NaVOBA and Capital One Announce the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year

NaVOBA and Capital One, in partnership with the NGLCC, announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference.

We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”

— NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ECONOMIC NEWS: Veteran Owned Businesses, LGBT Owned Businesses

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Philadelphia 8/16/2018: The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and Capital One, in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference. NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of America’s veteran business owners working as supplier partners to NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies.

“At Capital One, we value unique perspectives and see firsthand how ensuring diversity in our supply chain creates better solutions for our associates and customers,” said Jim Gorzalski, Chief Procurement Officer, Capital One. “We’re very proud to sponsor the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year recognition and are excited to elevate the success of the entrepreneurs highlighted by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.”
The Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year demonstrate the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship as well as a commitment to give back to their communities. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company.

The 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year Awards program was also supported by NaVOBA Corporate Allies Wells Fargo and Shell. NaVOBA recognized two exceptional 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year Honorable Mentions: Adler Archer, president of Allasys and Carlton Brown, owner of Occasional Occasions by Carlton. In addition, NaVOBA awarded two firms as the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year; Les Burleson, president of VersaPro Group and Naomi Scales, owner of MarFran Cleaning.

“NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year awards have celebrated the incredible diversity of America’s military entrepreneur community,” said NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek. “We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”

Visit www.NaVOBA.org/LGBTAwards to learn more about these extraordinary veteran business owners.

About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals. It is the mission of NaVOBA to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education. NaVOBA provides a direct link between corporate America and veteran’s business enterprises, to improve business opportunities for VBEs of all sizes.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Ashleigh Freda
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(724) 362-8622 ext. 103

Matthew Pavelek
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‘Surveillance’ Artist Hasan Elahi comes to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park as August’s Resident Artist

“In considering surveillance we tend to think of it as a very 21st century concept, yet we’ve always been watched. We’ve had several thousands of years of being watched from above”

— Hasan Elahi, NPAF Hawai'i Volcanoes Resident Artist

VOLCANO, HAWAI'I, US, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and The National Parks Arts Foundation are proud to announce that Hasan Elahi, a world-renowned installation artist —whose artwork explores issues around technologies of surveillance, and sousveillance (the practice of using technology for documenting one’s own life) —is August’s Artist in Residence.

Elahi will provide a free presentation for visitors on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 a.m., at the Kahuku Unit of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Enter Kahuku on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. This event is made possible with support from the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of Hawai’i National Park. This event is a unique opportunity to hear from a globally celebrated artist and energetic public speaker, about his life and art practice, which are intertwined in unusual and evocative ways.

Hasan’s life changed in a fateful way, after Sept. 11, 2001. Returning from an exhibition in Amsterdam, he was pulled aside at a Detroit airport checkpoint and questioned for hours, and what would eventually turn out to be almost a year of FBI investigation. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI and after undergoing months of interrogations, he was finally cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public. Predating the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by half a decade, the project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website.

This led Elahi to champion a philosophy termed radical transparency, which has a profound impact and reach. The internet, for example, is in effect a massive data harvesting operation, where human activity is minutely tracked and sold for economic advantage, all in the guise of ‘customer service. This ecosystem of information is based on the very human tendency to desire privacy, and in a way, to live in secret. But wonders Elahi, does it make sense to live this way in the global electronic village? “In considering surveillance we tend to think of it as a very 21st century concept, yet we’ve always been watched. We’ve had several thousands of years of being watched from above; G-d —all knowing— as the original surveillance camera. This might sound sarcastic, but there’s a very similar omniscience that a lot of these data companies have about us. I think we don’t consider many things as surveillance until it’s put in that context for us. Similarly, when you hyper aestheticize an image your brain no longer reads it as surveillance, but reads it as landscape and I think there’s something that also happens when you take that Google Street View image and you aestheticize it.,” says Elahi.

“I never associated my practice with a certain medium or particular discipline or technique and I’ve always looked at it as how can I find the most appropriate method for my idea and that’s how it came about.” And for this, his first project on the Island of Hawai’i, Elahi will be using satellite metrics and other technology to ‘recreate’ some of the famous early artwork done by 19th century landscape artists as an adjunct to the United States westward flow of Manifest Destiny, which particularly for the Hawaiian Islands and its people, became a contested and fraught imperialist and Colonial landscape.

Says Elahi about this project: “In the nineteenth century, enormous landscape paintings by such figures as Frederic Edwin Church and images by such photographers as William Henry Jackson became the visual expression of Manifest Destiny. Many of the paintings that I am proposing to recreate with new technologies of surveying and measuring were created at a time when landscape paintings were often commissioned by the government to take inventory of the natural resources of the country at a time as we were growing into a world power. This work will not only explore the then and now aspect of these locations, but will also question what the genre of landscape means today in a political context.”

Elahi, an interdisciplinary artist, was born in Rangpur, Bangladesh, but raised in New York City. Currently, he is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Art, University of Maryland, at College Park, in Maryland and has a studio in the D.C. area. In addition, Mr. Elahi has been invited by organizations as diverse as the Tate Modern in the UK, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, National Geographic, TED, and World Economic Forum to discuss his work.

NPAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and other generous benefactors. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the Parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.

John Cargill
National Parks Arts Foundation
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A TED talk by Hasan Elahi


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Federal “Three Strikes” Law challenged in Supreme Court with life sentence of marijuana offender Corvain Cooper

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer, Corvain Cooper clemency Petition

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

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Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Attorney Patrick Megaro filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law.

Halscott Megaro PA (N/A:N/A)

I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.”

— Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Law Firm of Halscott Megaro, P.A. has announced that attorney Patrick Michael Megaro has filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge Corvain Cooper’s sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law. The petition was filed by Cooper’s attorney in the Supreme Court on July 6, 2018, asking the Court to stop the injustice of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Explains Corvain’s attorney who filed the petition, Patrick Megaro: “In the legal realm, you have to present the issue as a legal query. In this case, the official query presented to the U.S. Supreme Court is ‘Whether a Petitioner Who Was Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole, Which was Enhanced By Two Later Invalidated State Convictions, May Apply for Resentencing …’ The reality of the situation is that drug law reform, especially marijuana reform, is at the forefront in many state legislature’s agendas. Marijuana is now legalized, decriminalized, or approved for medicinal use in one form or another in the majority of States. Due Process and fundamental fairness are at the heart of this case. Boiled down to its essence, the question for this Court is whether a sentence of life without parole is justified for a person who now has no predicate felony convictions.”

Corvain Cooper was charged in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring transactions. A special information was also filed against Cooper, alleging two prior felony convictions for possession of drugs (one for marijuana, one for codeine cough syrup) in the California state courts. The filing triggered a mandatory life sentence without parole. The reason for the unusually harsh sentence is the so-called “Three Strikes” law. These laws require a person guilty of committing a drug felony and two other previous drug felony convictions to serve a mandatory life sentence in prison. The “Three Strikes” law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or drug felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.

Mr. Cooper tried appealing his conviction and sentence, stating that the sentence of life for non-violent crimes was against his Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments. However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the case, and the Supreme Court declined to even hear the case.

The State of California enacted Proposition 47 in 2014, which re-categorized several non-violent offenses as misdemeanors. Prior to enacting Proposition 47, possession of marijuana was considered a felony. This also allowed people who had prior felony convictions under the old statute to vacate them.

Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) was enacted on November 9, 2016, by the State of California which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This Act permitted certain people who had been convicted of marijuana felony offenses to apply to vacate those convictions and reclassify them as misdemeanors.

Adds attorney Patrick Michael Megaro, “I have been representing Mr. Cooper and I have said from day one, that I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.” Mr. Megaro went on to add, “We need to quit playing political games and allow the sentence to fit the crime, as both of these Propositions (47 and 64) favor individuals, such as Corvain Cooper.”

Patrick Michael Megaro has also simultaneously filed a petition for commutation of sentence with President Donald Trump on Corvain Cooper’s behalf, and has started a petition on Change.org in support of the petition that already has over 3,000 supporters.

The “Petition for Certiorari” filed on behalf of Corvain Cooper with the U.S. Supreme Court should be available soon on the Court’s website at https://www.supremecourt.gov under “Docket Search.”

A Wikipedia article on Three-Strikes Law is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-strikes_law

Background

The underlying court cases are United States v. Cooper, 624 Fed.Appx. 819 (4th Cir. 2015), and United States v. Cooper, 714 Fed.Appx. 259 (4th Cir. 2018). According to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “from in or about 2004 through January 2013, Cooper was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked marijuana from California to the Charlotte area. Court records show that Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of marijuana as well as money laundering conspiracy and structuring financial transactions through banking institutions to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Cooper, along with two co-defendants, Evelyn LaChapelle and Natalia Wade, were convicted of all charges on October 18, 2013, following a three-day trial.” He was sentenced to life in prison on June 18, 2014. See https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/california-drug-trafficker-sentenced-life-prison-drug-conspiracy-and-related-charges

For more information, contact:

Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq.
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195
Orlando, FL 32807 USA
Phone: (407) 255-2164
pmegaro@halscottmegaro.com

http://www.halscottmegaro.com

Please check out our latest Change.org petition, and sign and support this worthy cause:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-a-non-violent-drug-crime

References

Website: https://www.appealslawgroup.com/our-attorneys/patrick-megaro-esq/

News at: https://hype.news/patrick-megaro-attorney/n-ba064c55-8ee2-42b7-ba81-cf7edd4d175f/stories

Attorney Profile: https://criminal-defense-attorney.squarespace.com/patrick-michael-megaro-esq/

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-michael-megaro-%E2%AD%90-877b284/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/patrick-michael-megaro

Better Business Bureau Profile: https://www.bbb.org/central-florida/business-reviews/attorneys-and-lawyers/appeals-law-group-in-orlando-fl-90326269

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patrickmichael.megaro.9

Blog: https://patrickmegaroblog.blogspot.com/

Patrick Megaro
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
(407) 255-2164
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What does Appeal mean? Patrick Megaro Criminal Defense Attorney


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Pamela M Nicholson CEO for Enterprise Named in New Subpoena Ahead of Florida Theft Trial

Pamela M Nicholson CEO Subpoena - 18-SC-001768

Pamela M Nicholson CEO Subpoena – 18-SC-001768

National Car Rental civil theft plaintiff rushes new subpoena to St. Louis Sheriff for service after C T Corporation System responds ‘not registered agent’

Enterprise has been accused of running a ding-and-dent scam so often by readers of this site, I’ve lost count.”

— Christopher Elliott, Consumer Advocate at Elliott.org

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today a revised subpoena urgently prepared for Enterprise Holdings President and CEO Pamela M. Nicholson. The subpoena COMMANDS the chief executive to appear and testify at the civil theft trial, Howe vs. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., in the County Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Lee County Florida.

The trial is scheduled for August 22, 2018, in Fort Myers, Florida, Honorable Archie B. Hayward, Jr.

The Lee County Clerk of the Court issued the subsequent subpoena to Pro Se plaintiff and crime victim David Howe on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, one day after a docket entry was filed indicating ‘C T Corporation System has determined it is not the registered agent for an entity by the name of Pamela Nicholson’ (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180727005610/en/Enterprise-Holdings-CEO-Pamela-Nicholson-Subpoenaed-SubscriberWise).

See the official court filing and response from C T Corporation System: https://www.docdroid.net/POhIpKx/c-t-corporation-system-response-to-pamela-nicholson-subpoena.pdf

Related: IBM Gets Desperate Plea from Enterprise Holdings Crime Survivor, SubscriberWise Confirms — https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180813005692/en/IBM-Desperate-Plea-Enterprise-Holdings-Crime-Survivor

Related: Lee County Honorable Archie B. Hayward Jr. Receives Jury Request from National Car Rental Fraud Victim, SubscriberWise Confirms — https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180716005406/en/Lee-County-Honorable-Archie-B.-Hayward-Jr.

Related: 'FIVE ALARM FRAUD' at Enterprise Holdings' National Rental after Attorneys Make Shocking Admission to Lee Clerk of Court — https://www.einpresswire.com/article/446689966/five-alarm-fraud-at-enterprise-holdings-national-rental-after-attorneys-make-shocking-admission-to-lee-clerk-of-court

About SubscriberWise

SubscriberWise® launched as the first issuing consumer reporting agency exclusively for the cable industry in 2006. The company filed extensive documentation and end-user agreements to access TransUnion’s consumer database. In 2009, SubscriberWise and TransUnion announced a joint marketing agreement for the benefit of America’s cable operators (http://newsroom.transunion.com/transunion-and-subscriberwise-announce-joint-marketing-agreement). Today SubscriberWise is a risk management preferred-solutions provider for the National Cable Television Cooperative.

SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

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Enterprise Holdings companies ‘Expedient’ rental process places consumes in grave financial danger


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Judge Robert R. Hofmann Elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors

The NCJFCJ is the Nation’s Oldest Judicial Membership Organization

The NCJFCJ has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann.”

— Nathan L. Hecht

MASON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Mason, Texas) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

“Judge Hofmann’s lifelong dedication and passion to child welfare goes beyond his multi-county judicial district,” said Judge John J. Romero, Jr., NCJFCJ president. “We look forward to leveraging his judicial leadership to impact children and families who seek justice at the national level.”

A native of Mason County, Texas, Judge Hofmann brings more than 20 years of public service to the State of Texas, having served as Mason County Attorney, as judge for the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, and now as the district judge of the 452nd Judicial District of Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard Counties. He presides over felony criminal, general civil, family law and dependency/delinquency hearings in his five-county, 7,000-square-mile district, which includes federally recognized border and Interstate 10 corridor counties.

In 2011, he was named Texas CASA Judge of the Year, and appears as the judge in its statewide training video. He has served on several committees and boards of state and national organizations, and worked with the National Center for State Courts to create the first national ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act) Well-Being Outcomes.

“Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann,” said Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice. “His leadership as vice-chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Permanent Commission on Children, Youth and Families and his tireless work to assure children in foster care succeed even beyond secondary education demonstrates a holistic approach to child-welfare issues. I am pleased this work now extends to an organization as vital as the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.”

In 2016, Education Reach for Texans formally recognized his work as chair of the Children’s Commission Foster Care and Education Committee to improve educational outcomes for children. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He recently served as the Texas judicial representative to the U.S. Children's Bureau State Team planning meeting, and was a community leader in the creation and organization of Bluebonnet CASA.

“Beginning with the creation of Bluebonnet CASA and continuing today with his work in improving the educational outcomes for all foster youth throughout the state, Judge Hofmann has consistently been a staunch champion for CASA and, more importantly, for Texas children and families,” said Lisa Goehmann, executive director, Bluebonnet CASA.

Hofmann received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

Chrisie Yabu
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Cuomo Fails to Protect Women & Girls with Disabilities from being Sexually Assaulted

Gov. Andrew Cuomo must be stopped, he is directly involved in ensuring the covering-ups of thousands of sexual assaults, rapes and deaths of people with disabilities

Almost all sexual assaults and rapes in Cuomo’s mental health agencies are being covered-up

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups.”

— Michael Carey – Civil Rights & Disability Rights Advocate

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Jonathan Carey Foundation has done extensive research and all State and County documents obtained through Freedom of Information Law point to wide-scale criminal cover-ups by Cuomo’s fraudulent Justice Center. Almost every sex crime against disabled women and girls disappears as Gov. Cuomo continues to protect and shield countless sexual predators and pedophiles within his very own agencies from prosecution.

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups. These are his agencies reporting to his cover-up whitewash agency and almost all sex crimes are never reported to local police. Almost all of these thousands of reported sex crimes annually are purposefully kept from criminal investigations and from county elected prosecutors. Governor Cuomo set this agency up to cover-up. Governor Cuomo has taken no significant actions to reduce the rampant sexual assaults and rapes against our most vulnerable, this is the simple fact. Governor Cuomo has ignored the New York Times “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series and the New York Times Editorial Boards call for cameras and proper police involvement.

http://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/nyregion/new-york-state-draft-report-finds-needless-risk-in-care-for-the-disabled.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html

Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing exactly what the Catholic Church has done, but he is protecting sexual predator and pedophile caregivers, instead of sexual predator priests. The numbers of sexual assaults and rapes of the disabled are astronomical in scope and according to a well recognized study called Prevalence of Violence only 3% of sexual assaults against the developmentally disabled will be reported.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/08/14/pennsylvania-grand-jury-report-on-sex-abuse-in-catholic-church-will-list-hundreds-of-accused-predator-priests/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bf202f8110ae

http://www.mass.gov/dppc/abuse-recognize/prevalence-of-violence.html

Statistically, in New York State, upwards of one third of the disabled in only one of six of Cuomo’s agencies are sexually assaulted on average once every year. Gov. Cuomo is failing to protect women and girls with disabilities from being sexually assaulted or raped, he is ignoring their equal rights and he is protecting countless sexual predators.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-pay-3m-family-boy-molested-group-home-article-1.2977392

Michael Carey
The Jonathan Carey Foundation
(518) 852-9377
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The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers


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Mental Health Watchdog Warns Officials on Baker Act Rights Abuses

Florida's Children at Risk

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

CCHR Florida

With reports stating that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is rising, CCHR is cautioning lawmakers to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse.

The number of Baker Acts where a person, especially a child, never met the criteria for an involuntary psychiatric examination is disturbingly high and we are demanding that something be done.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With reports surfacing that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is on the rise following the school shooting in Parkland, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is cautioning those charged with executing an involuntary psychiatric examination to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse. [1]

During fiscal year 2015/2016 there were 194,354 involuntary Baker Act examinations in Florida. This figure is more than double the number of men, women and children who were Baker Acted during fiscal year 2001/2002 and is significantly more than the 21.80 percent change in Florida’s population over the same time period.

This alarming increase prompted CCHR, a mental health watchdog organization that investigates and exposes human rights violations in the mental health industry, to issue a warning to state officials on the abusive use of the Baker Act law as illustrated by hundreds of complaints received by CCHR from Floridians across the state.

“Prior to the tragedy in Parkland the number of Baker Acts was already skyrocketing and based on the complaints we receive on our hotline about 60% of the people being taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination never met the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place,” reported Diane Stein, President of the CCHR Florida chapter.

The Baker Act law lays out three criteria for the involuntary examination of a person and all three criteria must but met, yet CCHR has found that the majority of citizens and even those authorized to initiate a Baker Act don’t know or understand these criteria.

In response, CCHR Florida regularly hosts a seminar on Baker Act Rights delivered by attorney at law Carmen Miller who as a former assistant public defender has personal experience in representing Baker Act clients in civil and criminal hearings. During the seminar, Ms. Miller provides those in attendance with information on the Baker Act and on their rights under this law while answering questions on how a person can protect themselves from the abusive use of the mental health law. [2]

“Over the past few years we have participated in or hosted hundreds of events for the sole purpose of educating people on their rights and exposing abusive psychiatric practices such as the prescribing of dangerous drugs that have known side effects such as suicide, aggression and homicidal ideation,” said Stein. “Thomas Jefferson said that ‘an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people’ and I believe it is CCHR’s duty to help make sure every Floridian understands their rights.” [3]

For more information on the next Baker Act Rights seminar please call 727-442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:

[1] Local Officials, Organizations are Seeing an Increase in Baker Act use in SWFL
http://www.helloswfl.com/other_stories/local-officials-organizations-are-seeing-an-increase-in-baker-act-use-in-swfl/
[2] Voices for Humanity: A Stand for Rights in the Sunshine State https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/diane-stein.html
[3] Psychiatric Drugs: Create Violence and Suicide https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
727-422-8820
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CCHR: What We Believe


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Attorney Patrick Megaro wins post-conviction relief for client based on ineffective assistance of counsel argument

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Patrick Megaro, Attorney, on Today Exclusive Television

Patrick Megaro, Attorney, on Today Exclusive Television

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Video Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro YouTube Video

Video Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro YouTube Video

Essex County Superior Court granted post-conviction relief, and ordered the State to give Altariq Coursey a new trial, tossing out his convictions.

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… prior attorney committed several … errors… had they been corrected at the time of the trial there is reasonable probability that the result of the proceeding would have been different”

— Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Halscott Megaro PA announced that attorney Patrick Megaro has won a Post-Conviction Relief Petition for his client Altariq Coursey. Mr. Coursey was charged on September 24, 2012, by an Essex County grand jury and was convicted after a jury trial and sentenced to 22 years with 11 of those years’ ineligibility for parole.

Once Mr. Coursey was sentenced, Patrick Megaro, Esq. field an appeal on his client’s behalf. However, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed the conviction, but noted that Mr. Coursey could challenge his conviction with a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel.

Mr. Megaro filed a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief in the Essex County Superior Court in 2016. Mr. Megaro reviewed the case and stated “Mr. Coursey’s prior attorney committed several unprofessional errors, that had they been corrected at the time of the trial there is reasonable probability, that the result of the proceeding would have been different.”

On June 4, 2016, the Essex County Superior Court granted post-conviction relief, and ordered the State to give Altariq Coursey a new trial, tossing out his convictions.

Mr. Megaro went on to add, “we are very pleased with the decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey. They considered our petition for Post-Conviction Relief and it was GRANTED.”

The term Post-Conviction Relief refers to a law or court rule that allows a collateral challenge to a judgment of conviction which has otherwise become final in the normal appellate review process. Post-conviction relief is governed by federal and state laws, which vary by state, and may be used to preclude state or federal habeas corpus.

Attorney Patrick Megaro received both his Bachelor's Degree and Law Degree from Hofstra University. He is also the recipient of the Leon Stern Award (2002). Mr. Megaro has had several articles published and has made numerous appearances on national media such as the “Today Show” and “Happening Now” on the Fox News Channel.

References

Website: https://www.appealslawgroup.com/our-attorneys/patrick-megaro-esq/

News at: https://hype.news/patrick-megaro-attorney/n-ba064c55-8ee2-42b7-ba81-cf7edd4d175f/stories

Attorney Profile: https://criminal-defense-attorney.squarespace.com/patrick-michael-megaro-esq/

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-michael-megaro-%E2%AD%90-877b284/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/patrick-michael-megaro

Better Business Bureau Profile: https://www.bbb.org/central-florida/business-reviews/attorneys-and-lawyers/appeals-law-group-in-orlando-fl-90326269

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patrickmichael.megaro.9

Blog: https://patrickmegaroblog.blogspot.com/

Patrick Megaro
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
(407) 255-2164
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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, by Patrick Megaro Criminal Defense Attorney


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What Could the ABA’s Clarification on Lawyer Advertising Rules Mean for You?

Law Firm Marketing Agency

The ABA has voted in favor of adjusting legal advertising rules to ease confusion.

The rule change from the ABA will help ease confusion in regards to the right and wrong way to do legal advertising.”

— Mary Ann Fasanella, CEO of Advisory Concept Evolvers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, August 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

Last week, the American Bar Association, or ABA, voted in favor of modernizing its rules on lawyer advertising. Part of this modification to regulations includes clarifying the rules as well. Legal advertising has been a confusing area regarding legal ethics for lawyers for many years now.

The proposed changes were only a piece of a larger proposal made during the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago. These changes focused on model Rules 7.1 through 7.5. These parts have now been compressed and simplified, according to the ABA.

According to Lucian Pera, a partner at Adams & Reese in Memphis, the proposed changes will have a focus on false and misleading ads. The changes will allow for lawyers to better communicate their services to potential clients, offering better insight into how they can solve potential clients’ legal issues.

From the perspective of the younger generation of attorneys, the old ABA rules have made it nearly impossible to utilize creativity in law firm marketing and legal advertising. Many have claimed it has also hindered business and potential business from booming.

Much of this hindered creativity stems from lawyers being unsure of what is appropriate and ethical and what is not okay to say in advertisements. The area of legal advertisement has been murky and questionable for years, which prompted the proposal for change.

According to the ABA, the changes will act as guidance and make it clearer for lawyers to know what they can say in advertisements and what is restricted. For example, the rules would clarify how lawyers approach advertising about fees, restricting any misleading fee information.

The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) who attended the annual meeting completely agreed to the necessity of the proposed changes. Allison Martin Rhodes, president of the APRL, went as far as to call the old rules “chaotic.” She argued that nobody in the legal field ever truly understood the rules, which has caused mass confusion.

While representatives of the APRL believe the change in rules will help ease confusion and give clarity on legal advertising, the rules do not truly address advertising on social media networks. If a lawyer has his or her own personal LinkedIn page and self-promotes, is that considered advertising?

There are questions like the above that are still not addressed under the proposed new rules in regards to social media networks, which could still lead to confusion amongst lawyers. However, the ABA hopes the majority of uncertainty will be resolved under the new rule model.

The ABA model rule changes are not bound to be enforced by individual states. They instead act as guidelines for individual states to follow and potentially craft their own regulations based off of. The ABA hopes within the next few years, the majority of states will adopt these changes.

Many lawyers are hoping this change will make it easier to understand the ethical side of advertising their firms. Supporters believe the changes will lead to a complex entirely new set of regulations regarding lawyer advertisements.

About Advisory Concept Evolvers:

Advisory Concept Evolvers, located at 2040 Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia, offers innovative legal marketing services to build your client book. We have the experience and proven results to make your law firm more profitable, efficient and relevant. To learn more about our legal marketing services, contact us today for a free consultation at 215-510-2167. We can put your law office back on track to achieve your business development goals!

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

Related Materials:

Here is a List of the Five Most Common Pitfalls of Attorney Advertising
https://www.lawfirmmarketingcompany.com/here-is-a-list-of-the-five-most-common-pitfalls-of-attorney-advertising

Marketing to Law Firms: How to Boost Conversions On Your Website
https://www.lawfirmmarketingcompany.com/marketing-to-law-firms-how-to-boost-conversions-on-your-website

5 Reasons Why Your Law Firm Needs a Social Media Marketing Expert
https://www.lawfirmmarketingcompany.com/5-reasons-why-your-law-firm-needs-a-social-media-marketing-expert

Mary Ann Fasanella, CEO
Advisory Concept Evolvers
215-510-2167
email us here


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Enterprise Holdings Theft Victim to IBM: High Resolution Photographic Cloud Technology Urgently Needed

Enterprise car with subsequent damage that is 'pinned' on crime victim to legitimize claim

Enterprise car with subsequent damage that is ‘pinned’ on crime victim to legitimize claim

National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ scam victim asks IBM corporation to develop powerful solution to protect public from routine and easy-to-perpetuate scams

Enterprise has been accused of running a ding-and-dent scam so often by readers of this site, I’ve lost count.”

— Christopher Elliott, Consumer Advocate at Elliott.org

ARMONK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today its public plea to the IBM Corporation for innovative and effective technology solutions to protect USA citizens, as well as our sisters and brothers who visit from around the world, from predatory behavior and fraud perpetrated with frequency and ease by rental car agencies exploiting the good faith and fair dealing covenant.

The technology is also desperately needed because of unconscionable adhesion contracts and predatory forced arbitration, as well as the absence of federal uniform and predictable standards cherished by the industry today.

Related: Alliance for Justice: Forced Arbitration is taking away one of your most basic rights; join us in fighting back — https://www.afj.org/multimedia/first-monday-films/films/lost-in-the-fine-print

“As a theft victim – like so many others across the nation — of a systematic ‘ding and dent’ rental rip-off encounter, I know first-hand how easy these crimes are committed against honest and unsuspecting victims,” acknowledged David Howe, National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ scam victim. “I also have become intimately familiar with the sophistication of these financial fraud schemes, including the extraordinary efforts agencies will pursue to secure the financial fraud — which makes exposing and eliminating these dishonest activities both critical and challenging.

“Moreover, the car rental industry is pointedly banking on consumers who trust that the agency will behave ethically; thankfully, the vast majority of agents are ethical and honest. Nevertheless, when a vehicle is assigned, many of the major car rental companies have what they call an ‘Expedient’ rental process. That process is really a liability-in-waiting because consumers are constantly held accountable for damages that are pre-existing. Worse, consumers are held accountable without the agency having an iota of evidence for responsibility. It’s the very reason our society desperately needs technology solutions to eliminate – or at least significantly mitigate – the easy-to-commit scams that have plagued consumers, state attorney general offices across the USA, legislators, and others to name a few.

“For the record, Alamo and National specifically engage in ‘Expedient’ rentals and this should be a particular concern for lawmakers and consumers alike. The undeniable fact is that ‘Expedient’ rental practices expose the public to incredible financial risk,” Howe stressed.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (FOX News) – Man says rental car company charging for damage that doesn’t exist — https://kdvr.com/2016/06/06/man-says-rental-car-company-charging-for-damage-that-doesnt-exist/

“And it’s worth repeating that a critical part of the ‘Expedient’ process is the biased adhesion contract that contains one-sided arbitration clauses designed to disadvantage consumers in incredible ways. Moreover, the agencies intentionally avoid clear disclosure informing renters of the significant financial risks, particularly because they know unsuspecting renters are relying on the good faith covenant when they enter the vehicle and drive away. And to add salt to the wound of the predatory scams — once the agency implicates the innocent renter — the agencies boast that consumers have virtually no standing or due process in a court of law. It’s shocking in a nation where due process and the rule of law is so fundamental.

Listen to Enterprise agent eagerly announce the company’s arbitration policy designed to keep consumers far away from open court dockets and jury trials: https://soundcloud.com/user-370781554/howe-damage-recovery-unit-cannot-sue-no-due-process

Related: Forced Arbitration Protects Sexual Predators and Corporate Wrongdoing — https://nwlc.org/blog/forced-arbitration-protects-sexual-predators-and-corporate-wrongdoing/

“Indeed, it’s obvious to any observer who travels routinely and rents frequently that many consumers never give the car a second look but instead anticipate fair and honest treatment at rental return,” said Howe. “And even if a consumer does look the car over, it’s easy to miss a ding here, a dent there, and a stain or two on the interior, for example. It all translates into myriads of opportunities to cash-in on a consumer's insurance or credit card policy by eager rental agencies looking to increase revenue in very dramatic terms.

“It simply must be proclaimed that the liability threat to the renter isn’t dependent on pre-existing vehicle condition, regardless of minor ‘wear and tear’ or worse. Rather, it has to do with the consumer diligence – or lack of — to carefully document every square inch of the vehicle’s condition before driving off the lot.

“Failing to document – and relying on trust and fair dealing – can mean a very time-consuming and very expensive punitive treatment.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (CBC) – Enterprise Rent-A-Car credits customer $4,000 after Go Public investigates — http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/enterprise-rent-a-car-improperly-charges-customer-1.3466025

“Yes, there’s a reason that agencies rely on rudimentary damage slips and ‘Expeident’ rental protocols,” Howe insisted. “The reason involves enormous sums of money absconded by the industry through predatory – and in my case – fraudulent practices.

“Frankly, it begs the question: Why, in an era of high-quality and inexpensive digital photographic technology, are rental agencies not using technology that would virtually eliminate questions of liability? Moreover, why are lawmakers allowing agencies to operate without the technology when the existence of consumer harms is so apparent? It simply defies logic when one ponders with logic, honesty, and common-sense.

“So that’s why I’m today calling on the IBM corporation for help and, in particular, business and technological expertise. Because I’m convinced that consumers empowered with efficient and powerful technology that includes comprehensive photographic documentation of vehicle condition preserved with secure cloud technology would significantly limit the theft scams routinely perpetrated against innocent individuals.

“On a related note, I found myself particularly motivated and inspired by the statement from IBM Chairman, President, and CEO Ginny Rometty,” continued Howe. “The chief executive said the following about IBM: ‘We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just’.

“There should be no doubt that I strongly agree with Ginny’s vision,” confirmed Howe. “And more specifically as it relates to bad acts that harm consumers with consistency and impunity, the idea of using technology to make the world fairer couldn’t be more germane.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (CBS News) – Enterprise Car Rental Company charges $500 for phantom hail damage — https://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/05/11/enterprise-rent-a-car-hail-damage-refund/

“From my perspective, — and having more than a decade successfully interacting with IBM server technology — it’s also a logical conclusion that a company like IBM would lead the effort.

“So please, IBM Corporation…hear this crime victim’s plea. Hear the pleas from our fellow citizens and visitors who’ve been — and who will become — financially exploited. Please take this task on and get to work on this important technology initiative. And once it’s ready for production, know that that this victim will take your solution to Congress and demand its implementation.

“Lobbying Congress to protect fellow humanity from predatory business practices…that’s a promise that I’m looking forward to pursuing with vigor and pleasure,” concluded National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ fraud victim Howe. “The time for a ‘renter’s bill of rights’ with explicit federally mandated consumer protections is now!”

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (Raycom Media) – Enterprise Rental Company is demanding $600 for damage — http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/31190715/car-rental-company-is-demanding-600-for-damage

About SubscriberWise

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SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

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