1:46 P.M. Why Engaged Couples Should Sign A Prenup … This from a lawyer of course !!!! …

“Prenups are good because they preserve the expectations of the parties and prevent surprises in a divorce trial,” says attorney Bob Nachshin, a partner in family law firm Nachshin & Langlois LLP in Los Angeles, and co-author of “I Do, You Do … But Just Sign Here: A Quick and Easy Guide to Cohabitation, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements.” “In my 34 years of practice, I’ve never seen a prenuptial agreement that wasn’t enforced by the court.” The agreements can also specify that future income from a business or additional assets accrued through inheritance are not to be shared with your spouse should the marriage end. “You can basically do anything you want in a prenup, except you can’t limit child support, and you can’t limit child custody and visitation,” says Nachshin.

MORBNOTE ; Therein lies the key that many people don’t understand !!!… Any half assed lawyer can ‘argue’ before the court that the ‘ circumstances ‘ have changed since the ‘ Pre-Nup ‘ … By introducing the child factor … Then all bets are off !! … And that prenup that you both signed isn’t worth the paper cut you’ll get wipin’ your ass with it !!! …

Trust me !!! … Seen WAAAAY too much of this crap !!! …

Source: Why Engaged Couples Should Sign A Prenup

1:39 P.M. Ex-Brampton mayor ‘does not recall’ seeing details of $480,000 payment to developer …

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Former Brampton mayor Susan Fennell ‘ does not recall reviewing ‘ an agreement she signed in 2011 that detailed a $480,000 payment from the city to a development company to acquire an option on land the company was supposed to secure on its own in a half-billion-dollar construction project. The agreement , filed in court this summer, was among hundreds of documents the court ordered the city to release as part of an ongoing lawsuit it is facing over the downtown project. As part of that lawsuit , Fennell had previously told the court that she didn’t find out about the secret $480,000 payment until 2014 , when the rest of council learned of it …In an email to the Star and Guardian , Fennell’s lawyer said there was ‘ no inconsistency ‘ between her statements to the court and the fact that she signed a 2011 agreement that acknowledged the city ‘ has paid or will cause to be paid ‘ the $480,000 option fee … 

No reasonable person would expect the mayor to undertake a detailed review of legal documents before signing them when they have been reviewed and approved by City lawyers and others,” wrote lawyer David Shiller.

MORBNOTE ; Isn’t it the actual JOB of the mayor to oversee this kind of shit ?!!! … 

( Yeah , I know I have to redesign my header … Steve’s retired … I’m waitin’ to see if I can throw The Donald in there in a few weeks !!! … I’m sure he’d create many blogposts !!! )

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8:16 P.M. NHL’s Gary Bettman vs U.S. senator over concussion !!! …

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has brushed aside the latest swipes from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal over the league’s stance on concussions. Bettman responded Wednesday to attacks earlier this week from Blumenthal, who said that the NHL, and Bettman in particular, were on the wrong side of history regarding the connection between concussions and long-term brain damage. “Obviously the senator has his opinions and we have ours,” Bettman said in an interview. While suggesting that he wouldn’t get into a “public debate about this,” Bettman said he believes “medical and scientific decisions should be made by scientists and physicians.”

That was the essence of his 23-page response to questions from Blumenthal regarding the NHL’s stance on concussions and CTE. Bettman suggested that based on the “consensus” of medical experts, no definitive link had been made between the two. He denied any suggestion that the NHL was “dismissiveness of the evidence” on Wednesday. “If you’ve read the letter you could hardly suggest that a 23-page, single-spaced letter is dismissive,” Bettman said.

The senator rebuked that earlier response, stating Monday that common sense as well as mounting scientific evidence demonstrate “clear links” between brain trauma and brain disease later in life, including CTE. He called on the NHL to fund research studying the issue, describing it as imperative that the NHL take the lead on this issue. Blumenthal first reached out to Bettman a day before the NHL draft, requesting clarification over the NHL’s stance on the link between head trauma and CTE. That request came after emails between league officials were made public in an ongoing class-action lawsuit the NHL is facing over its’ handling of concussions.

Some of those emails exposed internal concerns on the subject. One email sent from Bettman to then-league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in December 2011 asked: “Any more concussions?” “Not so far,” Shanahan responded. “Night is young!” Bettman said, replying from his iPhone. Blumenthal cited the emails, including those among league officials which raised questions about the future of fighting in hockey.

He asked Bettman nine questions, wondering how head trauma in hockey differed from football, what changes the NHL could make to protect the long-term health of players, and whether the NHL had considered eliminating fighting, among other queries related to the matter.

Up for re-election in Connecticut this November, Blumenthal was inquiring as the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety, insurance and data security, which he said had jurisdiction over sports.

In his response, Bettman included expansive detail on why the science was not yet definitive, why hockey was different from football, while also explaining the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s various education and testing programs. The NHL, Bettman noted, was the first professional sports league with a “Concussion Program”, which mandated neuropsychological testing. The program was established in 1997. “Thus, while we agree that the ongoing research is very important, it is particularly unfair to criticize the NHL when we have followed the medical consensus of experts examining the science,” Bettman wrote. “If that consensus changes, so, too, will my answers.”

Speaking Wednesday after a World Cup-related announcement in Toronto’s Distillery District, Bettman disputed the notion that Blumenthal’s attacks were striking a chord in the public sphere. “It hasn’t gained any traction,” he said. “In fact, we haven’t heard from very many people about it all.”

MORBNOTE ; Typical lawyer !!!  …

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Source: NHL’s Gary Bettman brushes off attack from U.S. senator over concussion | Toronto Star

8:53 A.M. Last thing we need in our courthouses is common $en$e !!! …

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At the end of the day …

The exoneration of Senator Mike Duffy on 31 charges of fraud , bribery and breach of trust could have significant implications for the cases against other senators under scrutiny for their expenses … ‘ I think that the cases against the other senators have only gotten weaker after this judgment ‘ said criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt …

The next line to spew forth from this lawyer’s mouth pretty much sums up the nature of the game that we all have to finance and the reason behind why it takes so much costly time to sort anything out … And remember … A large majority of our elected officials are lawyers to begin with !!! … They set it up this way !!! …

‘ This judgment has clarified how unclear the Senate rules are ‘ …

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Source: Mike Duffy ruling could put brakes on expense cases against other senators – Politics – CBC News

7:32 P.M. The Affluenza Defence ?!!! …

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There is a long history of the rich and privileged getting off easy after committing a crime … And now it has a name : ‘ affluenza ‘ …

And a poster boy : Ethan Couch ..

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In June of 2013 , 16-year-old Couch was driving with a blood-alcohol level THREE TIMES above the legal limit on a two-lane highway near Fort Worth , Texas at night … He struck and killed four pedestrians and injured several others , including passengers in his pick-up truck … The prosecution demanded a minimum of 20 years in jail …

Couch received a short stint in a $450,000 per year California rehab centre … Paid for by his parents … And 10 years of probation …

Couch’s defense team kept him out of jail after invoking an ‘ affluenza ‘ defence , arguing the teen has psychological problems stemming from his family’s wealth and wasn’t responsible for his actions …

‘ Affluenza ‘ is not a condition recognized by The American Psychiatric Association , and despite sounding like one is neither a physical affliction , nor a widely recognized legal defense … But it is a recognized term … The Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as : a ) Feelings of guilt , lack of motivation , and social isolation experienced by wealthy people … b ) extreme materialism and consumerism associated with the pursuit of wealth and success and resulting in a life of chronic dissatisfaction , debt , overwork , stress , and impaired relationships …

The psychologist for the defense , Gary Miller , testified that ‘ Couch’s parents gave him freedoms no young person should have and therefore never learned his actions had consequences ‘ … Miller backed this up by relating an incident when , after being caught by police in a pickup truck with a naked 14-year-old girl , Couch was never punished … In other words , lack of appropriate consequences for his past behaviour was why he should be granted no appropriate consequences for his current behaviour !!! …

MORBNOTE ; ONLY a lawyer could say that statement and keep a serious expression on his/her face !!! … AHHH !!! The power of money !!! …

So in essence because he was never told ‘ no ‘ by his parents , he was too spoiled to know right from wrong … Too rich for jail …

The legal tactic drew widespread criticism from the legal community and outrage from Couch’s victims … 

Speaking with CTV News , Toronto criminal defence lawyer Ari Goldkind says Couch is in a lot of trouble , especially after receiving what he says many people justifiably considered a slap on the wrist …

‘ We don’t seem to value the loss of life when it’s caused by people drinking and driving ‘ says Goldkind … ‘ He robbed four people of their life … And just as importantly , he injured numerous people with his car , including one man with brain damage , now confined to a wheelchair ‘ …

Couch’s lawyers say they won’t comment on the case until they speak to the client which likely won’t happen before he is returned to the United States … What is clear is that it’s unlikely that the ‘ affluenza ‘ defence is going to work a second time … Goldkind believes Couch is headed for what he calls ‘ big boy jail ’ if prosecutors can prove he violated his probation …

‘ He’s on a six-second video where people are playing ‘ beer pong ’ and it’s not clear if he’s drinking ‘  says Goldkind ‘ So why he would evade a warrant , flee Texas and dye his hair ? It makes no sense to me … And it was completely avoidable if he would have had respect for the court process ‘ …

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Source: The Affluenza Defence: It worked once, will it work again? | CTV News

8:55 P.M. ‘ The plaintiff and him ‘ ?!!! …

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‘ The plaintiff and him engaged in consensual sexual activities but on an ‘ on-call ’ type of basis ‘ according to his defence statement …

*MORBNOTE ; A lawyer actually allowed his client to say or sign a document that stated the above ?!!! … If this is an accurately written quote from a ‘ billionaire’s ‘  lawyer … It makes one wonder how these social parasites have the gall to think themselves worthy of the outlandish fees they charge for their services !!! …

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The only reason this is ‘ news ‘ is that there’s LOTSA money involved !!! … Throw in some ‘ sex ‘ … And it beats all the crap on the telly these days !!! …

I shall post more segments on this gem … In the near future …

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via Tim Hortons co-founder calls sexual assault suit ‘extortion’ – The Globe and Mail.

8:12 P.M.Duffy trial to stretch past allotted time !!! …

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The Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa was scheduled to wrap up on June / 19 … But with only two witnesses called in the opening week ! … The finish line is being pushed back …

*MORBNOTE I ; Like we didn’t see this comin’ !!! … CHA-CHING !!!…

The suspended senator and former Conservative faces 31 counts of fraud , breach of trust and bribery related to expenses and contracts he signed … Duffy’s lawyer , Donald Bayne , has grilled both witnesses extensively about Senate rules as he attempts to show that his client operated within the system as it exists … But with dozens of people expected to testify , Ontario court Justice Charles Vaillancourt says he doesn’t anticipate the trial ending within the allotted period …

This means there could be days spent in court this summer … Or through the election campaign in the fall … Or even an extension into next year !!! …

*MORBNOTE II ; Of course !!! … All the lawyers have to pile on as much hourly charges as they can to rack up as much wasted time possible in order to charge the highest amount of money to cover their costs for their B’mers and Mercedes’ and pocket MORE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of the taxpayer’s dollars !!! …

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via Duffy trial to stretch past allotted time.