Pilot Falling From Cloud Nine, Charged With Sexual Assault

Plane Looking Into SunsetIn February, a pilot was convicted of inappropriately groping a 14-year-old that was travelling alone, according to Huffington Post.

After a three-day trial, Pilot Michael Pascal was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse. He was charged in a U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, where he resides.

On a flight to Detroit to Salt Lake City, Pascal was a passenger that sat next to a 14-year-old girl. When the young girl woke up from a nap, Pascal’s hand was groping her buttocks.

The girl immediately elbowed Pascal and asked him what he was doing. The arm rest that she put between them earlier was pulled up when she awoke.

According to the documents, he became flustered when she called him out, saying that he was asleep. He also stated that put the arm rest up because he was crammed in the middle seat.

While Pascal went to the restroom, the young girl told a flight attendant and switched seats. [Read more...]

Smokey Canyon BBQ

Pulled Pork SandwichWhen we think of summertime at Greenberg & Greenberg, we can’t help but think of family, friends, the California sun, and barbecued food. The Smokey Canyon BBQ has all of those things and more.

Located less than ten minutes away from our Riverside office, Smokey Canyon BBQ is a family-owned restaurant that provides homemade-style barbecue and a welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.

Pam and Dan Nusser only dreamed about owning a restaurant before opening Smokey Canyon in 2007. The Nusser’s have family roots in Missouri where barbecue is a way of life; they use recipes passed down from generations in their menu. [Read more...]

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop for DUI

Broken Windshield In June, a chemical dependency counselor was charged by the LA district attorney after hitting a man and driving over 2 miles with the body embedded in the windshield, according to LA Times.

She was charged with driving under the influence, murder, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was a former substance abuser. According to KTLA, when she applied for her job at Twin Town Treatment Center in 2011, she was drug tested and seemed to not have any relapse problems.

That was, of course, until she left the treatment center intoxicated in November 2012, and accidentally hit Philip Moreno. Moreno passed away in the hospital later that night.

There were over 800 alcohol-involved fatal accidents in California in 2012, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.  Unfortunately, Moreno was one of them. [Read more...]

Sexting Surgeon Suspended In Seattle

Doctor TextingA Seattle surgeon was suspended in June after he was charged for sexual misconduct in the work place. This misconduct included sexting, using medical records for sexual gratification, and inappropriate relations with a patient.

An article by Guardian Liberty Voice has all of the details on the surgeon’s convictions.  Arthur Zilberstein, 47, has been accused of sexting during c-sections, epidurals administration, an appendectomy, and more.

Zilberstein would send up to 45 inappropriate messages at the hospital per day. If he worked an 8-hour shift, that means he sent almost six explicit messages per hour. This was very common in the anesthesiologist’s daily routine at the hospital between April and August 2013. He was accused of taking explicit photos in his scrubs and work badge. [Read more...]

Loose Legislation Creating Marijuana Chaos

stop light with a marijuana leave lit greenLoose marijuana laws are creating chaos in the Golden State. With San Jose communities organizing “Weed for Vote” programs and the water shortage in Northern California, people are left to wonder what will happen if no regulations are passed.

Since 1996, California has been the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act, was written to maximize the legalization of marijuana and restrict regulations. In 2003, the Medical Marijuana Program Act gave guidelines on how much marijuana a typical patient could possess but gave physicians the ability to prescribe larger doses. [Read more...]

Montana Judge Disciplined for Lowering Rape Sentence

Inside the Supreme Court The country is taking a stand on a recent sentence, where a judge sentenced a former teacher to thirty days in prison after being charged with sexual intercourse without consent, or statutory rape, of one of his students.

Last summer, Montana teacher Stacey Dean Rambold was convicted of raping a fourteen-year-old student. Cherice Morales committed suicide before herseventeenth birthday, while the trial was still pending.

There was a public outcry against District Judge G. Todd Baugh, whose decision seemed improper. [Read more...]

Megan’s Law and Sex Offender Registration

Hand typing on keyboardWhen a person is convicted of a sex crime, Megan’s Law dictates that the convicted sex offender must register as a sex offender with both state and local authorities.

Under Megan’s Law, the public can be notified about sex offender registrants that may pose a risk. This law was enacted in 1996 after seven-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and killed by a known molester. The molester relocated, and the Kanka family, and neighborhood, had no knowledge of the previous offenses. [Read more...]

Riverside Fourth of July Events

fireworks in the skyRiverside’s Fourth of July Celebration will take place this Friday on Independence Day. The city will continue the patriotic tradition of having Independence Day events during the day and fireworks at night.

The celebration will start at 5:00 p.m. with Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery’s Fourth of July Front Row Fireworks. This family-friendly event will have free activities for kids, including Duck Drag races, and vendors offering food. In-n-out Burgers will also have a stand. There will be live music and a “Little Miss Firecracker” Pageant for ages 5-10. [Read more...]

When Can Teens Be Charged as Adults?

When a minor commits a crime, it is handled differently than if an adult commits the same crime.

This is because a young adult may not have the maturity, wisdom, experience, and thought process of an adult. Young adults are still growing, and they may not appreciate the consequences of their behavior.

As a result, the court system tries to differentiate between youthful mistakes and serious crimes. With the right treatment, a younger offender is often more likely to be rehabilitated and become a productive member of society. [Read more...]

Can Police Search Your Phone without a Warrant?

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The Fourth Amendment protects you—and every other citizen of the U.S.—against unreasonable searches by law enforcement.

The police are not allowed to perform searches without a search warrant. To obtain a search warrant, the police must convince a court that there is probable cause that evidence of a crime exists at the place they want to search.

However, there are some exceptions to the amendment. The police can search without a warrant if there are “exigent circumstances,” which means that the police need to take action but do not have time to get a warrant—such as when someone is in imminent danger, a suspect is escaping, or evidence is being destroyed. Law enforcement can also conduct a warrantless search of a person when they are making an arrest. [Read more...]