Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested for DUI for second time

From NBC news:

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning, News4 has confirmed.

Phelps was clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on southbound Interstate 395 leaving Baltimore, said Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

An officer followed Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on northbound Interstate 95, police said. Authorities say he was speeding and crossing double lines in the tunnel.

Phelps was stopped just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Authorities say he appeared to be under the influence and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was cooperative during the process, they said…

Phelps has been charged with DUI previously. In November 2004, he was stopped by state troopers in Salisbury, Maryland, after failing to stop for a stop sign. He was 19 at the time.

In that case, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. He was fined $250 and was ordered to serve 18 months probation.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on “Today,” Phelps called the event an isolated incident and said he had “let myself down and my family down… I think I let a lot of people in the country down.”

Phelps faced further controversy when a photograph surfaced in February 2009 showing him with a water pipe used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Phelps publicly apologized and admitted that the image, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. The brouhaha surrounding the photo resulted in the swimmer losing Kellogg’s as a sponsor and a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI. Again.

From People Magazine:

Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning for a DUI, PEOPLE confirms with the California Highway Patrol.

Bynes, 28, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. after police stopped her on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance outside of Los Angeles, according to E! News. The actress ran a red light at an intersection, only to make a complete stop in the middle of the same intersection, Officer Leland Tang of the California Highway Patrol tells PEOPLE. She was charged with a misdemeanor, held on a $15,000 bail and released later on Sunday.

The actress was first arrested for a DUI in 2012, but she avoided jail time by completing inpatient treatment in December. She was placed on three years probation.

It seemed the former child star was getting her life back together after a series of legal troubles and bizarre behavior: She regained her driver’s license in April and was living with her parents while taking fashion design classes.

Earlier this year, Bynes’ 2012 DUI was reduced to reckless driving and she was placed on three years probation.  If it is proved that she committed the new DUI, it will violate her probation and she will face re-sentencing on that case in addition to the penalties she faces on the new charges.

Indianapolis Colts receiver Rogers released from team after DUI arrest

From Fox59:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 29, 2014)– Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was released from the team Monday following a DUI arrest early Monday morning, police said.

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Police Department pulled over Rogers, 23, at 3:35 a.m. after he was seen driving over the yellow street line near W. 16th and Indiana St. on the IUPUI campus.

Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy was riding passenger.

He was breathalyzed and registered a BAC of at least .08% and less than .15%.

Rogers is in his second season with the Colts. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday the wide receiver had been released from the team for conduct detrimental.

Court guard arrested for stealing $100 from person going through security checkpoint

mcclainFrom the Chicago Tribune, story by Dan Hinkel:

A security guard at the Lake County Courthouse has been charged with stealing about $100 from a court visitor who was going through a security checkpoint on his way into the building, authorities said.

Nikita McClain, 27, of Waukegan, was arrested at the courthouse Wednesday, the day after the alleged theft, and she was freed after posting $150 bail, said Sgt. Sara Balmes of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. McClain is charged with theft of less than $500, Balmes said.

McClain has been fired from the private security company that employs the people who check courthouse visitors on the way into the building, Chief John Byrne said. Sheriff’s deputies patrol courtrooms, hallways and other parts of the building.

A courthouse visitor complained of missing the money after passing through the entrance Tuesday afternoon, Balmes said. Visitors have to remove items from their pockets on the way through metal detectors. The man put about $100 in a bin, but the money was missing when he got through the checkpoint, Byrne said.

Making it easy: Motorist flags down cop to say hello; gets charged with DUI

Maybe he thought everyone is so nice in the suburbs, he should be friendly too.

Unfortunately, flagging down a Riverside police officer to say “hello” did not work out well for Freddie Levinson.

After pulling up to a squad car to say “hello,” Levinson allegedly drove away in an “erratic” manner.  He was pulled over and arrested for DUI.  He is reported to have had a breath test result of 0.210, well over the “legal limit” of 0.08.  He was also cited for driving while suspended.

Read the whole story here.

New Lake County Coroner says Calusinski verdict inconsistent with medical evidence

I have written a few blog posts concerning my doubts about Melissa Calusinski’s conviction for the first degree murder of 16 month old Benjamin Kingan.  (See here for details).  Now, the new Lake County Coroner has expressed his own doubts, stating that if the jury understood the medical evidence, they would not have convicted her.

You can click here to see Larry Yellen’s interview with the coroner.

From Fox32:

A former daycare worker convicted of murdering a child in her care is hoping that questions raised by the Lake County coroner will help set her free.

In a rare interview about the case, the coroner told FOX 32’s Larry Yellen why he thinks the woman was wrongly convicted.

“I was stunned. It was like a light bulb in a dark room,” said Doctor Thomas Rudd.

Dr. Rudd said when he took office in 2012, he reviewed the autopsy that had been used to convict daycare worker Melissa Calusinski and he was shocked that she was found guilty.

“Did the jury really understand the medical evidence? Okay, if they did, they wouldn’t have convicted her,” Dr. Rudd said.

The Carpentersville woman was convicted three years ago and sentenced to 31 years in prison for the 2009 murder of 16-month-old Ben Kingan at the Minee Subee Daycare Center in Lincolnshire. During a videotaped police interrogation, prosecutors said she demonstrated how she threw the child toward the floor. But the coroner said his review of slides from the autopsy suggests the child died due to a head injury sustained in October 2008, three months before the Calusinski incident.

“We need to find out what happened to this child beforehand. It’s the original injury in October that is the demise of this patient,” Dr. Rudd said.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said, ”This is a child that sadly went from normal to dead in a matter of minutes.”

In his first broadcast interview regarding the Calusinski case, Nerheim said there was no evidence that an earlier injury caused the death. He also said the coroner’s concerns about an earlier injury were raised by the defense at trial, and rejected by the jury.

“Even if there was a prior injury, if that injury was aggravated by her conduct, she is still guilty of murder,” Nerheim said.

Doctor Rudd said the jury heard from paid experts for the defense, not his own unbiased opinion. He said the state’s attorney should take another look at the case.

“He knows there’s a prior injury. Why isn’t he investigating what happened?” Dr. Rudd added.

Last winter, an appellate court upheld Calusinski ‘s conviction. The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to decide within the next few weeks whether to hear the case.

The Chicago Bar Association’s ratings for the upcoming judicial elections have been released

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.  The chair of the Committee sent the following email, which I am reposting with his permission:

“The Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation results for the November election have been released.  The results are available by clicking on the link: http://www.chicagobar.org/AM/Template.cfm

You can then click on the Green Guide that gives the rating and the writeup on each judicial candidate (retention and nonretention) on the November ballot.

You can also click on the Pocket Guide that gives the rating of each judicial candidate on the November ballot.

You can bring your smart phone into the voting booth with you.  Or you can print out the pocket guide and bring it with you when you vote.

Of the 73 retention candidates, 72 were found qualified, one was found not recommended (Judge Thomas E. Flanagan)–Vote Ballot position # 203 to Vote “NO” for Judge Flanagan.

In the 12th Subcircuit race, Vote “Yes” for James L. Kaplan.  Vote Ballot position # 80 to Vote for candidate James L. Kaplan (rather than his not recommended opponent).  [This is the only contested nonretention election in which there is a qualified candidate running against a not recommended candidate.]

Election Day is November 4, 2014.  Early voting starts October 20, 2014 and ends November 2, 2014.”