FSU students volunteer for Innocence Project

first_img FSU students volunteer for Innocence Project May 15, 2003 Regular News FSU students volunteer for Innocence Projectcenter_img More than 30 law students at Florida State University are eager to help free wrongly convicted prisoners by doing research for the Innocence Project’s new office in Tallahassee.“You have a chance to make a huge difference in people’s lives,” New York attorney Barry Scheck told FSU law students April 10, announcing the creation of a Florida branch of the nonprofit legal clinic he co-founded that uses DNA tests to challenge convictions. Since 1992, the Innocence Project has helped exonerate 127 inmates across the country, including two in Florida.“Being responsible for an innocent person walking out of prison would be a highlight in the lives of most lawyers. You have a chance to see your legal career peak early.”FSU law Professor Meg Baldwin will teach a course this summer on researching inmate claims and will coordinate pro bono work of reviewing files and evidence. Students have three ways to become involved in the project, Baldwin said:• Take a course that combines classroom instruction with hands-on research.• Volunteer to review actual files.• Apply for two clerkships funded by FSU’s Center for Human Rights, located near the law school on Jefferson Street.“This is a wonderful opportunity for our law students to learn how wrongful convictions occur and be part of the solution for Florida inmates who are innocent of the crimes they were convicted of,” Baldwin said.Training sessions for lawyers interested in offering pro bono services to the Innocence Project may also be offered at the law school.Scheck, co-director of New York’s Cordoza Law School-based Innocence Project who gained prominence as the DNA expert on the O.J. Simpson murder defense team, said he wanted a presence in Florida for two reasons:“The first is that this state has the third largest inmate population in the country, and we’ve identified more than 500 cases where DNA evidence might affect a conviction,” Scheck said.“The second reason is that all the criminal appeals records are in Tallahassee, and the law school provides us with a great resource of research talent.”The clock is ticking.Florida is one of 30 states that passed legislation providing a review process of prison inmates who believe they can prove their innocence through DNA testing. However, legislation passed during the 2001 session allows Florida prisoners only until October 2003 to file a claim.“Needless to say, we have a huge job ahead of us,” said Scheck, who also spent time lobbying legislators and Attorney General Charlie Crist for support in extending that deadline.Although the Innocence Project deals exclusively with claims involving DNA evidence, Scheck said he hopes that success in genetic testing will focus attention on other areas of criminal evidence. Noting that a number of crime labs, including one in Houston, have been shut down recently for poor quality work, Scheck said standards are inconsistent from state to state.“If the kind of attention we’re paying to DNA were applied to other aspects of criminal evidence, I think you would see a lot more innocent people being released from prison,” he said.The Florida Innocence Project will be directed by Jenny Greenberg, a 1988 FSU law graduate and former director of the Battered Women’s Clemency Project and the Volunteer Lawyers Resource Center. She will be responsible for fundraising and helping decide which cases will be researched.“I would say that her job is pretty overwhelming,” Scheck said.Already, in the basement of the Collins Building in downtown Tallahassee, members of the Innocence Project are poring over hundreds of pages of trial transcripts, searching for details of biological evidence – such as blood, semen, and saliva – that could be tested for DNA.Of more than 1,000 Florida prisoners who wrote to the New York office asking for help, the Innocence Project decided to investigate about 400.Recently, Greenberg, Huy Dao, the Innocence Project’s assistant director, and Sheila Meehan, an administrator for the Holland & Knight law firm’s Tallahassee office, were plunging into boxes of records, some piled five feet high.David Menschel, one of the project’s staff attorneys in New York, called the challenge in Florida “Herculean.”“It’s almost impossible to compare this to any other state,” Menschel said. “These aren’t simple cases.. . . What could very well take as long as a decade, we have to do in a few months.”What the Innocence Project already has managed to do in Florida is clear Frank Lee Smith of a 1985 murder, after he had already died of cancer in prison in 2000.And after serving 22 years of several life sentences for multiple murders in South Florida, Jerry Frank Townsend walked out of prison a free man in 2001.The project’s Web page — at www.innocenceproject.org – said it is a non-profit legal clinic that “only handles cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. As a clinic, students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.last_img read more

On Compliance: HMDA outliers

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Use a statistical approach to determine whether your credit union’s data is likely to draw a fair lending review.by: Dana GinsburgThe term “HMDA outlier” is used by the National Credit Union Administration and other regulatory agencies to describe part of their criteria for selecting financial institutions for fair lending reviews. Unfortunately, it can be a daunting task for a compliance officer to get a handle on the CU’s Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data and answer the question: “Is my credit union a HMDA outlier?” This article shares a straightforward methodology, using public HMDA data, to identify HMDA outliers.NCUA’s 2013 Fair Lending Examination Program and Compliance Assistance states: “Federal credit unions that are HMDA outliers and demonstrate the potential for higher fair lending risk are subject to a fair lending exam in accordance with the FFIEC exam procedures.” In that guidance, NCUA also states that it will review the credit union’s annual HMDA report, and if that review indicates the credit union’s lending practices fall outside the normal range with regard to pricing, denials, withdrawals, or lending terms (when compared to other financial institutions) the credit union will be considered a HMDA outlier.A Data-based ApproachIn keeping with the NCUA guidance, ComplianceTech suggests using a statistics-based approach to determine whether a federal credit union is a HMDA outlier. This approach computes an average score (such as for denial rate, pricing and lending term) for a group of “peer” lenders, and then determines which of the individual lenders’ scores are far enough from the average to be considered an outlier. continue reading »last_img read more

3 biggest financial blunders made by baby boomers

first_imgby: Casey DowdWe’ve all made financial blunders at one time or another. But the negative impacts are particularly severe for baby boomers near or in retirement. Typically, they have more to lose and much less time to correct negative impacts.“The reality is this…with many of the Boomers in America today, since most people spend first and plan later – if at all – it only makes sense that the behavioral circus of poor money continues.  There’s really very little mystery as to this read-fire-aim mentality,” says Jim Chilton, founder and chief executive officer for the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA).According to Chilton, these are the three biggest financial blunders made by baby boomers – and ways you can avoid the trap:Trying to do too much, too quicklyRetirement is really something to celebrate, but don’t let the celebration run too long — and don’t spend all your money at once. Saving for retirement is one thing, learning how to make that retirement nest egg last 25 to 30 years or even longer is another. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Best practices: Paid Facebook advertising

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Five years ago, the question was “Should we be on Facebook?” Times change. Last year, the question was “What do we do with Facebook?” In 2016, the question is “How much should we spend on Facebook?”If your only social plan relies on re-posting articles’ quick quips about your loans, I’m willing to bet the views you’re received (amount of times Facebook is placing that in your fans newsfeeds) is pretty low. Today, Facebook is virtually a pay-to-play medium. So, if you’re going to allocate your precious marketing dollars to the man behind the curtain (also known as Mark Zuckerberg), how can you make the most of your dollars?More than 80% of worldwide marketers use Facebook advertising as part of their merchandising. Per results from the latest annual Digital Marketer report from Experian Marketing Services, respondents are most commonly using their followers list (54%) and Facebook’s demographic/interest data (51%) to build their audience targets. Almost half are also uploading their email subscriber lists (48%) and using email behavioral data (44%) to specify their target market.Email subscriber lists have been the most effective for our clients. Instead of a generic message to all of our fans, we can segment lists much like we do for an email list (members who fit X demographic but don’t have a loan, for example) to best narrow who is seeing our ad. Then we hone the message specifically to their interests and needs. continue reading »last_img read more

Millennials redefining homeownership

first_imgIt never ceases to amaze me how surprised people are when I tell them that I’m both unmarried and own a home. For people in their early to mid 20’s like myself, renting is the norm and home ownership is the exception. Just out of college, with student loans and entry-level earnings that can make it difficult to save for a house as an apartment dweller, NerdWallet found in a recent study that one reason millennials aren’t buying homes at the pace of previous generations is a perception that they can’t afford to own.In my personal opinion, another one of the main reasons for not buying young is that millennials wait until marriage, because at that point, they likely have a better idea of where they want to live and/or have more stability in the workplace. The second is that they value low-key, low-maintenance lifestyles. Home ownership often doesn’t fit this value point. continue reading » 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wading River Man Charged With Easter Road Road Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Wading River man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Hampton Bays man during a road rage confrontation in Calverton on Easter, Riverhead town police said.Officers found Brett Penny, 48, suffering from a stab wound to the chest and left hand on Sound Avenue near Fresh Pond Road at 3:36 p.m. Sunday, police said.Penny was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.Michael Doroski, 25, surrendered to authorities and was charged with assault. He will be arraigned Monday at Riverhead Town Justice Court.Riverhead town police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 631-727-4500 Ext 332.last_img read more

Sale price finally been revealed for one of regional Qld’s biggest property sales

first_imgThe sale price for this amazing Mandalay home has finally been revealed.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by THE sale price, but not the buyer, has finally been revealed for one of the Whitsunday’s most impressive homes.Property records now reveal the former home property developer Neil Murray and his wife Denise at Mandalay, just near Airlie Beach has sold for $14 million.It also revealed a contract was signed for the deal in June, but it did not settle until late November.The buyer’s name has not yet been revealed. The stunning property was advertised for $25 million when it was first advertised in 2013.The 4114sq m property has a marina big enough for two 21m yachts, a helipad, climate-controlled wine cellar with dining for 12, six kingsize bedrooms, nine bathrooms and an infinity pool overlooking the Whitsundays.last_img read more

KLP removes Chevron from blacklist after 13-year ban

first_imgChevron was banished from KLP’s investment universe in 2004 for links to serious environmental damage, relating to the company’s long-running legal battle over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest.In 2000 Chevron bought Texaco, which had been involved in oil extraction in Ecuador years before. Local communities sued Texaco, and later Chevron, for restitution, and KLP’s exclusion had been based on documentation from this case.But last year, a US appeals court ruling confirmed that lawyers for the communities had built their case on falsified documents and bribery of both witnesses and judicial officials in Ecuador.As well as this, the pension fund said Chevron had made big improvements to its human rights policy and environmental management systems.The Chevron decision was one of several changes the pension fund has made to its exclusion list. KLP said it had excluded two coal companies and one tobacco company from its investment universe.Alongside Chevron, AGL Energy, Alstom and L-3 Technologies have also been brought back into its investment universe.The changes were the result of a biannual review conducted by KLP with regard to the organisation’s Guidelines for Responsible Investment.This month, KLP’s list of potential equity investments is to expand to around 6,000 companies, from 3,000, following new investments in a global small-cap index. KLP, Norway’s main provider of municipal pensions, has added US oil giant Chevron back to its investment universe after a 13-year exclusion after the basis for the blacklisting was largely discredited.The NOK641bn (€65.7bn) pension fund said a 2016 US court ruling meant that documents in an environmental case against Chevron – upon which the KLP exclusion was at least partly based – had been falsified, and witnesses and judicial officials had been bribed.Anne Kvam, head of responsible investments at KLP, said: “We have been an active voice in calling for change at Chevron for years, despite the company’s exclusion.“With Chevron’s inclusion in KLP and the KLP fund’s investments, we plan to continue our engagement with the company as an active owner.”last_img read more

Lloyd “Sparky” Walter Siebert

first_imgLloyd “Sparky” Walter Siebert, age 79 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.The son of Orval and Esther (Menchoffer) Siebert was born on April 30, 1938 in Batesville, IN. The 1956 Batesville High School graduate married Donna Smock on June 30, 1962 at St. John Catholic Church in Osgood.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads.Back in his day, Lloyd liked to have fun, maybe too much fun.  He liked to drag race (not necessarily legally) in his 57 Chevy and when he was still underage he and his friends used to go to the old Feltz’s to get their beer.   Sparky, as his buddies at work liked to call him, eventually retired from Hill-Rom, but before that he worked for many years at the Union Furniture Company.  Lloyd and his wife, Donna loved to travel in their RV.  They have actually been to all 50 states except Alaska. The real love of his life was his grandchildren.  In fact, he was always at their events, even in his poor health.   Lloyd “Sparky” will truly be missed by his family and friends.He is survived by his wife Donna, son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Maureen Siebert of Sunman; three grandchildren, Brookelyn, Kameron and Janae Siebert; and brother and sister-in-law Mac and Kathy Siebert of Batesville.Visitation will be Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10am to 12pm immediately followed by funeral services at 12 noon all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Creighton P. Leptak Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Crossroads.  Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the National MS Society c/o the funeral home.Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Iwobi,others ready to frustrate Liverpool

first_img “People talk a lot about him [Van Dijk], yes he is a great defender but I’ve already dribbled past him,” Richarlison said in an interview with Desimpedidos, per Mirror. “He was chosen as one of the top three in the world as he had an excellent season. But yes, for me there are better defenders.” When asked to name the three defenders he believed to be superior to Van Dijk, Richarlison replied: “Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos.” Two international teammates and a defender who is seen as public enemy number one in the eyes of Liverpool fans? We see what you’re doing, Richarlison. The debate between Ramos and Van Dijk has been prominent for some time now and to be fair to the Everton man, siding with the Spaniard is fair game. read also:Eagles’ defeat to Argentina, Algeria were big morale blow – Iwobi But Marquinhos and an aging Silva over the Liverpool man? Not for us. The Merseyside derby on the weekend could see the Reds and Van Dijk edge ever closer to the Premier League title. But thanks to Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday evening, Liverpool cannot secure the title at the home of their bitter rivals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City’s win over Arsenal on Thursday means Liverpool can’t win the Premier League at Everton this weekend. Super Eagles and Everton forward Alex Iwobi reacts after a good strike Still, with two more wins needed to end a 30-year wait, Iwobi and co. will want to further delay the Reds’ coronation for a while longer by securing a positive result in the 236th Merseyside derby. The blue half of this friendly derby haven’t tasted success in this game since a 2-0 win since 2010, a run Carlo Ancelotti will hope to rouse his troops to end on Sunday. Everton striker Richarlison has kickstarted the war of words between the Toffees and Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby. The Brazilian striker believes there are three defenders in world football who are currently superior to the Reds’ Virgil van Dijk. It’s a bold statement, especially given the fact that the Dutchman was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year last season and finished second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings. However, Richarlison still isn’t convinced and says he believes there are three defenders still active in the game who are better than Van Dijk. We get the feeling there’s a little bit – sorry, enormous amount – of bias here from Everton’s talisman.last_img read more