Jury job – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 09:38:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://trial-jury.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Jury job – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ 32 32 LOEY Award 2022: Remote founder Job van der Voort is declared the winner; Ali Niknam wins Lifetime Achievement Award https://trial-jury.org/loey-award-2022-remote-founder-job-van-der-voort-is-declared-the-winner-ali-niknam-wins-lifetime-achievement-award/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 07:01:44 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/loey-award-2022-remote-founder-job-van-der-voort-is-declared-the-winner-ali-niknam-wins-lifetime-achievement-award/

Job van der Voort, Dutch CEO and founder of the new Unicorn ‘Remote’, has been honored with the 12th edition of the LOEY Award 2022.

Ali Niknam, CEO and founder of Dutch neobank bunq, received the special Lifetime Achievement Award from Coolblue founder Pieter Zwart.

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The LOEY (Leading Online Entrepreneur of the Year) awards, an initiative to promote online entrepreneurship, announced the winners at a ceremony at the newly renovated Groote Museum in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

The foundation board announced earlier that it would stop with the annual award ceremonies after this edition.

“I am very proud to have won this award. A very nice recognition, coming from fellow entrepreneurs who know what it means to create a great company. The LOEY Award is the prize for online entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. My predecessors, such as Pieter Zwart, Steven Schuurman, Jouk Pleiter and Adriaan Mol, all built brilliant businesses worth billions of dollars. So it’s great to be on this list as well,” Van der Voort said after receiving the award.

Job van der Voort
Image credits: LOEY Awards

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Remote was founded by Job van der Voort and Marcelo Lebre in 2019 to simplify the way companies employ global talent. The platform helps companies to hire remotely by organizing all the necessary documents and payments in countries where they do not have a branch.

The company works with thousands of companies for legal, financial and cultural expertise to onboard, pay and manage employees and contractors in more than 150 countries.

Remote has raised over €500 million in growth capital for a valuation of over €3 billion in less than three years. The company is backed by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Accel, Sequoia, Index Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, General Catalyst and B Capital.

From its home near Zaandam, the Netherlands, Job van der Voort manages more than 900 employees in 75 countries.

Ali Niknam
Image credits: LOEY Awards

Life Achievement Award

Ali Niknam has invested 98.7 million euros of his own money in the development of bunq. The Dutch fintech company turned out to be the only self-funded challenger bank to expand into 30 European markets without a penny of venture capital funds.

He was also part of “People for People”, a private NGO launched earlier this year to help Ukrainians. The foundation was created after bunq received a huge amount of messages in response to a LinkedIn message that Niknam posted.

“Ali is a truly exceptional entrepreneur. People know him as the founder of Dutch banking disruptor bunq, but before that he was also the founder of TRANS-IP and The Datacenter Group. Moreover, the road to success was not easy for him. However, this man has incredible perseverance and is a very talented entrepreneur. More than worthy of LOEY! said Zwart.

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Founded in 2010, the LOEY Award is an initiative to stimulate online entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The Board of the LOEY Foundation consists of Heleen Dura-van Oord and Hubert Deitmers. Marijn Pijnenborg, Patrick Kerssemakers and Valentijn Bras are members of the organizing committee.

“Job is a unique talent. A scientist who has become a top entrepreneur in no time, with a keen eye for market developments. With Remote, he went from a startup to a giant company to unicorn status, active all over the world, in no time. An incredibly solid performance and therefore a more than justified successor! says Thomas Plantenga, a member of the Vinted jury, who won the LOEY prize in 2021 and presented the prize to his successor.

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The Denver Post clowns around with Boebert’s hatchet work – Complete Colorado – Page Two https://trial-jury.org/the-denver-post-clowns-around-with-boeberts-hatchet-work-complete-colorado-page-two/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:45:05 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/the-denver-post-clowns-around-with-boeberts-hatchet-work-complete-colorado-page-two/

The Denver Post is a shadow of itself. Its news pages are largely a bulletin board for the Liberal’s digital copy The New York Times and Associated press. And its meager editorial page is a platform for mostly liberal opinions and letters to the editor. It is his prerogative. But it’s an affront to journalistic integrity when the Post corrupts its news pages with liberal bias, partisanship and advocacy, as it did in a recent front-page attack on Rep. Lauren Boebert. It was a cheeky editorial disguised as reporting by Conrad Swanson, a so-called investigative reporter.

The headline read, “Is Lauren Boebert a Christian Nationalist?” The question mark was not necessary since the answer was predetermined. Swanson has attacked Boebert in previous plays and inflated Adam Frisch, his Democratic challenger for the seat. The Post’s big splash — a front-page photo, three pages in all, and 2,000 words — is intended to help Frisch flip a Republican seat and retain a Democratic majority in the U.S. House. The Post is a Democrat servant, and he hates Boebert — and Trump.

Here is the lede in Swanson’s “History”. “U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert’s tendency to push for a religious takeover of America, spread lies about the 2020 election, and warn of an impending doomsday amounts to Christian, religious, political nationalism. and social. experts say.” (Emphasis mine.) It’s the Expert Witness Gambit, a sneaky tool of biased journalists who inject their agenda into supposedly objective reporting by recruiting “experts” to voice the journalist’s opinions on a question to be quoted in history. The quotes used by Swanson came exclusively from left-leaning universitiesmicrophones without opinion of dissident experts.

His favorite was Philip Gorski, who defines “Christian nationalism” as a conspiracy by radical Christians to conquer the seven domains of influence: religion, education, media, entertainment, business and government. Other pundits have raised the specter of violence by Boebert and his Christian hordes to achieve their goal of authoritarian government.

Gorski also claims that Boebert and his ilk view democracy as an obstacle to their power grab and use dangerous rhetoric like “We are in this battle for the soul of America.” These same words were used by President Bush in his controversial speech at Independence Hall on September 1.st stating, “I ran for president because I believed we were in the battle for the soul of this nation.” Was that dangerous rhetoric?

Swanson quotes Boebert as saying she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk.” He would have you believe that this is a seditious statement. No it is not. Religious freedom is a feature of our culture and our government. The US Senate has an official chaplain and the words “In God we trust” appear on our motto. The First Amendment is not anti-religious. On the contrary, it protects religious pluralism. What our founder forbade was a single government-sponsored religion, like the official Anglican Church of England. While the left’s rules of political correctness defend almost anything un-American, they condone attacks on Christianity.

Swanson was told by a spokesperson for Boebert that she does not consider herself a Christian nationalist as her “experts” define her, and would not grant her an interview. Uh? Why would she trust this guy who maliciously defames her? Swanson is also troubled by Boebert’s remark to an audience at a conference: “It is time for us to stand up and stand up to take our place in Christ and influence this nation as we have been called to. If this is his idea of ​​a smoking gun revealing his violent intent, he must have missed the word “influence” in that quote. Don’t liberals like him and the Post also seek to influence this nation?

A fair definition of “Christian nationalism” can be benign. Nationalists are those who have an allegiance and love of their country above all others, a sense of common values, and a commitment to national sovereignty rather than subordination to international governmental bodies. And Christians come in many different denominations, but with a common belief in Christ. They believe that our nation was founded on natural rights “endowed by their Creator,” as stated in the Declaration of Independence. And the vast majority are certainly not conspiring to forcibly convert our secular government into a Christian theocracy, like Iran’s Islamic theocracy. Moreover, the Constitution would block this.

Any movement or any religion can have a radical fringe. If a small faction of Christians are as Swanson describes them, what does that have to do with Boebert saying she’s not? Or are Swanson and his narrow-minded experts a self-appointed judge and jury?

Longtime KOA radio host and columnist for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Mike Rosen now writes for CompleteColorado.com.

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Opinion: El Paso DA should stop attacking the judge — and do their job https://trial-jury.org/opinion-el-paso-da-should-stop-attacking-the-judge-and-do-their-job/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/opinion-el-paso-da-should-stop-attacking-the-judge-and-do-their-job/

By Chris Antcliff

Judges are neutral, standing outside and aloof from day-to-day politics. They are responsible for making fair and just decisions, whether in the simplest cases or the most difficult and perilous. Judges are not allowed to respond when personally attacked.

It is for this reason that the actions and public responses of District Attorney Yvonne Rosales in the Walmart shooting case are particularly troubling. Recently, Rosales filed a motion to recuse District Judge Sam Medrano Jr. in this case because, in the words of her office, Judge Medrano sought to “embarrass DA Rosales in front of members of the media.”

What were the “embarrassing” questions asked by the judge?

How long does a death penalty trial last? How long does the selection of the jury take in such a case? Which prosecutors in your office will try the case? Why has your office not filed a single pleading in the case since you took office? These simple questions call for simple answers, and Rosales couldn’t answer one of them.

Instead of answering the judge’s legitimate questions, Rosales launched a series of personal attacks on Judge Medrano and the El Paso justice system as a whole. Why did she do this?

Because since his election to the district attorney’s office, Rosales has seen more than 900 cases dismissed for not prosecuting in a timely manner; she saw a murder case dismissed, before another judge in El Paso, for revenge by the Crown – a case in which the prosecutor dismissed the original murder charge and re-charged the case with capital murder because the accused asserted his right to a speedy trial; it has failed to process, through its admissions/screening section, thousands of alleged crimes – leaving these people free to roam our streets.

409th District Judge Sam Medrano presides over the state trial of the man charged with the 2019 murder of 23 people at an El Paso Walmart. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Rather than work to resolve these issues, Rosales went after someone who couldn’t answer. She carried out a furious assault on Judge Medrano knowing full well that as a judge he is unable to say anything.

Unlike the district attorney, judges are not allowed to issue press releases or call press conferences to defend themselves. Why? Because their role, their job, their duty and the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct does not allow them to do so.

When a judge is sworn in, they are essentially placed under their own personal gag order. Because of this, there is simply no room for personal attacks on a judge in our justice system, but Rosales persists nonetheless.

El Paso judges, including Judge Medrano, are dedicated, diligent and hardworking public servants. Some have even created secondary courts to help drug addicts, alcoholics, veterans – all with the goal of helping to make El Paso a better and safer community. They work quietly on every case they preside over, from misdemeanors to incredibly high-profile felony cases, just like the Walmart shooting case.

Rosales, on the other hand, apparently views the judges as targets to cover up his own incompetence. Rather than focusing on clearing the backlog of uncleared cases, rather than actually to chase case for the 34e Judicial district as she was elected to do, she attacks the judges and all those who oppose her.

We, as proud residents of El Paso, cannot sit idly by. Our community deserves better.

Prosecutor Rosales, enough with the personal attacks on judges and the judicial system. It’s time for you to step in and do your job.Chris Antcliff is a former 448 judgee and 168e Judicial District Courts and former Texas judge 8e Court of Appeal.

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Breed for the Job: Ellie Fredericks wins four-year-old NEXGEN final over 5* winner’s granddaughter | Eventing Nation https://trial-jury.org/breed-for-the-job-ellie-fredericks-wins-four-year-old-nexgen-final-over-5-winners-granddaughter-eventing-nation/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/breed-for-the-job-ellie-fredericks-wins-four-year-old-nexgen-final-over-5-winners-granddaughter-eventing-nation/

Ellie Fredericks and Upsi Britannia. Photo courtesy of NEXGEN/1st Class Images.

Teenage superstar – and daughter of multi-time five-star champion Lucinda Fredericks – Ellie Frederick won the Sulby Hall Stud NEXGEN four-year-old eventing final at the Hickstead Showground in England, riding his dam’s horse Upsi Britannia.

Ellie beats a competitive top five filled to the brim with Irish talent: the other four members of the business side of the rankings are all from the Emerald Isle, with serious experience in their ranks like Olympian Austin O’Connor.

While there is still essential education to come on the flat for Ellie’s exciting young horse, the jury of German team stalwart Frank Ostholt, British CCI5* winner Oliver Townend and experienced member of the Judy Hancock’s floor jury were obliged to generously reward the horse’s expressive gallop. and a committed and courageous cross-country technique.

“He’s very, very cool and he loves his jumps,” says 18-year-old Ellie, who took on the little gelding after he was broken in and has had a successful year with him so far.

“He might not be the brightest on the flat, but he definitely brings it back for cross country – and he has an amazing canter. You look at him and he’s not particularly tall, but then he gallops and you you say, ‘there’s something over there!’ »

Ellie, who competes up to Advanced and CCI3*-L level, also rides the family’s talented stallion duo – but she hasn’t been particularly involved in the breeding of Upsi Britannia, whom she credits entirely deserves his mother.

“I love breeding, but obviously my mum knows a lot more – so I probably didn’t have a say in him,” she laughs. “I would have been quite young when he was raised – just fourteen or fifteen – so all I really knew was that one day there was a really cute colt in the meadow.”

Upsi Britannia has an eventing pedigree as impressive as that of her rider: he is out of the Selle Français stallion Upsilon, who competed at senior championship level with Frenchman Tom Carlile, and is out of a daughter of Lucinda’s Badminton, Burghley, and Kentucky winner of the CCI5* Headley Britannia. The precocious talent that this lends to him is also expressed by a great expressive personality.

“He definitely has a cheeky side, but he loves his jumps, and dressage will come with time,” says Ellie.

Ellie Fredericks and Upsi Britannia. Photo courtesy of NEXGEN/1st Class Images.

Ellie, who is also competing in today’s five-year-old final, enjoys the NEXGEN age class series, which was developed in 2020 by Uptown Eventing’s Rachel Wakefield and Caunton Manor Stud’s Victoria Wright, as a crucial part of his young horses. ‘ the formation continues.

“It’s brilliant. We took him with our five-year runner-up to Barbury, and it’s a pretty strong atmosphere, which sets them up so well,” she said. double clear on his first BE80 and then did the same around his first BE90 It was so helpful that he got to see so much – there are NEXGEN courses in so many places different, so you can really take them anywhere and show them a lot.

Less emphasis on penalizing errors and a grading system that emphasizes technique and maneuverability rather than raw speed and freedom from errors also creates a productive learning environment, explains- she.

“If you have something that’s a little scarier and won’t jump a fence, you’re allowed to go around it – so no matter what, your horse gets a great education. It’s a brilliant concept.

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New York educator out of work after anti-conservative comments https://trial-jury.org/new-york-educator-out-of-work-after-anti-conservative-comments/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:59:52 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/new-york-educator-out-of-work-after-anti-conservative-comments/

(NewsNation) – A New York City private school educator is no longer employed after secretly recorded video emerged showing her saying she was sneaking her political views into the classroom.

Extracts from a secretly filmed videopublished by a controversial conservative group Project Veritasreportedly showed Jennifer “Ginn” Norris, director of student activities at the private Trinity School in Manhattan, talking about pushing her left-wing political views in the classroom in a series of clips over the summer.

A narrator on the video says the person Norris was talking to worked with Project Veritas.

“I keep trying to disrupt wherever I can,” Norris allegedly said in the video. “And now that I’m in this position, I have so many opportunities to do that.”

Trinity School is a reputable private school in Manhattan, where tuition can cost up to $60,000 per year. In the nearly eight-minute, heavily-edited video, Norris says she knowingly pushes her liberal views on students.

“I don’t hide how I feel, but I can’t pretend that I’m [not] promote a program even though I clearly agree with everything I do,” Norris says in the video.

Trinity Schools initially put Norris on paid leave and under investigation when Project Veritas first released the edited video. In a letter to parents on Wednesday, the school announced that Norris was no longer employed by the school.

“Our principles are clear: prejudice of any kind or the threat of violence towards any person or group has no place at Trinity School,” wrote Principal John Allman and Board Chairman David Perez in the letter obtained by NewsNation.

The letter does not say whether Norris was fired or left on her own. NewsNation has reached out to Norris for comment but did not hear back at the time of publication.

Project Veritas uses undercover and hidden camera methods to uncover things it says cannot be found with more traditional reporting methods. Critics have accused Project Veritas of deceptive practices as a result. A jury in a federal civil case this week found the group fraudulently misrepresented itself and violated wiretapping laws in an undercover operation against Democratic consultants, according to the New York Times. Project Veritas is to pay the consulting firm Democracy Partners $120,000.

Project Veritas was also recently involved in a scheme to purchase a diary and other items stolen from President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden. At least two people not associated with Project Veritas have pleaded guilty to the thefts.

The video was part of a series released by Project Veritas earlier this month. A Connecticut school administrator has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated by state education officials after secretly recorded Project Veritas video appears to show him saying he avoid hiring conservatives and Catholics.

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Ex-athletic director acquitted of school theft wants to keep his job https://trial-jury.org/ex-athletic-director-acquitted-of-school-theft-wants-to-keep-his-job/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:07:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/ex-athletic-director-acquitted-of-school-theft-wants-to-keep-his-job/

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A terminated Palm Beach County educator is considering appealing to get her job back.

Cindy Lucia is the former athletic director of Olympic Heights Community High School in west Boca Raton. She was accused of stealing at least $16,000 in workout supplements for sports she didn’t train at school.

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“I stand before you and I’m still fighting for a job that has been my whole life,” an emotional Lucia told members of the Palm Beach County school board Wednesday night, pleading to keep her job in the district.

The former sporting director was criminally charged with grand theft and official misconduct in 2021.

“I can’t express to you the emotional roller coaster I’ve been put on, just because I was paid as directed and with my manager’s approval,” Lucia said.

Lucia’s arrest report says she took at least $16,000 in workout supplements for sports she didn’t actually train at Olympic Heights High School. She claimed she had permission.

“Dave Clark, the manager, asked me to submit my name under three training supplements to be paid for the activities position because there was no district supplement for this position,” Lucia told the council members.

On September 15, a jury found Lucia not guilty of the charges.

But the school district investigation is something separate. On Wednesday, the board still found that “misappropriation of funds for unperformed duties” was grounds for dismissal.

“Speaking to the staff, there was a member of staff who wanted or was coaching, but was told he couldn’t get the supplement because the sporting director had taken the supplement, even though he was actually coaching” , Teresa Michael, the school’s district inspector general, said Wednesday.

“There were people who were entitled to the money and didn’t get it because of the athletic director,” added school board chairman Frank Barbieri. “That’s stealing from another employee, and she doesn’t deserve to keep her job if she did that.”

The board approved Lucia’s shot 4-3.

“She didn’t take anything from anyone,” said Michael Salnick, Lucia’s attorney. “It was a misconception of the facts. Of course, in a school board meeting, I can’t stand up and say an objection.”

Salnick said they would appeal Lucia’s dismissal.

“There were employees who could not receive these supplements because Ms. Lucia demanded them, and therefore she took advantage of the opportunity of others. How do you respond to that?” WPTV educational reporter Stephanie Susskind asked Salnick on Thursday.

“Absolutely, totally wrong,” Salnick replied. “The principal is the one who has to approve the supplements. Ms. Lucia provided the same supplements that her former principal told her to provide.”

Lucia was reassigned to Jupiter Farms Elementary School during the investigation.

WPTV asked to speak directly to Lucia on Thursday, but she declined.

“If there was one thing in the law that would say innocent instead of not guilty, it would be Cindy Lucia. Because she did nothing wrong,” Salnick said.

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Jameis Winston: I’ll do a better job of staying fluffy in the madness https://trial-jury.org/jameis-winston-ill-do-a-better-job-of-staying-fluffy-in-the-madness/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:42:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/jameis-winston-ill-do-a-better-job-of-staying-fluffy-in-the-madness/

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The Saints’ hopes of beating the Buccaneers last weekend were dashed when the quarterback James Winston threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter and Winston knows he can’t afford to repeat that performance if the team is going to bounce back with a win this week.

During his Wednesday press conference, Winston said “I have to do better on that aspect” and said he was working on ways to avoid going too high or too low during Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

“I’ll do a better job of staying calm in the madness,” Winston said.

Winston’s job is made a bit more difficult by back and ankle injuries which have him listed on the injury report as a limited participant. Winston said on Wednesday he felt good and his mind was on improving as a player rather than the physical issues he faced this week.

“I just feel like a lot of guys are playing with something, but my focus is on making good decisions, executing and winning football games,” Winston said.

Last Sunday’s fourth quarter was an unwelcome reminder of Winston’s past for the Saints and they hope it was an on-screen blip rather than a sign of things to come.



]]> Over 60 Employers Seek Candidates for Monroe Job and Career Expo https://trial-jury.org/over-60-employers-seek-candidates-for-monroe-job-and-career-expo/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:29:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/over-60-employers-seek-candidates-for-monroe-job-and-career-expo/

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Ouachita Works held a job and career expo at the Monroe Civic Center.

Ouachita Works worked with the Monroe and West Monroe Chambers of Commerce, United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to present the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

The Job and Career Expo aimed to connect people to new opportunities in northeast Louisiana.

More than 60 employers set up their booths to talk to job seekers, and people from all over northeast Louisiana came ashore in their new careers.

Kim Lowery, vice president of strategies at United Way of NELA, says employers provide opportunities for job seekers to connect with employment in the community.

“Well, we see there’s a lot of opportunity,” Lowery says. “When you look around you can see that there are many opportunities for employers who are hiring. And so the hope would be to connect people who may be trying to change their skills, increase their skills and opportunities, and connect them to those employers to better their lives and our community.

A gas and telecommunications company, Etheridge Pipeline & Conduit (EPC), has several positions open for easily trainable candidates.

“There is a lot of money coming from the government to install fiber in rural areas,” explains EPC’s accounting manager, Courtney Dickerson. “So we’re going to put a lot of pipes in the ground, hang a lot of lines in the air. So we will need a lot of people to help us do that.

Community Program Director Adam Alexander of the Ouachita Parish Workforce told KNOE Wednesday evening that the expo had more than 500 job seekers. Alexander says the Job and Career Expo will happen again in the spring of 2023.

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jury prize $100,000; Woman says she lost her job over Flint data https://trial-jury.org/jury-prize-100000-woman-says-she-lost-her-job-over-flint-data/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 01:28:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/jury-prize-100000-woman-says-she-lost-her-job-over-flint-data/

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who says she lost her job after refusing to falsify blood test results of children exposed to lead-contaminated water in Flint, said his lawyer on Tuesday.

April Cook-Hawkins worked at the Genesee County Health Department for about four to five months before she was forced to resign in 2016, her attorney, Carol Laughbaum, said.

The department said Cook-Hawkins was ousted for her performance, but the jury did not accept that reason last Friday and awarded $100,000 for emotional distress, Laughbaum said.

“They (the health department) said she was not a team player. Virtually nothing at trial showed that she was not a team player,” the attorney said.

Cook-Hawkins told jurors she was asked to record lead-level results that she knew were inaccurate.

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“The county had two sets of records: blue sheets with actual test data and doctored versions, white sheets, with handwritten corrections showing perfect lead levels,” Laughbaum said.

Michael Edmunds, an attorney who represented then-nurse director Toni LaRocco, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the lawsuit.

“I am currently in the process of advising the county on its options,” he said.

Residents of the majority-black city were exposed to lead when the city drew water from the Flint River in 2014-15 without treating it to reduce the corrosive effect on old pipes. The city reverted to a regional water provider in the fall of 2015.

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The jury awards $100,000; woman says she lost her job over Flint data https://trial-jury.org/the-jury-awards-100000-woman-says-she-lost-her-job-over-flint-data/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:32:50 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/the-jury-awards-100000-woman-says-she-lost-her-job-over-flint-data/

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who says she lost her job after refusing to falsify blood test results of children exposed to lead-contaminated water in Flint, said his lawyer on Tuesday.

April Cook-Hawkins worked at the Genesee County Health Department for about four to five months before she was forced to resign in 2016, her attorney, Carol Laughbaum, said.

The department said Cook-Hawkins was ousted for her performance, but the jury did not accept that reason last Friday and awarded $100,000 for emotional distress, Laughbaum said.

“They (the health department) said she was not a team player. Virtually nothing at trial showed that she was not a team player,” the attorney said.

Cook-Hawkins told jurors she was tasked with recording lead-level results that she knew were inaccurate.

“The county had two sets of records: blue sheets with actual test data and doctored versions, white sheets, with handwritten corrections showing perfect lead levels,” Laughbaum said.

Michael Edmunds, an attorney who represented then-nurse director Toni LaRocco, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the lawsuit.

“I am currently in the process of advising the county on its options,” he said.

Residents of the majority-black city were exposed to lead when the city drew water from the Flint River in 2014-15 without treating it to reduce the corrosive effect on old pipes. The city reverted to a regional water provider in the fall of 2015.

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