From pinching the perps to defending the detained

first_imgFrom pinching the perps to defending the detained From pinching the perps to defending the detained New York City cops become Ninth Circuit PDs A trio of former New York City cops went from making arrests in the Big Apple to defending the arrested in Orange and Osceola counties.Reasons for their dramatic career changes include realizing through personal experience that not everyone arrested is guilty, to wanting a complete criminal law experience, to being seriously wounded during a robbery, to falling in love with Orlando during a trip to Disney World.And Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Wesley welcomed their rare law enforcement experience to his team with open arms.“The former officers understand both sides of the system, which is an added value for our team,” Wesley said.There are more than 39,000 police officers employed in New York. What made these three former cops go from making arrests to defending the arrested? They have unique stories.Gerod Hooper is a native of New York City and comes from a family of cops. He worked for NYPD from 1968 to 1988 with experience in many departments, including organized crime. He rose to lieutenant then became a prosecutor in 1981 after graduating from St. John’s University College of Law.He became interested in law after his brother and partner were charged with assault and battery stemming from a drug raid that went bad in the ’70s. Hooper’s brother was tried and found not guilty. His brother’s partner was convicted, losing his police benefits and going to prison. Hooper felt the difference was the quality of representation his brother had.“This experience taught me that not everyone is guilty of what they’re charged with and that it’s important to have competent lawyers,” Hooper said. “My police background provides me with special insight on the arrest and charging procedures. Whether those procedures are followed correctly can make a big difference in a case.”He moved to Florida in 1990, first working for the public defender in Monroe County, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale as a personal injury attorney. Hooper has been with the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office since 2003. Hooper says he sometimes misses police work, but says it’s for younger people.“I ran a marathon three years ago, but I don’t think I can jump over fences chasing down bad guys anymore,” Hooper said.In her eight years with the NYPD, Tina Smith was a patrol officer and detective in the Organized Crime Control Bureau. Her reason for going into police work?“I wanted to see a change in my community and I wanted to see others of my race represented on the police force,” said the Jamaican-American, who spent a number of her formative years growing up in the South Bronx.She also now has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and says she gets a complete picture of the law with her police background and her experience as a criminal defense attorney.Smith has been in professions that serve as perennial fodder for prime-time television. However, she doesn’t spend much time in front of the tube.“I don’t watch cop shows or shows about lawyers,” Smith said. “I always see mistakes in these programs, such as an officer not wearing a vest or some foolhardy thing that wouldn’t happen in real life. Actually, it ends up that I watch whatever my son wants to watch.”Adam Alvarez is a native New Yorker who went into law enforcement because he wanted to work in public service. An 18-year veteran on the force, the NYPD sergeant went to New York University’s School of Law while working full time. The summa cum laude knew he wanted to continue his public service and, like Hooper, worked as a prosecutor for a time.A year ago Alvarez fell in love with Central Florida while vacationing at Disney World. With the move to Orlando, he switched to criminal defense.“Not everyone is guilty,” said the one-time officer. “My police work helps me determine if there was actually probable cause for the arrest of my clients. And while there have been instances of lawyers being attacked by their clients, I doubt I’ll get shot like I did while I was a police officer.”In 1996, two days before his 33rd birthday, Alvarez was seriously wounded while responding to a robbery. His recovery took a year.While Alvarez loves his new life in Central Florida, he still considers himself a displaced New Yorker.“That’s okay, though, because it’s like old-home week when I go into our courthouse here,” he said. “I’ve run into at least three other former NYPD cops working in the courtrooms.”“Everyone needs balance in their lives, as shown by the current career choices of these assistant public defenders. Their previous law enforcement experience is a benefit to our clients,” Wesley said. “We’re happy to have these folks on our force now.” August 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Reminder: Discount available for lending webinars

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The World Cup’s Finest with IBAS MD Richard Hayler

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Joining us this afternoon is Richard Hayler, Managing Director of Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS), who addresses two English strikers both charged with carrying the nation’s hopes in different eras, a dilemma in selecting a favourite game from tournaments of yesteryear and which World Cup was the most exciting TV ever (at that time). First World Cup memory 31 May – 29 June (World Cup, Mexico). 1986 and Mexico, it was by far the most exciting television had been at any point up to then! When I was a boy I wanted to be a goalkeeper and the game that stands out from that perspective was the quarter final between Brazil and France, and the performance of French keeper Joel Bats. I lived Joel Bats in the playground for weeks after. The Brazilians were robbed, they had a great team and I was mesmerised by the players’ names! When all the football you watched growing up was at Vicarage Road, you didn’t (in those days) see many players called Casagrande or Socrates.Favourite World Cup:Player Gary Lineker. Maradona was the most skilful player I’ve ever seen, but I can’t have him as my favourite for obvious reasons. My favourite World Cup player has to be Gary Lineker. He was the ultimate big game, big moment marksman, when England needed a goal he turned up and delivered. To my young and over-enthusiastic mind, his equaliser in the 1990 semi-final was the most important moment in all of sport, ever! I was so glad the chance had fallen to him, he took those sorts of goals so well.TeamEngland, 1990. It’s hard to pin down a favourite. England had two great teams in 1990 and 1998, the Brazilian team of 1986 looked certainties before their quarter final exit. They just seemed always that bit more in control of the ball than any other side. The other great controllers of play were the Spaniards in 2010. Xavi and Iniesta had an almost telepathic understanding and along with Busquets and Alonso, their opponents struggled to get more than 40% of possession in any game. Having said all that, I always naturally lean towards the underdogs, so the South Koreans in 2002 and the Cameroonians in 1990 would probably dead-heat for first.Goal Michael Owen (England v Argentina, 1998). From a patriotic point of view, it would be Michael Owen’s against Argentina in the 1998 2nd round. It was the sort of strike that makes you believe! “This is the team, this is our year.” Owen’s star had risen in the final months of that year’s Premier League and playing alongside David Beckham it felt like England had the ingredients to be champions. I’ve decided to shut out everything that happened after the 20th minute – let’s just cut it off then? As a runner up, and a dubious one at that, it would be David O’Leary scoring the deciding shootout penalty to take Ireland through to the 1990 quarter finals. What an unlikely hero in the circumstances.GameCameroon v Argentina, 1990. So many strong candidates here. Germany’s destruction of Brazil in 2014 was a game you couldn’t take your eyes off, except to text “ARE YOU WATCHING THIS??”. I loved watching Korea turn over first Italy and then Spain in their home World Cup, especially as FIFA had taken a fair amount of flak for taking the competition to what many people perceived as not ‘proper football countries’. My most memorable game of all though would be the opening game of the 1990 World Cup where Cameroon defeated the champions Argentina. Not only did it deliver one of the greatest World Cup shocks of all time, but it featured the most comical/brutal red card I’ve seen and then united the whole planet – Argentina apart – in willing on a mighty defensive effort to springboard Cameroon towards a campaign which, if Englishmen are honest, justified at least a trip to the semi-finals. A less magnificent one but equally memorable was the all-out brawl between Portugal and Netherlands in the 2006 second round. The bookings counters for the spread firms must have gone dizzy trying to count them all. The Russian referee was practically juggling cards and appeared, at least, to have lost all control.  KitCroatia. I can’t say I have a huge favourite, although the Croatian shirt always seems to be the most striking. Scotland 1986 was interesting with the hooped shorts. When their players had their shirts untucked, it looked like they were wearing skirts!The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email [email protected] Related Articles Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Predators forward Austin Watson suspended indefinitely for alcohol abuse

first_img Related News Austin Watson’s girlfriend: June incident ‘was not an act of domestic violence’ Predators forward Austin Watson’s suspension reduced to 18 games Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay by the NHL, the league announced Tuesday.Watson has been placed in Stage 2 of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral health program because of alcohol abuse.center_img It is unclear what incident — if there is one — this suspension stems from.Watson was arrested for a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend in 2018. He pleaded no contest and served an 18-game suspension. His suspension was reduced from 27 games to 18 by an independent arbitrator. The Predators forward’s girlfriend would later release a statement saying her “behavior and state of intoxication” led to his arrest and the June incident “was not an act of domestic violence.”Watson has seven goals and six assists in 34 games this year.last_img read more

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15 more local cases of COVID-19, 10 more people recovered

first_imgFloyd2 Floyd84 Hancock1 Kossuth 41-6025 Worth1035.71 Hancock662 80+5 18-4051 Winnebago473 Winnebago2348.93 61-8012 Floyd6172.61 Positive in area by age groupPercentage Total % Recovered Mitchell48 Cerro Gordo3475 Cerro Gordo93426.08 RecoveredNew Recovered Worth Franklin Confirmed CasesNew Cases 0-176center_img Worth28 Winnebago Kossuth441 Area Total125515 Kossuth2761.36 Area Total7 Franklin1173 Wright1 Area Total7491059.68 Cerro Gordo1 Mitchell Butler2 Franklin69458.97 DES MOINES — 15 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our listening area.In the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website shows five new cases in Cerro Gordo County; three each in Franklin and Winnebago; two in Hancock; and single cases in Kossuth and Wright.That brings the area’s total number of cases during the pandemic to 1255 — 404 in Wright; 347 in Cerro Gordo; 117 in Franklin; 84 in Floyd; 70 in Butler; 66 in Hancock; 48 in Mitchell; 47 in Winnebago; 44 in in Kossuth; and 28 in Worth.51% of the cases in the area are those in the 18-40 age range; 25% ages 41-60; 12% 61-80; 6% under the age of 18; and 5% over the age of 80.10 more people have been reported as recovered — four each in Cerro Gordo and Franklin and two in Hancock. That brings the area’s total number of people that have recovered to 749, or just under 60%, with 506 cases still active.Looking at the statewide numbers during that same 24-hour period, three more people have died for a total of 759; 206 more cases have been reported for a total of 36,036; 196 more people have recovered for a total of 27,102, or 75%. Hancock50275.75 Butler70 Mitchell3675 Deaths Wright4041 Wright32580.44 Butler5578.57last_img read more

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Stay the course in Iraq: It’s as valid a decision as any

first_imgU.S. elections are around the corner. And there are voters who are not persuaded by Crocker’s analysis, or those of American newsmen. And this is of course the final branch of government: the voters. The critical questions in the halls of Congress: Will they understand if you do? And if you don’t? If the vote were mine, I’d say stick it out. You can’t, by doing so, be accused of thoughtlessness, certainly not of perfidy. William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review magazine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The widening division hasn’t anything to do with data officially withheld. It has entirely to do with analyses and extrapolations. The individual senators and representatives who will be voting on the critical questions in the days ahead aren’t in any relevant sense better informed or worse informed than the White House. Our gifted ambassador, Ryan Crocker, summarized it this way in his testimony to Congress: If we stay on, there is a fair chance of success. If we pull away, there is a certainty of chaos. “Al-Qaida,” Crocker reported, “overplayed its hand in al-Anbar, and Anbaris began to reject its excesses – be they beheading schoolchildren or cutting off people’s fingers as punishment for smoking.” But Congress doesn’t have to view life under al-Qaida to ingest the meaning of life under Saddam Hussein and his successors. The members of Congress, in judging Crocker’s testimony, will weigh it against what they know from their own experiences or from the writings of newsmen in whom they have confidence. So this is not a case where Congress should defer to the executive on the grounds that the executive knows best. The executive here knows nothing that is not universally known. What matters, before the votes are cast, is relative assessments. Is Crocker correct in postulating that America’s departure from Iraq would mean the ascendancy of Iran in the region? And if that were to happen, how catastrophic would be the repercussions – for Napa Valley, or New England? Here Congress, using the judgment of its own members, needs to tax itself in order to vote not its conscience, exactly. To vote to sustain the huge effort we began in 2003 when the executive – ambiguously encouraged by the legislature – decided on war. Those members of Congress who, if they had it to do again, would vote as they did before could swell the ranks of the Libertarian Party. Not enough attention has been paid, on the Iraq question, to the factor of universal access to information. For many years, in many wars, news reporters could not get near the front-line scene. And where high politics were concerned and dictators held sway, newsmen – and foreign diplomats – not only were stymied, they were deliberately misled. A report issuing from the foreign office in Berlin was often read, we know from postwar books and articles, as in a great game of tag: What do they want to make us think by handing out that bulletin about naval action in the North Sea? Restraints on visiting newsmen nowadays are mostly composed with a view to security – not of the United States or of Iraq, but of the newsmen. It is undoubtedly true that a reporter can’t with total confidence walk down the main street of Baghdad. But it is almost certainly true that were he to do so, he would not come upon any evidence of U.S. or Iraqi deception. Of U.S.-Iraqi ignorance, yes. If we knew the location of every al-Qaida enclave, we have 10 times the firepower and the technology to uproot it. Now this is a factor of critical importance in the days ahead, when the future of Iraq will be decided. We have in Washington an extraordinary political situation. The formal authority is in the hands of the executive branch, which is conducting the war, and the legislative branch. The jurisdictions are not always clear. Yes, the executive could simply call off the war – nobody would need to be importuned for permission to reach such a decision. And of course, Congress could appropriate the whole gold reserve and designate it for use in the war. But actually to do so would require the cooperation of the executive. That’s where authority over the generals and the corporals and the bazookas resides. last_img read more

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Why Sarri’s training methods could leave some Chelsea players unhappy

first_img gameday cracker “So intense is his work with the first XI and, at most, two or three substitutes, to achieve his balletically choreographed brand of football, that squad management becomes an issue.“At Napoli he worked out his first-choice XI at the start of the campaign and did not deviate from it, except for replacing left back Faouzi Ghoulam with Mario Rui when the former was out for the season. Unhappy players on the bench simply felt left out.”It clearly works, though, as last season Napoli finished second in Serie A with 91 points, just four short of winners Juventus.Their points haul was a club record and also saw them become the first team to break the 90-point barrier and still not win the league. However, at one stage it looked they were on course to win a first title since 1990 when a late Kalidou Koulibaly goal beat Juve 1-0 in April. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said of Sarri’s Napoli: “[They are] one of the best sides I faced in my career – probably the best.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense smart causal Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Sarri’s training methods ensure players have his ideas drilled into their heads Chelsea latest How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Writing in The Times, talkSPORT contributor Gabriele Marcotti discussed the 59-year-old’s training methods, which he is likely to bring to Chelsea in an effort to make them easy on the eye.Marcotti says Sarri tends to conduct his sessions, based on endless repetition, at high pace to ensure they do not last for hours and the players’ attention does not wane. It can take them a while to get used to.“That emphasis on chemistry and repetition allows his players to pass the ball confidently into space, knowing a team-mate will be there or on his way,” Marcotti wrote, warning that these methods can spell trouble. Sadly for fans, and football hipsters around the world celebrating the win as if they had already won the league, Juventus’ might was too much and the club ended the season as champions for a seventh consecutive season. 3center_img silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade It appears as if Maurizio Sarri is edging close to becoming Chelsea’s new manager.The Blues confirmed – in a very short statement – they and Antonio Conte have parted ways and it is understood an announcement on the new look management team will be made within days.Sarri’s Napoli side have won admirers for their adventurous style of play, which brought with it two runners-up spots and a third place finish in three Serie A seasons. possible standings possible xi 3last_img read more

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