Thursday, February 22, 2007

Where Are They Now?

The mainstream media never follows up on news stories that they publish, and that really irks me. So I've decided to follow up on some of the stories written about on the blog.

The New Orleans police officers who were charged with murder are now back at work. Six of the seven officers are working while awaiting court dates for their charges stemming from the murder of two New Orleans citizens in the days after Katrina. The seventh officer has left the force. Additionally, the DA has refused to seek the death penalty in the case.

It appears that Thomas Finneran was granted that job over at WRKO, as he took over the morning drive radio show. He got mixed reviews, but one thing that baffles me is why politicians are giving him credibility by being on his show. The first day Governor Patrick phoned in. The man's lied under oath and abused his position of authority and power. At least he lost his ability to practice law, his state pension and his biotech job that paid nearly half a million a year.

The three Middle Eastern men who were involved in the mix up at the Port of Miami have come out and said that they were "treated like animals" and are considering a lawsuit against the city. Also, it appears that the story that was reported on by the media may not be what actually happened. Because of the media's short attention span, however, I could not find anything more on this.

The boneheads who botched a drug bust in Pinellas County seem to have gotten off pretty easy. I don't believe their suspensions were extended or that the victims pursued a lawsuit of any type.

Unfortunately, I could not find any recent news on the NYPD's blunder in handling a girl's allegations that a man posing as a cop tried to abduct her.

No word on whether the trash cans rejected by the Back Bay were moved to the neighborhoods that were asking for them.

Kevin Freibott now faces aggravated manslaughter charges, assault by auto and drunk driving charges, after the 2 year-old passenger in the car he rammed into on the Pulaski Skyway died. Additionally, Jersey City officials have admitted that they knew about Freibott's past but hired him anyway. Freibott was also the second cousin of the mayor of Jersey City, Jerramiah T. Healey. This story just gets worse and worse as more is discovered. As of February 2 the mother is still in a coma, and the family of the victims have served the city, the mayor and the police chief papers.

The off-duty NYPD detective that critically injured a young man while driving drunk caught a very lucky break when a judge decided that smelling strongly of alcohol while driving a vehicle is not enough to warrant a blood alcohol test. I can't remember the last time a civilian was able to dodge a bullet like that. Anyway, the victim was initially expected to die from his injuries, but is making a recovery. As of February 8 he was still unconscious but breathing on his own. No word on Duggan's punishment.

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