Afternoon Briefs: Judge OKs ID using altered photo; infants seized for parents' vitamin refusal, suit says
Tyrone Lamont Allen’s booking photo and lineup photo. Images from the motion to suppress.
Judge allows eyewitness IDs based on altered mug shot
A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has refused to toss tellers’ identification of a suspected bank robber based on a mug shot that had been altered to remove the suspect’s tattoos. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez said three of four tellers who viewed the scrubbed mug shot of Tyrone Lamont Allen said he was the robber. Hernandez also noted that an informant indicated Allen may have been wearing makeup, and a witness at one of the robberies said the robber had faint tattoos. (The Oregonian)
Suit claims parents’ vitamin K refusal led Illinois agency to seize newborns
A federal lawsuit claims Illinois’ child protection agency broke state and federal laws by seizing newborn babies and investigating their parents when they refused consent for their children to receive vitamin K shots. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had classified the refusal as medical neglect in a since-rescinded policy. The shots are given to help babies’ blood clot and reduce bleeding in case of emergency. Lead plaintiffs in the suit are Courtney and James Holderman III, the son of a former chief judge at the federal courthouse in Chicago. (The Chicago Tribune)
Bill Cosby must pay Quinn Emanuel $2.74M, judge rules
A California state judge has ordered Bill Cosby to pay $2.74 million in unpaid legal bills, arbitration costs and interest to his former law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan. Judge Elaine Lu rejected Cosby’s assertion that the legal bill was “egregious.” The law firm represented Cosby in civil suits alleging misconduct and defamation. Cosby is currently serving a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for the sexual assault of a Temple University employee. (Law360, CBS)