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CNN Takes a Look at the Practice of Property Seizure by Police

CNN did a decent story on an issue we have covered several times on Crimcourts. It’s worth checking out, be sure to check the video for the setup, in addition to the text story. The guys featured were legally carrying money for poker, and the cops grabbed it all. The Justice Department has been stepping back from participating in these civil asset forfeitures. There is a private company running seminars teaching cops how to do this… officers are literally planning to come up with ways to seize citizen property: that’s scary.

Thanks for sharing, Michael.

LCSO to Pay 4 Million Dollars in Settlement for Nicholas Christie Death

Nicholas Christie

Nicholas Christie

According to Wink News, the widow of Nicholas Christie will receive $4,000,000 for the wrongful death of her husband. Mr. Christie was pepper-sprayed to death while strapped in a restraint chair in the custody of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. News of the settlement was reported last week, here on Crimcourts. The Huffington Post also did a telling story on it the other day. You are forewarned if you click-through that link, there is a graphic picture of Mr. Christie’s incarceration. While the payments for the settlement aren’t coming directly out of the Sheriff’s Budget, that cost is likely being passed on to the taxpayers of Lee County through insurance premiums and other costs.

Church to be sued for Act of God

It’s not criminal, but I can’t pass up the irony that the family of the little boy who was killed by a lightning strike is now suing the church and school where it took place.  Normally a lightning strike is not going to create civil liability because it’s an Act of God.  We earthly beings cannot be at fault.  However, since the child was in the care and custody his football team, if there was negligence by the coach in taking them out to practice in light of the weather, there could be liability for the church and school who oversaw the team.  I understand there are devices that can detect electricity in the air from miles away, but the plaintiff would have to make a showing that the device was standard in order to demonstrate negligence by the defendants for not having it.  The fact there is a device out there that could have warned them is not sufficient to prove they were negligent for not avoiding the harm.  It could be a slippery slope to extend liability in such circumstances.  It is a long shot to say that the church is responsible for an Act of God.