If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain, you might be wondering what exactly pelvic floor therapy is. There are several techniques involved in pelvic floor therapy, and each one is beneficial in its own way. Learn about the benefits of pelvic floor therapy and its techniques to find out whether it’s right for you. Here are some important details to keep in mind before you get started. Listed below are some of the main techniques, as well as their precautions and results.
Pelvic floor therapy is hands-on treatment for the problem, aimed at resolving pelvic pain. It may include internal or external interventions, depending on the symptoms that a patient is experiencing. External therapy may involve nerve release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, skin rolling, joint mobilization, or biofeedback. Patients may benefit from a combination of external and internal therapies. In either case, the treatment is effective for treating pelvic pain.
Pelvic floor therapy includes a range of exercises to strengthen and relax the area, including the pelvic muscles. Therapists can also use manual techniques, such as a finger, to help break up adhesions and release pressure from specific points on the pelvic floor. Depending on your condition, a physical therapist may also use ultrasound or cold laser therapy to treat scar tissue. Several types of pelvic therapy may be combined to provide the best relief for your pain.
The physical therapy for pelvic floor disorders involves educating the patient about the anatomy of the pelvic area, teaching posture, and movement. Patients may also learn about the importance of breathing properly and practicing diaphragmatic exercises. They may also participate in manual manipulation or pelvic floor exercises. Depending on the type of pelvic floor disorder, physical therapy may include other treatments, such as medication, exercise, or manual manipulation. Results of pelvic floor therapy may vary for each patient, but in general, the sessions focus on pain relief and improving quality of life.
As with any medical procedure, there are certain precautions when using pelvic floor therapy. It is essential to be aware of these before starting the procedure. Unlike surgery, however, the risks of pelvic floor therapy are much lower. The procedure involves gentle electrical stimulation to improve awareness of pelvic floor and abdominal wall muscles. The therapist may also use real-time ultrasound to determine the coordination of pelvic floor muscles.
While most private and public insurance policies cover the cost of pelvic floor therapy, many out-of-pocket expenses are not covered by insurance plans. Medicare, for example, only covers pelvic floor therapy up to $1,900 per year. Beyond that, patients must pay the cost out-of-pocket. Private insurance plans often limit how many sessions patients can receive and require proof of improvement. Fortunately, if you suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, physical therapy may be an effective treatment option.
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My Top Gun Maverick movie review will deal with Cruise’s role as a fighter pilot who must pass on his knowledge to a new generation of young men. This is not the same Maverick we know, but the same pilot and the same challenges. Maverick has to deal with new challenges on the mission and his relationship with his son Goose. But that’s not all; this is also one of the best films of Cruise’s career.
While the film has a female lead, it doesn’t feel very authentic. The dialogue is still Hallmark Naval academy-era dialogue, and the plot is clumsy, but it has more pacing and a tighter screenplay. The film even has Goose’s son and an impossible mission, a common trope in action movies. I’m not sure if this makes the film better, but I’m glad I got to see it anyway.
Unlike most action movies, Maverick isn’t entirely about Cruise, though. He’s an excellent rogue, and he loves being given impossible odds. In fact, he even makes Jon Hamm pucker in frustration. And, of course, there’s the whole “rogue-ism” aspect, which is always a good thing in my book. But even with all of that, the action is a bit more realistic than Maverick.
While Tom Cruise tries to bring in-depth to his signature character, he doesn’t overstep his own core qualities. Jennifer Connelly is good as Maverick’s love interest, and Teller gives one of his most memorable performances since Whiplash.
I highly recommend seeing this movie. I watched it at the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX, the largest movie screen in Indiana.
The current study is an assessment of safety risks in Indiana county jails over the last ten years. The study looks at several measures that contribute to the existing safety standards and alternatively, contributing factors to the increased safety risks related to the consequences of incarceration in Indiana county jails. Individuals in a county jail are awaiting trial, unable to make bail, or serving a sentence for a low-level criminal offense.
Studies have found that since 2010, at least one person died every two weeks in a county jail. Death as a result of unsafe jail conditions is deprivation of due process and a punishment for indigence. Death and public safety risks are important for safe communities that agency officials can significantly reduce through mitigation efforts. This study evaluates the risks and primary consequences of incarceration and the impact on public safety through public safety risk assessments. Recommendations and implications for policies are included to ensure safer communities and mitigate danger while incarcerated or held in a county jail during the pendency of judicial proceeding.
Keywords: county jails, incarceration, public safety, death, risk, HIV, tuberculosis
Incarceration in Indiana County Jails: A Risk Assessment
County jails typically hold two kinds on inmates. Some remain for only a few days while others serve sentences of less than a year. Most of the detainees held in county jails are held temporarily while they wait for their day in court. Individuals who are charged with a crime and waiting for pretrial conference, jury trial, or cannot afford to pay the specified bail amount are also held in county jails. Individuals may experience detainment for traffic offenses.
There are approximately three-thousand county jails in the United States that are managed by county sheriffs or local police departments. Understaffing, lack of funds, and no enforceable national standards to ensure jails meet constitutional requirements for inmate health and safety contribute to national and local public safety. The consequences and public safety risks for individuals and communities are significant because an individual released on pretrial release, paid the full amount of bail, or the criminal case was subsequently dismissed may introduce infections to their community.
The waiting period for release from a county jail is potentially fatal and poses a serious public safety risk to communities upon release. Ninety-two Indiana counties each operate a jail with a daily head count of forty-seven thousand (47,000) and an annual population of one hundred twenty-two thousand (122,000). Indiana has an incarceration rate of seven hundred
sixty-five (765) per one hundred thousand (100,000) people, including prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities, meaning that it locks up a higher percentage of its people than any democracy on earth. In 2018, twenty thousand six hundred forty-one (20,641) inmates were held in an Indiana county jail per day (Carson, 2021). Between 2008 – 2018, the number of deaths in Indiana county jails averaged twenty deaths per day (Carson, 2021).
Public safety risks upon an individual’s release from jail include tuberculosis (“TB”) and human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), TB is caused by a bacterium that attacks the lungs, kidney, spine, and brain. Individuals infected with TB can easily spread it to friends, family members, community members, or coworkers. TB bacteria spread through the air when a person with TB coughs, speaks, or sings, and a person nearby breathes in these bacteria and become infected (CDC, n.d.). HIV attacks the body’s immune system and is fatal if left untreated (CDC, n.d.). HIV easily transmits to family members, namely from having sex and from mother to baby. Sharing needles, syringes, and other drug injection tools are ways this fatal disease can spread in a community. A rare but other method of infection is being injured with a contaminated sharp object (CDC, n.d.).
From 2000 to 2018, detainees not convicted of a crime were three times as likely to die in a county jail than an inmate who is serving a short sentence (Carson, 2021). As with any community living space, security measures at county jails keep detainees and jail staff safe, however residual risks (DHS Risk Lexicon, 2010), pose a threat to public safety. In 2020, the State of Indiana reported twenty-six deaths, with suicide accounting for half of those deaths.
Inmate deaths in 2020 averaged seventeen across the top ten Indiana Counties (ICJI, 2021).
A conditional probability (DHS Risk Lexicon, 2010) of an individual who will either threaten or attempt suicide is higher among those who suffer from drug or alcohol intoxication. Almost half of those who die by suicide do so within the first seven to fourteen days of incarceration (Carson, 2021). Prioritizing assessment and treatment over incarceration would drastically reduce the number of deaths and risk of spreading TB and HIV to communities.
Further, community-based resources provided to inmates during the reentry period would reduce
the risk of spreading infectious diseases. Local county jails do not have the resources afforded to state and federal prisons, where inmates serve longer sentences.
Inmates in county jails lack the resources afforded to state prisons but have similar needs.
County jails are in dire need of resources to combat the risk of death and combat the spread of infectious diseases. County jails pose the largest threat to community safety due to the relatively short time of incarceration. Overcrowding and lack of medical care and testing due to an absence of funding and resources allows infectious diseases to flourish in county jails. County jails do not have reporting requirements for deaths, number of infectious disease cases, and death as a result of infectious diseases that the state and federal prison system have. It is difficult to implement good policy to combat this issue without proper data and documentation.
A risk-based approach is appropriate for standard reporting measures and recommendations for treatment programs and assessments. The data available involving deaths within the first two weeks of detainment in county jails and the rate of infection are expected consequences. Uncertainties are those cases where detainees say they are not at risk of harming themselves upon initial intake and subsequently threaten or attempt suicide. Alternative futures analysis would assist local government officials, sheriff departments, and police departments on funding needed to implement safe practices and testing for inmates and detainees (Aven, 2015). Literature Review
Risk of Death While Incarcerated
In January 2022, approximately one thousand five hundred (1,500) inmates were being transferred from the local jails in Marion County, Indiana, namely Jail 1 and Jail 2 to the new Community Justice Campus. During this transition, one man who had just arrived at the new Community Justice Campus days prior died by suicide. In 2021, over one-thousand inmates at
the Marion County Jail in Marion County, Indiana, threatened suicide. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported ten suicide attempts and seven deaths by suicide (Spinelli, 2022). Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal stated detainees are asked if they are at risk of harming themselves during booking into the jail. Allocating mental health resources to Indianapolis’s Adult Detention Center at the Community Justice Campus is one way the Marion County Sheriff’s Department is addressing this residual risk phenomenon (Spinelli, 2022).
The plight of mental illness is four to six times higher for detainees than the general population. Incarceration or short-term confinement has a significant impact on the health and safety of detainees as the risk of suicide is higher in jail than prison. The rate of death and suicide in county jails are greater than in state prison. This is due to the immediacy of an individual’s arrest, specifically the cause and the result of the arrest (Littman, 2021). The lack of mental health care in the United States is egregious, but even more problematic in county jails. Jails are notoriously understaffed, and detainees who suffer from mental illness and at risk are overlooked and die from abuse or neglect (Littman, 2021; Spinelli, 2022).
The reporting mechanism for deaths and suicides in county jails is nonexistent, as there is no required reporting system for county jails like state and federal prisons. Similarly, county jails are managed by elected sheriffs who have little control over the budget, construction, and renovations of a new jail. Reporting deaths and death by suicide is largely at the discretion of the sheriff and county jail staff (Littman, 2021; Reuters, 2020). Jails refused to disclose their death tolls respectively, so over the course of a decade, a separate investigation by Reuters uncovered detainee deaths in five hundred large jails across the country (Littman, 2021).
From 2009 – 2019, the death rate in Marion County Jail in Marion County, Indiana was more than double the national average with approximately forty-five deaths. The Marion County
Jail is a sixty-five-year-old facility, and the county has not had a new jail built or renovated in over fifty years (Reuters, 2020; Spinelli, 2022). Over this period of time, two consecutive elected sheriffs implored local officials for funding to hire more staff and build a new facility, but were subsequently dismissed. Reuters (2020) notes the following:
In 2016, the sheriff called the suicide problem an “epidemic,” but county officials denied requests for more funding. While the county knew it had a suicide problem, there was no way to know how it compared. Like all other officials, Marion County’s leaders had no access to the Justice Department figures.
Overcrowding and understaffing is a main cause for concern for jails across the country, and there is no exception for the local county jails in Indiana. Suicide accounts for more than twenty-five percent of all deaths in county jails in the United States, and Marion County Jail has an average of three to five deaths for every one-thousand inmates (Reuters, 2020).
Reuters investigators sent over one thousand five hundred public record requests to five hundred county jails that hold seven hundred fifty or more inmates per day, requesting information necessary to collect data on inmate populations and deaths. A visualization of how the number deaths in local county jails in the State of Indiana compare to deaths in the Marion County Jail is presented in Figure 1.
Consequences and Public Safety Risks for Communities
The conditional probability (DHS Risk Lexicon, 2010) is high considering inmates who are released from county jail often return to low-income communities. Inmates who return to society after they served their sentence are at a higher risk of chronic, infectious, and mental illness, largely due to substance abuse in economically disadvantaged communities. Access to health services is challenging for individuals reentering society, together with a lack of mental
health services. HIV is prevalent in economically disadvantaged communities and five times higher in incarcerated populations.
Deaths per Year in Indiana County Jails and Marion County, Indiana
Note: Data derived from Bureau of Justice Statistics and Reuters Dying Inside.
Additionally, individuals who reenter into society engage in high risk behavior, namely abusing substances and do not practice HIV prevention procedures. Lack of housing and employment are factors that contribute to substance abuse post-release (Luther et al, 2011).
Economic deprivation and failure to obtain employment and suitable housing are contributing factors to criminal behavior as a response to stress. To cope with stress, an individual will engage
in substance abuse (Agnew, 1999). Inmates who are from low income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and are at an increased risk of becoming infected with HIV or TB. Local county jails do not have the budget to test incoming inmates for infectious diseases. By the time the new inmates have spent some time in the community living space, other inmates have been exposed and are at risk of contracting the disease.
County jails do not have the budget to test or treat inmates before they are released from jail. Community members are exposed when these individuals return to their communities.
Additionally, the reintroduction of substance use as a coping mechanism for stress experienced from reentry repeats the cycle of reckless social behavior and further exacerbates the spread of HIV in these communities. This issue is exacerbated by overcrowding, another budgetary constraint for county jails (Kane and Dotson, 1997; Littman, 2021; Reuters, 2020).
Twenty-four jails in south and southcentral Indiana were used in a study that assessed the risk of HIV in rural jails. A questionnaire and follow up interviews were used to collect data. The data showed that the inmate population in these jails largely understood the risks and transmission of HIV and preventative measures, namely using condoms, sterile needles, and abstinence. Condoms and sterile needles are items not available in jails and contributes to the spread of HIV within the jails (Kane and Dotson, 1997), which presents reoccurring problems during reentry.
More contagious than HIV that is prevalent in county jails is TB. TB is spread by coughing, sneezing, or laughing, by an infectious person through airborne droplets (Kane and Dotson, 1997; CDC, n.d.). Overcrowding increases the risk of contracting HIV and TB. Similarly, inmates with limited access to health care and are HIV positive are at an increased risk of becoming infected with TB, as TB is a cofactor of HIV infection (Kane and Dotson, 1997).
In 2018, twenty-eight counties in Indiana reported cases of TB. Marion County, Indiana had the highest number of TB cases from 2009 through 2018, with over thirty-eight percent of all cases in the state of Indiana (ISDH, 2019). In 2016, there were reportedly five hundred twenty- eight TB cases that resulted in death in county jails in the United States.
TB-related deaths have increased in Indiana between 2014 through 2018, with the number of TB-related deaths being four, two, five, six, and ten respectively. Of the ten deaths in 2018, eight were directly related to TB infection, with two cases being diagnosed with TB after death (ISDH, 2019). A visualization of the number of TB cases and related deaths in Indiana county jails are Indiana presented in Figure 2.
TB will continue to be a problem in county jails if resources Transmission of M. tuberculosis continues to be documented within correctional facilities, primarily as a result of undiagnosed TB. Inmates with undiagnosed TB disease place other inmates and correctional staff at risk for TB, and when released, these persons also can infect persons living in surrounding communities.
In 2016, Mayor Hogsett’s Criminal Justice Task Force recommended prioritizing assessment and treatment over incarceration for those who struggle with mental health or substance abuse disorders at the new Community Justice Campus (“CJC”). The CJC was built on Indianapolis’s southeast side of downtown and includes the Marion County Jail. Recently, the Department of Justice awarded a one million dollar grant to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to increase their programs, namely a suboxone program that provides medically assisted treatment for individuals going through detox (Spinelli, 2022).
Tuberculosis Cases in Indiana from 2009 to 2018 compared to TB-related deaths from 2014 to 2018.
Note: Data derived from Indiana State Department of Health.
The inmate mortality data collected by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics are withheld from the public, citing a law enacted in 1984 that limits the release of the data.
Due to the discretionary release of death data and nonexistent reporting methods, local government officials could use a Bayesian Probability (DHS Risk Lexicon, 2010) model to create policies to reduce the risks posed to communities. Data collected from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office suboxone program and programs implemented at the CJC may condition the need for local reporting standards and funding for local county jails.
State and federal prison systems routinely test for infectious diseases (Littman, 2021; Reuters, 2020). Inmates in county jails are serving shorter sentences and return to the community in a shorter amount of time than inmates in state or federal prisons. Infections spread more rapidly in county jails. Moreover, state prison systems have reentry programs that assist inmates in obtaining a driver’s license and find suitable housing and employment. These resources are not extended to county jails.
Interventions in prisons and community treatment after release provide great success for Inmate HIV, TB, and substance abuse (Luther et al., 2011). Funding for continued HIV and TB tests for incoming detainees and current inmates should be afforded to county jails. Programs implemented to mitigate the risks of substance abuse and recidivism shall reduce the risk of transmission and keep communities safe.
By: Jennifer M. Tursi, Candidate for Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
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As many Americans own dogs, it is important to recognize how they are feeling. These feelings may interfere with their health or appetite. Recent studies show that stress may go unrecognized in dogs.
There are common stress inducers such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or particular people. Although they may not be able to verbally tell us when they are stressed, there are many ways to visually see when a dog is stressed.
A dog may begin pacing back and forth. For most, this sign is most common prior to eating a meal or going outside. However, when not linked to a particular characteristic it may be stress induced. It provides focus, or a distraction to ease the stress inducer. This should be noted for a better understanding of the dog’s behavior. Unfortunately, age plays a part in this as well. If the dog is rather on the old side of the age scale, it may be a signal of dementia.
Barking & Whining
Another common indication of stress may be frequent barking or whining. Again, if there is no key link behind the act, it could be that they are trying to say they are stressed or anxietal. Some owners may implement a punishment for bad behavior. In the event this occurs, it will be more difficult to look out for the dog’s health.
A more obvious sign of discomfort is growling. It comes across as aggressive unwanted behavior, but it is for a reason. This reason may be a preemptive warning sign of worse behavior. It is best to properly utilize a distraction to minimize any future damage. Growling is easy to recognize as a method of communication, but it must be handled efficiently.
The new study was found by The University of California. It surrounds the concept of the high magnitude of hearing in dogs. For example, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, and smoke detectors. These are all commonly used items that most people would not link to induce stress in their dog. A dog’s reaction may include shaking, locking up, or cowering away.
While pet owners rely on their furry-legged animals for comfort, they rely on owners to create the best possible habitat for them. All these items tend to be used on a frequent basis. Hence, it is best to look at the dog and decide on a remedy for the situation. Short-term distractions such as toys or walks are great. However, perhaps a sibling may be a long-term distraction. If these symptoms continue to persist, a trip to a local veterinarian may be the most beneficial to understanding.
Yes, it’s a thing! May 7th is designated as International Masturbation Day. And May itself is known as Masturbation Month.
It all goes back to then-President Bill Clinton, who fired then-surgeon general Joycelyn Elders in 1994 for saying that masturbation should be a part of sex education. She was the first African-American Surgeon General of the United States. Also, she was ahead of her time when it came to intimacy.
The following year, San Francisco sex shop, Good Vibrations, called for a nationwide occasion to have the right to masturbate on May 7, 1995, as the first National Masturbation Day. It expanded to International Masturbation Day then to an entire month.
National Masturbation Month celebrates the act of masturbation as a type of self-love and continued self-exploration, which are two of the many benefits of the act. It wasn’t too way back that topics of sex and masturbation were considered taboo.
In truth, we owe the culture and ability to talk about such topics overtly and unfold data and consciousness to important figures in the past. And apart from the sheer fun of it, here’s a breakdown of how masturbation could be helpful to both your bodily and emotional health.
Benefits of Masturbation
During masturbation dopamine and oxytocin launch to lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain. You don’t have to be with someone else to feel good, and a personal solo session can do the trick.
As you age, you lose muscle tone – even down there. Regular masturbation or sex can help strengthen the pelvic ground muscular tissues to help stop erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
National Masturbation Month is an annual event celebrated in May to promote sex-positive attitudes towards the practice of erotic self-stimulation. Including your companion if you masturbate feels attractive, a little bit naughty, and like you are sharing one thing way more intimate than sex – it’s bare, raw, and is completely centered on the prize.
Self-Love and Happy Endings
Self-love is not just for so-called unhealthy people. Everyone deserves a happy ending. I am inclined to have horrendous menstrual cramps, and I also get super-horny during that point of the month. If I masturbate throughout my cycle, it’s a much less painful experience. I don’t know if it’s the discharge of muscle tension or a total redirect of pain; however, it’s a win-win state of affairs that helps.
Coverage of International Masturbation Month in the U.S. has been way scantier than in many other nations and sometimes much less substantive. This nation continues to live in its prudish, Puritan history.
One needs only to look at the release of the draft Supreme Court opinion on abortion. Embrace your curiosities and re-discover your body. If masturbation isn’t your thing, that’s a-OK too. When it involves sex, you must by no means ever do anything that makes you’re feeling uncomfortable.
Self-Love is getting to know your physique and is extremely empowering. Once you feel great about your body, you can appreciate yourself and what you can give to a companion.
Gather your necessities, whether toys or porn or a water bottle and snacks, and make yourself comfortable where you’re not likely to be interrupted. Take your time, and enjoy the pleasure of knowing thyself through self-pleasure.
I’m not afraid to confess I masturbate or discuss what turns me on sexually, whether porn, intercourse, toys, or dirty talk. It’s perfectly normal to engage in all-about-me time as much — or as little — as you’d like, and the most necessary thing is taking time to prioritize your pleasure. Above all, it feels pretty damn good.
Give Yourselves A Hand
Whether you have a companion or not, self-pleasure is vital to figuring out what you want, having nice sex, and feeling healthy. When I first turned sexually energetic, I shortly realized that the only individual responsible for my pleasure was me. Sure, I enjoyed companion participation and communicating what did and didn’t feel good; however, the onus of my orgasm fell on me. Knowing I might give myself such pleasure without the danger of STIs, being pregnant or under pressure from another individual was a powerful experience.
Women who masturbate and experiment with themselves know what they like and don’t like in sex. Using a sex toy may help with this process too. In turn, you’ll be able to guide your partner for a more enriching sexual encounter.
The jury trial for an Indianapolis man accused of attempted murder in Henry County was supposed to start Monday.
Christopher Williams’ trial has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. August 1, 2022, in Henry County Circuit Court 2 for an attempted murder charge.
Mr. Williams and Jonathan O’Connor, another Indianapolis man, were arrested in December 2018 after a severely-beaten woman was found near Grant City Road in Knightstown.
Mr. Williams is facing Level 1 felony attempted murder, Level 3 felonies criminal confinement and aggravated battery, Level 5 felony intimidation, Level 6 felony sexual battery, Class A misdemeanor theft and Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.
He has been in the Henry County Jail since 2018.
Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Nicholson
Williams’ initial jury trial began in November 2021. During opening statements, his criminal defense attorney Mark Nicholson objected to the prosecuting attorney showing a photo of the alleged victim to the jury. Nicholson moved for a mistrial and Judge Kit Crane granted the mistrial.
Williams appeared back in court Feb. 23, with Nicholson arguing several motions, including a claiming “prosecutorial misconduct” by prosecutor Richard Culver.
“There is a proper way to lay the foundation of evidence. And that ain’t it,” Nicholson argued, moving for a mistrial.
Judge Crane denied the motion to dismiss the case because he believed Culver had messed up the procedure in November, but had not broken the law.
“I didn’t see anything intentional on Mr. Culver’s part that day,” Crane said. “It appeared to me a mistake on his part.”
Crane told Nicholson the photo was not new evidence, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Culver showed it to the jury. The judge said he did not know of any trial rule forbidding an attorney of showing the jury something they are confident will later be officially entered into evidence.
Attorney Nicholson also objected to Culver filing additional charges against Williams after the mistrial. He called the move “prosecutorial vindictiveness.”
Attorney Nicholson argued the charges of intimidation, sexual battery, theft and criminal mischief would not have been filed if he had not moved for a mistrial on behalf of Williams.
Prosecutor Culver told the court he did not show the photo to force a mistrial. He said he chose to show the photo during opening statements in order to show intent of the crime.
“When I showed the photo… anyone could see… that’s intent to kill,” Culver told Judge Crane. “It looks like a dead body.”
Prosecutor Culver argued that Nicholson and the other defense attorneys already knew the state might add sexual assault charges against Williams.
“I don’t see prosecutorial vindictiveness,” Crane said, allowing the additional charges against Williams.
Crane also denied Nicholson’s motion to stop certain social media posts from being admissible in this case. However, Williams’ defense team still has the right to object to the evidence during trial.
Crane told the attorneys he trusts “that we tread carefully when we’re here at trial.”
Nicholson asked the court for a continuance, stating a DNA expert would not be ready to testify on Williams’ behalf until the end of March.
Crane granted the motion to reschedule the March 7, 2022 trial until 9 a.m. August 1, 2022. Williams’ pre-trial conference is 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2022.
Good morning Indiana, we are proud to welcome you to our last digital podcast together! Great things in the works here at Circle City News. We are moving to TV! Be sure to watch as we transition our show from here to there.
Mark talked about Will Smith’s infamous smack at the Academy Awards and how that can divert attention from important and pressing achievements. We talked in a prolonged discussion about Canada and the pope’s plans to apologize to Native communities whose children it forced to attend “residential schools.” The abuse accounted for by these communities is documented on 60 Minutes, with the link to that article and video listed below. Please check out that video and raise awareness for Native peoples who -to this day- receive abuse by whitewashed government. No matter how you feel about your local and federal systems, at the end of the day, Natives have not and are still not treated with the prestige, respect and admiration they deserve.
Lastly, Neveah and the team discuss the first annual Met Gala in honor of raising money for local foster kids and the foster care program. If you or someone you know is interested in making a donation, send us an email and Neveah will get you covered.
From all of us here at Circle City News, we thank you for following us through this podcast. We thank Mark Nicholson of The Law Office of Mark Nicholson, who provided this platform to swap stories, opinions and make our big world feel a little more connected. We can’t wait to see what the next phase of this show has in store and we look forward to bringing it to you by Summer. Until next time, Indiana, stay safe and have a wonderful, prosperous spring time.
The Law Office of Mark Nicholson brings you another episode of the Circle City News. Today we had the honor of talking to Mark’s long-time colleague and friend, Meredith Hill, of The Hill Law Group in Maryland. Meredith discusses her transition from criminal defense to estate law.
Attorney Hill also shares advice to people interested in becoming attorneys. Family and Employment Law Attorney Deidra Haynes offered advice via Facebook Live chat.
If you or someone you know needs an estate lawyer, please reach out to Meredith Hill at 301-244-9040. If you’re looking for more information, you can contact her through her website at www.thehilllawgroup.com or find her on social media @thehilllawgroup