Senator Boxer’s Legislation To Achieve Meaningful Objectives

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 17th, 2016

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Although there are enormous fanfare in favor of Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California who on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 filed legislation to abolish the electoral college thus giving the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes.

As ambiguous as this bill might seem, it could be more easily said that done. According to history there have been more proposals for Constitutional amendments on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject.
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DeWine Announces Multi-state Agreement With Adobe

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 15th, 2016

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

On Thursday, November, 10th, 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the State of Ohio being a multi-state settlement with the software company Adobe Systems Inc. This agreement is designed to resolve an investigation into the 2013 data breach of certain Adobe servers, which contained personal information of nearly 53,000 Ohio residents.

Subsequently, under the settlement, Adobe has agreed to implement new policies and practices to prevent similar breaches in the future.  Continue reading “DeWine Announces Multi-state Agreement With Adobe”

Police Reported 17-Year-Old Shot to Death

Whitten By: Ishton W. Morton – November 15th, 2016

According to Police report on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at approximately  6:45 P.M. a 17-year-old male was fatally shot in the Short Vine area of Corryville.

Police officers responded to the 2800 block of Vine Street
Police officers responded to the 2800 block of Vine Street

Pursuant to the police report, officers responded to the 2800 block of Vine Street at approximately where they found a teen in the road at the intersection of Edwards Street. Moreover, early Tuesday morning, police identified the 17-year-old male as Clarence Gatewood. He was then taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died as a result of his wounds. Continue reading “Police Reported 17-Year-Old Shot to Death”

Community Demanding Deters Retry Case

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 14th, 2016

Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan speaks at the Hamilton County Courthouse for the start of jury selection in the murder case against Ray Tensing, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Cincinnati. The former University of Cincinnati police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of Sam DuBose. (Carrie Cochran//The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool)
Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan speaks at the Hamilton County Courthouse. 

Subsequently, to Saturday, November 12th, 2016 Hamilton County Judge’s declaration  of a mistrial in Raymond Tensing trial many are asking; why were there no African-American men on the jury for the trial of a white ex-police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man? Continue reading “Community Demanding Deters Retry Case”

Post-Election Disinfectant — November 2016

Articles | Posted by Jim Clingman November 7th, 2016

James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people
James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people

By the time you read this I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse.

The dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a President. Continue reading “Post-Election Disinfectant — November 2016”

King Records Building Rescued for the Next Generation

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 13th, 2016

John Watson, Jr. also known professionally as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter
John Watson, Jr. also known professionally as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter

Perhaps you can remember John Watson, Jr.  also known professionally as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, was an American bluessoul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s with some success. His creative reinvention in the 1970’s with disco and funk overtones, with such hits as “Ain’t That a Bitch”, “I Need It” and “Superman Lover”. His successful recording career spanned forty years, with his highest chart appearance being the 1977 song “A Real Mother For Ya. Continue reading “King Records Building Rescued for the Next Generation”

Mistrial Declared in Ray Tensing Trial

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 12th, 2016

Pursuant to the Former University of Cincinnati’s police officer Raymond Tensing who was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July  19th, 2015 is facing being retried again.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Subsequently, the jury in the Ray Tensing murder trial has concluded without reaching any verdict after deliberations of more than 24 hours.

According to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters; jurors were leaning toward a lesser conviction of voluntary manslaughter and acquittal on the murder charge, but they could not reach agreement. WATCH: Deters speaks about Ray Tensing mistrial
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Judge Ordered 12 Men and Women Jurors Returned To Deliberations

Written By Ishton W. Morton – November 12th, 2016

Pursuant to the Ray Tensing jury trial they have broken off Friday evening without a  verdict. Thusly, deliberations will resume on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at approximately 8 A.M. This mean in three days the jury has been in deliberation for more than 20 hours.

Judge Megan Shanahan
Judge Megan Shanahan

However, the 12 men and women in the jury have been sequestered again until they reach a decision, (hopefully not a hang) on former University of Cincinnati’s police officer Tensing’s charges for the death of Sam DuBose.

Apparently, on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at approximately twelve (12) noon, the jury told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous decision on either charge. Judge Megan Shanahan ordered them to return to deliberations. Continue reading “Judge Ordered 12 Men and Women Jurors Returned To Deliberations”

Should Murderers Be Required To Make Restitutions?

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 11th, 2016

Experts in the legal arena have defined the law of restitution to be the law of gains-based recovery. It is to be contrasted with the law of compensation, which is the law of loss-based recovery. Obligations to make restitution and obligations to pay compensation are each a type of legal response to events in the real world. When a court orders restitution it orders the defendant to give up his/her gains to the claimant. When a court orders compensation it orders the defendant to pay the claimant for his or her loss.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Moreover, according to American Jurisprudence 2d edition observations: The word “restitution” was used in the earlier common law to denote the return or restoration of a specific thing or condition.

Furthermore, in modern legal usage, its meaning has frequently been extended to include not only the restoration or giving back of something to its rightful owner and returning to the status quo but also compensation, reimbursement, indemnification, or reparation for benefits derived from, or for loss or injury caused to, another. Continue reading “Should Murderers Be Required To Make Restitutions?”

The Billion-Dollar Light Rail System

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 10th, 2016

The fate of a long-planned commuter rail line along the eastern riverfront took an abrupt turn over the past month. With the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board voting 12-1 in favor of a plan to use it for the Ohio River Trail, it puts a severe damper on one day using it as commuter rail to the city’s eastern suburbs.

Democrat - Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.
Democrat – Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.

For many years the commuter rail, commonly referenced as the Oasis Line, had been pursued by Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune Democrat. Over time the Oasis Line had become a component of the much larger Eastern Corridor project, which is also now facing a very unclear future of its own.

In a recent conversation with Commissioner Todd Portune about the commuter rail line along the eastern riverfront he stated to me that his hands were tied and he just cannot get any movement on it. The other two (2) County Commissioners are Republicans and they were simply not interested in the project. Continue reading “The Billion-Dollar Light Rail System”