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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Not all Lawyers are Crooks; Not all Military are Heroes

San Antonio Personal injury lawyer admits stealing settlement

A San Antonio-based personal injury attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of ripping off a client's insurance settlement.
Sean F. O'Neill, 55, agreed with prosecutors to surrender his law license at his sentencing hearing, which will take place in August, and to pay $65,500 in restitution. In exchange, prosecutors will remain silent on his application for probation for the third-degree felony misapplication by a fiduciary charge.

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It's funny how certain professions are loathed (used car salesmen, lawyers) and some are put on a pedestal so that they are all called 'heroes.' (police, firemen, especially the military). With the military, it's assumed that any member is a patriot and hero. We overlook the bad ones - Lee Harvey Oswald and Charles Wittman (Texas Tower sniper0 learned to shoot in the Marines. 

The Austin American Statesman reports that a U.S. Army recruiter was charged with sexual assault Tuesday after a woman came forward about a 2009 incident, according to an arrest affidavit.
Newsweek has a disturbing article about male on male rape in the U.S. military. 
Like in prisons and other predominantly male environments, male-on-male assault in the military, experts say, is motivated not by homosexuality, but power, intimidation, and domination. Assault victims, both male and female, are typically young and low-ranking; they are targeted for their vulnerability. Often, in male-on-male cases, assailants go after those they assume are gay, even if they are not. "One of the reasons people commit sexual assault is to put people in their place, to drive them out," says Mic Hunter, author of Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military. "Sexual assault isn't about sex, it's about violence."

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