live in a racially diverse neighborhood full of young families and young professionals.

On the very porch where my neighbor was shot, I often chatted with the family that used to live there. Just a year ago they moved out and the new resident, a middle-aged DuPont engineer, was the individual shot and killed.

When the McDole settlement was announced, it was noted that the City of Wilmington was in the process of adopting a new use of force policy. This recent shooting may indicate that it can’t come soon enough.

Police Accountability is Vital to our Democracy –Civil Lawsuits may be One Answer but Voting is the Key

In American unlike many countries the Police have a proud a tradition they are here “To Serve and To Protect “ whereas in many countries there function is to suppress dissent. Sadly in many inner city communities the police are viewed more as more of an occupying force. There is too much distrust between the police and the inner community which more than any other place in America needs a police which will “Serve and Protect”

There are bad actors in every field and we make a mistake because we want to support the police for risking their lives to protect us to give special protection for police misconduct. No group whether they are doctors lawyers or police officers are above the law. This is especially true because when there is police misconduct the consequences are widespread- people die and communities are shattered.

The question then becomes what are the best checks on police misconduct. Criminal prosecution have been tried but almost without exception they have failed . Civil lawsuit in contrast have been relatively successful. Money talks and the threat of large judgments more often than not will force police forces to institute long overdue policy changes in the use of force and improved training.

These lawsuits also bring pubic attention to various shortcomings and may engender more political involvement . Sadly voter participation in inner cities is far below what it is in the suburbs. The police report to elected officials and the elected officials report to the voters. The best way to insure that the victims of police misconduct did not die in vain is to vote.

Xarelto Lawsuits Show Connection to Risk of Internal Bleeding

Plaintiff lawyers are actively pursuing the causal connection between the use of the anticoagulant prescription medication Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) and severe internal bleeding.

Lawsuits filed against Xarelto allege that Xarelto manufacturers failed to warn or failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the increased risks of internal bleeding when using Xarelto.

Xarelto is an anticoagulant (or blood thinner) manufactured and marketed in the US by Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceutical that has been prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation; pulmonary embolism; deep vein thrombosis; stroke; and patients who have recently undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery, as an alternative to Warfarin (Coumadin).

The most dangerous potential side effect is severe internal bleeding that lead to death. There is no known cure for this bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Other injuries that can be caused through the use of Xarelto include blood clots, hematoma, and other serious injuries.
If you are currently taking Xarelto, call your doctor immediately if you sustain any type of injuries.

If you have taken Xarelto and have suffered injury, then you should contact us to discuss whether we can file a Xarelto lawsuit on your behalf. It is important to contact a lawyer IMMEDIATELY as there are strict time limits known as statute of limitations that apply to all legal actions for injuries. Your consultation is FREE. You will not owe us anything unless and until we obtain a recovery for you.

Why Should I Select Jacobs & Crumplar as My Xarelto Lawyer?

Our law firm has been in existence since 1981, and have handled pharmaceutical cases such as Seroquel. We pay personal attention to your claim. We also have good relationships with other attorneys across the country that handle this type of case. Contact is today at (302) 656-5445 or toll free (800) 355-1818 or use the form above to speak to a lawyer today.

Molly Shattuck and the Double Standard of Rape

The recent press coverage of a rape of a 15 year old boy by an attractive 47 year ex Baltimore Raven Cheerleader sadly should remind all of us the rape is truly gender neutral and the all too present double standard the excuse the rape of boys by women.

In many states (including Delaware) it was not until the 1970s that the crime of rape was even defined to include a woman sexually abusing a young boy.

Medical studies have shown the boys just as girls will suffer for the rest of their lives as result of this sexual abuse. Boys in some ways may have it even harder but society far too often has a double standard.

If the story in the paper had a been about a 47 year old man who had been Baltimore Raven’s football player and who had sex with a 15 year girl everyone would be outraged and want to send him to straight to prison.

In the case involving sexual abuse between Molly Shattuck and the young male victim, I am sure many of the victims friends and classmates are congratulating him for “scoring “ with a “hot woman”, not realizing the power imbalance and the lifetime of scars the sex will cause.

I can only hope this young victim will get the best possible help. I have had the honor and privilege of representing a number of boys who were abused by powerful women and I can tell you it is very difficult for them to come forward.

I would encourage him and others in a similar situation to not simply rely on the prosecuting attorney. The State prosecutor represents the State not the victim.

There are things a good civil lawyer can do even during the criminal proceeding to protect the victim, including asking the Court to make as part of any sentencing the requirement that the victim’s medical and counseling expense be paid by the abuser and that this be part of any sentence.

One final note from the sports world -one of my heroes growing up was Mickey Mantle, the Hall of Fame New York Yankee baseball player. His career and his life was cut short due to decades of hard partying. I recently found out why – he was abused as a boy by several older women, and this caused a lasting perverse effect on him.

Vatican /Delucca and the Defrocking of Priests for Child Sex Abuse

The Vatican with great fanfare has bragged about all the priests they have defrocked for the abuse of the children of the Church. Much more has to be done by the Church before the problem of Priest preying on the children is solved. The Church must adopt a stringent policy of zero tolerance.

Defrocking is a powerful deterrent to most priests as it threatens their entire identity. Because it is so important to the priest there is a detailed process the Church has to go through if the Priest contests it. But like anything else if the Church really wants someone defrocked it can move quickly

A case in point in the case involving the infamous Francis Delucca a Delaware priest who had abused over 30p boys. After he was caught abusing his great nephew and sent to prison the Church finally started defrocking proceedings. These were moving very slowly until trial against the Wilmington Diocese for its grossly negligent handling of Delucca was set to begin and PRESTO out of nowhere there is a big press announcement timed on the eve of trial that the Vatican had now defrocked Delucca and that he was no longer a priest etc.

Tower Hill , Salesianum and the Simmons Delaware AG Sex Case

Let’s hope there is finally some progress from institutions in reporting abuse and in supporting the victim. According to the  News Journal it was someone from Salesianum, the victims’s school, who reported the crime. If so, one must assume a that all the prior abuse scandals and lawsuits that surrounded that school have finally made a difference. I wonder, however, if Tower Hill gets it. In its recent letter to the parents about the latest case of abuse by someone associated with Tower Hill, the school notes as of yet none of the victims are associated with Tower Hill- only the abusers.
Sexual Abuse of Children is everyone’s problem and everyone must do their part to maintain a policy of zero tolerance. If Simmons is guilty, and according to the press account he has confessed, I would hope he is appropriately punished. Lawyers have a special responsibility to obey the law and prosecutors even more so. Finally we can never forget the victim or victims he must be adequately compensated and protected..

Arrest of Deputy AG for Rape of a 16 Year Boy

If the allegations are true we have sadly more proof that childhood sex abuse involves all classes of society, the rich and poor the powerful and the weak are all involved. Once when I was interviewed for a nationally syndicated radio show I was asked why there were so many cases now ,was it that  society had gotten worse, I said no I thought the victims were now starting to fight back as finally society was paying attention.

I applaud this young man and his family. Taking on an alleged abuser who works for the Attorney General’s office (the very office charged with prosecuting abuse )takes a  lot of courage. Although I have every confidence the AG’s office will prosecute this case with vigor, some consideration should be given by the family and their supporters to hiring a private attorney. All too often victims of crime come to private civil attorneys only after they are disappointed with the results of the criminal proceedings. If they had retained the private civil attorney early on,that attorney could be advocating for the victim’s rights during the entire criminal process. One often overlooked provision of criminal sentencing is “restitution.” There is no reason why for instance a sentencing judge could not order the defendant as part of plea bargain to make certain payments to the victim.  Many civil attorneys would be willing to take on such a case on a contingent basis (being paid out of the restitution award or a subsequent civil suit)

It must be remembered the prosecutor represents the State and sometimes for various reasons they may not have the exact same interests as the victim-hence the need for the victim to have his or her own advocate.

The Morse Trial-Abuse in Families

According to the press account this young girl has been living a nightmare that is reminiscent of grim fairy tale. The evil step-parent who favors his natural child. As an attorney who does child sex abuse lawsuits I have seen many cases of child who have been abused by a stepfather or guardian.

It is especially tough with the aggressor is someone who command society’s respect i.e. a doctor (we have this type of case also)