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Alabama Man Accused of Murder in Crash That Killed Toddler

by nil | October 18th, 2011

October 18, 2011

Prosecutors want a 38-year-old Mobile, Alabama, man to be charged with murder and assault in connection with the 2009 high-speed crash that killed a 2-year-old girl.

During opening arguments on Monday, the man’s defense attorney told a jury, “He does not live a single day without extreme regret and remorse for what he did. This case is a lot of things. It’s an absolute tragedy. It’s the culmination of a lot of bad decisions by a lot of people. This is not a murder case.”

The crash occurred August 26, 2009, after police stopped a driver for playing his stereo too loud — a likely violation of the city’s noise ordinance. The man then fled from police. The Birmingham News reports that within 55 seconds of hitting his gas pedal and speeding down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard the man crashed his Buick LaSabre into a Ford Taurus carrying three people, including a pregnant woman and the two-year-old victim.

After the crash, police discovered a small amount of drugs in the Buick.

The man was charged with murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree possession of marijunana, possession of cocaine, and causing a death while attempting to allude police. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the murder charge.

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Alabama’s Infant Mortality Rate Rises to 8.7 Per 1,000

by nil | October 5th, 2011

October 5, 2011

In the state of Alabama, 8.7 children out of 1,000 born alive in 2010 died before they turned a year old. This figure rose from 8.2 in 2009—meaning 522 Alabama babies died in 2010 compared to 513 babies in 2009.

“I am unhappy that we didn’t continue to go down,” State Health Officer Don Williamson told The Birmingham News. In 2009 Alabama’s infant mortality rate was the lowest ever recorded in the state, and in 2010 it tied Alabama’s second-lowest rates, which were recorded in 2003 and 2004.

Williamson also told the newspaper that he looks for the state to rank among the five worst in infant mortality rates in the 50 states.

Governor Robert Bentley wrote a statement in response to the report, saying, “We need to place additional emphasis on responding to maternal and child health needs to further lessen infant deaths.”

The Birmingham News attributes Alabama’s dismal infant mortality rate to many factors—including race, teen pregnancy, and smoking.

“There are many factors that go into infant mortality, including the racial makeup of Alabama, the obvious lower economic status of many Alabamians, lack of access to health care,” said George C. Smith Jr., a family-practice doctor in Lineville.

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Hoover Teen Killed in Collision with Dump Truck

by nil | September 20th, 2011

September 20, 2011

A 14-year-old Hoover, Alabama, girl was killed on Thursday, September 15, when a dump truck collided with the car that the high school freshman was riding in on the way to school.

The Birmingham News reports that at 8 a.m. the girl had been riding to Hoover High School in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by a 16-year-old fellow student. A 15-year-old passenger was also in the car at the time of the crash, which occurred when a dump truck hit the passenger side of the Cavalier as it made a left turn off Shades Crest Road onto Brock Gap Parkway.

The 16-year-old driver and 15-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries but the 14-year-old, who was in the back seat on the passenger side, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Children’s of Alabama.

The 65-year-old dump truck driver was unharmed.

An accident reconstruction team has been assigned to the crash to investigate all details. The victim was wearing her seatbelt, and there’s no indication that cell phones were a factor in the crash.

“This crash will have profound effects on not only all of those involved, but their families as well,” said Hoover police spokesman Captain Jim Coker. “It is our duty to fully investigate the crash, in order to find answers.”

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Lawsuit Settled Over Fatal Apartment Complex Deck Collapse in Alabama

by nil | August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011

A lawsuit filed over the collapse of an apartment complex deck in Hoover, Alabama, has been settled out of court, reports The Birmingham News.

Two decks at Waterford Landing apartments collapsed on July 4, 2010, killing a resident who fell three floors to the ground. The man’s roommate and five friends who were visiting the apartment were all injured when they, too, fell three stories. Three of them were seriously injured. Two decks below, which no one was standing on, were crushed by the falling deck.

Three weeks later, another deck on a different Waterford Landing apartment building collapsed, injuring a woman.

“The settlements were fair,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Though the monetary compensation was kept private, the attorney said, “I can tell you that all the plaintiffs were fairly and fully compensated … [Representatives for both the real estate firm and the apartment complex were] sensitive to the needs of the individuals in the case.”

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Alabama Woman Injured After Setting Husband’s Trailer on Fire

by nil | August 11th, 2011

August 11, 2011

A woman was badly burned on Monday night in Morris, Alabama, when she set fire to her estranged husband’s trailer.

According to WBRC, the woman had to be treated for multiple burns.

The fire occurred on the 6000 block of New Castle Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday when the 47-year-old woman set fire to a travel trailer that belonged to her husband. She then drove herself to the Birmingham Fire Station on Carson Road for treatment of burns she’d received during the fire. Shortly after Jefferson County deputies responded to a call about a house fire on New Castle Road.

The suspect admitted to authorities that she had intentionally set the fire by pouring gasoline in the trailer. She then ignited the fire while she was still inside the trailer, causing a small explosion that burned her arms and feet. The woman said she and her husband had been separated for a month.

The fire grew so large that her father-in-law’s house, which was right next door, was also burned.

No one else was injured in the blaze.

WBRC reports that charges are pending until the investigation is closed.

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Lawyers could be guilty of Alabama legal malpractice

by nil | June 10th, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf has many people worried about their property and the environment, and those who have suffered because of Alabama environmental dangers have begun filing suits against BP for their losses.

But the Alabama State Bar Association is worried about lawyers taking advantage of potential clients through Alabama legal malpractice.

According to Alabama.com, the bar has received complaints that some lawyers may be engaging in Alabama legal malpractice by unfairly soliciting clients and engaging in unethical behavior.

To help protect citizens against Alabama legal malpractice, the bar has launched a website called “How to Protect Your Rights When Disaster Strikes.”

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Alabama legal malpractice case involves assistant D.A.

by nil | May 27th, 2010

Legal professionals are not excused from legal battles of their own. In fact, that is exactly what an Alabama county assistant district attorney and another Alabama attorney are dealing with right now.

According to the Birmingham News, Assistant District Attorney Frank Selman Teel and lawyer Frank Wayne Bailey are facing Alabama legal malpractice issues because they allegedly committed ethics violations, extortion, and bribery.

One of the victims bringing the Alabama legal malpractice cases says she was the victim of Alabama legal malpractice centering on extortion.

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Alabama Supreme Court dismisses case over legal malpractice

by nil | May 20th, 2010

According to The Huntsville Times, the Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought against one of the state’s law firms by a company alleging Alabama legal malpractice.

The case brought by Coilplus-Alabama of Athens against Sirote & Permutt was dismissed because the court ruled that it barred the legal statute of limitations.

The Limestone Circuit Court had also dismissed the Alabama legal malpractice suit, but it was appealed in the Supreme Court.

The company had accused the law firm of providing misleading advice, leading to the Alabama legal malpractice suit.

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