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Coachella Weekend – Big Business for Bail Bond Companies

The Indio Valley branch of Aladdin Bail Bonds is busy this month. Why the uptick in business? The Coachella Music Festival. The festival’s two three-day weekend events often lead to a number of people in need of bail bonds to get them out of jail, according to manager Alma Santana.

Coachella Weekend Boon for Bail Bond Companies

Because of the increased need for bail bonds, Aladdin has rented a local woman’s lawn right across from the festival to advertise and show festival-goers that there’s a way out of jail should they get in trouble with the law.

Siri Now Knows How To Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Siri, Apple’s iOs aid, has now been updated to be able to respond to sexual assault and domestic violence questions that are asked of her.

Siri and Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Earlier in March, researchers at Stanford published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine that showed that Siri, in addition to other smartphone assistants, did not understand confessions of rape or sexual abuse. As a result, Apple decided to update its service to now include resources for sexual assault survivors. Siri will now, through a partnership between Apple and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), provide a link to the National Sexual Assault Hotline when users relay any information regarding rape or abuse.

The Latest in Kesha’s On-going Sexual Assault Battle

In the latest news from Kesha’s on-going sexual assault legal battle with producer Dr. Luke over allegations of sexual abuse, it appears that the singer was offered her “freedom” if she were to lie.

Kesha Takes to Instagram in Sexual Assault Battle

As Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, revealed on an Instagram post: “So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie.” She went on to write, “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.” It appears that Kesha, 29, was offered an opportunity (though she didn’t say from whom) to be released from her contact with Dr. Luke and Sony if she was to lie and deny the allegations of her 2014 lawsuit, in which she claims that Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, sexually, emotionally, and verbally assaulted her during their time working together. Dr. Luke in turn filed a counter suit against not only Kesha, but also her mother and manager. Her mother and manager have since been dropped from the counter suit.

Katherman’s Accused of Aiding Embezzlement Plan

A Los Angeles jury has acquitted a longtime lobbyist and former L.A. City Council aide that was accused of misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement.

Robert Katherman’s Embezzlement Plan

The jury rejected charges that Robert Katherman Jr., 69, and his wife, Marilyn, 67, had participated in an embezzlement scheme set to allow elected water board member Ronald Craig Smith, to siphon public money for his own personal use.

Human Trafficking: The New Slave Trade

In the United States, the slave trade was officially ended in 1807 when the congress enacted legislation that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported. With the passing of The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, the practice of bringing slaves into this country should have long ago become a relic of the past. Most modern Americans think that this slavery is long gone, so it’s shocking to learn that the business of trafficking in humans, a present day version of slavery, is alive and even thriving in our state. California is ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking with Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego being among the top 10 areas in the United States for the activity. There are subtle signs if we pay close attention. Sometimes a police raid of a human stash house or the story of a young woman sold into prostitution gets reported by local TV, but these stories are the exceptional few that have managed to emerge from what is a growing industry of trafficking in human beings.

Human trafficking as a modern form of slavery has evolved profoundly over the last five years. The reasons for this evolution are rooted in long established drug smuggling methods and the widening use of social media. Now a prime player in the human trafficking trade, the drug trafficking trade spawned transnational and domestic gangs, which then added the lucrative trafficking of human beings to their accustomed businesses of moving guns and drugs. By providing an easy method of victim recruitment, social media has become a key facilitator of human trafficking, particularly in the sex worker industry. All perpetrators of human trafficking have become more sophisticated and organized, in particular, technologically.

Woman Arrested for DUI with Tree Stuck in Grill of Car

Illinois police recently pulled over a suspected drunk driver (DUI). Why did they suspect her? She had a 15-foot tree stuck in the grill of her car.

According to police, the front airbags of the car had been deployed, presumably when the car hit the tree. Additionally, the driver smelled of alcohol and failed the field sobriety test. She was then booked with a DUI offense.

Erin Andrews Lawsuit Jury Award $55 Million Dollars

This week Erin Andrews had a jury award of $55 million to settle her peepshow lawsuit against stalker Michael David Barrett.

While it was clear that Andrews was subject to humiliation as a result of being secretly filmed by Barrett while she undressed in a Nashville Marriott, the amount awarded to her as compensation has left many people wondering if the punishment fits the crime.

Court Injunction – Kesha Fights Back Against Alleged Abuser

This past month, a New York judge denied Kesha a court injunction that would have allowed the ‘TikTok’ singer to record music outside of her record label Sony Music, thus allowing her to avoid working with producer Dr. Luke. The singer alleges that Dr. Luke sexually drugged her, raped her, and verbally abused her for years.

A court injunction is an order issued by the court that forces a defendant–a person, corporation or government entity (in this case, Sony Music and Dr. Luke) — to do something or stop doing something, depending on what the plaintiff (in this case Kesha) is requesting.

Vanessa Hudgens Facing Vandalism Charges

Actress Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend, actor Austin Butler, are being investigated for a social media post that might point to an act of vandalism.

Actress Vanessa Hudgens Faces Vandalism Charges

Hudgens, 27, and Butler visited Coconino National Forest in Sedona in celebration of Valentine’s day. While they were there, it seems they couldn’t help carving”Austin + Vanessa” into a rock. The High School Musical star posted the photo to her Instagram with the hashtag #sedonadreams. The problem? It seems that the rock they carved their names into is one of Arizona’s protected red rocks.

Protective Order for Johnny Manziel Accused of Attacking Girlfriend

It seems NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is in trouble again and has been issued a protective order. This time he is facing allegations that he hit his girlfriend so hard that she cannot hear in her left ear.

Johnny Manziel Issued Protective Order After Accused of Attacking Girlfriend

While he might have been the first college freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, it seems that Manziel’s golden streak has ended. Dallas police have recently re-opened a criminal case against the quarterback that alleges that he hit his girlfriend Colleen Crowley in January of this year.

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