Those of us who follow a lot of trials here and else immediately recognized the name Baden when the family attorney announce he would be doing an independent investigation. I won’t go into the reasons why we place no credibility into his work, you can either take word for it or google his name. You will find plenty to read. I was not familiar with the name Shawn Parcells and with three autopsies I really didn’t care much about that one. If you recall, the I said from the beginning that the only one I care about is the first one. It would have the intact body, unwashed, include toxicology and be the most relevant to the case, in my opinion. It was conducted by Mary Case, the Chief Medical Examiner of Saint Louis County.
I had a decent following during the Jodi Arias trial and as always people began contacting me by email to tell me inside scoop and rumors. One of those people, who still comments here but shall remain nameless, is close to a pathologist who is in the loop on some high-profile cases. The commenter emailed me in textspeak the other night and I didn’t have time to interpret but finally asked the commenter to break it down in plain English for me and the gist of the email is that allegedly Baden did not conduct the actual autopsy, he just gave an opinion. The actual autopsy was done by Shawn Parcells who is not licensed to conduct autopsies. Continue reading
The other Ferguson thread is about to hit 200 posts and with all of the nesting problems we are having lately, I thought it was a good time to start a new one. There is also some new information that has come out. First, I posted a story in comments that you may have missed. Fox News claims a source who has the specific details of the officer stop that resulted in the shooting of Michael Brown. Also, ABC news has information on Dorian Johnson who has previously had charges filed against him in a neighboring city for theft and filing a false police report. Finally, I include a rumor that I cannot substantiate about Johnson admitting to his attorney he lied in his TV interviews about the details of what happened. While it is an unsubstantiated rumor, it is coming from several sources and makes sense considering the details of the autopsy prove he was lying about Brown being shot in the back.
Enjoy the new comments section. A few people have asked me if they are commenting too much. You are not. This is a major news event that changes frequently throughout the day. I know many of us need a safe outlet to express our frustrations. This will inevitably get heated and I’m fine with that. As with any group discussing political situations there will be rabble-rousers in the mix long with the peaceful. It’s just our little microcosm of the greater debate. Continue reading
The reason for the quiet listing of Villa Blanca for sale is becoming even more obvious with the filing of another hostile work environment lawsuit. The listing of the restaurant appeared after a former employee received a letter of right two sue, and just days before the actual suit was filed on July 31st. I became aware of the suit through a TMZ article that was very light on the details of the suit. At that time Lisa Vanderpump tweeted that there was no new suit at all and this was old news. Once again, Vanderpump’s tweets about these suits are unreliable.
In this latest suit, Martha Diaz, a pastry chef who worked at Villa Blanca alleges that yet another manager has created a hostile workplace and sexual harassment by her immediate supervisor Gustovo Molina. The suit alleges that beginning in March of 2014 Molina began to harass her by inappropriately touching her in a sexual manner including touching of her vaginal area. Molina and another kitchen worker would make sexually inappropriate comments toward Diaz in the course of her workday. The two would also pull up pornographic images on their cell phones and expose them to her. The two kitchen works would refer to Diaz as fat, ugly and call her a whore. They also places pornographic drawings in her work space and on her locker. Continue reading
CNN is reporting that a 23 year old black male was shot and killed by St. Louis County police today. The male entered a convenience store and took two drinks and left without paying. He later came back for some muffins. Again left without paying. The police arrived at the scene and found the guy who pulled a knife out of their pants. The man was told to drop the knife and began behaving “erratically” he started yelling for the cops to shoot him and they did. It is possible the person was mentally ill. Protests and riots have both already started. Continue reading
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According to the autopsy, Mike Brown was not shot in the back but from the front. The curfew is an hour away but multiple reports of gunshots from the protesters toward the police officers resulting in tear gas and smoke bombs being thrown toward all protesters. A witness on CNN is saying that there were not gunshots fired. Media says that shots were most definitely fired and they had to “hit the deck.” Continue reading
Brooks Ayers is gracing the ATL with his presence this weekend! He is in town to visit his oldest son. Brooks was spotted by TamaraTattles.com spies last night at Johnny’s Hideaway! Those of you in the Atlanta area know that is the perfect place for Brooks. It’s sort of a meat market for the, uh, older set.
Our spy approached Brooks and struck up a bit of conversation. She pointed out that Brooks obviously gets a bad rap on the show. Brooks replied, “It gets better next season.” Now how would he know that? I can see assuming that Vicki will return next season if indeed there is one. But it seems an interesting response to me. Does he mean to imply that their relationship may move to another level? You know Vicki does tend to need a man living with her at the very least to fill her love tank. And they have talked about it. Or is Brooks just blowing hot air. We all know he says all kinds of things after a few drinks. Continue reading
I am REALLY getting tired of Phaedra stories and you probably are too, but people keep sending me information and I might as well get it all out there. Phaedra Parks, Smyrna home was put on the marked in the last day or so and listed by Keller Williams. The home is priced to sell at $349, 900. Phaedra paid $322,000 in 2001 according to Zillow. A quick look at the tax records show that the home has always been listed solely in Phaedra’s name and Apollo was not added to the deed when the couple married in 2009.
From the Keller Williams listing, “This charming Smyrna beauty offers 3 finished levels that your most discriminate buyer will adore! Completely renovated, this spacious home features 5 bedrooms, 5 full bath, 1 half bath, gleaming hardwood floors w/an open floor plan and large kitchen that overlooks the great room. Grand 2 story foyer, separate dining room, and a large master suite w/walk-in California closets. The finished basement has an in-law/guest suite, full kitchen and bathroom with a private entrance, it’s the perfect space to entertain! This is a must see! “
It is a lovely home; however, it’s a McMansion neighborhood. I am not sure everyone really gets what that term means in the south. Essentially, it is a development where large homes are built on small lots and they are all pretty much the same floor plan. Here in the south you can get a large, 4,000 square foot five bedroom, five bath house in the high $200 thousands. Continue reading
Amber’s RHONJ blog is up and she has shifted her attitude from anger to victim. She’s turning into the RHONJ version of Tamra Barney. That’s quite the feat this early in her first (and probably last) season. Her blog was super long and repetitive. She and Jim both attempt to use words they really don’t understand in ways that are almost but just not quite correct. Anyway, here is some much needed laughs given the depressing nature of all the news I have been reporting on…
Amber still blames Nicole for the chain of events and implies that she really is a homewrecker:
Nicole says she wanted an apology. Hmm, well, I would have loved a chance to apologize, however she acted like a lunatic right off the bat. Nicole wanted a scene, not an apology. She made sure everyone was there, which kind of makes you think she planned it all along. We are all human, we all make mistakes, but we cannot go around attacking every person that speaks about our mistakes. I could have told her who was telling me the rumor and we could have dealt with it together. The fact that Nicole escalated the situation like that is just disgusting to me. She could have talked to me. I would have heard her side of it, and she would have gotten an apology out of me for not coming to her first. Maybe she reacted that way because she had no intention of just dispelling a rumor. Maybe there is more to it, and the reaction was a distraction from the truth…apparently, it is working. Continue reading
It seems like this blog has gotten very heavy on Phaedra Parks lately. Yesterday, Phaedra took to her Instagram to share pictures of herself with the family and her thoughts on the tragedy in St. Louis.
During my St. Louis visit, I had the pleasure of meeting #MichaelBrown’s mother Lesley McSpadden. Although, we come from different places & backgrounds, we are very much alike-We are both black women & mothers who deeply love our sons. Unfortunately, she is planning her son’s funeral while I struggle to make sure my sons never know her son’s fate. #fixitjesus #JusticeforMikeBrown #Ferguson #prayforpeace #prayforstlouis #StopPoliceBrutality
I thought I would share that with you as well as some updates on what is going on in St. Louis today as more facts come out on this case. Today, the name of the officer was released as well as some police report details. MSNBC is playing a loop of some security video from the nearby QT that appears to show Mike Brown shoplifting a large box of swisher sweets (cigarellos) valued at $48.99. The person believed to be Mike is shown, with his friend Dorian Johnson who is all over TV giving interviews, leaving the convenience store as the employee, or possibly the owner, attempts to stop him. That video shows Mike turning around and shoving the older man into some shelving and the man cowering. That same QT store was looted and burned to the ground in the resulting riots. Continue reading
Jodi in Court today in prison stripes. Photo Credit: Twitter
Jodi Arias asked Judged Sherry Stephens for a continuance today in a Maricopa County courtroom. It is her first motion since Judge Stevens granted her petition to act as her own attorney last Monday. The following Wednesday, Jodi’s former lead counsel Kirk Nurmi asked the court for an order allowing him to be removed from his advisory role because he and Arias do not agree on the defense strategy and “a completely fractured relationship between counsel and defendant now exists.”
Today Jodi expressed frustration over not being able to interview her expert witnesses while in jail.She claims the jail will not allow her expert witness in to evaluate her. Nurmi also reiterated his desire to be released from his advisory role and Jodi said if the judge granted the request she would no longer appear pro se and would relinquish the role to Jennifer Willmott. Wait, whut? She has been trying to fire Nurmi for years. I say let him go and let Willmott handle it. However, I am not sure if Willmott is death case certified and I believe she is required to have two attorneys in a death penalty case in Arizona.
So YAY it’s already a clusterfuck! Continue reading
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“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
After spending an incredible amount of time getting Phaedra to admit she has a husband who she can’t remember meeting and knows essentially nothing about, Phaedra finally remembered when presented with documentation by Radford that she did indeed have a business with Apollo called Nida Fitness. After rambling responses about the daily operations of Nida Fitness a much-needed break was taken.
After the break, Radford questions Parks about National Recovery Group Inc. If you recall on RHOA Phaedra would tell people who Apollo’s job was “asset recovery.” National Recovery Group is one of the shell companies used in Apollo’s fraud scheme.
Q. Ms. Parks, What is National Recovery Group Inc?
A. I don’t know.
Q. Okay. Are you aware of being listed as an incorporator on something called National Recovery Group, Inc.?
A. No, sir.
Q. Do you know what is at 239 Harriett St, Atlanta Georgia 30315?
A. No, sir. Continue reading
Phaedra Parks, left, comforts Desuirea Harris, the grandmother of Michael Brown, during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. JEFF ROBERSON — AP Photo
For the past four days, Phaedra Parks has been in St. Louis on a book tour for her ridiculous etiquette book on how to be a southern belle. While that is a ridiculous enough venture for Ms. Parks. It seems her stay in St. Louis has been extended to include a few extra appearances. During her first signing on Saturday night at 5 p.m. there was officer involved shooting of a teenager in St. Louis. The teen who was black was said to be approached by police officers around 5:30 p.m. and according to police the teens were uncooperative. However, many eye witnesses said the unarmed teens were compliant and follow all of the officers commands. An unnamed white police officer shot and killed on of the teens on the scene.
Since Saturday, there have been large protests and riots in St. Louis as everyone attempts to come to terms with the tragic death. There is no word on whether Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton have arrived in St. Louis yet. However, St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said in a statement “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting.” Continue reading