ND 88′ offered program to avoid trial

first_imgThe protestors arrested on campus during last May’s Commencement ceremony, known as the “ND 88,” have been offered a program to avoid trial by St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, according to a statement by University President Fr. John Jenkins.According to the press release, Dvorak will offer a pre-trial diversion program to those arrested, which would give them the chance to have their cases dismissed with no criminal record. To be eligible, the person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year.Jenkins said he believes the Prosecutor’s Office’s decision is “balanced and lenient.”The protesters violated University policies regarding campus demonstrations and were given multiple warnings prior to their arrest, Jenkins said in the statement released Friday.“We require that any campus demonstration, regardless of the issue, be organized by a student, faculty or staff member, receive approval from the University through the Office of Student Affairs and be peaceful and orderly,” Jenkins said. “Those who were arrested last spring met none of these criteria.”The University has been in contact with Dvorak, who has been handling the prosecution of those arrested on campus last spring.“To be eligible, a person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year,” Jenkins said of the pre-trial diversion program. “The program also includes the payment of a fee for cost.”In a letter to the University, Dvorak said his office will work with those who demonstrated a financial need to reduce or potentially eliminate these fees.The protesters took a pro-life stance, but Jenkins said their arrest does not mean the University does not value the sanctity of life.“We at Notre Dame embrace the Catholic position on the sanctity of life. We oppose abortion and support laws that protect life from conception to natural death,” he said. “In this respect, we fully agree with the protestors.“But the University cannot have one set of rules for causes we oppose and another more lenient set of rules for causes we support. We have one consistent set of rules for demonstrations on campus — no matter what the cause.”In the past, the University has banned those who were arrested for trespass. It will not take this action against the protesters given they complete the pre-trial diversion program, are acquitted of charges or plead guilty.Jenkins also said alternative pro-life demonstrations that met University regulations were offered last spring.“Those now charged with trespass could have joined these protests without interference or arrest,” Jenkins said. “These included a demonstration on April 5 in front of the Main Building, a Eucharistic adoration from May 16 to May 17 in one of the residence hall chapels and on Commencement day, a Mass, a rally and a prayer vigil on South Quad and a Rosary and meditation at the Grotto.“Nearly 3,000 people participated in the prayerful protest on the South Quad,” Jenkins said. “None of the participants in any of these activities were arrested.”Jenkins said the University welcomes debate about public issues, as well as protest.“We have great respect for people who engage in the long and noble tradition of civil disobedience and courageously accept the consequences to call attention to themselves and their message,” he said.But he said the University also has a responsibility to maintain an environment that allows students, faculty and staff to continue their work without interference.“It is this dual commitment to free expression and public order that has guided us in this case,” Jenkins said.last_img read more

North Tipp to be represented in Under 21 hurling semi

first_imgIt’s been confirmed that North Tipp will be represented in the upcoming County U21 Hurling semi final.It was believed that Carrick Swans would be getting a walkover next weekend after the North Division decided not to nominate one of their four clubs as they were still at divisional stage with their finals pencilled in for last Sunday – the same time as the County semi final.However speaking to Tipp FM’s Ronan Quirke, North Pro John Delaney says the second semi will be played next Saturday and there will be a divisional team in the finallast_img

Chinese Businessman Admits to Tax Evasion

first_imgA Chinese businessman, Shun Feng, has admitted to defrauding the government by not declaring all goods he recently brought into the country via the Freeport of Monrovia.In late April, Shun Feng was arrested by authorities at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for not declaring some of the goods he imported from China into the country.He was turned over to the West Point Magisterial Court for prosecution where he admitted to commission of the crime.In his confession as recorded in the court record, shows that Shun was fined L$200,000, and made to pay the evaded tax of US$5,842.41. He has since paid the amounts into government’s coffer.Court record quoted prosecution represented by Atty. Mark Duncan as saying that it saw it in good faith, and because this is the first time for the man to commit the crime, prosecution team suspended the jail tenure for him (Shun).According to section 90 of the amended Liberian Revenue code, such a crime requires the fine of L$200,000 and a jail sentence of five years.The prosecution, however, forgave the convict with a caveat that a repeat of this act will lead the LRA with no alternative, but to enforce the suspended five-year jail sentence.Defendant represented by Atty. Molley Gray, Jr., conceded with prosecution under the law for Shun to pay the fines and tax of US$5,842.41 as a way of amicably resolving the case.The court in its ruling also urged all parties, both prosecution and defendants, to operate within confines of the law in order for them to live in harmony with one another.On April 22, 2015, Shun Feng was arrested by the LRA for not declaring 837 quantities of goods including powder soaps, slippers and artificial hair for women.It is not clear how Mr. Shun got the goods out of the Freeport.  However, LRA Communications Consultant Trokon Tarr, had said earlier that Mr. Shun may have connived with some “foul players” to defraud government of its genuine taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fitbit Data Helps California Police Catch Killer

first_img Never underestimate the power of technology: A slain California woman’s Fitbit data helped local police catch her 90-year-old killer.Tony Aiello was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his 67-year-old stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, on Sept. 8, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.Navarra, a pharmacy technician described by family as a “recluse,” was discovered by a coworker five days later, after she failed to show up for work.AdChoices广告As reported by the Chronicle, police found Navarra “slumped over in a chair, clutching a large kitchen knife with a ‘gaping’ slit to her neck.” The scene appeared to be staged to look like a suicide, the paper said.A subsequent autopsy, however, revealed “multiple deep and intrusive wounds” to the woman’s head and face. The lacerations were likely inflicted by a small hatchet or ax—and not something Navarra could have delivered to herself.Aiello, married to Navarra’s 92-year-old mother, initially told police he brought his stepdaughter pizza on Saturday, Sept. 8; he also claimed to have seen her later drive by his own house with someone in the passenger seat.But that’s not what the surveillance footage says: Cameras captured Aiello’s car at Navarra’s home for at least 21 minutes—between 3:13 and 3:33 p.m. And there is no sign of her car leaving in the direction he claimed.Here’s where the story really gets good.Navarra’s Fitbit wristband, which counts steps and monitors heart rate, recorded a spike in her pulse at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 8, then a rapid decline. The device stopped registering a heartbeat at 3:28 p.m.You just can’t make this stuff up.Aiello, who claimed someone else must have been in Navarra’s house because “she walked him to the door,” was caught with blood-splattered clothes in his hamper (the result, he said, of an old man frequently cutting himself).Aiello is being held without bail and is due in court today, the Chronicle reported.This isn’t the first time fitness trackers have guided a homicide investigation.As The New York Times pointed out, Fitbit location data supported a 2014 personal injury case in Canada and a 2015 sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, and a Garmin Vivosmart GPS recorded a woman’s struggle with her attacker in Seattle in 2017. Police also used a Connecticut woman’s Fitbit data to charge her husband with murder.In Wisconsin, a man’s wearable became an alibi, corroborating his story during the time police said his live-in girlfriend’s body was being dumped in a field.If this isn’t a perfect ad campaign for wearables, I don’t know what is.The latest-generation Apple Watch is also marketed as a lifesaver.Its new fall detection feature helps the wearable figure out if you’ve taken a tumble. And, if you remain unmoving for more than a minute, it automatically calls 911, or a predetermined emergency contact.Fitbit last year launched its first smartwatch, the Ionic. It also joined Apple and Samsung in the FDA’s pilot program to reform digital health regulation. Check out Geek Pick: Fitbit Versa, and stay up to date on all things wearable here. Your Fitbit Data Can Be Used to Advance Precision ScienceGEEK PICK: Fitbit Versa Stay on targetlast_img read more