Bodega Clerk’s Self-Defense Turned Fatal: NYC Lawyers Claim Overkill

Harlem bodega clerk Jose Alba, who made international headlines in July 2022 after fatally stabbing a violent customer in a dispute over chips, is facing contradicting opinions about his self-defense claim. City lawyers argue that Alba went overboard during the life-and-death struggle, while Mayor Adams maintains that he was simply defending himself. The clash between these perspectives came to light in Manhattan federal court papers filed by the city’s lawyers seeking to have Alba’s wrongful arrest suit dismissed. According to the city’s lawyers, Alba’s arrest was reasonable because he allegedly acted as the aggressor in … Read more

Retrial Scheduled for Moorpark Resident Accused of Killing Brother-in-Law: The Dispute That Turned Fatal

MOORPARK, Calif. – Elsworth Cadle, a 71-year-old resident of Moorpark, California, is facing a retrial for the first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, Mark Milton, at a local storage facility four years ago. The decision for a retrial was made on February 14 after the jury informed the judge that they were unable to reach a verdict regarding Cadle’s culpability in the case. Despite the defense’s request for dismissal of the murder charge, the court rejected the motion, paving the way for a new trial. Cadle, who has been in jail … Read more

Former ESL Teacher Turned Lawyer Empowers Change in Mass Tort and Product Liability Cases

Los Angeles, California – Rachel, an attorney at Husch Blackwell, specializes in mass tort and product liability cases. Their journey to the legal field took an unconventional path, driven by a desire to level the playing field for others. Initially aspiring to be an English as a Second Language teacher, Rachel’s experience teaching abroad made them realize they wanted to effect change on a systemic level, leading them to pursue a legal career. Drawing on their background as an ESL tutor and teacher, Rachel’s legal work is characterized by their ability to identify problems and … Read more

Emerald Garner: From Tragedy to Triumph, Activist Turned Author Finds Healing and Her Voice in New Book

GARY, Ind. – Emerald Garner, an activist and author, has faced tragedy throughout her life. The youngest daughter of the late Eric Garner, she witnessed her father’s murder at the hands of the police, a horrific event that was captured on video and broadcasted widely. Eric Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a powerful rallying cry for the social justice movement. The police officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo, was later fired for using an unauthorized chokehold to restrain Garner, a 43-year-old Black man who had been arrested for selling loose cigarettes. Pantaleo’s failed attempt to … Read more