Memphis Store Clerk Charged With Murder In Shooting Alleged Shoplifter

Anwar-Ghazali-and-Dorian-HarrisIn torts, we discussed the long-standing debate over the use of potentially lethal force to protect property.  The common law has long barred the use of lethal force to solely protect property given the value of a human life.  That issue appears at the heart of a first-degree murder case in Memphis where a store clerk followed a teenager out of a store after the teen allegedly stole a beer.  The clerk, Anwar Ghazali, 28, shot and killed Dorian Harris, 17.

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Former MLB Pitcher Is Awarded $2.3 Million After Hurting Hand Punching Naked Man High On LSD

1521715719895.jpgThere is an interesting verdict out of California where a former MLB pitcher, Greg Reynolds, was awarded $2.3 million against a man who appeared at his house naked and high on LSD.  In an effort to keep Dominic Pintarelli (left) out of his house, Reynolds severely damaged his hand and effectively ended his promising baseball career.  Reynolds was also allowed to recover from the hosts of the party where Pintarelli became high.  The liability of the hosts is particularly interesting.  The damages included $300,000 for the pain and suffering of Reynolds’ wife.

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Rich Family Sues Fox Over “Sham Story”

150px-Foxnewslogo.svgThe family of the late Democratic National Committee Staffer Seth Rich has sued Fox News for intentional infliction of emotional distress and related torts in the airing of allegations of a conspiracy involving Rich and Wikileaks.  Despite my great sympathy for this family in the loss of Seth Rich, the complaint (below) is in my view without serious merit.  The causal connections are too attenuated and liability would undermine first amendment protections for the free press.

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The Not-So-Friendly Skies: United Airlines Under Fire After Dog Dies In Overhead Bin

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250px-United_Airlines.svgUnited Airlines is under fire after a flight attendant ordered a pet dog to be placed in a passenger’s overhead bin on a flight from Houston.  When United Flight 1284 arrived in New York, the French Bulldog “Kokito” was found dead.  The horrific scene could well result in a tort action for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other claims.  As a common carrier, United is subject to a high standard of care in the treatment of passengers.

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High School Teacher In California Injures Student After Accidentally Discharging Weapon In Class

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In a story that is likely to resonate in the national debate over President Donald Trump’s push to get teacher’s armed in school, a teacher at Seaside High School in Sand City, Ca. injured a student when his gun discharged in a class.  Even more embarrassing is that the class was on gun safety.

 

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Prominent Egyptian Television Host Arrested For Disrespecting The Police

441px-Coat_of_arms_of_Egypt_(Official).svgThe rollback on civil liberties and press freedoms continues in Egypt where our close ally is arresting journalists for insulting the government or police.  Now even pro-government media figures are being arrested.  The arrest of prominent television host Khairy Ramadan is an example of how, once censorship and the criminalization of speech starts, the appetite for speech control becomes insatiable.

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CNN Accuses Florida Student Cited By President As Lying About Scripted Question

200px-Cnn.svgColton Haab, a survivor of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has appeared on national television to voice his allegation that CNN tried to get him to read a scripted question at the network’s recent Town Hall event with survivors and leading politicians.  The allegation led President Donald Trump to tweet that CNN had been caught in an act of “fake news.” Now however CNN has posted the original email and accused Haab of “doctoring” the emails and lying about its exchange with its producer.  If CNN is doctoring the emails (which is unlikely), Haab could sue for defamation.  However, the network says that critical language was removed by Haab or his family.

 

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