Cohen & Grigsby Attorneys Named 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers®

PITTSBURGH, PA, US, August 16, 2018 / — Business law firm Cohen & Grigsby is proud to announce that four directors from its Pittsburgh and Naples offices have been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. The recognition is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

The 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” include:

•James B. Brown, Pittsburgh Mediation Law “Lawyer of the Year”
•Robert B. Cottington, Pittsburgh Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”
•Hugh W. Nevin Jr., Fort Myers Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
•William E. Kelleher Jr., Pittsburgh Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Inclusion is based entirely on exhaustive peer review and lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on Best Lawyers lists. Over three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as a reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

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Since 1981, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. and its attorneys have provided sound legal advice and solutions to clients that seek to maximize their potential in a constantly changing global marketplace. Comprised of more than 140 lawyers, Cohen & Grigsby maintains offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Naples, Fla. The firm’s practice areas include Business Services, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Intellectual Property, Real Estate & Public Finance, Litigation, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Estates & Trusts, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights, and Public Affairs. Cohen & Grigsby represents private and publicly held businesses, nonprofits, multinational corporations, individuals and emerging businesses across a full spectrum of industries. Our lawyers maintain an unwavering commitment to customer service that ensures a productive partnership. For more information, visit

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Federal “Three Strikes” Law challenged in Supreme Court with life sentence of marijuana offender Corvain Cooper

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer, Corvain Cooper clemency Petition

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Attorney Patrick Megaro filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law.

Halscott Megaro PA (N/A:N/A)

I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.”

— Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2018 / — The Law Firm of Halscott Megaro, P.A. has announced that attorney Patrick Michael Megaro has filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge Corvain Cooper’s sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law. The petition was filed by Cooper’s attorney in the Supreme Court on July 6, 2018, asking the Court to stop the injustice of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Explains Corvain’s attorney who filed the petition, Patrick Megaro: “In the legal realm, you have to present the issue as a legal query. In this case, the official query presented to the U.S. Supreme Court is ‘Whether a Petitioner Who Was Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole, Which was Enhanced By Two Later Invalidated State Convictions, May Apply for Resentencing …’ The reality of the situation is that drug law reform, especially marijuana reform, is at the forefront in many state legislature’s agendas. Marijuana is now legalized, decriminalized, or approved for medicinal use in one form or another in the majority of States. Due Process and fundamental fairness are at the heart of this case. Boiled down to its essence, the question for this Court is whether a sentence of life without parole is justified for a person who now has no predicate felony convictions.”

Corvain Cooper was charged in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring transactions. A special information was also filed against Cooper, alleging two prior felony convictions for possession of drugs (one for marijuana, one for codeine cough syrup) in the California state courts. The filing triggered a mandatory life sentence without parole. The reason for the unusually harsh sentence is the so-called “Three Strikes” law. These laws require a person guilty of committing a drug felony and two other previous drug felony convictions to serve a mandatory life sentence in prison. The “Three Strikes” law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or drug felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.

Mr. Cooper tried appealing his conviction and sentence, stating that the sentence of life for non-violent crimes was against his Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments. However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the case, and the Supreme Court declined to even hear the case.

The State of California enacted Proposition 47 in 2014, which re-categorized several non-violent offenses as misdemeanors. Prior to enacting Proposition 47, possession of marijuana was considered a felony. This also allowed people who had prior felony convictions under the old statute to vacate them.

Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) was enacted on November 9, 2016, by the State of California which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This Act permitted certain people who had been convicted of marijuana felony offenses to apply to vacate those convictions and reclassify them as misdemeanors.

Adds attorney Patrick Michael Megaro, “I have been representing Mr. Cooper and I have said from day one, that I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.” Mr. Megaro went on to add, “We need to quit playing political games and allow the sentence to fit the crime, as both of these Propositions (47 and 64) favor individuals, such as Corvain Cooper.”

Patrick Michael Megaro has also simultaneously filed a petition for commutation of sentence with President Donald Trump on Corvain Cooper’s behalf, and has started a petition on in support of the petition that already has over 3,000 supporters.

The “Petition for Certiorari” filed on behalf of Corvain Cooper with the U.S. Supreme Court should be available soon on the Court’s website at under “Docket Search.”

A Wikipedia article on Three-Strikes Law is at


The underlying court cases are United States v. Cooper, 624 Fed.Appx. 819 (4th Cir. 2015), and United States v. Cooper, 714 Fed.Appx. 259 (4th Cir. 2018). According to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “from in or about 2004 through January 2013, Cooper was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked marijuana from California to the Charlotte area. Court records show that Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of marijuana as well as money laundering conspiracy and structuring financial transactions through banking institutions to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Cooper, along with two co-defendants, Evelyn LaChapelle and Natalia Wade, were convicted of all charges on October 18, 2013, following a three-day trial.” He was sentenced to life in prison on June 18, 2014. See

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Pamela M Nicholson CEO for Enterprise Named in New Subpoena Ahead of Florida Theft Trial

Pamela M Nicholson CEO Subpoena - 18-SC-001768

Pamela M Nicholson CEO Subpoena – 18-SC-001768

National Car Rental civil theft plaintiff rushes new subpoena to St. Louis Sheriff for service after C T Corporation System responds ‘not registered agent’

Enterprise has been accused of running a ding-and-dent scam so often by readers of this site, I’ve lost count.”

— Christopher Elliott, Consumer Advocate at

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 15, 2018 / — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today a revised subpoena urgently prepared for Enterprise Holdings President and CEO Pamela M. Nicholson. The subpoena COMMANDS the chief executive to appear and testify at the civil theft trial, Howe vs. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., in the County Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Lee County Florida.

The trial is scheduled for August 22, 2018, in Fort Myers, Florida, Honorable Archie B. Hayward, Jr.

The Lee County Clerk of the Court issued the subsequent subpoena to Pro Se plaintiff and crime victim David Howe on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, one day after a docket entry was filed indicating ‘C T Corporation System has determined it is not the registered agent for an entity by the name of Pamela Nicholson’ (

See the official court filing and response from C T Corporation System:

Related: IBM Gets Desperate Plea from Enterprise Holdings Crime Survivor, SubscriberWise Confirms —

Related: Lee County Honorable Archie B. Hayward Jr. Receives Jury Request from National Car Rental Fraud Victim, SubscriberWise Confirms —

Related: 'FIVE ALARM FRAUD' at Enterprise Holdings' National Rental after Attorneys Make Shocking Admission to Lee Clerk of Court —

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SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

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Enterprise Holdings companies ‘Expedient’ rental process places consumes in grave financial danger

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Jeff S. Korek To Be Honored At Cal Ramsey Awards

2018 Cal Ramsey Award Winner Jeff S. Korek

Top NYC attorney to be recognized for Basketball-Themed Charitable Work; Additional Honorees include New York Hoops Icon Willis Reed

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — The Cal Ramsey Awards' executive committee announced today that Jeff S. Korek, Senior Trial Partner at the Manhattan law firm Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., will be among its 2018 honorees and will be officially recognized at a midtown gala in October.

Jeff is a Past President and current Board Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a Past President of the New York City Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Each year, he is recognized in both Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® in the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice. In 2016, he was named as Best Lawyer's "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation in New York City. In 2018, the Litigation Counsel of America inducted him into the Trial Lawyers Honorary Society. He is routinely described as "powerful" and "influential" by publications such as the New York Times and Crain's New York Business.

The awards committee singled Jeff out for his longstanding leadership of and commitment to the South Bronx-based Gardiner Family Memorial Basketball Tournament, which, for 13 years, has been one of the elite streetball events in the region. The tournament and its related activities honor the memories of the victims of a tragic car accident that took the lives of six members of the same family, while raising money to assist local families in similar circumstances

Since 1999, Jeff has been appointed by four consecutive presiding Justices of the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, to its Committees on Character and Fitness. He is also a frequent lecturer at the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, the New York State Bar Association and Fordham University School of Law on subjects of Trial Practice, Medical Malpractice and Construction Injuries. He is regularly published in the New York Law Journal.
The annual Cal Ramsey Awards, named for the venerable Harlem community leader and former New York Knicks player and broadcaster, recognize exceptional New Yorkers who have used basketball to promote excellence, dignity, perseverance, and commitment to our community. The awards gala, hosted by broadcaster Kenny Albert, benefits Harlem Cultural Archives’ Cal Ramsey Scholarship Fund. Previous award winners have included the founder of the Rucker Pro League Bob McCullough; broadcasting icon Bob Wolff; WNBA star Theresa Weatherspoon; and NBA legends Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Kiki Vandeweghe.

"It's a great thrill for me to receive this award," said Mr. Korek, a resident of Scarsdale. "We couldn't be more proud of the work we do with Dexter and Sherri Gardiner and the Gardiner Foundation. Helping the Gardiner Foundation grow from where we started until today is one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my life and whatever honors I've earned for that work needs to be shared with Dexter, Sherri, and the rest of the team."

Cal Ramsey Awards' Executive Director Emily Goldberg said, "We first look to players and coaches when considering honorees. But we're always reminded of so many business and community leaders who do extraordinary things to bring our game to young people who can use it to build better lives. Among the dozens of names suggested to us for 2018, Jeff Korek and the Gardiner Foundation really stood out. We congratulate Jeff and are pleased to welcome him to our roster of Cal Ramsey Award winners."

In addition to Mr. Korek, the committee named Naismith Hall of Famer Willis Reed among the 2018 award recipients. Additional honorees will be announced in September. The 2018 Cal Ramsey Awards will be held at Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine on the evening of October 10th. Those interested in attending or sponsoring the event should visit for more info.


In 1984, Andrew L. Libo and Edward H. Gersowitz founded Gersowitz & Libo, P.C. Jeff S. Korek joined the firm as a named partner in 1992. Mr. Korek now serves as the firm's Senior Trial Partner.

Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accidents and wrongful death cases. The firm's mission is to provide the best legal services possible to families who have suffered from the negligence of others.
GLK has won more than $800 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. Their lawyers focus on significant personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
GLK handles cases throughout New York and New Jersey.

Gersowitz and Korek are Past Presidents of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. The firm has received many professional accolades including being ranked by Best Lawyers® as one of the best law firms in the United States.

GLK is located at 111 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 and in New Jersey at 157 Engle Street Englewood, NJ 07631.

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Aimee Wagstaff Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition

LAKEWOOD, CO, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — Aimee Wagstaff, Founding Partner of Andrus Wagstaff, PC, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition.

“I am honored to be included in such a prestigious group of attorneys,” said Wagstaff.

Wagstaff is a Partner of Andrus Wagstaff PC, where her practice is focused on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices and exposure to dangerous chemicals. Outside of her practice, Wagstaff founded Women En Mass (WEM)- which is a collective of the best, most feisty, women trial lawyers in America. WEM holds events throughout the year and hosts an annual retreat in Aspen, Colorado each September for its WEMbers to relax and unwind while enjoying Colorado’s cool Fall evenings. For more information, check out

In 2017, Wagstaff was selected by Mass Torts Made Perfect as the recipient of the “2017 Young Innovator Award.” She also received the Joe Tonahill Award in 2017, from the American Association for Justice for her outstanding and dedicated legal service to consumers and the trial bar.

In 2016, the Honorable Vince Chhabria appointed Aimee to serve as national Co-Lead counsel of multidistrict litigation (MDL) 2741- In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation. The first Roundup trial just concluded, with the jury awarding $289,000,000.00 to a single Plaintiff after finding his cancer was caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup chemical. Not too long ago (2015), Aimee made MDL history in when the Honorable Judge Kathryn H. Vratil appointed her to serve as Co-Lead counsel of the first ever majority women MDL plaintiff’s steering committee (PSC) – MDL 2652: In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation. That MDL concluded within one year.

The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983. Since then, the same tried and tested peer review process has been used consistently for more than thirty years. While the scope and scale of this publication has dramatically grown over the past three decades, the core mission of Best Lawyers to highlight the top legal talent in America has remained the unchanged.

About Andrus Wagstaff

A national mass torts law firm, Andrus Wagstaff, PC, has more than valuable experience helping clients with personal injury lawsuits stemming from dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. In addition to pursuing legal excellence through top verdicts and settlements, the firm prides itself on providing compassionate, personalized representation. If you’ve been injured by a medical product, contact Andrus Wagstaff, PC, for a free case evaluation.
For more information about the firm, please contact Lindsey Plant at 720.208.9426 or visit the Andrus Wagstaff website at

Lindsey Plant
Andrus Wagstaff
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Judge Robert R. Hofmann Elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors

The NCJFCJ is the Nation’s Oldest Judicial Membership Organization

The NCJFCJ has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann.”

— Nathan L. Hecht

MASON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — (Mason, Texas) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

“Judge Hofmann’s lifelong dedication and passion to child welfare goes beyond his multi-county judicial district,” said Judge John J. Romero, Jr., NCJFCJ president. “We look forward to leveraging his judicial leadership to impact children and families who seek justice at the national level.”

A native of Mason County, Texas, Judge Hofmann brings more than 20 years of public service to the State of Texas, having served as Mason County Attorney, as judge for the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, and now as the district judge of the 452nd Judicial District of Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard Counties. He presides over felony criminal, general civil, family law and dependency/delinquency hearings in his five-county, 7,000-square-mile district, which includes federally recognized border and Interstate 10 corridor counties.

In 2011, he was named Texas CASA Judge of the Year, and appears as the judge in its statewide training video. He has served on several committees and boards of state and national organizations, and worked with the National Center for State Courts to create the first national ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act) Well-Being Outcomes.

“Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann,” said Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice. “His leadership as vice-chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Permanent Commission on Children, Youth and Families and his tireless work to assure children in foster care succeed even beyond secondary education demonstrates a holistic approach to child-welfare issues. I am pleased this work now extends to an organization as vital as the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.”

In 2016, Education Reach for Texans formally recognized his work as chair of the Children’s Commission Foster Care and Education Committee to improve educational outcomes for children. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He recently served as the Texas judicial representative to the U.S. Children's Bureau State Team planning meeting, and was a community leader in the creation and organization of Bluebonnet CASA.

“Beginning with the creation of Bluebonnet CASA and continuing today with his work in improving the educational outcomes for all foster youth throughout the state, Judge Hofmann has consistently been a staunch champion for CASA and, more importantly, for Texas children and families,” said Lisa Goehmann, executive director, Bluebonnet CASA.

Hofmann received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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Cuomo Fails to Protect Women & Girls with Disabilities from being Sexually Assaulted

Gov. Andrew Cuomo must be stopped, he is directly involved in ensuring the covering-ups of thousands of sexual assaults, rapes and deaths of people with disabilities

Almost all sexual assaults and rapes in Cuomo’s mental health agencies are being covered-up

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups.”

— Michael Carey – Civil Rights & Disability Rights Advocate

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — The Jonathan Carey Foundation has done extensive research and all State and County documents obtained through Freedom of Information Law point to wide-scale criminal cover-ups by Cuomo’s fraudulent Justice Center. Almost every sex crime against disabled women and girls disappears as Gov. Cuomo continues to protect and shield countless sexual predators and pedophiles within his very own agencies from prosecution.

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups. These are his agencies reporting to his cover-up whitewash agency and almost all sex crimes are never reported to local police. Almost all of these thousands of reported sex crimes annually are purposefully kept from criminal investigations and from county elected prosecutors. Governor Cuomo set this agency up to cover-up. Governor Cuomo has taken no significant actions to reduce the rampant sexual assaults and rapes against our most vulnerable, this is the simple fact. Governor Cuomo has ignored the New York Times “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series and the New York Times Editorial Boards call for cameras and proper police involvement.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing exactly what the Catholic Church has done, but he is protecting sexual predator and pedophile caregivers, instead of sexual predator priests. The numbers of sexual assaults and rapes of the disabled are astronomical in scope and according to a well recognized study called Prevalence of Violence only 3% of sexual assaults against the developmentally disabled will be reported.

Statistically, in New York State, upwards of one third of the disabled in only one of six of Cuomo’s agencies are sexually assaulted on average once every year. Gov. Cuomo is failing to protect women and girls with disabilities from being sexually assaulted or raped, he is ignoring their equal rights and he is protecting countless sexual predators.

Michael Carey
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The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers

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Mental Health Watchdog Warns Officials on Baker Act Rights Abuses

Florida's Children at Risk

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

CCHR Florida

With reports stating that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is rising, CCHR is cautioning lawmakers to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse.

The number of Baker Acts where a person, especially a child, never met the criteria for an involuntary psychiatric examination is disturbingly high and we are demanding that something be done.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — With reports surfacing that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is on the rise following the school shooting in Parkland, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is cautioning those charged with executing an involuntary psychiatric examination to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse. [1]

During fiscal year 2015/2016 there were 194,354 involuntary Baker Act examinations in Florida. This figure is more than double the number of men, women and children who were Baker Acted during fiscal year 2001/2002 and is significantly more than the 21.80 percent change in Florida’s population over the same time period.

This alarming increase prompted CCHR, a mental health watchdog organization that investigates and exposes human rights violations in the mental health industry, to issue a warning to state officials on the abusive use of the Baker Act law as illustrated by hundreds of complaints received by CCHR from Floridians across the state.

“Prior to the tragedy in Parkland the number of Baker Acts was already skyrocketing and based on the complaints we receive on our hotline about 60% of the people being taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination never met the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place,” reported Diane Stein, President of the CCHR Florida chapter.

The Baker Act law lays out three criteria for the involuntary examination of a person and all three criteria must but met, yet CCHR has found that the majority of citizens and even those authorized to initiate a Baker Act don’t know or understand these criteria.

In response, CCHR Florida regularly hosts a seminar on Baker Act Rights delivered by attorney at law Carmen Miller who as a former assistant public defender has personal experience in representing Baker Act clients in civil and criminal hearings. During the seminar, Ms. Miller provides those in attendance with information on the Baker Act and on their rights under this law while answering questions on how a person can protect themselves from the abusive use of the mental health law. [2]

“Over the past few years we have participated in or hosted hundreds of events for the sole purpose of educating people on their rights and exposing abusive psychiatric practices such as the prescribing of dangerous drugs that have known side effects such as suicide, aggression and homicidal ideation,” said Stein. “Thomas Jefferson said that ‘an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people’ and I believe it is CCHR’s duty to help make sure every Floridian understands their rights.” [3]

For more information on the next Baker Act Rights seminar please call 727-442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit,


[1] Local Officials, Organizations are Seeing an Increase in Baker Act use in SWFL
[2] Voices for Humanity: A Stand for Rights in the Sunshine State
[3] Psychiatric Drugs: Create Violence and Suicide

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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CCHR: What We Believe

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Antidepressant Addiction Called a Huge Uncontrolled Experiment

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

Antidepressants Kill

Antidepressants Kill

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Hundreds of people reported wishing to stop antidepressants as they had been prescribed as a short-term solution. Long-term addiction was not part of the plan.

People need to know the truth about these dangerous drugs and demand true express and informed consent in which all potential side effects are disclosed and alternative solutions offered.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / — Over 8,800 people responded to the New York Times in a follow-up to its April 8th article on antidepressant addiction. The article exposed the severe difficulties people have had in coming off anti-depressants, since the widespread introduction of these drugs in America. [1]

The original article, “Most People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit”, pointed out that while these drugs were originally researched and marketed for short-term periodic use, today 15.5 million Americans have been taking them for 5 years or more.

By the mid-1990’s, however, pharmaceutical companies convinced the government of the desirability of open-ended continuation of these drugs. “Marketers and some researchers implied that antidepressants corrected deficits in brain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. In truth six decades of research into the chemical imbalance theory of depression and anxiety has not achieved scientific credibility. [2]

A further boost to the proliferation of psychiatric medications, noted in the Times article, was the government’s 1997 decision to allow drug makers to advertise directly to consumers. By promoting a rosy picture of medicated states to the general public on a daily basis, manufacturers were able to greatly expand the market for mind-altering prescription drugs. “Everyone knew someone taking them. Long-term prescription rates surged,” the article, states.

Those wishing to withdraw from such medications usually cite to unwanted side effects as the reason they want to stop, such as sexual dysfunction and weight gain. Kate Slattery of Orlando, Florida wanted to stop Efflexor due to pregnancy. “When I stopped cold turkey, I felt extremely unwell and had to go back on and wean off slowly…prevented the dizziness, headache and fogginess I felt when I originally stopped the medication.”

As a further extension of the problem, in 2000 doctors started prescribing antidepressants to children. Today, recent estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics estimate that 7.5 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 are on psychiatric medications. [3]

These developments have prompted new concerns. The Mayo Clinic now publishes a guidebook helping parents “learn why antidepressants have warnings about suicidal thinking in children and teens, what to do before your child starts taking an antidepressant, and the warning signs of a potential problem.” [4]

The Times article also quotes Emma Dreyfus of Boston, saying that being put on Paxil at age 10 for anxiety was the “one mistake her parents had made”. Only at 23 was she able to slowly get off the drug. “I don’t blame them, but I wish we’d all understood the long-term effects.”

Even more disturbing is the report from a study released in 2016. This study reviewed and analyzed 70 antidepressant clinical trials with patient narratives for more than 18,000 participants, concluded that antidepressants doubled the risk of aggression and suicide in children and teens. [5]

“People need to know the truth about these dangerous drugs and demand true express and informed consent in which all potential side effects are disclosed and alternative solutions offered when a psychiatric drug is recommended as treatment for any condition,” said Diane Stein, President of the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

For more information on antidepressants and other psychotropic medication please call 727-442-8820 or visit
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’”

[1] New York Times – Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories By BENEDICT CAREY APRIL 17, 2018
[2] Why Depression Isn’t Caused By Low Serotonin
[3] NIH Posts – Post by Former NIMH Director Thomas Insel: Are Children Overmedicated? June 6, 2014
[4] Mayo Clinic Staff, May 27, 2016
[5] Antidepressants Double the Risk of Aggression and Suicide in Children, Study Confirms
CCHR Bulletin.
CCHR Violence Report.

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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CCHR: Drugging Children—Did You Know?

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Automatic Crash Detection App by Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers Allows Parents to Have Some Peace of Mind with Teen Drivers

Parents and teens get peace of mind when they use the Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers app with automatic crash detection and emergency contact notification

Having kids of my own that drive is nerve racking,” says, Rocky Haire – “technology today allows some assurance you know what’s happening when your teens are driving. It’s really is a great tool.”

— Rocky Haire

DENTON, TEXAS, USA, August 15, 2018 / — Parents and teens get extra peace of mind when they use the Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers Denton and Dallas app with automatic crash detection and emergency contact notification. Available for free download on Google Play and the App Store, parents and their teen drivers can list three emergency contacts’ names, email and phone numbers where they can receive a text message in the event of an accident. The app can sense when the user’s phone experiences an abrupt change in travel, when the phone is in the car and it goes from driving speed to zero in an instant because of a wreck.

“Having kids of my own that drive is nerve racking enough, says, injury lawyer Rocky Haire, technology today allows some assurance you know what’s happening when your teens are driving. It’s really is a great tool for parents.”

You can also manually set off the crash detection alert in the event of another emergency in which you need immediate first responders but cannot make an emergency phone call. For example, if you are injured, if you fear an intruder, or in any other situation where you cannot make a phone call, you can still summon help.

A parent’s worst fear is their teenager being in danger and not being able to spring into action to help. With automatic car crash detection, if your son or daughter is in a wreck, the Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers app will instantly notify all three emergency contacts by email and text.

Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers in Denton and Dallas, Texas provides skilled representation to individuals and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the fault of another. We have fluent Spanish-speaking staff, highly knowledgeable personal injury paralegals, and a 24-hour answering service. Our personal injury law firm focuses on helping people who have been injured as a result of another person’s carelessness or negligence. For more than twenty years, our Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth personal injury lawyers have helped people and their family members obtain many millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries or wrongful death.

For more information, please visit:

1003 Dallas Drive
Denton, Tx 76205

Richard Harmer
Harmer Wunstel, LLC.
Office – 972-638-7311
email us here

Haire Law – Personal Injury Lawyers in Denton & Dallas, TX

Source: EIN Presswire