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Riverside County Jury Awards $2.5 Million for Wrongful Death

A Riverside County jury awarded a $2.5 million wrongful death verdict on Wednesday to the family of a mentally-ill African-American man fatally shot nine times by Riverside Sheriffs on July 16, 2015. Sybil Davis, the mother of now deceased, Anthonie Smith, has further expressed her hope that law enforcement will be required to obtain adequate training on the appropriate handling of citizens with mental illness.

In a statement following the verdict, Ms. Davis expressed,”I’m very relieved that my son got justice today. It’s been three years and Iߣm happy that the jury found the officer’s excessive force unnecessary. I hope that this will serve as an example for families who struggle with mental illness. My son didn’t deserve to lose his life. I trusted the police, and I’m really glad the verdict ruled in our favor.”

The case centered around the use of excessive force and wrongful death in the detention of Anthonie Smith, who was having a schizophrenic episode. Deputies were notified of his mental illness, and upon locating Anthonie near the corner of Perris and Sunnymead boulevard, shot him eight times causing him to fall to the ground. A severely wounded Anthonie managed to stumble back to his feet, and after several seconds elapsed, Deputies shot him a ninth and final time.

The deceased’s mother, Sybil Davis won justice for her son against Deputy Deylan Kennedy, Sergeant Sheree Anthony, and the County of Riverside. Plaintiff attorney John Harris of Harris & Associates commented on the victory saying, “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict today of 2.5 million dollars. Justice was served on behalf of the decedent, Anthonie Smith, and his mom, Sybil Davis. We’re pleased that this three-year journey has now come to a close.”

Assembly Bill 3080 Is Bad for Jobs

Three years ago Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation on employment arbitration, saying he wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the issue. Now the Supreme Court has spoken: Businesses can ask employees to sign arbitration agreements to settle employment disputes instead of going through costly and lengthy litigation. So it’s time for the governor to follow through with another veto.

Any attempt to contradict the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing arbitration in employment contracts, as proposed in Assembly Bill 3080 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, would, as you have warned in the past when you vetoed similar legislation, “result in years of costly litigation and legal uncertainty.” What we can guarantee is that signing this bad bill would certainly add to an already unstable and hostile environment for California employers and forcing a burden on them that does not exist in other states.

Under AB 3080, California businesses, especially in cases involving disputes over alleged sexual harassment or misconduct, would be victimized. Not only would businesses and employers face civil liabilities for any violations of AB 3080, but they could also face criminal charges as well.

Business owners must be able to operate in an environment that is fair and competitive, not one that is legally stacked against them.

It’s clear that as written, AB 3080 could be greatly misused and serve to help trial attorneys, not workers. It creates an environment where lawyers can troll for unsuspecting employees willing to sue their bosses, under the auspices of a large payday. The number of civil claims that could then result from this law would overwhelm the state’s judiciary system by, in effect, forcing all claims to be tried by a judge and jury.

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1 Week until BFFF2018 Kickoff

Simply buy those shoes and get your outfit ready for Berlin Fashion Film Festival’s 7th edition – There are only a couple of days left…

BFFF2018 takes place July 12 and 13 – Save the Date!
Get your Ticket to the festival, the award show, the public screenings & become part of an inspiring community of international creatives, learn about the newest trends and talents in filmmaking and jump-start new business opportunities.

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WHO’S SPEAKING?
The annual two-day conference provides a platform on which the latest trends and talents in the field of moving image marketing, conceptual storytelling and brand communication can be discovered and discussed. See who’s there!

Meet Alyssa Boni
Director/Photographer
Taking part in the panel discussion Moving Stills? Heading off July 13th

Joined by Kai Stöcker – Executive Producer/ Partner – ACNE & Marcus Gaab – Managing Director – The Gaabs
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Meet Raoul Keil – Editor in chief/Creative Director – Schön! Magazine
Taking part in the panel discussion FOCUS Emerging Talent taking place July 12th
Joined by
Florian Hucker – Creative Director – Ogilvy & Mather Berlin & Silvia Beck – Principal – MetFilm School Berlin.
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OXYGEN’S SNAPPED x AILEEN WUORNOS

America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, captivated the nation’s attention when she was found guilty for brutally murdering six men, and confessing to a seventh between November 1989 to November 1990. In the two-hour “Snapped: Notorious – Aileen Wuornos,” premiering Sunday, March 25th at 6pm ET/PT, Oxygen Media takes a closer look at the turbulent trial that was the first of its kind. Was Aileen Wournos afforded a just trial, or did the media frenzy cause unfair bias among the jury? For a sneak peek, please visit here.

Aileen Wuornos was a self-professed “highway prostitute” who rose to infamy when she was arrested for the deaths of several men in central Florida. Aileen ultimately confessed to the killings as self-defense, but the jury unanimously convicted her on six counts of first degree murder and sentenced her to death. The special will uncover everything from the complexities of the case to the biased media reports. Through new interviews with those closest to Aileen and her trial, the special will delve deeper into two vastly different perspectives – was she the cold-blooded killer the country made her out to be? Or was she an abuse victim that was forced to protect herself?

Oxygen Media uncovers “Criminal Confessions” from Executive Producer Dick Wolf 

OXYGEN MEDIA UNCOVERS “CRIMINAL CONFESSIONS” FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DICK WOLF PREMIERING 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 7PM ET/PT

 
Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, premieres the new original series “Criminal Confessions,” which debuts Sunday, October 1 at 7pm ET/PT. From Executive Producer Dick Wolf and Shed Media, the series delves into the psychological showdown that transpires inside actual police interrogation rooms between investigators and suspects and dissects what it takes to yield a confession. Each hour-long episode takes viewers through the emotional twists and turns of a real homicide case from the 911 call to the crime scene and leading up to the interrogation room where detectives corner their prime suspect. The police officers and detectives will walk us through their strategy while interviews with the suspects’ and victims’ friends and family shed light on the heartbreaking details, taking viewers on an emotional journey with the hope of finding justice. In every case, the interrogating officer will “break” the suspect and get a shocking reveal of what led to the atrocious crime. 

For a sneak peek visit: http://www.oxygen.com/criminal-confessions/season-1/videos/criminal-confessions-premieres-sunday-october-7th

 

“‘Criminal Confessions’ joins ‘Cold Justice’ as our second series from Dick Wolf, offering armchair detectives at home the thrilling opportunity to watch as both a case, and a confession, come to a head,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “The series celebrates the skill and talent of the amazing detectives who are passionately committed to finding the truth and justice.”
Executive Producer Dick Wolf adds, “We are giving viewers an inside look into the investigation of criminals, with an emphasis on the psychological component of confessions. Crime buffs will see a side of police work that has never been examined before.”

 
“Dick Wolf is a prolific producer of the crime genre,” said Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “With his vast experience, he brings viewers on a gripping new journey through the criminal investigation process. This new project is one of my favorites and builds on Wolf’s iconic repertoire.”

 
Fans can follow “Criminal Confessions” on Facebook for more details on the new series, sneak peeks and more.

 
In 2017TD, Oxygen is the fastest growing cable entertainment network among total viewers in total day, up +53% year over year.

“Criminal Confessions” is produced by Wolf Reality and Shed Media with Dick Wolf, Tom Thayer, Pam Healey, John Hesling and Adam Kassen serving as Executive Producers.


About Oxygen Media:

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to crime programming in 2017, Oxygen has become the fastest growing cable entertainment network with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “The Jury Speaks,” “Cold Justice,” “Three Days to Live,” and “It Takes A Killer.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.