Police Misconduct

Cleveland Police Settlement with DOJ

Police Misconduct
A Look at Policing Settlement Terms Between Cleveland, DOJ
May 26, 2015, 5:51 PM ET
By The Associated Press
Associated Press

Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of an independent monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. Some of the settlement’s terms:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

A citywide community police commission will be created to provide input on police matters. Religious, civil rights and other community leaders will work with neighborhood committees to facilitate communication with police and establish a community policing plan.

USE OF FORCE

New use-of-force policies require that any use of firearms, pepper spray and stun guns is proper, lawful, reported and reviewed. For example, officers will not be permitted to fire shots from or at a moving vehicle and must document all instances of a firearm being unholstered during any police incident. Officers will receive training on the lawful limits of using force, and a new force review board will evaluate uses of force and subsequent investigations.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

Officers will be trained on responding to individuals in crisis. A mental health response advisory committee will be developed and a new coordinator position will be created to foster good relationships between police and mental health advocates.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The city will hire an inspector general to review police policies and determine compliance with state and federal law. The inspector, appointed by the mayor, will also analyze trends, develop recommendations for police reform and conduct investigations. The candidate cannot be a current or former employee of the police department.

DATA ANALYSIS AND COLLECTION

A new coordinator will ensure the collection and tracking of all documents related to police use-of-force and misconduct allegations. The coordinator will be responsible for creating and maintaining a reliable and accurate electronic system to track data on all police stops and searches and issue a report on the information.

Child Custody

Child Custody Overview

Child Custody

Child custody: an overview

In cases of divorce, the court of jurisdiction for the divorce proceedings also determines child custody arrangements. Under the common statutory provision, if the spouses have children together while married, the parents have joint guardianship over that child and the parental rights are equal. Each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate.

When determining the home in which to place the child, the court strives to reach a decision in “the best interests of the child.” A decision in “the best interests of the child” requires considering the wishes of the child’s parents, the wishes of the child, and the child’s relationship with each of the parents, siblings, other persons who may substantially impact the child’s best interests, the child’s comfort in his home, school, and community, and the mental and physical health of the involved individuals.
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Alabama Prison Reform agreement reached

Alabama Prison Reform

Prison Reform in Alabama in deal with DOJ

An Alabama women’s prison will be overhauled after the U.S. Justice Department said officers there coerced inmates into sex, watched them in showers and bathrooms and organized a New Year’s Eve strip show.

The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a complaint in federal court summarizing alleged abuses at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, along with an accompanying settlement agreement outlining the steps the state has agreed to take to eliminate the abuses.
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Australians call for an end to capital punishment worldwide

Rights Groups Push for Global End to Death Penalty

Australians call for an end to capital punishment worldwide
“The time is ripe for Australia’s foreign ministry to make public a new comprehensive policy to end the death penalty worldwide”

Spurred by the execution of “Bali 9″, where 8 prisoners, including 2 Australians for drug offenses in Bali, the Human Rights Law Center reports on a group of leading Australian and international human rights organizations which are calling for an end of the death penalty throughout the world.
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Criminal Defense Attorneys

A criminal defense lawyer, also known as a defense attorney, is a lawyer specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers
are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.
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Here are Legally Modern Law Group we are experts at bankruptcy law and the legal proceedings that can help you get your family’s financial problems under control. But bankruptcy is not a solution for everyone. Here are some FAQs about bankruptcy that may help you decide if bankruptcy is a viable option for you and your family. Legally Modern Law Group can help you decide – apply for a free consultation today!
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Laura Vittetoe Esq.​

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Laura principally practices in the area of family law, general civil litigation, and criminal defense. She is an active member of the Florida and New York Bars, admitted to the Middle District of Florida, and the founding partner of Legally Modern Law Group.

Laura is currently accepting clients in Polk, Pinellas,Osceola, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando, Highlands, Hardee, and Hillsborough counties, representing clients in a variety criminal defense and family law actions.

Laura is experienced in litigating high asset divorce cases, and understands the intricacies of such actions. A firm believer in sensible approaches to family law, Laura has been able to negotiate settlements in many highly contested and complex cases.

Laura also serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

After graduating with honors from Stetson University College of Law, Laura worked for the civil rights department at the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations and later as an associate attorney for Gallagher & Associates.

Prior to law school, she attended  Saint Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating with distinction for her thesis. She lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband and daughter.


Erin McLean Hardister, Esq.

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Erin M. Hardister is a native of North Carolina. As a military brat, she’s always had a passion for service and giving back to the community. Mrs. Hardister received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology and Concentration in Law & Society from East Carolina University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School and successfully completed the Family Law Certification Program. During law school, she served as Vice President for the Family Law Society and as a clinician in the Family Law Clinic representing individuals unable to afford legal services.

Mrs. Hardister began her career as an Assistant State Attorney. During this time, she successfully prosecuted a variety of criminal cases. A portion of her tenure was spent in the domestic violence unit where she prosecuted acts of domestic violence and advocated for victims of these crimes. As a former prosecutor, she understands the seriousness of being charged with a crime, and the need to have an aggressive, compassionate, and reliable attorney.

Mrs. Hardister currently handles family, criminal, and auto accident cases in Hillsborough and Pinellas County.