Man Shoots Wife Before Divorce Trial

Arguably it can go without being said that a divorce may cause a negative psychological effect on those involved.  While many divorces end without long-lasting complications, many do not.  Dr. Robert Segraves, a psychiatrist that completed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, points out that “divorced men and women had the highest ratings of mental disturbance” when compared to those married, single, or widowed.  For alleged murder suspect from Queens, Guerino Annarumma, 52, the mental affect of an impending divorce lead to a deadly altercation between his stepdaughter and estranged wife, Olga Annarumma.

The couple had been married for five-and-a-half rocky years, though they had been estranged since 2009.  Records show a history of orders of protection against Guerino and in October of 2009, Guerino was arrested and convicted of aggravated harassment for threatening to kill Olga.

According to Guerino’s grizzly account given to police, he shot and killed Olga’s daughter first before shooting and critically injuring Olga hours before their trial was scheduled to start. That trial should have began at 2 p.m. Monday in Queens Supreme Court, however, neither client showed. The NY Daily News reported that despite a history of violence, Olga’s lawyer, Helene Sherman was “in shock” when she heard the news, saying that she never thought Guerino would follow through on his threats.

As horrific as the account may seem, tales of domestic violence occur rather frequently.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, everyday 3-4 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and 1 in 4 women will experience some form of partner violence during their lifetimes.… <Read More>

Children Conceived Through In Vitro to Receive Dead Father’s Benefits? U.S. Supreme Court to Decide.

A recent  Bloomberg News article found that approximately one-hundred applications have been filed requesting benefits for children that were conceived after the death of their fathers. According to the Obama Administration, this number is expected to rise quickly. How might a child be conceived after the death of their father?  Through in vitro fertilization.  In vitro fertilization is a process by which the egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside of a woman’s body.

 One particular application involving in vitro fertilization is the case, Atrue v. Capato.  The case involves children that were conceived after the death of their father, Robert Capato, and their mother, Karen Capato, now wants to obtain the father’s benefits on their behalf.  Due to the rise in frequency of such applications being filed and the inevitable issues being raised, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari.

In January, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the twins fall under the definition of “child” in the 1935 Social Security Act, however, the government argues that the children are not permitted to receive the benefits because it was determined that their father was a Florida state resident.  Thus,  under Florida state law the children would not be entitled to inherit from their father. 

 With today’s modern family involving more children born through in vitro fertilization, how will the court decide?  What do you think?… <Read More>

Congress Proposes 13.9% Cut to Legal Services Corporation Budget

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a federal agency created by Congress in 1974 that monitors  free civil legal aid in the United States and is currently the largest provider of civil aid to low-income American families.  However, Congress has proposed for fiscal year 2012 that the LSC budget be cut by 13.9%.  

 The joint U.S. Senate-House of Representatives conference calling for the 13.9% reducation in the interim $398.1 million fiscal year 2012 budget set to expire November 18, 2011 has yet to be confirmed. If the budget reduction pulls through, this would bring the LSC budget of $348 million to the level of fiscal year 2007, though the proposed budget is drastically lower than that of fiscal year 2010 when the agency received $420 million. 

The drastic proposal has already led to attorney and staff layoffs in many of the 136 nonprofit organizations that receive LSC grants according to an LSC spokesman interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.… <Read More>