The family of the 45-year-old man who suffered a skull fracture after being punched at Dodger Stadium has hired civil rights and personal injury attorney Carl Douglas.Los Angeles Police Department investigators are continuing their search for a man suspected of punching Rafael Reyna during an argument after Friday night’s Dodgers game, sending the 45-year-old to the hospital.Reyna is hospitalized in a coma, according to his family’s attorney.Douglas has represented a number of high-profile clients, and was once a member of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” of defense lawyers. Reyna’s wife Christel told KTLA her husband fractured his skull when he fell in the parking lot after being punched and is on life support.She said she was on a Facetime call with her husband when he was attacked after midnight Saturday following the Dodgers’ six-hour game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.No arrests have been made and the cause of the fight remains under … [Read more...] about Family of man beaten in Dodger Stadium parking lot hires former ‘Dream Team’ lawyer
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This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: Alysa Liu, 13, of Richmond, stretches before she practices her technical program with her coach Laura Lipetsky at Oakland Ice Center in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Liu’s technical program includes three triple axels and is heading to the U.S. figure skating championship in Detroit from Jan. 24 to 27. She is the youngest skater in the history to complete in the 3 1/2-rotation jump. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: Alysa Liu, 13, center of Richmond, watches a video as she is ready her technical program practice with her coach Laura Lipetsky, not pictured, at Oakland Ice Center in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Liu’s technical program includes three triple axels and is heading to the U.S. figure skating championship in Detroit from Jan. 24 to 27. She is the youngest skater in the history to complete in the 3 1/2-rotation jump. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) … [Read more...] about Is this Bay Area teen about to redefine international figure skating?
Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general, has announced she will run for president in 2020. Vowing to "bring our voices together," Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. The daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California, she is one of the earliest high-profile Democrats to join what is expected to be a crowded field. She made her long anticipated announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America," saying: "I am running for president of the United States," she said. "And I'm very excited about it." The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign as she announced her bid. "They're the values we as Americans cherish, and they're all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values." Harris launched her presidential as the … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris reveals she’s running for US president against Donald Trump in 2020
And now for something completely different...but depressingly the same in some ways. Longtime readers—and I do mean longtime—might remember from several years ago a certain case adjudicated before the Vaccine Court. I'm referring, of course, to the Autism Omnibus. In Autism Omnibus, some 4,800 claimants were bringing action seeking compensation for "vaccine injury" characterized by autism. Basically, it was a large number of parents who thought vaccines had caused their children's autism seeking compensation from the Vaccine Court, and they implicated the MMR and thimerosal-containing vaccines, depending on the family. Because of the large number of cases and since all of the cases revolved around the same findings of fact a series of "test cases" were heard. These test cases were, in essence, the best cases the claimants' lawyers could come up with to show that vaccines caused autism. If these cases were considered meritorious, then the rest of the 4,800 cases would be … [Read more...] about When doctors betray their profession