Monthly Archives: May 2013

Can A Person Be Arrested For Riding A Horse While Intoxicated?

Just horsing around

Although we’ve previously blogged about a previous case involving a DWI on a horse out of Kentucky, a more recent article discussed the case of a Montana woman who set out one night drunk, on horseback and also ended up behind bars facing DWI charges. The article says the Billings woman’s rough night began late one the evening when she decided to ride through the middle of town on her horse, obviously intoxicated. The police were called in to deal with the situation and asked her to return to her house several blocks away.

When she arrived back at home the woman, Dawnalee Ellis-Peterson, was apparently riled up and decided to call the police department to give them a piece of her mind. She yelled at the operator about how she ought to be allowed to ride around on her horse without getting pulled over. Not long after the call, an officer was sent to the house to check on Peterson. When the officer arrived, Peterson refused to come to the door, instead yelling that she was drunk and needed to be left in peace. The officer did as she asked and left.

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Bieber Fever: Star Named in Copyright Lawsuit

You said you would always be mine

Just like the common cold, pretty much everyone has had Bieber fever, but apparently people are immune to the epidemic. Two songwriters, Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Virginia against the pop star. Justin Beiber and Usher are facing a $10 million lawsuit for supposedly stealing song “Somebody to Love.” Back in 2009, Copeland and Overton claim that “Somebody To Love” was presented to Usher and Jonetta Patton, Usher’s mother, who also plays the role of his manager from time to time, by music scouts. They state that copy was never returned and that they never heard back from Jonetta or anyone associated with the company. Read more

Man Sues Company Over “Kick Me” Sign

Can I Kick It?

A man in New Mexico is suing his company after some co-workers placed a “Kick Me” sign on his back. Harvey Palacio of Albuquerque, NM has filed a lawsuit against Intel Corp. seeking damages related to harassment in the workplace. According to the suit, Palacio had the prank pulled on him and was subject to repeated kicking in the backside during a day of work. Palacio, a Filipino man, believes that this was racially motivated and put forth in an attempt to get him to quit the company. Two of the employees involved have already been fired by Intel and also charged with petty misdemeanor battery. Read more

Achtung Spidey! Broadway Lawsuit Set for Court

“I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls…”

Spider-Man has always been much more familiar with spandex suits than lawsuits.  The Broadway play ‘Turn Off the Dark’ is slinging across headlines after the old co-writer and musical director Julie Taymor is suing over copyright infringement.  She is seeking compensation up to $1 million after being terminated after the show suffered from freak injuries and other mishaps.  It was believed that a decision could be reached, however sources claim the final stumbling block was creative control over Marvel’s web-head himself.  U2’s Bono and The Edge, who are the show’s composers, are also set to appear for the court date in New York, officially set for May 28. Read more

Minnesota Police Wise To Danger Of Day Drunk Driving

Day drunk driving

A recent investigation by the local Minneapolis CBS affiliate discussed the dangerous trend of morning drunk driving arrests. While everyone knows about the thousands of people pulled over by police officers each year for impaired driving, many people who understandably assume these arrests take place on the weekend and late at night.

While it is true that the majority of arrests take place overnight, a surprisingly large number happen during daylight hours, when many people least expect to encounter a drunk driver. However, just because the public may not expect to meet a drunk driver does not mean police are not aware of the trend, in fact, some interviewed in the article begin their shifts specifically by looking for day drunk drivers.

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