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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Wendy's Finger Has Been Traced
According to the Associated Press on Yahoo! News, after several weeks of investigation, the finger that was reported to be in the Wendy's chili has finally been traced to a man who was in an industrial accident and gave it to the husband of Ayala who allegedly planted it in a scam to get money. Investigators found at least 13 cases in which Ayala has filed claims her or her children's name. Surrounding Wendy's in the California area, at the time of the incident reported 60 to 70 percent loss in business and is currently still at 20 percent loss.
By Craig J. Springer
Monday, May 16, 2005
Update on Expungement
In response to my entry of 4/11/05 about expungement, we received an email from John Sandy, Esquire of Stumpf Vickers & Sandy, P.A. in Georgetown, Delaware. He notes that when there is a previous conviction, it is still sometimes possible to get a new criminal charge expunged. He says in part:
I have twice been successful in having the "Mental Patient" notation removed (sealed) from the SBI record. In both cases SBI itself vehemently opposed and the DOJ took up their position. The cases, about 5 years apart, were nearly identical. Both involved young women applying for jobs that required a background check. As I recollect, they were both applying for teaching positions. At the time of their petitions both were in their mid twenties. In each case, when they were 15 or 16, they threatened (but did not attempt) suicide over breakups with boyfriends. In both cases, alarmed parents enlisted the aid of the State Police and 72 hour commitments were procured. Both girls were released before the 72 hours elapsed and neither ever had any other problem. Clearly, a background check would have been severely detrimental to their teaching careers. A reading of the statue clearly stated that "adult" commitments were to be reported. Despite the fact that the records should never have been made available to SBI the State opposed sealing the record. In both cases the court (Graves in one and Bradley in the other) granted the motion. I am surprised that some of the mental health advocates have not taken up the issue of the inclusion of this information in the SBI records.
Thank you Mr. Sandy for your insights.
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