WAPT-TV(NEW YORK) — An inmate in Mississippi managed to hop out of a prison van while handcuffed and shackled and drive away from police — all while pausing to honk at his dumbstruck fiancee looking on.Timothy Clinton Moudy, 46, from Canton, Mississippi, was still on the loose late Friday and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.The incident happened at 11:05 a.m. when the inmate was being transported back to jail following a court appearance on felony drug and weapons charges, according to Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker. He was previously convicted of a felony and one of the charges was for a felon carrying a concealed weapon, according to jail records. “He made the statement that he didn’t want to go back to jail and right now, he isn’t in jail. He’s at large,” Tucker said of Moudy’s court appearance.The van was parked outside the jail and the door was open as the other inmates were being taken back inside when Moudy allegedly jumped out of the back and managed to get inside the driver’s seat despite being both handcuffed and shackled with belly chains. The van was running at the time and he drove away with handcuffs and shackles on, Tucker said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Tucker also said there was a gun inside the vehicle, so they are considering him “armed and dangerous.”No other inmates remained in the vehicle.Moudy managed to ram a sheriff’s deputy’s car as he escaped, and honked at his fiancee, who was in the parking lot, according to Jackson ABC affiliate WAPT-tv. “I thought it was a dream — like a deer in headlights. Never in a million years would I have thought it,” said his fiancee, who only wanted to be known as Taylor. “I was standing there and he honked, because he saw me. But I figured he would’ve turned around or came [home].”Through tears, she pleaded for him to turn himself in, “Just call, all you have to do is call.” Tucker said he believes Moudy would still be in the area.“He’s a hometown boy. He’s from here. He doesn’t really have anywhere else to go,” Tucker said. “Not to say he can’t wind up anywhere in the country, but we feel like he’s going to stay close to home.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
February 15, 2010 Send a Letter to the Editor Letters Letters Facebooking Judges Florida’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee recently issued an opinion regarding judges’ online social networking activities. When asked whether a judge may add lawyers who may appear before the judge as “friends” on a social networking site, and permit such lawyers to add the judge as a “friend,” the JEAC answered, “No.” (You can be fans of judges you appear before, you just can’t be their friends, January 1 News. )The committee explained that when a judge calls a lawyer a “friend” in everyday conversation it does not mean that the lawyer is in a special position to influence the judge. Yet in the eyes of the committee, listing lawyers who may appear before the judge as “friends” on a judge’s social networking page conveys to others the impression that these lawyer “friends” are in a special position to influence the judge.This opinion makes the assumption that when a judge clicks “accept friend” for a lawyer, the judge is defining the relationship more meaningfully than the judge would by saying aloud that the lawyer is a friend.But lawyers and judges are friends with each other. They exercise at the same gyms, work together, attend and teach school together, and share membership in clubs or religious groups or even families. They share true friendships, forged over years. These true friendships, based on common interests or time spent together, neither place lawyers in a special position to influence judges in the eyes of the committee nor convey the impression that lawyers have such a position in the judge’s favor. Meanwhile, the act of clicking “accept friend” is seen to convey a position of influence.However, no special position of influence is conveyed by lawyers hosting fundraising events for incumbent judges in election years. Lawyers may chair committees to elect judges without reproach. Lawyers may individually contribute up to $500 per judicial campaign, and may even hand a check over in the morning and appear before the same judge in the afternoon.Regular users of social networking sites recognize the superficiality of their online “friendships.” Online “friends” merely agree to broadcast their posted information in exchange for the information you broadcast. No such impression of undue influence on a judge can be conveyed by such a superficial connection. Those who lack true friendships with judges, such as starting lawyers or lawyers from outside the locality, are at a disadvantage when they are barred from establishing online connections.Jane Muir Miami Disappearing Civil Trials I read with interest the article in the January 15 News in relation to the paucity of civil jury trials in this day and age.Apparently, there was a concern about the decrease in trials. I find this ironic, in that just a decade ago there was a great concern about the “litigation explosion.”As a board certified civil trial lawyer having practiced personal injury law for 30 years, I never saw such evidence of an explosion. However, between mediation encouraging settlements and the so-called “loser’s pay rule” discouraging litigation, they have had the ultimate effect of very few civil cases going to trial anymore in this day and age.I don’t think that this gives us a black eye in the eyes of the citizens, since they are oblivious as to whether or not cases are settled or migrate through our court system.Terence A. Gross Pensacola Lawyers for Children I read, with interest, the notice in the January 15 News concerning the position adopted by the Board of Governors to recommend that children in dependency court be provided lawyers. I am writing in strong support of that legislative position.I have had the privilege of acting as a pro bono attorney for the guardian ad litem in dependency cases. Most of the cases I was given involved egregious facts and circumstances. I can unequivocally state from my experience that the children’s needs and best interests were not being adequately represented by the Department of Children and Families or the state attorney’s office.All of the case workers were overworked, many were woefully inept, and some did not seem very concerned. I can cite numerous examples where the outcome for the child would have been unacceptable but for the dedication of the Guardian ad Litem Program. These children are helpless and being placed in unacceptable situations with no one to advocate for them.Despite the current funding limitations the state and courts are experiencing, I can’t think of a more important issue. These children simply can’t protect themselves, and we are their only lifeline. I hope the board will push hard for this program, and I feel certain that, with adequate publicity and education to members, this laudable goal can be achieved with pro bono attorneys. I would certainly be willing to participate in that program and motivate my colleagues to get involved.James A. Helinger, Jr. St. Petersburg Gay Adoption Many may be growing tired of the argument over gay adoption in the News, but wasn’t this prolonged dispute to be expected when the Board of Governors authorized the Family Law Section to file an amicus brief taking sides against the statute and the views of a sizable portion of the Bar?That a section with permission of, but not the Board of Governors itself, filed the brief, seems a distinction without much of a difference, at least as it appears to the public, unaccustomed to such legalistic hairsplitting. So the whole Bar gets dragged in.This controversy may exemplify the wrong in activist courts’ attempting to accomplish what is not achievable through the Legislature. Florida has been down this road several times already. Only six years ago in Lofton v. Secretary, 358 F. 3d. 804, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case out of Miami ruled that homosexuals do not have the constitutional right to adopt, holding that the state has a legitimate interest in placing adoptive children in a nuclear family, “in a home anchored by both a father and a mother.” The court concluded, “Any argument that the Florida Legislature was misguided in its decision is one of legislative policy, not constitutional law. The Legislature is the proper forum for this debate, and we do not sit as a superlegislature ‘to award by judicial decree what was not achievable by political consensus.’”In the interim, the people have amended the Florida Constitution to provide that marriage, the foundation of the family, can only be between a man and a woman. What aim, then, can there be in starting this up again in the courts, if not the hope of ultimately thwarting the considered judgment of the people? In these pages, some advocates of gay adoption have labeled opponents “bigots” and “Bible Taliban.” The objective truth of the scriptures has been questioned. The Christian religion itself has been impugned. Let these views be presented to the Legislature, where they can be properly weighed. Let us see what reception they are given there.J.G. Halisky Clearwater ___________________________In his January 15 letter, James Altman takes issue with some of my points with respect to the Bible’s views on homosexuality as relates to adoption.I must disagree with his observation that nothing in the New Testament indicates that some Old Testament proscriptions are no longer binding. I mentioned Mark 7:19 and Acts 10:9-15 in my December 15 letter. See also Acts 15:1-11 as to circumcision no longer being required. In Galatians 3:24-25, Paul says: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” But that is not to say that we cannot learn anything from the old “schoolmaster.”The primary thrust of Mr. Altman’s letter is that because the New Testament does not prohibit slavery, and we all know slavery to be evil, then we should not accept New Testament passages as to homosexuality either. This somewhat overlooks the fact that the New Testament was not intended to mend every social ill, as opposed to stating how a person should respond to the various situations in which one finds himself to reflect a Christ-like nature. See Luke 22:27 (“But I am among you as one who serves.”). Nonetheless, the New Testament does not advocate slavery as a preferable social arrangement. See 1 Corinthians 7:21 (“Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you — although if you can gain your freedom, do so.”).Thomas F. Harkins, Jr. Ft. Worth, Texas ___________________________I cannot recall a single controversy that has generated as many passionate letters to the News as the ongoing one that has arisen over whether The Florida Bar should maintain official neutrality or support a principled stand in the matter of the statutory exclusion of homosexuals from eligibility as adoptive parents in our state.Clearly, this debate has distilled the surface issue to a single query: whether Florida attorneys are willing to condone the singular exclusion of all homosexuals in this state from ever adopting children. A basic principle of American law hangs in the balance. It is whether we are willing to deny a discrete class of persons, indistinguishable from the body politic except in a specific sexual preference, from the rights granted to all others by law and by the constitutional principles that underlie the ideals upon which our republic stands.Are homosexuals, as a discrete group or class, entitled to share in the panoply of rights of the citizenry at large? If not, must there not be a relevant and articulable basis for the disparate treatment?Chris Keith of Boca Raton, in his January 1 letter, argues in support of §63.042(3) that “gay adoption is a political issue,” and that courts must defer to the Legislature in such matters. This is the type of states’ rights argument that gained so much momentum in opposition to the civil rights movement and the application of the 14th Amendment to the states by the federal courts. Without belaboring the point further, every Florida lawyer should recognize a losing legal argument when he/she sees one. The assertion that the statute has achieved exalted status, and is therefore unassailable and impervious to judicial scrutiny by virtue of its longevity, is so specious that it would not merit any response, save for its usefulness as an example of how far afield a few lawyers are willing to venture in order to convince themselves that thinly disguised homophobia is the best way to “ hate the sin but love the sinner, ” and maintaining an implacable position on this issue relieves them of any moral responsibility to examine or question any of their other beliefs, attitudes, and ways of thinking about life.This debate has revealed an assortment of religious beliefs among attorneys, at least those who have written on this subject. It’s one thing for an attorney to recognize and understand the role of traditional religious values in the evolution of law in the Western world, and quite another thing to present those religious values, beliefs, and their sacred scriptures and writing in support of a legal argument.As a trial lawyer for 26 years, I more than once quoted or paraphrased the Bible, mainly to give my argument familiar context in order to persuade judge or jury of the rectitude of my client’s cause. But I never cited a Upanishad, Bible verse, or Sutra, as the dispositive legal basis for summary judgment or a verdict. While many religious values have become merged into our jurisprudence, just as often history also teaches that we have turned to the law to protect us from religion.Felix Michael Mosca Sarasota Innocence Commission When I read the January 1 article about the efforts to establish an “innocence commission,” it put me in mind of my first interview for the position as an assistant state attorney 29 years ago.I was asked why I wanted to be a prosecutor, and I gave what I have learned in the intervening years was a very unusual answer. I told my interviewer I felt, as a prosecutor, I was in the best position to assure that innocent people were protected from wrongful prosecution. It didn’t seem to me at the time that my answer was so radical. In the last 29 years that I have worked as a prosecutor, I have found that, though it’s not fashionable to say it and it is not the public’s perception, most good prosecutors would agree.There are few things as tragic as an innocent life that is taken, either in whole by an act of violence, or in part by an erroneous prosecution. A wrongful incarceration, even after all participants in the system have acted with diligence and good faith, is a tragedy.I personally would like to see a serious examination of the wrongful prosecution cases by some type of innocence commission. There is, however, a regrettable tendency to throw the baby out with the bath water. An examination which only looks at the cases where innocence was later proven will not be enough. Without comparing the cases where the system got it right to the cases where the system got it wrong, meaningful conclusions are not possible.Consider eyewitness identification for example. We will learn little, by focusing on the cases where the witness is later proven wrong, if we ignore the fact that in the vast majority of criminal cases forensic and other evidence corroborates the witnesses’ identification. Why did these witnesses get it right and others did not? Was it the circumstances of the events they viewed? Was it the lighting? Was it an early impression that they knew the suspect? Was it the lineup procedure? All of the studies thus far, by those in academia, have failed to take advantage of the wealth of empirical data, focused only on proving the eyewitness ID is unreliable, in laboratory situations, instead of trying to figure out why it is correct so frequently.Only by comparing these cases and asking right questions can we learn lessons that will help prosecutors in the future. I don’t know a prosecutor on earth who would not like to have some reliable way of telling a good ID from a bad one. An innocence commission properly focused and balanced will be an unrivaled benefit to our system of criminal justice.I still believe, as I did 29 years ago, that our best defense against wrongful prosecutions is the experienced and ethical prosecutor who sees himself or herself, at least in part, as a shield for the innocent against both acts of violence and the danger of wrongful prosecution.Jeffery L. Ashton Orlando JNCs and the Bar I was privileged to serve on a JNC for four years as a direct appointee of the governor. I have been a proud member of The Florida Bar for 40 years.My view is that the Bar should have little role in the JNC process, except to provide an allocated, limited, diverse number of suggested JNC nominees to the governor. The Bar is simply another group, among many other groups, that has an interest in the nomination of judges. The Bar is not responsible to the electorate and cannot be run out of office or recalled. It is the governor who is an elected official. No matter how important the Bar believes it is to the nomination process, it is unregulated by the people — at least at this point.The governor needs to have the maximum flexibility to appoint the nominators and to reject or accept both JNC nominees and the product of the nomination process, the judicial nominees. Otherwise, the people cannot hold the governor responsible if the JNCs produce inadequate and nondiverse judicial nominees.The Bar leadership is a mini-political body with its own agendas. To inject that process into the important role of appointing judges may lead to demands by the public that it have a role in the Bar’s business. Recent events have given some currency to that idea. As to diversity in the process and product, it is absolutely essential — and we should start with the Bar. The Board of Governors should be reorganized so that the ethnic and gender quotas rightly demanded by the Bar of the state governor be applied to the Bar Board of Governors and every Bar-appointed body. The Bar needs to set the example it demands. The circuit seat system now ensures a lack of diversity. It needs to be abolished and a new system, guaranteeing diversity, created.Thomas R. Spencer Coral Gables Send a Letter to the Editor February 15, 2010 Letters
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Families slept on the streets ahead of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebrations. 1 of 5 Razia Samuels from Mitchell’s Plain and Zackie Abdullah from Manenberg are looking forward to the klopse parade. Families slept on the streets ahead of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebrations. Meshack Simons, also from Portland, Mitchell’s Plain, says he never misses the carnival.“I’m here for the carnival. Every year, I come for the troops. I’m not really worried about the weather. We are here to just enjoy ourselves and keep the tradition going.” Meshack Simons spent the night on Adderley Street ahead of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade. Nine-year-old Zackie Abdullah from Manenberg could not hide his excitement.“I came with my mother. I slept here for the minstrels. Last night was very nice. We slept on the street.”Razia Samuels, from Mitchell’s Plain, says she attends the event every year.“Every year I look forward to the minstrels. It’s always something new and that’s exciting. I enjoy it.” Meshack Simons spent the night on Adderley Street ahead of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade. Scores of people braced the wind to secure their spots ahead of the Tweede Newe Jaar celebrations in the city centre.Families spent the night on the streets ahead of the colourful annual parade which dates back to the seventeenth century.It is very windy this morning, but families are determined to enjoy the parade. Ivan Edwards from Manenberg spent the night on Adderley Street with his family.“My gazebo is broken. I must repair it before the parade. But I’m still looking forward to the parade. We look forward to this day every year. We had to sleep here to secure a place so that we can have a good view of the troops when they move past here.”Yvonne Solomons, also from Manenberg says she could not sleep due to the wind.“Last night was very windy. Most of the gazebos were flying all over the place. Some were broken as you can see it’s still windy. But we will enjoy the day as the teams come down. I come here every year with my family.”Rashida Abrahams, from Portland in Mitchell’s Plain, also expressed concern over the wind.“I enjoyed last night, but the wind was bad. We haven’t had this weather in a number of years. However, we are happy to be here. I am looking forward to the troops and the starting of the New Year.”However, not everyone is worried about the wind. Gazebos line up Adderley Street ahead of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Snedeker (2007) and Moore (2009) both claimed their first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham.“I’m very aware that there’s a lot of golf left,” Snedeker said after shooting the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.“This means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of this tournament.“Eighteen-to-24 under par seems to win here every year, so I’m going to have to make a lot more birdies if I’m going to be around on Sunday.“That said, I’ve got a great lead right now.”Swede Henrik Stenson set a tournament record low score of 22-under in winning last year, a year after South Korean Kim Si-woo shot 21-under.Snedeker recorded his score despite bogeying his first hole. The eagle and 10 birdies that followed more than made amends for his slow start.Nobody looked remotely close to challenging Snedeker, though the afternoon 63s by Moore and Oda were both bogey-free.Jim Furyk, captain of the American team for next month’s Ryder Cup, was among a group on 65.Furyk holds the PGA Tour record low score of 58, and also has a 59 on his resume.He was delighted to welcome Snedeker to the sub-60 club with a performance that was a reminder of the depth of talent he has at his disposal when the Americans attempt to defend the Ryder Cup against Europe in Paris next month.Furyk is assessing form of players before making four captain’s picks early next month to complete the team. Eight players have already qualified automatically.He has made no secret that he has an eye on current form.Snedeker, who has had a quiet year, has not been on anyone’s Ryder Cup radar. He finished 37th in the standings, but a couple of hot weeks could put him in contention.“It certainly doesn’t hurt (to shoot 59),” Furyk said when asked if Snedeker’s round was significant for Ryder Cup selection.“We’re looking for guys who are playing well. The trick for him is he’s playing great, now he’s just got to rest, relax and start over tomorrow from scratch and go play three more good rounds.” KEYWORDS Brandt Snedeker smiles after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday. | AP GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – Brandt Snedeker shot 11-under-par 59 in the first round at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday, before vowing to keep attacking at an event with a recent history of very low winning scores.His course record earned a four-stroke lead over fellow Americans Ryan Moore and John Oda at Sedgefield Country Club, which is at the mercy of the field after a wet summer left it soft and defenceless. RELATED PHOTOS Wyndham Championship, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore, John Oda GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) announced last evening the ‘Golden Jaguars’, the country’s senior men’s national football team, will warm up for the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers with an intensive “train and play” trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.According to the GFF, encampment kick-starts a busy schedule of competition and training for the Golden Jaguars, following the appointment of former Jamaica international Michael Johnson as the team’s new head coach, whose immediate target will be to guide Guyana to its first appearance at a CONCACAF Gold Cup, in 2019.“One of the key development objectives of the GFF is to ensure that our national teams have the full calendar of playing and training time needed, in order to achieve the improved performances and results we all want to see,” said GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood.Greenwood also related that “under the guidance of head coach Johnson, with longer encampments and a ‘train and play’ trip to Brazil, the Golden Jaguars will be in the best shape they have ever been, going into the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers later this year.”Johnson, the highest qualified head coach in the history of the Golden Jaguars, is now working with the GFF Technical Department to prepare the national team for upcoming CONCACAF Nations League qualifier fixtures against Barbados, Turks & Caicos and French Guiana.Johnson arrived in Guyana today for discussions with the technical team, and to start putting his programme in place.The Golden Jaguars will be encamped in Guyana before each of the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, which coincide with FIFA international windows.The camps are scheduled to take place at the new GFF National Training Centre at Providence, with Guyana’s first, all-weather football pitch due to enter its final stage of construction shortly.The 2018 fixtures for the men’s national team include:September 8 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v Barbados (home)October 13 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v Turks & Caicos (away)November 20 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v French Guiana (away)The GFF plans to host six national training camps per calendar year – four during FIFA international windows and two further camps outside of those windows, with the possibility of encampment in the UK.
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