The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 2nd April 2018

The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 2nd April 2018

Your round-up of the stories that you should discuss at interview this week:


Reported by Anna Flaherty

Apple Watch used to provide evidence in murder trial

The Apple Watch has been used to provide evidence in a murder trial in Australia. Myrna Nilsson, a grandmother, was wearing the watch when she was killed in September 2016. The 57 year old’s body was found in the laundry room of her home in Adelaide.

Her daughter-in-law, Caroline Nilsson, has been accused of staging an ambush. This is due to the fact Caroline claimed that her mother-in-law had been arguing with the men, who had supposedly tied her up upon entering the house, for about 20 minutes before the fatal attack took place. These claims come in spite of the fact that the data on Myrna’s smartwatch suggests that she actually died hours before Caroline emerged from the house, far earlier than she had claimed the killing took place.

Prosecutor Carmen Matteo described the Apple Watch as a “foundational piece of evidence […] demonstrating the falsity of the defendant’s account to police”. Matteo alleged that the watch had recorded data consistent with a person going into shock and losing consciousness, suggesting that Caroline Nilsson had staged the home invasion.

Nilsson has been denied bail on the basis that the prosecution’s case is too strong. The trial will continue in June.

Read more here.

Criminal Law

Reported by Paige Waters

Nurse charged with criminal neglect for failing to save a resident

Christy R McCall, a 41-year-old nurse who worked in Collinsville nursing home is facing a charge of criminal neglect following the death of a resident.

It has been alleged that on June 30th Ms McCall failed to give CPR to a resident when they were suffering from a heart attack.

A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health states that “the resident was found with no pulse, purple lips and was unresponsive”. Following this, the IDPH report said the “facility investigated and determined the nurse had failed to act properly in the situation”.

Furthermore, this report stated that McCall was standing in the doorway but did not enter the room where the deceased was having the heart attack and she allegedly stated “oh my god, I don’t know what to do”.

One of the nursing assistants have claimed she asked Ms McCall what to do about the resident’s serous condition, yet she did not receive a reply and McCall just proceeded to leave the room.

Read more here.


Man arrested on suspicion of supplying raw heroin

Jonathan C. Metz, a 24 year old from East-Alton has been charged with the “unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver” after officers found dozens of items, which is potential evidence.

An informant told officers at Wood River police, that on March 19th, Metz was selling both meth and heroin from his basement. This lead to the undercover operation. The police sent in the informant to make a drugs purchase, in which he returned with what was suspected to be methamphetamine and Oxycodone.

This confirmed that Metz was supplying drugs.

Metz was charged on March 26th following the search of his home after the search warrant had been executed.

It has been said that most of the evidential items seized for evidence had contained a white powder residue. Furthermore, there were also “glass pipes, a silver tray, white baggies, a digital scale, a fire-proof safe, a pill wrapper, capsules, rolled up counterfeit bills, cotton swabs and two packages of hypodermic needles”.

Read more here.

Corporate Law

Reported by Jutha Cheewat

GKN shareholders narrowly accept Melrose takeover

Last week, Melrose narrowly won GKN shareholders’ vote, with a 52.43% approval. GKN is one of the oldest British engineering companies which employs more than 4,000 people. However, it has not yet gained a legal victory over regulators.

Since Melrose has a reputation of it being a “short-term asset-stripper”, it is argued that as a matter of national security, the government should intervene.

Despite Melrose promising to keep the company headquarters in the UK and not to sell the company for 5 years, it does rid itself of public concern. Miller, protégé of Lord Hanson, who is the dealer that built an empire with a number of aggressive takeovers, said:

“Let me assure you that GKN is entering into very good hands,”

UK engineering groups and MPs, including Jack Dromey, called for the government to block the deal as one of GKN’s main production lines. They described the deal as a “bleak day for British industry”.

Business secretary Greg Clark said he would consider calls from MPs and trade unions to intervene on national security grounds, given GKN’s role in making components for military aircraft, including the Lockheed F-35B fighter jet.

He would also listen to the Ministry of Defence before deciding whether to refer the bid to the Competition and Markets Authority. According to a statutory requirement under the Enterprise Act, the government has the power to decide whether there are any national security grounds for any intervention.

Read more here and here.

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