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    [–] Family friend Murdered, 3 men charged Involuntary Manslaughter (1-5 yrs) cmhbob 19 points ago in legaladvice

    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Former Ohio cop.

    They were I assume charged under 2903.04 which states in part:

    2903.04 Involuntary manslaughter. (A) No person shall cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy as a proximate result of the offender's committing or attempting to commit a felony.

    I'd assume they might also have been charged with 2903.11 Felonious assault or 2903.12 Aggravated assault.

    "Involuntary" here basically means they didn't intend to kill your friend. If the prosecutor thought they meant to kill him, they'd have been charged with murder or aggravated murder. And it's possible that the prosecutor thinks they did mean to kill him, but can't prove intent. If they can't prove intent, there can be no murder charge in Ohio law.

    Ohio law classifies Involuntary Manslaughter as a 1st-degree felony, good for 3-11 years. The assault charges (if pursued) could each be good for 2-8 years or 9-36 months (for agg assault). Those sentences could run concurrently (at the same times as) or consecutive (following) to the manslaughter sentence.

    Really, the best thing you can do is to encourage the family in every way possible. Make sure they've talked to the victim's advocate at the county or the state level. Make sure they get a chance to make a victim impact statement. Help them write it. Sit and listen to them when they reminisce. Focus on the good memories of your friend. Don't spend a whole lot of mental energy on the suspects.

    I've had run-ins with one of the suspects

    In what way? Do you mean after your friend's death?

    [–] [CA] Parents going through divorce. Death threats now. cmhbob 5 points ago in legaladvice

    The next time they're fighting and you hear her make a threat you can call law enforcement and report her.

    [–] Potential Job doing background check cmhbob 3 points ago in legaladvice

    Background checks at the level you're at only pull up actual arrests and charges and such. Written warnings typically aren't entered into LE computers, nor are "field contacts" which is what the parking lot thing would be.

    [–] Landlord threatening to call lawyers cmhbob 3 points ago in legaladvice

    Understood. I'm just commenting on what I know.

    [–] Landlord threatening to call lawyers cmhbob 3 points ago in legaladvice

    He also brought in agents to sell the apartment while we were living there.

    This is almost certainly legal, assuming he gave you the proper notice of entry.

    [–] Neighbor cut down century old Oak tree on our property. [LA] cmhbob 194 points ago in legaladvice

    Remember that he can't just give you an oak sapling and call it good. You're entitled to be made whole, which is a tree as old as the one that was removed.

    Start locating pictures of the tree now.

    You also need to find out what tree service was involved, as they trespassed on your property. They may help you in the case to avoid as much liability as possible.

    [–] Should I give my aunt my dead grandfathers bank card? cmhbob 0 points ago in legaladvice

    Loop the funeral home in on this discussion. Most FH will allow you to assign the life insurance to them, so that the check goes directly to the FH. Then if anything is left, they'll cut you a check. (Was a service provider to Ohio FH for quite a while).

    This advice may be late here, but for general advice: don't go into debt for funerals. Make sure you get a copy of the General Price List from every FH you talk to. They're federally required to give you that document, no questions asked. many FH will invoice after the funeral, although I think that's a regional thing, and some will require final payment before the service if there's no insurance assignment.

    [–] Teacher threatens to give me 0 Points if I refuse to watch a movie where Animals brutally get slaughtered cmhbob 6 points ago in legaladvice

    It sounds like you're in the UK? If so, you might also visit /r/LegalAdviceUK. /r/LegalAdviceEU is also an option if I goofed and you're on The Continent.

    will let me fail my maths class (shes also my maths teacher)

    You definitely need to escalate this to the principal or whoever the senior school official is. There's no reason to punish you twice. (There's no reason to punish you in the first place, either.)

    [–] Worried about being fired for coming out as transgender at work cmhbob 6 points ago in legaladvice

    I think by being in Washington you're in better shape than many people.

    You could also check this list for support groups. I make no claims about the quality of that site, BTW. It was a top result for a DDG search.

    Best of luck to you.

    [–] Looking for a city intensive map - recommendations? cmhbob 2 points ago in openttd

    Yep, build a small map with like two cities.

    [–] Good Samaritan Law Missouri cmhbob 4 points ago in legaladvice

    The Good Sam law may say that they won't be criminally charged for that particular event but he's still bound by the terms of his probation, and his PO can put him in jail without actually charging him.

    [–] Help, my Heroes need to get a Blackhawk Helicopter through a 10 foot hole! cmhbob 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in Writeresearch

    just under 17 feet

    I'd assume that's flight configuration, not with the rotor mast lowered and the landing gear in kneeling position.

    Edit: Do a Google image search for something like "UH-60 carried by C-141"

    In a C-5

    Another C-5 shot

    [–] Transgender Girlfriend’s (19) Legal Name Change Blocked (MA) cmhbob 240 points ago in legaladvice

    He is allowed to object to the name change, and will have his chance to voice that objection in court.

    Your GF can refute his challenge with the documentation she has. If you can get to a family law (?) attorney before then, it might not hurt to get a consult. but I think this will be fairly straightforward. The main reason to block a name change is to prevent fraud or escaping some legal issue, and it's clear she's not doing that.

    [–] Wifes custody agreement says I must provide healthcare for stepson cmhbob 11 points ago in legaladvice

    their custody agreement says that I will continue

    I find it difficult to believe that a document that was created probably before you were in the picture names you or somehow requires future spouses to provide for a non-biological child.

    Can you share the section that you think requires this?

    [–] UT/Did apartment manager break the law by unlocking my door for strangers because I refused to answer it? cmhbob 45 points ago in legaladvice

    Don't damage the door and the frame; it'll come out of your deposit, and doors are expensive. Instead, go with something like this or this.

    [–] Question about police stop cmhbob 3 points ago in legaladvice

    The video is clear in that I did not break any traffic laws/swerve

    Typically, LE dashcam video records the 30 seconds before the emergency lights are turned on. Just because you didn't swerve in that portion of the video doesn't mean he didn't see you swerve.

    [–] My girlfriend seems to have become involved in an at-home employment scam cmhbob 39 points ago in legaladvice

    Yep, it was a scam. Lock down her credit as well. Go ahead and notify the cops. This is probably well beyond what local LE can handle, but they'll point you int he right direction.

    [–] Utah, Step-parent adoption cmhbob 2 points ago in legaladvice

    Don't do this yourself. There are too many ways for it to go sideways. Hire the attorney.

    What state are you in? Is dad in the same state?

    [–] My friend’s father was in a car accident today but won’t go to the hospital. cmhbob 5 points ago in legaladvice

    would he be able to sue the car manufacturer for the cost of his medical bills?

    Only if he can prove that the manufacturer screwed up badly. You didn't say what the impact was, but airbags don't always deploy, especially in a side impact.

    The first party responsible is the other driver.