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Archive for September 25th, 2010

Black lawyers urge caution in the Court of Public Opinion concerning sexual allegations against Bishop Eddie Long

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Attorney Carlos Moore, managing member of
Natiional Law Group and BlackLawyers.NET


Jackson, MS (BlackNews.com) — The National Law Group, the nation’s largest African-American owned legal services company and the owners of BlackLawyers.NET are urging caution in the Court of Public Opinion concerning the recent allegations of sexual impropriety by Bishop Eddie Long.

They assert: “The three young men who have filed lawsuits against Bishop Long have simply made allegations that have yet to be proven in a Court of Law. The allegations could be true and they could be false. Regardless, the plaintiffs will have a very high burden to meet to prove their cases because these types of acts are usually done privately with no witnesses.”

Attorney Carlos Moore, managing member of the National Law Group and BlackLawyers.NET, recently represented two young African-American males in Mississippi who also accused a Baptist pastor of sexual impropriety and child molestation while they were teens. One of the boys dropped his lawsuit and the other entered into a confidential settlement with the church and the pastor with no fault ever being admitted.

Having personally sued a pastor of behalf of teen boys allegedly molested and currently being the General Counsel for a church his father-in-law pastors in Mississippi, Attorney Carlos Moore, is keenly aware of the issues on both sides of the equation. He suggests that the public not make any rush to judgment and give both sides the benefit of the doubt until the evidence is presented in a court of law, not the court of public opinion. The young men may have ulterior motives for their allegations and they may not.

“It is much too early to tell,” says Attorney Moore. “However, what is quite clear, is that unless there is more, no crimes have been committed by Bishop Long, since the boys were the age of consent at the time of the alleged acts.”
About The National Law Group (NLG)
The National Law Group is a nationwide coalition of law firms committed to providing quality legal representation and compassionate advocacy on behalf of plaintiffs. Their mission is to assist individuals who have been harmed and hold those who are at fault accountable. For more details, visit www.NLGattorneys.com

About BlackLawyers.NET
A property of National Law Group, BlackLawyers.NET represents the first-ever nationwide legal services company made up entirely of talented Black lawyers located all over the United States. Collectively, they have won over $50 million in verdicts and settlements, and have over 100 years of combined experience. Located in multiple cities across the United States, their attorneys offer representation to more than 70% of all African Americans that live in this country. For a free consultation, call (866) 654-2727 or visit www.BlackLawyers.NET

One of Illinois’ biggest child pornographers arrested

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan worked with local law enforcement to arrest a Lake County man for having more than 1,600 pornographic images and videos of children—one of the largest collections ever seen in Illinois.


Child Porn

This arrest is part of the Attorney General’s continuing crackdown on those who prey on children by using the Internet to illegally download and trade child pornography. Lisa’s High Tech Crimes Bureau is finding those who traffic child porn by tracking computer IP addresses to which the images are downloaded. Currently, more than 8,000 IP addresses are being tracked in Illinois.

Her initiative to crack down on these child pornographers sends a very clear message to these predators—she will find you, she will stop you and you will be arrested for your crimes, according to a campaign spokesman.

Elected Latino officials and business leaders rally to support the Democratic Party of Illinois

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Prominent elected Latino Officials and Business Leaders are joining together to endorse and support the Democratic statewide ticket of candidates in the general election.
State Representative Luis Arroyo of the 3″1 District of Illinois states, “The Latino vote is critical to the success of the democratic ticket to winning many of the local, county, and statewide office elections.”
Illinois has a Latino population of 2,053,000. In Cook County the Latino population is 23.9% which translates to one in five people. There are 100,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in Illinois.
The Latino vote will be a major factor and will make a difference in the outcome of the elections. They are united in the belief that the Democratic Party best represents their community and their needs such as, good paying jobs, equal access to a good education and affordable housing.
Gilbert Villegas, Chairman of the Hispanic Political Action Committee of Illinois states, “The Latino community has a voice and will be heard loud and clear at the general election. We will continue to fight to ensure the Latino community is represented and our issues are addressed.”
For more information, call  (773) 237-4112.

Neighborhoods opposed to Weapons to hold Violence Prevention Walk

Posted by Admin On September - 25 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

 Chicago, IL - In an effort to increase awareness of “Stop the Violence Campaign”, Neighborhoods Opposed to Weapons (NOW), will hold its first Violence Prevention walk today (September 25) from St. Elizabeth’s Church playground  at 41st and State, through the historic Bronzeville Community. 

The “Stop the Violence Campaign started two months ago.

Argentry Mitchell, a member of the organization, said, “We have been very successful in the last two months.  There has not been a shooting in the Bronzeville neighborhood”.

Mitchell said the Neighborhood CAPS program applauded NOW’s efforts in stopping the violence.

NOW is presently working with CAPS.

Berrios apologizes for statement made

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Democratic candidate for Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios on Thursday issued an apology for making inaccurate statements regarding his opponent’s donor base. 

I have made comments in recent stories – including one published today – that Forrest Claypool receives contributions from millionaire donors,” Berrios said. “That comment is inaccurate. In fact, Mr. Claypool is receiving thousands of dollars from billionaires who were today listed as the richest people in Chicago.”

Berrios cited a Forbes story that was published today which listed the 400 richest people in the United States. On that list are 18 Chicagoans – 10 of whom have donated to Claypool, but not Berrios.

I apologize for under-estimating the wealth of Forrest Claypool’s donors,” Berrios said. “None of these 10 Northside residents has contributed to my campaign. And while Mr. Claypool has been criticizing me for taking donations over $1,500, he has been busy taking $600,000 in less than six months from just 48 donors. He is the epitome of an elitist.”

Forbes editors select list members by their estimating their stakes in privately held companies, real estate, art, yachts and planes.

Of the Claypool donors, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, on the Forbes list:

  • Sam Zell

  • Gigi Pritzker

  • Thomas Pritzker

  • James Pritzker

  • Jay Robert Pritzker

  • Penny Pritzker

  • Michael Krasny

  • Joe Mansueto

  • Kenneth Griffin

  • Neil Bluhm

Targets of FBI raids to join supporters to speak out against “federal assault” on antiwar, solidarity activities

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Letters to Editor 
Subpoenas, searches have a chilling impact on core rights and civil liberties, say activists
Chicago, IL - Social justice and anti-war activists will gather at 3 P.M. at the West Town Law Community Office, 2502 W. Division St. to speak out against a series of FBI raids that took place on Friday, September 24 in Chicago and around the US.
The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan on Friday, searching the homes of most of these activists. They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.
“This is really about trying to intimidate the anti-war movement, and we won’t be silenced,” said anti-war activist Stephanie Weiner, one of the victims of the raids. “This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. This is a U.S. government attempt to silence those who stand in solidarity against oppression in the Middle East and Latin America.”
Speakers at Saturday’s press conference will include Melinda Power, attorney and member of the National Lawyers Guild; Chapin Gray, activist with Students for a Democratic Society-Chicago; Maureen Murphy of the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago; Rev. C.J. Hawking of Arise Chicago; and Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker, who were among the Chicago targets of the raid and are long-time anti-war activists in the city. They will be joined by peace and solidary activists from across the metro area.

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