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March 2012 Archives

Illegal Silicone Injections Leads to Kimberly Smedley Conviction

Everyone wants to look beautiful these days and to that end, some people inject silicone into all sorts of strange body parts. This can backfire when unlicensed practitioners start injecting silcone into people’s buttocks, reports The Associated Press.

One woman, Kimberly Smedley, recently pleaded guilty in federal court to injecting silicone into customers’ buttocks in hotel rooms. The kind of silicone she used is not the kind of which the great Hollywood breasts are made. This silicone was for metal or plastic lubrication and could be used as automotive polishes. Each victim paid between $500 and $1,600 in cash.

Jackson State Student Nolan Ryan Henderson Shot After Fight

In a tragic and shocking blow to both family and friends, a Jackson State student, Nolan Ryan Henderson, was shot after a fight, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Although Jackson State is in Mississippi, the student was from Atlanta.

Nolan Henderson, a freshman, was shot in the face, according to police, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances leading to Henderson's killing are quite unclear. It would appear, at least what eyewitnesses are saying, that he might have bumped into someone at a party, and though he apologized, this wasn't enough for the aggressors.

Willie Allen Sargent's Death Prompts $5 Million Lawsuit

The death of Willie Allen Sargent Jr., the 52-year-old who was struck by a car driven by a police officer, has prompted a lawsuit, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The accident occurred when Officer James Stoudenmire's struck Willie Allen Sargent's in Snellville. At the time, the officer was allegedly traveling about 80 mph with no flashing lights or sirens. Officer James Stoudenmire later went on to earn a DUI and was allowed resign.

The trial is expected to last three or four days.

Man Driving Dead Man's Car Killed By Another Man

A very odd hit-and-run took place in these parts recently.

A South Carolina man driving a dead man's car was killed by another man, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Say what?

Basically, what happened is that William Clark Hildreth, age 44, lost control of a Chevy Impala on I-20. He got out and was trying to cross the interstate when he got hit by a red or burgundy SUV and was killed. Investigation later revealed that William Clark Hildreth had been driving a car belonging to a man in Haleyville, Alabama, named Danny Joe Baxter.

And Danny Joe Baxter's dead body was discovered when police went to ask him about the car.

Keith Brooking Sued By Wells Fargo For Two Million

Former star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, Keith Brooking, is being used by Wells Fargo for $2 million, even as Brooking's rep say that the allegation is not true, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brooking's wife, Holly, is also being named by Wells Fargo.

In the Keith Brookings suit by Wells Fargo, the bank is arguing that Brookings shifted and transferred assets to try and avoid paying Wells Fargo. But as Brooking's representation Pat Dye Jr. said:

"There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support Wells Fargo's allegations that Keith transferred any properties to fraudulently conceal assets."

Cell Phone Hunter Stuck in Trash Chute in Dunwoody

On Sunday a 19-year-old girl in Dunwoody got herself stuck in a trash chute in search of her phone, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The young woman stuck in a trash chute, Amanda Still, got there doing something many of us have almost done -- she threw her cell-phone into the building's chute as she was tossing out some other garbage.

But instead of just being able to fetch her phone, she fell head first down into the hole, and got stuck between the first and second floor. Reportedly some garbage lodged in the chute prevented Still from sliding all the way down.

Lawsuit Over Roswell High Student Aaron Hatcher's Death

A special needs student that had muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, and who could neither walk or talk, died as a result of some incidents that allegedly occurred at Roswell High School. Now the student’s father has decided to sue the Fulton County Schools, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The student’s name was Aaron Hatcher.

The crux of the case arises from an alleged neck brace that the special needs teacher put the student in. And beyond that, the father, Ronald Hatcher, alleged that his son suffered abuse at the hands of the special needs teacher.

Tryouts For Personal Injury Law's Reasonable Person Position

Do you consider yourself a reasonable person? If so, how do you know how reasonable you are? Is it because your friends tell you? Because you yourself think it? FindLaw's Atlanta Personal Injury Blog poses these questions in order to introduce you to a legal concept that sits at the heart of personal injury law, namely, the reasonable person standard.

New Orleans Saints Bounty Program: Will There Be Lawsuits?

Former NFL champions, New Orleans Saints, who play in the same division as the Atlanta Falcons, are in deep trouble due to the discovery of a “bounty” program where defensive players were given financial incentives to hit and potentially injure opposing players, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The culpable years are 2009, 2010, and 2011, and could cost the Saints in terms of suspensions, loss of draft picks, and other fines. It also implicates a coach named Gregg Williams.

Former Bronco Perrish Cox Acquitted of Sexual Assault

Former Broncos corner star, cornerback Perrish Cox, was acquitted of a sexual assault charge, reports The Associated Press.

Cox, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2010, was alleged to have made the woman pregnant. But Perrish Cox's lawyers tried to poke holes in the woman's story, alleging drunkenness and memory loss. Perrish Cox repeatedly asserted he had never had sex with the woman.