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Rape case sparked the bill

Rape case sparked the bill

first_imgRape case sparked the bill April 1, 2004 Britt Dys Assistant Editor Regular News Rape case sparked the bill Assistant Editor It was the outcome of The State of Florida v. Christopher Hiatt, a controversial rape case, that sparked Rep. Carole Green’s passion to change the criminal trial process.Green is the sponsor of HB 1149 that would give the prosecutor the first and final voice in a criminal trial regardless of how many witnesses the defense calls.According to interviews and newspaper accounts, at the December 2003 trial in a Lee County courtroom, Tonda Soisson recounted how the defendant had broken into her home and brutally raped her a little after 1 a.m. on September 13, 2002. Meanwhile, her children were sleeping in the next room. When it was Hiatt’s turn to take the stand, he told the jury that it was a consensual sexual relationship — explaining the irrefutable DNA evidence that linked him to the alleged crime. The state then called a rebuttal witness, a Lee County sheriff’s officer, who verified that during the time he claimed to have “dated” Soisson, Hiatt was in jail.The prosecutor made her closing argument, and because the defendant was the only person to testify on his own behalf, the defense maintained the advantage of having the last word.It took the jury 1 ½ hours to deliberate, and return a verdict of not guilty on charges of sexual battery and burglary.Even before Hiatt was acquitted, Soisson went public about the attack, became a rape victims’ rights advocate, and worked with legislators to try to s trengthen laws involving stalkers and repeat sexual offenders. That effort continues this year, with a bill dubbed “The Tonda Soisson Protective Injunction Act,” which failed to pass last year.In an interview after Green had successfully presented her bill to the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, she discussed further the trial verdict that moved her into action.“I was so upset by what I watched happen there that I called Brad Thomas in the governor’s office, who helped me on a bill I did last year on repeat sexual offenders. I said Brad, ‘What can we do?’“What’s wrong here is we have a victim who was victimized by what’s happened in the court proceedings,” Green continued. “Brad was able to tell me, ‘I will look into it,’ and he brought the issue to me and said, ‘This [change in closing argument procedure] is the type of thing that will help.’”The truth-seeking process should be unhindered by what Green called “gamesmanship.” She said she believes that Hiatt lied during his testimony, and she wants to prevent an incident like this from happening again by pushing her bill that would allow prosecutors to rebut.Assistant State Attorney Kimberly Cathers, who prosecuted Hiatt, said: “I tried very hard to forget this trial, but I never will. It was hideous.”Cathers recalled the defense only called Hiatt as a witness.“As a consequence, he retained the open and close.”Open and closing argument is important, Cathers pointed out, because of “the psychological laws of primacy and recency. Those things that a jury hears first, and those things that a jury hears last, are what sticks with them most,” she said.If the legislature should pass Green’s bill, Cathers said,“It would be the best thing that happened in Florida jurisprudence in years.”When asked what the defense would lose if the rule were changed, she responded: “They (the defense) won’t get the closing argument; they won’t get rebuttal; and they’ll always be sandwiched by the prosecution.”But, she noted, it would be equitable because,“they will never have the burden of proof, so I think that it’s fair.”Even though defense attorneys don’t want the rule to be changed, Cathers suggests the defense attorneys already suffer drawbacks with the way the rule is now.“They’re penalized in terms of having to eliminate witnesses that might help them because they know they will lose their strategic advantage,” Cathers said.Nevertheless, the defense is unwilling to surrender what they consider the fundamental rights of defendants protected in the well-established rule.Robert R. Jacobs II, public defender of the 20th Judicial Circuit, urged, “You shouldn’t tinker with an 150-year-old vested procedural right. Not on the basis of one unique case, where the jurors in post-trial interviews said that it was the believability of the accused over the alleged victim that made their decision.”But in Green’s opinion, Lady Justice’s scales are in need of realignment.“This [bill] doesn’t change anything other than tipping the scale back to where you have a situation of where the prosecutor, who has the burden of proof, gets an opportunity for rebuttal,” she said.last_img read more

Can you versus should you

Can you versus should you

first_imgMany years ago Nike famously attempted to launch a new product line: Nike jeans. Their company is all about shoes, athletic apparel and sports. A far cry from jeans. Nike spent millions and millions of dollars trying to promote their denim wear. The product bomb miserably. Why? Because Nike is not about jeans.Could Nike offer jeans? Of course. Should Nike offer jeans? Of course not.As your credit union or bank heads into its strategic planning session, there are many questions you can ask. There are many directions and strategic initiatives you can take. But the most important thought you need to consider is:What strategic initiatives should we undertake?It all comes down to focus. The more you focus, the more you will succeed. As a subset of the above question, consider asking, “What are the top three things we can do in the next six to twelve months that will help us reach our goals?” Begin with the end in mind and work your way backwards.In many planning sessions we want to accomplish it all. However, the most successful executives are masters of exclusion. Rather than saying “yes” to everything say “no” to most things. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

AXA plans £1bn corporate raid

AXA plans £1bn corporate raid

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Second Turbine Up at Nissum Bredning

Second Turbine Up at Nissum Bredning

first_imgThe second Siemens 7MW wind turbine was installed at the Nissum Bredning site on 17 December, with all the transition pieces now placed on their corresponding gravity jacket foundations.Image: Nissum Brednings VindmøllelaugThe first two turbines are now installed at positions M2 and M4 and, after the Matador 3 crane vessel installed the transition pieces at positions M1 and M3, local firm Østermark Grouting started grouting the foundations at those positions to prepare them for wind turbine installation.The project team hopes for weather conditions to be good enough these days to have all four wind turbines installed before Christmas, according to an update on project’s social media pages.Once all four turbines are installed at the site, they will be grid-connected using Siemens new cable and turbine concept with a 66kV voltage. Currently, Danish company JD Contractor is laying the cables.The turbine components are being transported out of the Port of Esbjerg and are being installed onto their foundations directly from the Osprey Valliant barge.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Morning-after pill use rises in US

Morning-after pill use rises in US

first_img Sharing is caring! 25 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Use of the morning-after pill in the US is on the rise, a trend driven largely by wider use among younger women, a major government study has found.Some 11% of sexually active women had used the morning-after pill, up from 4% in 2002, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four women aged 20-24 had used the drug, compared with one in nine women overall.The CDC surveyed more than 12,000 females aged 15-44 from 2006-10. The research showed that white and better educated women used the drug the most, usually due to worries that another birth control method had failed.Hispanic and black women were more likely than whites to report using the drug after unprotected sex. Regular usersOverall, about one in five women who had never been married had taken a morning-after pill, compared with just one in 20 married women.Of the women who used the pill, 59% said they had done it only once, 24% said twice, and 17% said three or more times.It was the first government report on the emergency contraceptive since regulators eased access to it seven years ago. Emergency contraception has been available by prescription in the US since 1999, before regulators approved over-the-counter sales of the drug in 2006. Also on Thursday, the CDC released a separate study on overall contraceptive use. It found that while the number of women using regular birth control pills had remained steady, the use of patches, intrauterine devices and injections had grown.BBC Newscenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Morning-after pill use rises in US by: – February 15, 2013last_img read more

High School Basketball Scoring

High School Basketball Scoring

first_imgRecently the Batesville/East Central basketball game wound up with just 53 points being scored.  It is an example of many of the scores in basketball this year.  I have seen more 30-point games than 80-point games.  Why is this?I think it goes back to the way scouting is today.  In the old days a coach went to a game, took notes on paper, and then developed a scouting report for his players.  Today in our electronic world, scouting reports may never see a piece of paper.  They are recorded electronically, transferred electronically, and each player gets his own personal scouting report.  If the player is diligent, he will know everything there is to know about an opposing player before they ever meet in a game.With this familiarity it is easy to see why scoring has been reduced.  Another thing I have seen is the use of zone defenses a lot more the past two years.  You would think that with the 3-point shot this would allow the players to get more shots over the zone.  But again, the scouting report pinpoints where a player likes to shoot so the defense shifts in that direction and cuts down on the number of shots that go up in a typical game.last_img read more

Melanie Adkins Miller

Melanie Adkins Miller

first_imgMelanie Kay Miller passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at her home in Osgood. She was born on January 21, 1964 to the late Shirley and Marcella Adkins in Batesville, Indiana. Melanie has three children that survive; her daughter Jessica L. (Jeremy) Owens of Osgood and two sons, Joshua Cullen of Bloomington, IN and Jared Cullen of Greensburg, IN. Four grandchildren also survive, Deacon Pate, Landon Owens, Logan Powell and Evelyn Cullen. One brother preceded her in death, Stephen Adkins. She had lived most of her life in the Osgood area graduating from Jac-Cen-Del in 1982. The most important thing in her life was her family! They jokingly stated that she really did not like cooking but really did enjoy cooking for them especially her shepherd pie! She will be sadly missed by her friends and family. There will be no services. www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

May 24, 2017 Police Blotter

May 24, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgMay 24, 2017 Police Blotter 052417 Batesville Police Blotter052417 Decatur County EMS Report052417 Decatur County Fire Report052417 Decatur County Jail Report052417 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

Atletico: Sixty percent of squad members undergo tests

Atletico: Sixty percent of squad members undergo tests

first_img Read Also: Messi reveals his top five best players in world football Sixty percent of the players have passed the tests and all of Diego Simeone’s men seem to be in perfect condition ahead of LaLiga Santander’s return. The last to undergo the tests on Friday will be Antonio Adan, Santiago Arias, Felipe Augusto, Koke, Hector Herrera and Vitolo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!Artist Got Bored With Quarantine & Painted Flowers All Over Walls8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… center_img Atletico Madrid’s players returned to training this week and have been undergoing medical examinations, with Diego Costa, Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar doing them on Thursday. Joao Felix The club’s fitness coaches have scheduled some intensive exams, including check-ups and blood, cardiology and respiratory tests. Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Morata and Ivan Saponjic were the first to undergo medicals at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra on Monday.last_img read more

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

first_imgJeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer, age 88 of Enochsburg, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at her home. Born November 3, 1931 in Covington, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Loretta (Nee: Anthe) and William Fisher. She married Alfred “Tom” Litmer October 21, 1950 at St. John’s Church in Enochsburg and he preceded her in death January 13, 2010. Nettie was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish at Enochsburg (formerly St. John’s Church) and spent 10 years as a bookkeeper for Hillenbrand Industries and 15 years working at the Fireside Inn Restaurant. An excellent cook, everything she made was good and a lot of people have enjoyed her beef and noodles over the years. Nettie never paid to much attention to recipes but rather would add a “little of this and a pinch of that.” She also crocheted quite a bit and liked working crossword puzzles. She had a green thumb, tending to her flowers and a raising a large garden every year. Her porch was filled with beautiful blooms during the summer and at the end of the growing season for the garden, she would put up several hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables to share with other family members. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Terri Litmer of Enochsburg; sister Carol Ann Litmer of Enochsburg; grandson Jacob Robinson of Shelbyville, Indiana and granddaughter Claire Litmer of Enochsburg. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Litmer.Due to the Governor’s mandate of gatherings being limited to 10 people, a private graveside service will be held Friday at St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Parish Building Fund or to the Ripley County Humane Society and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Nettie’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more