Weekly Briefs: ‘State takeover’ of metropolis policing challenged; legal professionals sentenced in trip-and-fall scheme
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NAACP sues over ‘state takeover’ of metropolis policing, courts
The NAACP has filed a lawsuit difficult two state legal guidelines that “symbolize a state takeover of Jackson,” Mississippi, a predominantly Black metropolis, based on a press launch. One regulation expands the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Capitol police to behave as a main police pressure in an expanded district inside Jackson, Mississippi, and as a police pressure with concurrent jurisdiction all through all the metropolis. The second regulation creates a brand new courtroom inside the expanded district to listen to misdemeanors and preliminary felony issues. The decide will probably be appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Courtroom. (NAACP press release, USA Today, the April 21 lawsuit)
2 legal professionals sentenced in trip-and-fall rip-off
Two legal professionals have been sentenced to jail time for submitting fraudulent lawsuits in a staged slip-and-fall accident scheme wherein the “victims” underwent pointless surgical procedures to extend the worth of their claims. Lawyer George Constantine, 60, of Plainview, New York, was sentenced to 8½ years in jail after his December 2022 conviction on mail and wire fraud costs. He may even need to forfeit greater than $4.7 million. Lawyer Marc Elefant, 50, of Woodmere, New York, was sentenced to 2 years in jail after pleading guilty to wire fraud in October 2022. He should forfeit greater than $955,000. (Division of Justice press release, Law360 tales here and here)
Cease Decide Procuring Act launched by Hawaii senator
Democratic U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has launched a invoice known as the Cease Decide Procuring Act. The invoice would give the federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., unique jurisdiction over instances that would have an effect on nationwide legal guidelines and insurance policies. (Hirono press release, Reuters)