Trustee, attorney offer legal help for armed self-defense

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 @ 6:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

A local attorney and a township official have started a business venture offering legal and financial resources for armed self-defense.

Both say they are filling a need in response to thousands of Ohioans obtaining or renewing conceal and carry permits annually and rising gun and ammunition sales.

The program is the only one in the country that gives comprehensive legal and financial resources for people for armed self-defense, according to attorney Sean Maloney of Liberty Twp. and West Chester Twp. Trustee George Lang.

The two have been friends for years and began talking about opening a shooting range about three years ago.

Lang said he already had a criteria for his next business and thought there should be a better way to help people that was not just a retail venture.

Thus, Second Call Defense was launched in February. About 500 members have signed up nationwide with more to come, Lang said.

“The really cool thing is it is not prepaid legal services and not insurance, it is a membership program,” Lang said. The men noted each brought something to the table when planning program - Maloney specializes in Second Amendment issues and Lang has an insurance background.

Maloney said prosecution for armed self defense is not unusual.

“It’s just too easy for law-abiding people to find themselves in trouble if they happen to defend themselves with a gun,” said Maloney. “Nearly every state allows people to use lethal force in self defense, but when you do you are often considered guilty until proven innocent. It puts people in an impossible situation.”

Maloney stressed Second Call Defense does not intend to defend criminal behavior.

“What we do is help you exercise your rights legally, and we offer legal and financial protection if you have any legal issues after using a gun in self defense.”

Lang, who stars in the company’s online video, said he was sold on the idea after seeing so many stories of people who legally and responsibly defended themselves with a gun, but found themselves in trouble anyway.

This year, in Butler County a grand jury exonerated a 84-year-old man who shot an intruder in his home and a Hamilton shop owner who fatally shot a man during a robbery.

Maloney said while people may ultimately not face any charges, they can still face bills for attorney fees.

He added it is not just shooting in self-defense that can put people in legal hot water, he has defended people against threat claims for just brandishing a gun and telling the aggressor, “I have a gun leave me alone.”

“It can get turned around and people end up in court when they have done nothing wrong,” Maloney said.

Second Call Defense offers comprehensive set of benefits, including training and education on legal firearm use, emergency resources including a 27 hour hotline and upfront cash for attorney retainers and bond, and insurance coverage for criminal and civil protection that is backed by the NRA endorsed insurance program.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he believes not only his office, but a grand jury should review self-defense cases.

He said there may be some misconception about the “Castle Doctrine” and self-defense shootings.

“It does not mean they have the right to shoot willy nilly for whatever the hell they want,” Gmoser said.

“If someone is legitimately scaring the hell out of you, climbing in the window of your home and you fire your weapon you have a legal presumption of self defense,” Gmoser said.

But he said a resident who kills an intruder when they don’t appear to be in danger could face criminal charges.

Depending on the option they choose, members of Second Call Defense can get up to $10,000 upfront for an attorney retainer, immediate cash for bond up to $250,000, up to $500 per day wage compensation while in court, up to 40 sessions of psychological support, and up to $250,000 accidental shooting protection, $50,000 criminal defense reimbursement, unlimited civil suit defense protection, and $250,000 civil suit damages protection.

Memberships range from $8.95 to $35.95per month.

Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Former fox news host Bill O'Reilly, pictured here waiting for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama during an event at the White House in February of 2014 in Washington, is launching a new podcast Monday amid reports he’s getting a $25 million payout from Fox News. 
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Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’

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A banner across the top of the site reads, “Monday. The no spin news returns.” O’Reilly usually started off his Fox show “The O’Reilly Factor” with the phrase “You are about to enter the no spin zone.”

Fox is also paying O’Reilly, 67, a reported $25 million over the next year, according to NBC News, after he inked a new four-year contract with the network just last month guaranteeing he’d make at least that much.

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O’Reilly was terminated from the network last week after the New York Times reported in early April that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women over several years to settle sexual harassment allegations against the longtime Fox anchor.

In a statement after his ouster, O’Reilly denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded claims.”

His top-rated cable news show, on the air since 2001, generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Fox and consistently netted more than 3.5 million viewers a night in recent months.

What we know now: Man fatally shot by Hamilton police over weekend

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police.

FIRST REPORT: Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

Here’s what we know now:

Police say there was a confrontation. Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. Sunday at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit.

When the officer arrived “he was immediately confronted by an armed subject,” Bucheit said.

That person, a white man who was about 20 years but that police have not yet named, was armed with what police described as a butcher knife.

“There was a brief confrontation and in that confrontation the officer discharged his weapon,” Bucheit said.

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The man died at the scene. The identity of the deceased man will not be released until after his next of kin are notified and an autopsy is completed by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. That will likely be today, according to the police chief.

Bucheit also said the identity of the officer involved in the shooting will not be released until today. Bucheit said the officer involved was not injured.

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The police officer was not wearing a body camera. But investigators will review the cruiser camera, Bucheit said.

Uniformed police officers in Hamilton have been testing body cameras.

CLOSER LOOK: Benefits, drawbacks of police cameras still being debated.

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One witness says he did not see man with weapon. Francis Adu, 41, a resident of the complex, said he didn’t see any weapon in the man’s hands seconds before the shooting.

Adu said a Hamilton police cruiser — without its lights or sirens activated — pulled in behind him in the complex and parked his vehicle in the parking lot. Adu parked his car in front of his apartment, and watched from his car as the man, shirtless and wearing a black scarf around his face, took two steps toward the officer with his arms in the air, he said.

Adu said he was interviewed by detectives at the Hamilton police station on Saturday.

Police: South Florida man drops baby to join in fight

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 2:07 AM

Two South Florida residents are facing charges after they were accused of attacking a woman while a 5-month-old child under their care lay bleeding on the ground. One of the suspects dropped a car seat — with the baby still in it — to join the altercation, police said.

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Riviera Beach Police arrested Naura Haliburton, 25, and Rodney Frazier, 24, Wednesday on multiple charges, including battery and child neglect. As of Friday, Frazier remained at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bail. Haliburton was released under supervision Thursday after she posted an $8,000 bail bond.

Police say the pair took the child to St. Mary’s Medical Center after leaving the scene of the altercation. The arrest report does not specify either Haliburton or Frazier’s relationship to the child. However, an investigator from the Department of Children and Families was called to review the situation.

The report does not specify who was assigned custody of the child.

According to the report, the situation unfolded shortly before 10 a.m.Wednesday at a residence in Riviera Beach. Police did not disclose the address. A 22-year-old woman told police investigators Haliburton provoked an argument, then Halliburton and Frazier forced their way into the residence when the woman refused to let them in.

The woman said Haliburton was upset because she believed the woman was making phone calls to others about her.

As the dispute intensified, Frazier went back outside to remove the baby from the car. When he came back, Frazier saw Haliburton and the other woman fighting. He dropped the car seat to join the altercation, police said.

A witness told investigators the child fell out of the seat onto the ground crying and had blood coming from his lip. Haliburton and Frazier picked the child up, put him in the car and drove away, police said.

What phrase does President Trump use most often?

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington. With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown
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While President Donald Trump seems never to be at a loss for words, both spoken and tweeted, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University says there is one phase that does seem to crop up in his public speaking more often than others. 

“Believe me” is the most common two-word phrase the president has used in public in his almost 100-day administration, according to a story from CNN.

The network asked Georgetown linguistics professor Jennifer Sclafani to study Trump’s remarks during the past three months. Sclafani said she found that Trump said “believe me” 26 times in speeches since his inauguration.

"Trump doesn't bother to get bogged down by details," Sclafani told CNN after studying the president’s speech patterns. "He presents himself as a visionary type of leader, focused solely on his vision for the future of the country."