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12/22/2013 19 comments


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Northeast Braces For Major Winter Storm

02/07/2013 7 comments

The nor’easter is ramping up with possible major snowfall…feets of snow… and high gusting winds that could topple trees and cut power service.

Meteorologist William Babcock with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., says it’s looking like it is going to be a very powerful storm.

Not a pleasant prospect for a region that has been besieged and has not yet fully recovered from months with drastic weather conditions.

All of you in the northeast, hunker down and keep safe and warm!

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A New Year Wish 2013

01/04/2013 6 comments


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Happy Holidays 2012!

12/20/2012 4 comments


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Sandy, Christian-Newsom, Richard Baumgartner

11/11/2012 Comments off


We took a real pounding from Sandy!  Happy to say, after 13 days without power – no heat or hot water – I’m finally back!

Neighbors had hooked up a generator and kindly charged my laptop battery and gave me access to their wifi so that I could communicate with my family.

Things were quieting down til we got hit by a nor’easter!

Needless to say, things are still a mess here with downed trees, limbs and branches.  The most amazing photo I saw was the Seaside Heights roller coaster had been swept off the boardwalk and was sitting in the Atlantic!

It will be a while before we totally recover, but we are moving forward.


After the Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Judge Blackwood removed from the cases of Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, and George Thomas, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gary R. Wade has appointed Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz to oversee those cases.  We’ll have to wait and see what rulings Judge Kurtz will hand down.

In the meantime, the retrial of Vanessa Coleman moves forward, presided over by Judge Blackwood.

Jury selection took place in Jackson, about 300 miles away from Knoxville.  On Friday the jury was seated,  The jury is made up of 6 women and 6 men, five are caucasian, seven are African-American.  Alternates consist of two men and two women.

Last month, Coleman appeared at a hearing sporting a new, red hairdo.  She now has a dark, sleek do.  Seems Ted Lavit asked that a private stylist be allowed to go to the Knox County jail to soften up Coleman’s appearance and Blackwood granted the request!  Now, how bogus is that, a freakin hair stylist?

The trial begins Tuesday at 9am.

Richard Baumgartner

After deliberating for more than twenty hours, a 10-woman, two-man jury found Baumgartner guilty of five of six federal charges of misprision

Prosecutors are expected to seek the maximum three-year sentence on each count.

Sentencing will be held on March 27.

With the guilty verdict, state pension officials said Baumgartner’s pension would be immediately terminated!

WBIR  – New Judge

WBIR  – Jury Seated



12/20/2011 5 comments

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached this time of year again!  2011 was eventful to say the least. We saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

We witnessed some incredibly sad events as well as some very tender moments.  We saw justice stumble and saw justice triumph. 

We saw anger; we saw joyous tears. 

We witnessed moments of legal brilliance and sadly saw moments of gross legal incompetence and attorney ‘bad’ behavior.

We’ve seen positive changes and yet must acknowledge we still have a long road to haul in order to improve our legal system.

We celebrated our sameness and honored our differences.

In our compassion and with a sense of justice, we became a universal family by embracing victims and families and knowing what we were doing was right and humane.

We must remain committed to protecting our most vulnerable and fragile; the children!

My greatest wish is for peace, love, justice, and caring for all of you and your families, now and in the New Year!

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11/24/2011 4 comments

Wishing all a very happy


May your table be surrounded by love and family and friends to celebrate everything we have to be truly thankful for!

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03/22/2011 14 comments

It was on the 22nd of March, 2010 that CALLS FOR JUSTICE was launched!

Sincere thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged the coverage of all things concerning justice for our youngest and most vulnerable…they deserve this and should never be lost from our collective memories!

~ donchais ~

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