Thursday, August 30, 2012

50 year old "petty crime" costs man his job!

This is exactly why you don't want a criminal record.  It keeps coming up time and time again, costing you a job, or preventing you from getting a job. Having a criminal record is embarrassing and it is the type of thing that just stays with you for your whole life.  If you have been charged with a crime or need a crime expunged from your record please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Don't be like this poor gentleman.

A 'nickel-and-dime' crime almost 50 years ago gets 68-year-old employee fired

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 5:31 AM EDT, Thu Aug 30, 2012

(CNN) -- Sometimes life can turn on a dime. Just ask Richard Eggers, a former Wells Fargo employee.  The 68-year-old Eggers was fired by the company's home mortgage division in West Des Moines, Iowa, in July for a petty crime he committed nearly 50 years ago. He got caught using a cardboard cutout of a dime to run a laundromat washing machine when he was 19.

Officially, the crime is called operating a coin changing machine by false means, court records from 1963 say.  "It was silly and stupid," Eggers told CNN affiliate KCCI-TV. "I am not terribly proud of it, but, it doesn't warrant a termination a half a century later." Wells Fargo says it's following federal laws laid down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIC). They're designed to weed out employees guilty of identity theft and mortgage fraud.  "Wells Fargo is ... bound by US Federal law ... to protect our customers and their personal financial information from someone who we know has committed an act of dishonesty or breach of trust -- regardless of when the incidents occurred," Vickee J. Adams, vice president of external communications, said in a statement.

"It is uncomfortable, but it is a law that we have to follow," she said. "We have the responsibility to avoid hiring or continuing to employ someone who we know has a criminal record."  Wells Fargo says between May 2011 and May 2012, it performed thorough background checks on all its team members, regardless of when they were hired. The screenings were the same as those required for new hires.  "The whole thing was too absurd for words," Eggers told KCCI. "They had their instructions and there was nothing I could change, but I wanted to let them know I didn't accept it as a logical and reasonable business practice."

Wells Fargo says Eggers has been put in touch with an FDIC case manager to work on steps to "make him eligible for reemployment."  Leonard Bates, an attorney representing Eggers and three other employees who used to work for the company, said he may file a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo and the FDIC.
"Common sense tells you that Mr. Eggers and his 49-year-old crime was not the downfall of the mortgage industry in 2008 and 2009," Bates told KCCI.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Archbishop faces DUI charge in San Diego

This just goes to show you that everyone makes mistakes and that knowing when you are "good to drive" or under the "legal limit" is not an easy thing to know.  People from all walks of life end up facing DUI charges everyday, it doesn't mean you are a bad person it just means that you made a mistake.  If you have already made a bad choice don't that bad choice by making another.  If you are charged with a DUI in Kansas hire an attorney that has experience handling DUI cases in Kansas

Here is the article.

San Francisco archbishop DUI charge: The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone arrested in San Diego

by: Angela Woodall of the Oakland Tribune

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco, controversial for his vigorous support of California's same-sex marriage ban, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and ordered to appear in court, San Diego authorities said Monday.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a checkpoint near the San Diego State campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman.  Cordileone was booked into San Diego County jail two hours after being stopped and was released Saturday on a $2,500 bond, sheriff's records show. He was ordered to appear in court Oct. 9.

Cordileone, 56, is the current bishop of the Oakland Diocese, which issued an apologetic statement Monday afternoon.  "While visiting in San Diego this past weekend, I had dinner at the home of some friends along with a priest friend visiting from outside the country and my mother, who lives near San Diego State University," the statement read. "While driving my mother home, I passed through a DUI checkpoint the police had set up near the SDSU campus before I reached her home, and was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level.

"I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San   The San Diego City Attorney's Office, which prosecutes misdemeanor DUI offenses, said it had not received a report on the arrest.  Cordileone is a San Diego native and was ordained at the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Police did not provide information about whether he had previously been arrested.Francisco. I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this."

In late July, Pope Benedict XVI selected Cordileone to become archbishop of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.  Cordileone is not scheduled to be installed as archbishop of San Francisco until Oct. 4. Catholic bishops are answerable only to the pope and a criminal charge would not automatically prompt a delay in Cordileone's installation, according to canon law experts.  Cordileone's appointment to San Francisco archbishop provoked outcry from gay rights advocates because he is a noted proponent of Proposition 8, the 2008 law passed by California voters to outlaw same-sex marriage.

Cordileone was already known as a theologically conservative bishop faithful to the Catholic orthodoxy when he was installed as Oakland's bishop in May 2009, becoming the first Spanish-speaking bishop in the Oakland Diocese's history. He was a staunch advocate for immigrant rights and opposes the death penalty.
He was also part of the San Diego Diocese when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007 after being slammed with claims by 150 alleged victims of sexual abuse and multiple civil trials. Cordileone denied allegations by creditors at the time that the diocese tried to protect its finances by hiding and downplaying the value of assets before bankruptcy proceedings began.

And he has refused to provide a list of priests involved in sexual abuse requested by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, according to David Clohessy, director of the organization known as SNAP.  Cordileone also called on Catholics to vote for an initiative on the November ballot that requires parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.  Because it's a high-profile case, Cordileone's paperwork may take longer to process if authorities are going out of their way to avoid mistakes, Bay Area DUI defense attorney Bruce Kapsack said.  Breath tests return immediate results. Urine and blood samples can take much longer to process, Kapsack said.

Kapsack said his clients have included priests, rabbis, imams and Buddhist monks. "They don't get more of a break," Kapsack said. "Actually, the higher profile the individual the stricter the situation becomes."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Is Social Media the new street corner? 15 busted for Prostitution in Johnson County

Ran across this article on the KCTV5 website.  It loos like facebook and twitter have taken on a new purpose,  promoting prostitution in Johnson county.  The Overland Park police arrested over a dozen for involvement in the illegal activity when a sting was performed using data from online social media sites.  Looks like these women were from out of state just traveling through.

Prostitution Sting in JoCo Nets 15 Arrests
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - A prostitution sting in Johnson County netted 15 arrests, and police say social media has become the new street corner.

Overland Park police arrested seven people for prostitution, seven people for patronizing prostitutes and one for promoting prostitution during a several day sting last week.

"It's a matter of us being in the right place at the right time to intercept the activity," said Capt. James Olney with the Overland Park Police Department. "It was a successful operation."  And social media is making one of the world's oldest professions that much more accessible.  "Anyone can post ads and pictures and anyone can access it, so your audience is quite expanded," said Olney.

In addition, more and more police are seeing prostitutes who are just passing through able to find their next job, not by standing on a street corner but just by logging onto the computer.  Police say Overland Park is attractive because of its easy highway access.  In this latest sting, two of the woman were from Oklahoma and one was from as far away as Pennsylvania.  "Prostitutes are going to have several jobs lined up. That is their job," said Olney.  But whether it is the online or the old fashioned way of hooking up, Overland Park police say these stings will continue, as will the arrests.

"I don't know what passes through their mind, but it is quite a shock when they see police there.  They are very surprised," said Olney.