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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Not all veterans and cops are heroes

There is something called a "halo effect." We hear the words veteran, police officer, judge and doctor and automatically think they are good, trustworthy people. The stories below show this is not always so.

Victim in Texas parade crash accused of lying about receiving Purple Heart
ATLANTA – An ex-police officer from Georgia who was injured in a train accident during a veterans parade in Texas is accused of lying about receiving a Purple Heart medal and was arrested Wednesday, Cherokee County sheriff's officials said.
Former Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner, 40, was never awarded a Purple Heart and is charged with four counts of theft by deception, false swearing and giving a false statement to police, Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/12/victim-in-texas-parade-crash-accused-lying-about-receiving-purple-heart/#ixzz2W67hQX2d

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Fort Hood soldier charged in prostitution ring case
The Army said Wednesday it charged a Fort Hood sergeant with buying sexual favors from another soldier who was part of an alleged prostitution ring.

Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was accused of paying a soldier to have sex, but details of when that happened or whether other GIs were likely to be implicated in the case weren't known.

Testimony: Doc's accuser had threat painted on her door
About a month before Dr. Calvin Day's July 2011 hearing before the Texas Medical Board, which would result in a suspension of his license, a patient who had accused him of sexual assault received a disconcerting anonymous message, she said Wednesday.

The initials “R.I.P.” — short for rest in peace — were found painted on her front door, she told state District Judge Ron Rangel in a hearing held outside the jury's presence.

Day, 61, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of assaulting the woman in a secluded area of his office after she visited him on a Sunday morning in August 2010 for a follow-up to a Botox injection.

He's still awaiting trial for the alleged sexual assault of another patient.

Thirteen other women — patients and former employees — have alleged inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature, according to court documents not revealed to the jury.

Rare formal review ordered for federal judge
Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court formally ordered on Wednesday that a rare public judicial misconduct complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones be reviewed by officials in a different circuit — one based in the nation's capital.
The pending misconduct complaint filed last week alleges that Judge Jones, a former chief judge who is based in Houston, improperly discussed pending cases, and allegedly made derogatory remarks about African-Americans, Mexican nationals and the mentally retarded in a public speech at the Federalist Society chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in February.
In the complaint, the group asked that another circuit investigate the matter because the complaint involved remarks made by Jones, a powerful former circuit chief judge, and also included an allegation that Jones had committed misconduct by telling another 5th Circuit judge to "shut up" during formal court proceedings in 2011.

Officers suspended after texting 16-year-old
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Stamford police have suspended two officers without pay after finding text messages they allegedly sent to a 16-year-old girl.
The girl reported in May she was sexually involved with Macari, but later declined to cooperate in an investigation. Police say a forensic examination of the officer's cell phones found sexual texts to the teen.

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