Hickenlooper Calls For Felony DUI Law

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper wants tougher penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Hickenlooper told lawmakers in his annual State of the State speech that his office supports efforts to make some DUI charges felonies for repeat offenders.

Colorado is one of only four states that does not have a felony DUI law.

Republicans in the Legislature have tried and failed to get a felony DUI measure to Hickenlooper’s desk.

The governor is laying out priorities to 100 lawmakers who started work last week.

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Attorney Discipline For Drunk Driving. Agree or Disagree?

The Researching Paralegal

A Not-So-Golden Oldie, by Mike Frisch, Legal Profession Prof, Legal Profession Blog

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The most overdue District of Columbia hearing committee report (perhaps ever) has finally been filed.

Attorney Wayne R. Rohde was convicted of felony hit and run in Virginia way back in 2005.

After a night of heavy drinking at a D.C. bar called Rumors, he drove home to Virginia. En route, he caused a head on collision that seriously injured a woman, backed his car away from the collision and drove home.

His effort to avoid detection failed in part because he had left his car bumper (with license plate affixed) at the scene.

He managed to convince the Court of Appeals to not suspend him pending the disciplinary proceedings, a departure from the court’s usual (indeed, nearly invariable) practice for felony convictions.

The hearing was competed on January 15, 2008.

The report was filed…

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Legalize Drunk Driving | Beautiful Anarchy

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Legalize Drunk Driving | Beautiful Anarchy.

I am very much opposed to drunk driving. If you are going to drive, don’t drink. If you have had more than one alcoholic beverage, don’t drive! Simple rule that I’ve never had any problem following. I do not agree with Jeffery Tucker that some drivers drive better after a few drinks. They self-report driving better. I’m certain sober drivers around them wouldn’t agree.

http://d268xzw51cyeyg.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/01/lawyer-you-should-always-take-a-breathalyzer-even-if-youve-been-drinking.jpgBut, to the subject … a couple of years ago, a friend had too much to drink at a bar in Goldstream Valley. The Valley is several miles from Fairbanks, where his home is. It would have worked out to $110 cab fare and he didn’t have that kind of cash on him. It was -30 degrees (that’s below zero), so walking wasn’t an option. He didn’t feel safe riding with any of the people who were leaving Ivory…

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Tractor-Trailer Driver Injured After Crashing Into Wash. Co. Toll Booth

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CBS Pittsburgh

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (KDKA) – A tractor-trailer driver was injured after crashing into a Washington County toll booth Wednesday morning.

According to emergency dispatchers, the accident happened on the Mon-Fayette Expressway at the Interstate 70 toll plaza.

The truck apparently slid on ice and crashed into the toll booth.

The driver was transported to a local hospital, but there is no word about the extent of the injuries.

The truck’s gas tank ruptured, but the resulting spill has been cleaned up.

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Uber Problems: Are Passengers Insured For Car Accidents?

Matthew Ennis, Attorney

This week, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and Washington Post all reported on the confusion over insurance coverage over accidents involving popular app-based services such as UberX,Lyft and Sidecar. Insurance coverage has been a major issue for the ride sharing companies following a high profile accident in San Francisco where a small child was fatally injured by an Uberdriver. Similarly this month, a Lyft passenger was fatally injured outside of Sacramento, CA.

This week, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and Washington Post all reported on the confusion over insurance coverage over accidents involving popular app-based services such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. Insurance coverage has been a major issue for the ride sharing companies following a high profile accident in San Francisco where a small child was fatally injured by an Uber driver. Similarly this month, a Lyft passenger was fatally injured outside of Sacramento, CA. Questions have arisen as to what extent a car accident is covered by the driver's policy v. the ride-sharing service? Does a driver or ride-sharing service cover accidents when en route to a pickup? Will a passenger be covered for accidents where the ride-sharing driver is at fault? According to news reports, Uber has a $1 Million dollar policy, but an accident may not be covered until the driver is matched with a paying customer. This reported policy has drawn criticism following the San Francisco fatality where the Uber driver was not transporting a customer at the time of the collision. In a traditional auto-accident, the at fault driver will be responsible for damages through his or her insurance policy. If he or she does not have coverage or has inadequate coverage, the party not at fault's uninsured (UM) or underinsured (UIM) coverage usually will apply. Ensuring potential victims of auto accidents are covered when using app-based ride sharing programs is vital to the safety of the urban areas where these services operate. High profile accidents in San Francisco and Sacraments have brought insurance coverage for accident victims to the forefront

Questions have arisen as to what extent a car accident is covered by the driver’s policy v. the ride-sharing service? Does a driver or ride-sharing service cover accidents when en route to a pickup? Will a passenger be covered for accidents where the ride-sharing driver is at fault?

According to news…

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Co-Worker’s Text Messages Form the Basis of Human Rights Complaint: 
Employer Not Liable

Advocacy Around the World

Shortly after finding out she was pregnant, the Applicant exchanged text messages with a Friend who worked for the Employer restaurant about potential vacancies.   The Friend told the Applicant that the Employer was looking to hire a server.  The Applicant was interested in the position and met with the Friend to discuss it further.  The Friend was aware of the Applicant’s pregnancy; however, advised the Applicant not to mention her pregnancy to her supervisor until the Employer had a chance to see how the Applicant was performing in her new role.

Although the Employer was only advertising for three server positions, the Applicant was ultimately hired as one of five new servers.  Subsequent to her hiring, she worked a total of 15 hours for the Employer over the course of two weeks.  The Applicant then received a series of text messages from the Friend which stated that the owner…

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Landlord Kicking Returning Soldier Out Of Wife’s Apartment

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CBS St. Louis

COLOMBIA, S.C. (CBS St. Louis) – A soldier back home for the holidays is being kicked out of his wife’s apartment because the landlord claims he has overstayed his welcome, reports WHNS-TV.

Sgt. William Bullock, who is stationed in Missouri, has been at his wife’s home in the town of Central, South Carolina, ever since she gave birth to their daughter about two weeks ago.

“I’m stationed in Missouri and we haven’t seen each other in six months. What’s the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?” Bullock asked.

But the landlord, who would only give his name as “Chuck,” claimed Bullock’s name is not on the lease and he is not allowed to stay more than a week.

Bullock fears his wife Lily, a college student and new mother, could be evicted if the landlord follow through on his threats.

“He stated to me that he…

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Wet Seal could be latest teen apparel bankruptcy as losses mount

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Fortune

It’s been a tough month for teen apparel retailers following recent bankruptcy filings by Deb Shops and Delia’s.

Those two chains could soon be joined by Wet Seal, another clothing store familiar to a generation of teen girls who frequented suburban shopping malls. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Wet Seal said this week that it could also file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it cannot immediately address liquidity concerns made all the more apparent in the wake of yet another disappointing quarterly earnings report.

The company’s third-quarter losses more than doubled, to about $36 million or 43 cents a share, Wet Seal [fortune-stock symbol=”wtsl”] said on Wednesday. The company now has $19.1 million in cash and cash equivalents against $21.3 million in controvertible debt while its inventory declined by 26%, to $31.6 million, year-over-year.

In Wet Seal’s earnings release on Wednesday, the company reported that it has enlisted the help…

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Auto Accident

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AUTO ACCIDENT:

The chances of getting into a car accident at least once in your life are estimated to be more than 95 percent. This is a pretty good reason to make sure you are always alert when driving and educated on the appropriate procedures. You should ALWAYS wear your seat belt. Although the risk of injury or death due to an accident is very high, cars are actually much safer than they have ever been before. The retractable seat belt was invented in the 1940s and was offered as an “option” on cars not until the 1950s (Courtley, 2012). They were not mandatory in all cars in the US until 1968. It wasn’t until the nineties that most states passed laws requiring drivers to wear one. Another improvement in car safety is the incorporation of air bags. Air bag technology was invented to protect astronauts initially, when spacecraft’s were…

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