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Officer Edward Nero Acquitted on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case

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Officer Edward M. Nero
Officer Edward M. Nero

Koria Stanton is a Maryland criminal defense attorney with Price Benowitz LLP. Ms. Stanton is a former judicial clerk, and now helps clients facing traffic-related charges, drug allegations, DUI/DWI, and other criminal charges.

In a highly-anticipated conclusion to the bench trial of Edward Nero, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitted the 30-year-old police officer of all charges in connection to the 2015 arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray on Monday.

States Urged to Lower Blood Alcohol Limit to .05

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The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states drop the drunken-driving threshold from a .08 blood-alcohol content to a .05 in an effort to reduce the number of deaths caused by drunken driving by 10 percent. For some perspective, if the recommendation were adopted, a 100-pound adult would risk exceeding the limit after a single drink and 200-pound adult after two (drunk in quick succession).

Office Party Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts for the Holiday Work Soiree

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Attention employees: It’s that magical time of year when you and your colleagues get forced together to perform a different kind of labor: making merry. Whether it’s your workplace or your spouses’ setup, same advice applies: Don’t over do it! Here, 10 golden ground rules to help you navigate the party scene unscathed.

Don’t skip out.

Make sure you go, or you’ll get talked about behind your back as the girl or guy who doesn’t give a tinsel, and make a genuine effort to be friendly. Stay long enough to speak to those co-workers with whom you interact daily or weekly.

Don’t slow dance.

Even with your spouse. Sorry: No one wants to see that sultry side of you! And if you slow dance with a co-worker, it will be weird on Monday morning when you remember his clammy palms or the way he smelled like Kentucky Fried Chicken up close.  

Don’t freestyle dance either.

If you’re secretly super smooth, you might see this as an opportunity to show off. Resist. What office in America is not a breeding ground for jealousy? If you’re a bad dancer, you probably already know not to dance. Everyone remembers Elaine from that “Seinfeld” episode. 

Don’t wear an overtly sexy dress, etc.

Do you really need this explained? No cleavage, no short dresses, no tight white holiday slacks. We wouldn’t even recommend open-toe shoes if you don’t wear them on the job. 

Don’t overeat.

If you’re prone to eat too much when you’re nervous or uncomfortable, remember: No one wants to see you sidled up to the PuPu Platter stuffing the egg rolls. It’s majorly uncouth.

Don’t gossip. Until after the party.

Few can resist the temptation to talk about Dawn and Rob talking too close in the corner, but most people can tell when they’re being talked about. It reflects poorly on you! And hurts co-workers’ feelings. Plus, they’ll turn around and talk about your almost excessive egg-roll consumption asap — you’ll look over at them and know it, too.

Don’t get talked into doing something you will regret on Monday, like making out with another secretary to entertain the guys (this one really happened).

Why not? Duh.

Don’t get drunk unless you can hide it extremely well.

No, you know what? Don’t get drunk period. Sober, you’re highly unlikely to accept your cubicle partner’s creepy dare.

Don’t ask for a raise.

Tonight is not the time to talk upcoming business strategy or anything too serious or personal. It’s certainly not the evening to corner your boss and explain how much you love your job, how it’s the only thing you’ve got going for you, since the divorce, and therefore, basically you deserve more income. “Please?!”

Don’t stay too late.

You’ll appear desperate. And while you may well be, let’s face it: At the office party, appearances are everything. 

Drunk Driving Arrests for Women on the Rise

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A new study conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation found that drunk driving arrests for women have increased thirty-six percent in the last ten years. But what’s really interesting is the demographic: compared with males, female drunk drivers are older, better educated, lower paid, and likely to be primary caregivers to children.

What’s to be made of the data? Has mothering gotten more stressful as women who work outside the home are still expected to take on the lion’s share of housekeeping and child-raising responsibilities? Has the taboo on drinking during the day lifted somewhat? Are these women unfulfilled by occupations they are overqualified for? Or is i that police officers are less likely than they were ten years ago to let an impaired driver off on a warning, and women are bearing the statistical brunt of that shift?

But even if the increase in arrests has more to do with the officers than the drivers, the demographic differences between men and women who drive drunk imply that they do so for different reasons. But moving beyond mere speculation as to exactly what those reasons are requires further research.

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