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23
Dec
08

Good Samaritan faces lawsuit

A court in the United States has ruled that a would-be Good Samaritan accused of rendering her friend paraplegic by pulling her from a wrecked car can be sued.

The Supreme Court of California has declared that the state’s Good Samaritan law only protects people from liability if they are administering emergency medical care.

Justice Carlos Moreno ruled that a person is not obligated to come to someone’s aid. “If, however, a person elects to come to someone’s aid, he or she has a duty to exercise due care,” he wrote.

According to the lawsuit, on 1 November 2004 Alexandra Van Horn was in the front passenger seat of a car that crashed into a lamp post at 45 mph. Lisa Torti was a passenger in a car that was following Van Horn and stopped after the crash.

According to Torti she feared the wreckage was going to explode and she therefore pulled her friend out. Van Horn has testified that Torti pulled her out of the wreckage ‘like a rag doll’ and blamed her for her paralysis.

Torti argues that she should be protected from a lawsuit because she was giving ‘medical care’ when she pulled Van Horn from the car.

Link – Good Samaritan faces lawsuit

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05
Oct
07

Designer Anand Jon faces new rape charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California officials unsealed new rape charges against Indian-born celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon on Thursday, bringing the number of women he is accused of raping or sexually assaulting to 20.

Jon, 33, who once appeared on television show “America’s Next Top Model,” is accused of luring women back to Los Angeles to work as models and then attacking them. He has been charged with 59 counts of raping or sexually assaulting women between the ages of 14 and 27.

In June, the celebrity designer faced 46 counts involving 18 women. The new charges came after a September grand jury hearing that involved 23 witnesses, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said in a statement.

Jon is being held in a Los Angeles jail, and the District Attorney’s office said it will ask for a bail amount of $5.1 million at an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 25.

Defense attorney Anthony Brooklier said he believed the alleged victims had collaborated against Jon.

“We think that there was collusion,” Brooklier said. “We think this is made up whole-cloth, the entire case.”

Jon also is under investigation in Dallas and Houston, Texas, as well as New York and Massachusetts.

California prosecutors claim the designer is a serial rapist, and charges against him include forcible rape, sexual battery, sexual penetration by a foreign object and sodomy by use of force, among numerous others.

Prosecutors say the attacks occurred between November 2002 and March 2007.

Jon has dressed celebrities like Paris Hilton and Janet Jackson and had planned to launch of new line of jeans.

20 women?  20 women have filed case against you Jon. Now thats shameful. I think you prefer dressing them down than dressing them up.

04
Oct
07

Punjab lawyer sues T20 champs

As the frenzy over the country’s victory in the recently concluded Twenty20 world cricket championship is cooling down, the Indian players may be in for trouble as a local lawyer has filed a complaint in a local court accusing them of showing disrespect and contempt to the Indian flag after winning the final match with Pakistan.

Advocate Arvind Sharda who filed the criminal complaint in a Jalandhar court has listed BCCI president Sharad Pawar and vice president Rajiv Shukla as well as ESPN STAR Sports commentator Ravi Shastri as witnesses. In his complaint filed under the Flag Code of India read with the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 – as amended up to date – Sharda has alleged when the Indian team won the tournament on September 24 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the accused (players) in their expression of victorious mood, which continued for about an hour, showed all sorts of disrespect to the Indian tricolour.

He has mentioned team captain MS Dhoni along with 14 other members of the Indian squad as respondents/accused. Enumerating some of the instances, Shards has alleged that the disrespect included putting the Indian flag around the neck and back, pouring champagne on it, allowing it to fall on the ground from one’s hand and carrying it upside down.

Read more  at TOI




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