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Verizon DSL Customer Service
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

I am writing to complain about the inadequate customer service and “run around” I received from Version DSL. On August, 28th 2006, my telephone service was switched from Spectrotel to Verizon at my request. (Spectrotel has slammed me and I requested that Verizon return to be my carrier). Since the switch to Verizon took place, my DSL service has not worked. From Monday, August 29th until September, 4th, 2006, I made numerous calls to Verizon regarding my, non-functioning DSL service. I spoke with several DSL tech support personnel and supervisors who appear to pass me from one department to another because they could not tell me why my service was not working. Finally, on Monday September 4th, 2006, Gina (tech number Z724336) supervisor told me that I would have canceled my current DSL service since I had new line with Verizon and re-order the service. I called and cancelled my service on September 5th, 2006 and was given an order ID number 127508168. I was also sent an e-mail by a Verizon customer service representative stating my start date for DSL would be September, 18th, 2006.
Monday September, 11th called to check the status of my order was told by customer service representative that the present order was in the system to be cancelled. I was told by a technical support supervisor that, to get DSL service I would have to cancel the present order and re-order service. On Thursday September 14th received call that my order had been cancelled and I can go ahead and re-order. I called Verizon and re-ordered service for DSL as soon as I received this call and the agent assured me it would go through. I received a call on Friday, 15th, Saturday, 16th and Monday18th, September, 2006 telling me that my old service has been cancelled and to got ahead and re-order my service. I called on Monday, 18th, September, 2006 and was told technical support supervisor that I already ordered my DSL service. I was told that it was not in the system and to call billing. I called billing on Tuesday, September, 19th, 2006 and was told that I will have to re-order my service since my order from last week. The order was in the system as a cancelled order. I called tech support several times afterwards and again like all the other times I have called I waited on the telephone for 45-75 minutes on the telephone to be assisted. I am still without DSL service and appear to be no resolution in-sight and I am not sure what to do at this point and a faithful Verizon customer.


As a resolution, I would like the following:

I would like that I be not charged any termination or cancellation fee or any other action recommended by the Attorney General' Office

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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Valued Customers? on 2006-09-27:
I had similar experienced dealing with Verizon. I never even got my DSL set up, and finally after several hours on hold and being disconnected a couple times, I decided that instead of finding out what the hold up was, I was simply going to cancel and switch to Comcast. It took 1 1/2 hours to cancel my account, and the customer service representative kept insisting that I give her a reason for cancelling. When I gave her the reason she'd say "I understand what your saying ma'am, but what is your reason for cancelling?" As if she didn't understand why a month of waiting for service and hour long hold times consuming my days right off the bat wasn't reason enough!! Comcast has been great!
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Bank of America Online Banking fee fraud
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As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

Bank of America knows that customers use online banking so as not to have to keep track of their paper receipts with a calculator. Clients depend on the accuracy of the balance shown online, and often check that balance on days that they make transactions. Bank of America (MD) Online banking purposefully does not show the true daily available balance on users online statement. A posted transaction will appear instantly then disappear for a few days, fooling the user that the available balance shown is up to the minute or even the day. Then BOA allows (instead of denying) transactions to post based on the erroneous balance and simply charge overdraft fees, although it was their mistake in reporting the wrong balance.

So, BOA depends on being able to charge Huge overdraft fees racking up on Online Banking customers who depend on their online banking daily balance to be correct and accurate. Transactions that post on a certain day show up instantly, then the available balance listed is assumed to be just as instant. But, the following day, and days after, the transaction is no longer shown and the available balance has reverted, unbeknownst to the client, who feels free to use their debit card, without having a register, to track spending otherwise. Other online banking that I currently use, will show the transaction, and the available balance up to the minute and that available balance can be depended upon to be accurate and updated every day no matter how many transactions are posted and how many days pass.

Please do something about the dangerous practice that Bank of America has developed. Only people who can least afford it, will be financially harmed by it. Especially those of us who are accustomed to checking our online balance (sometimes several times a day) in order to stay within our debit card limit. If the online balance can no longer be relied upon, we might as well go back to checks and check registers, and check fees, etc. Other banks are doing it right, so should BOA.

I have contacted several CSAs by phone and requested that Bank of America refund the fraudulent fees, but they have so far refused, saying that I should keep a register and that the online balance does not reflect pending transactions, even though they have already posted. I would like my monies refunded, and BOA punished for this fraud.


As a resolution, I would like the following:

I want all the fees they fraudulently took refunded to me and the account closed.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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sanford31031 on 2004-06-23:
I'm so glad that people can now go online and check their balance every 5 minutes. When working at a bank, the same people would come in everyday to get a printout and aggravate the hell out of us tellers. If what you say is true, BOA is wrong, but there is a thing called a register, use it! Keep up with your own balance and this will not happen.
elizzi2002 on 2004-07-13:
Whenever you make a debit card purchase that amount SUBTRACTS from your balance but does NOT post the same day! The debit will NOT post until that vendor requests payment from Bank of America. If they do not do so within a certain amount of time that debit hold will drop off the account, however, if you are keeping accurate track of your account you will know that you have already spent that money! It is your responsibility to know what you spend not BOA's! Do not rely on online banking, the balance a teller gives you or an ATM balance. Only YOU know your true balance because only YOU know where you have spent money.
Hockeman on 2004-07-27:
The two prior comments left are acurate but one sided... mabey BOA employees! Fees... I understand getting but $33.00 every time? I had a bill payment inadvertently go out and as a result my account was overdrafted 5 times for a total of $33.00 of small charges. It resulted in $165.00 worth of fees. Ridiculous!!!
trasmus on 2004-12-30:
We try to teach students in our school system the they are responsible for their actions. They, them, those, the person who performs the actions. You are responsible for checking your balance and keeping your register. You are responsible for knowing what you have in the bank. You. You. You. Quit blaming a bank for your error. If you want to keep your account at a level that is dangerous you will suffer the consequences of your actions. My wife keeps 3 accounts balanced online and two of them constantly have barely $2 in them. She never overdrafts because she watches the account and keeps her register. If you don't want to do this much work then you need to keep a savings account that is linked to your checking to prevent overdraft charges and fees that you know are going to come but were just to lazy to write it down on your schedule or your check register. And don't keep only $5 in your savings account. lol. And believe me I am not a Bank of America Employee. I can't stand Banks and the monopoly they have become. But that does not mean I am not going to be lazy and think I have no consequence for my actions.
Chefotto on 2007-06-26:
Letter to the OCC: Bank of America charging overdraft fees even when the account shows an actual positive balance.

Bank of America is charging overdraft fees on accounts with a positive balance by debiting them when checks are issued via online banking rather than when they are cashed.

My online banking account is linked to a private account and a business account. It defaults to the private account, so that a check for $4,400 intended for the business account was sent to the private account. Discovering the mistake a day after the checks were issued (but not cashed) I immediately transferred $5000 into the account.. On-line banking showed a deficit of about $1,500 on a previous balance of about $3,000. Checking with BofA online banking customer service I was informed that an overdraft fee of $35 would be charged for each overdraft.

Contacting the recipients of the checks to make sure that they had been able to cash them, however, I was informed that the checks had neither been received nor cashed, which means that the account has a current real balance of over $8,0000, which more than covers the amounts of the checks written. A second call to Bank of America online Banking Service confirmed, however, that $35 per each of the five overdrafts would be charged in fees for uncovered checks despite the ongoing positive balance.)

Bank of America debits the account at the moment a check is issued. While I have resolved individual problem through assertive demands, I am sure others do not fare as well (my cash balance is usually rather high and Bank of America can be reasonable under those conditions). This practice, if legal, is outrageous and needs to be examined. Please tell me you will.
customerXXX on 2007-07-11:
To Sanford 31031 and trasmus : you both refer to checking online balances in addition to keeping your own register. I'd really love to know - What is the point of checking your online balance at all if you are keeping your own register?

To elizzi2002 : You say not to rely on the online banking, atm or even the teller. It's nice to think that we are not meant to trust the people who are holding our hard earned money. What is the point of giving over our money to an institution that can't be trusted?
quovadis on 2007-07-20:
I would like to tell my story.
I used to have an MBNA BUSINESS credit card, that was taken over by Bank of America.
Now BOA sent me two new Business credit cards, and I try to use online banking to see by balances and conduct the company business online.
First of all, I can't see temporary authorizations on my statement as purchases occur.
The debits and credits are posted 3-5 days later.
So I have to wait to see if a payment went through.
The total alloted credit line is wrong. It actually shows the wrong figures.

I have set up the online banking to send me email alerts. I often receive emails stating that our credit card balance exceeeds the threshold set.
When I call customer service they clearly state that the balance is nowhere near the threshold.
When I make a minimum payment due, the amount stays online to be paid again.
Sometimes I have paid that minimum payment multiple times hoping it would disappear...when I call customer service they tell me no minimum payment is due...

This is to say, that BOA online Business Credit card section is really not working.
It is making my life very miserable to say the least, and a lot of wasted time calling the online banking customer service.
Their typical response is "we are working on it" we know online banking has some flaws...

inthamix on 2007-08-03:
thank you ever so much, msmall and customerXXX and Hockeman. I am relieved to finally hear from someone on this site who does not appear to be paid, or brainwashed, by the banking industry. I posted a very legitimate, but complicated, complaint re. WaMu yesterday. I was assailed with nasty, insulting folks (yes, I did stoop to calling one of them a smartypants after he insinuated pretty bluntly that I wasn't very bright). people who seem to wish a bank would hire them, or who did work for a bank .... or I suspect people who go onto these sites purely for the sick joy of having a chance to lecture and insult complete strangers. I sincerely feel that it's questions like yours, and like mine, that have any chance of getting us anywhere in this society. this mindless repetition of bank policies, which basically amount to telling us, "don't trust the bank" ..... where is that getting us at all? watch out in particular for Ponie ... only in this to practice hurling insults ....


maaddmax on 2008-05-02:
Wow, I had this exact same issue happen to me last month, and after calls and letters of complaints all I have gotten is the same response as you. I asked what the purpose of their advertisements and use of online checking if I cannot trust the balance shown. Their own commercials show people online in a cafe watching as their transaction goes through and showing up instantly online. I had purchases from several days previous hit my account just before midnight, when my auto deposit would come in. I checked all day and night to make sure my balance was positive and if it did go negative I still had time to take a loan from family and deposit it.
Scott on 2012-08-01:
BOA's website and text banking is just flat out unreliable!! That's the underlying problem. Their system has failed me many times. I don't know if everyone is familiar with BOA's text banking feature. I simple text with a 3-letter command and BOA can update you with account info. I texted asking for my balance, it told me I had $578 in my account, but when I logged in online minutes later, it showed $2894 in my account. ??? Just the other day, I went online to balance up my account and there were charges that were there 5 days ago and now they are missing... came back the next day with a different amount. How can you possibly manage your account when the bank cannot? I don't have all day to sit here and watch over everything. If the bank is going to create and release these banking systems, then must be reliable.
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Liberian Sex Monster
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- Justice has received another black eye, this time from the Maryland Judiciary. A man charged with raping a 7 year old girl and molesting her over a three year period, was freed when the charges against him were dropped.
The charges were dropped because they were supposedly unable to find an interpreter who spoke the suspect's native tongue, as he was from Liberia. Shame on the idiots who made this determination, and also shame on the Liberian Embassy which refused to assist, claiming they could not force anyone to act as an interpreter. So far this all sounds quite reasonable, doesn't it? The thing that makes this whole situation intolerable is that the suspect attended High School and College in the United States, and speaks English fluently. For Pete's sake, he discussed the case with detectives in excellent English!
To claim that the man needed an interpreter to defend himself against the charges or that he was unable to understand English sufficiently to assist is his defense is balderdash! To see a Child Molester and Rapist walk free because of a phony baloney reason like this galls me. I agree that a person should be considered innocent until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, to use ridiculous concepts to twist our judicial system to escape punishment for one's patently criminal activities is unacceptable. I am not usually one to wish ill on anyone, but in this case, this person should become the victim of an 'accident.' Possibly a hit and run accident as he crosses a street. The Maryland Attorney General should join Mike Nifong in the Judicial Hall of Shame.
     
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Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
I also read about this case, and dropping the charges is absolutely ridiculous!

Skye on 2007-07-23:
Oh my god, what another tragedy in our so called judicial system.

My prayers go out to that little, innocent angel.

Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
raping - Does that mean he had sex with her by using forse.
Noneill on 2007-07-23:
I am outraged as anyone else, but I want to say that the title of your complaint is misleading. He didn't have sex with a 7 y/o. He raped her and that is a crime of violence, not sex.
tnchuck100 on 2007-07-23:
100 years ago the "law" did not have to concern themselves with a situation such as this. The child's father would kill him! Justice served!
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Noneill - But I thought rape was makeing someone have sex when they did not want to.
Skye on 2007-07-23:
OK, this story is on Nancy Grace right now. He went to high school and college here, and speaks English. This whole thing is insane. The judge is a lunatic to throw this case out.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
I wonder what was in it for the judge?
Skye on 2007-07-23:
She's saying in pained her, but that she had to throw it out, since he didn't get a fair and speedy trial. Thing is, he signed off on something waiving this right. She basically gave up and was sick of dealing with all this. What!!

Also, he speaks English. What about this little girls rights?? The whole thing makes me want to pull the switch on the electric chair myself, to have him eliminated.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
This system,or SHI*STEM is corrupt!!!!
I'm moving to Canada!
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
It's not the system Steve, its the people running it!
Skye on 2007-07-23:
Does anyone know where her parents were or are?? So far no mention of them.

They are now discussing what disgusting things he did to her when she was six. Full blown sex, as well as penetration in other places. I want to vomit. She's a baby. She is my nieces age :(
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
That's yankee justice for ya...Send him on down here to Oklahoma or Texas. We tend to execute first... ask questions second...trial is a distant third.. We pretty much figure God will sort it all out in the end.

Hope the prosecutor is able to win the appeal. Ditto Skye.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
I think its both.

Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
That's sick,a grown man with a kid.LET ME AT HIM!!
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
How To Destroy America
by Richard D. Lamm
March 22, 2006

"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country." History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."

http://www.afr.org/editorials/lamm/032206.html
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Lidman,where do you get this stuff?
Racists-R-us?
LOL
Skye on 2007-07-23:
I would love to let you guys loose on him. See how tough he is then. If it was only in my power.
Nohandle on 2007-07-23:
About a year or two ago, in this area, we had a situation where a man was arrested for sexual child abuse. A done deal at the time of his arrest due to the evidence. He was tossed into the "community lock up" if that's the correct term and although not killed, he was pretty well taken care of that night by the others who were in the cell and had learned what he was in there for. He recovered sufficiently to stand trial and sentenced to prison. I certainly hope the word was passed on. Never heard anything since. Perhaps we best put the criminals in charge of child abuse cases. I understand they don't take too kindly to them.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
I was kidding Lid.
Don't yell at me.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Guys in jail take care of the justice these creeps deserve.
If the judge,and jury won't dirty their hands,No worries send him to prison.
Skye on 2007-07-23:
No handle, that's the best suggestion I've read. Really, that's justice being served.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
It's just one of those things I would exspect from a Californian. LOL J/K or am I?

"The American Dream is alive and well
to all those who choose to chase after it."


-Jim Bickford


http://todaysamericandream.com/
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Unbelievable!!!
Fu** the judicial system!
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Nohandle, the word does get passed on. That’s the reason the other judge let the pervert go in a different case because he was "short" and they new he wouldn't last a day in prison.
Starlord on 2007-07-23:
ponie, thank you for the info. I have found out it was the judge in the case who threw the charges out on the word of a psychiatrist (I never met a psychiatrist who w2asn't crazier than his patients.) I fail to understand why they keep saying he cannot be re-charged. He was not found not guilty by a jury, as I understand it, he never saw a jury. Maryland, State of Confusion joins the People's Republic of Massachusetts. Is this some sort of mental defect that is invading all of New England?
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Book I, Chapter 4
Concerning The Tower Of Babylon, And The Confusion Of Tongues
1. Now the sons of Noah were three, -- Shem, Japhet, and Ham, born one hundred years before the Deluge. These first of all descended from the mountains into the plains, and fixed their habitation there; and persuaded others who were greatly afraid of the lower grounds on account of the flood, and so were very loath to come down from the higher places, to venture to follow their examples. Now the plain in which they first dwelt was called Shinar. God also commanded them to send colonies abroad, for the thorough peopling of the earth, that they might not raise seditions among themselves, but might cultivate a great part of the earth, and enjoy its fruits after a plentiful manner. But they were so ill instructed that they did not obey God; for which reason they fell into calamities, and were made sensible, by experience, of what sin they had been guilty: for when they flourished with a numerous youth, God admonished them again to send out colonies; but they, imagining the prosperity they enjoyed was not derived from the favor of God, but supposing that their own power was the proper cause of the plentiful condition they were in, did not obey him. Nay, they added to this their disobedience to the Divine will, the suspicion that they were therefore ordered to send out separate colonies, that, being divided asunder, they might the more easily be Oppressed.
2. Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers !
3. Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them divers languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion. The Sibyl also makes mention of this tower, and of the confusion of the language, when she says thus: "When all men were of one language, some of them built a high tower, as if they would thereby ascend up to heaven, but the gods sent storms of wind and overthrew the tower, and gave every one his peculiar language; and for this reason it was that the city was called Babylon." But as to the plan of Shinar, in the country of Babylonia, Hestiaeus mentions it, when he says thus: "Such of the priests as were saved, took the sacred vessels of Jupiter Enyalius, and came to Shinar of Babylonia."

tp://www.interhack.net/projects/library/antiquities-jews/b1c4.html
Ponie on 2007-07-23:
starlord, it's that 'double jeopardy' thing. He was charged, charges dismissed by a dim-wit judge, so can't be recharged. They may be could get him on something else--like spitting on the sidewalk--but not for the same crime again. (Guess I watch too much Law & Order.) Also, I misspoke earlier. FOX didn't have a video interview--they did it by telephone. They said he spoke broken English. But, again, none of the telephone conversation was aired. I wonder why? O'Reilly and Greta VanSusteren had a go at it on the O'Reilly Factor tonight. Naturally, since he's been on the tails of numerous judges who do such stupid things, Bill was blaming the judge. Greta, a former prosecutor, said it was up to the prosecution to obtain a suitable interpreter. I guess they originally had two or three lined up, bur for various reasons none of them served in that capacity.

I still want to see the jerk fry. He looks like a reject from the bottom of the barrel.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Ponie, good point. Charges dismissed, at this point, because he didn't get a 'speedy trial'.

We can only wish they could get him on something(significant) at this point. What were his words in the phone interview? Something like "I said what I needed to say".

Disgusting.
runaway on 2007-07-24:
The problem with this case (and I'm sure others like it we don't hear about) comes down to the defendant saying they don't understand English well enough to comprehend the charges and the law and assist in their own defense. Anyone with English as a second language can claim this. If you can't quickly find an "approved" interpreter, then they have the "not given their right to a speedy trial" defense.
Why not have an "approval system" for ability to comprehend the language? Tape ALL conversations with the suspect, making sure you ask unrelated questions that test their ability to reason in English (not informing them of what you're doing, of course so they can't fake it), then use those tapes to prove the suspect's comprehension abilities.
Ponie on 2007-07-24:
Whoooeee! FNC received a 300 page document which shows this low-life's history. He was charged with raping his 7 yr. old niece. It's come to light he also raped another ONE AND A HALF YEAR old niece! Please, Lord, let me at this monster. Within 15 minutes he'd be a soprano--and I don't mean the HBO series. Oh, also, he lives with his father who is a registered sex offender. There are two young girls in the household also. Can't CPS go in and get those kids out of there?
Ponie on 2007-07-23:
State attorney McCarthy held a short presser earlier today. Some time this afternoon, he's appealing the ruling handed down by Judge Katherine Savage which lets this monster go free.

Within something like a two hour period yesterday, the Washington Post was able to locate three competent interpreters. Also the alleged (I hate that word) rapist was interviewed by FOX News yesterday and spoke very good English. I noted FOX is not playing the video, just commenting on it.

My Sis lives in Montgomery County MD where all this took place. I sent her an email ribbing her about the kind of justice meted out in her county. I also told her to make note of the judge's name in case it's an elected office. She replied that 'sometimes we get things right' (meaning McCarthy) and will remember Savage's name.

At the presser, McCarthy said he felt 'confident the ruling will be overturned.' I hope so, also.
Ponie on 2007-07-23:
P.S. Starlord. The attorney general IS getting involved by having McCarthy file an appeal. I pray the appeal is granted.
Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Our government is out of control and the lawyers and judges are running amuck all over the law and the people of the USA. It is passed time for these people to be held accountable for the crimes they commit against the law’s that they were swarm to up hold.

People such a J. Sutton who spend millions to lock up Americans doing there job to protect America, yet criminals are set free and even paid millions to do WHAT?

What is it these people are hiding by letting rapist go free to rape again? By letting drug dealers go free to bring more drugs in to an already drug saturated country.

Maybe it’s time for the people to take a long hard look at the situation and begin to put a stop to this kind of criminal actions by putting these judges, lawyers and politicians where they belong in prison?

Read the rest of the story below.

By Jonathan Paye-Layleh BBC News, Monrovia

A new bill in Liberia calling for tough penalties for rapists has been submitted to the president.
The Female Lawyers Association want their draft bill to replace current law, which is vague and has allowed rapists to go unpunished.

Under the new proposals, those found guilty of raping someone under 18 years old would be jailed for life.

Rape is on the increase since the end of the 14-year civil war in 2003 which saw widespread sexual violence.

There are currently 80 rape cases documented at the national human rights commission.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4725263.stm

Anonymous on 2007-07-23:
Nothing surprises me in this state anymore. From now on the State of Maryland will be known as the State of Confusion.
Nohandle on 2007-07-23:
Does anyone remember the time when a convicted rapist was given the death penalty and that penalty was carried out? The rape of a innocent child was unspeakable and I doubt the individual was even given a trial by the time the family got through with him.

Starlord, on my MSN search I looked up Rape Capital Offense and the following was first on the list. I thought some might be interested in the states taking this seriously. It's a bit lengthy, sorry, but I feel people need to be aware.
May 31, 2007
Analysis of capital child rape laws
At FindLaw, Professor Marci Hamilton has this new commentary discussing new laws making child rape a capital offense. Here is how it begins:

Last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death penalty as applied to a child abuser. Louisiana has led the way in passing laws to execute pedophiles. However, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, and Montana also have passed such laws, with Texas soon to follow when Gov. Rick Perry signs such legislation.

A major impetus for the death penalty in child sex cases is the heinous crime by a previously-convicted sex offender against Florida nine-year old Jessica Lunsford, who suffered horrific abuse, including burial alive in a shallow grave, where she eventually suffocated. If there is a way to measure the temperature of public opinion against child abuse, this is it, and it bodes well for children, even if it is not the most effective way of protecting children.
Skye on 2007-07-23:
Thank you No Handle. I am sick of the innocence of children being taken away and some even murdered by the sick trash of society. I think the death penalty is well long overdue for repeat offending pedophiles.
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Concern of faulty airbag
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

I purchased a used 1999 Toyota Camry 1n 2001. On Friday, June 11, 2004, this vehicle was involved in a serious accident involving major front end damage to the car. However, the airbag did not deploy. I took pictures of my vehicle and compared them to other vehicles on the lot where my car had been towed. After the comparison, I noticed that the damage sustained by my vehicle was similar to or greater than the damage sustained by other vehicles. I took pictures of different vehicles because I suspect that there is a problem with the airbags on my car.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

I want Toyota to be held accountable for the problems that exists with this vehicle. I would like for the entire vehicle to be replaced as it appears that it should be totaled anyway. I would also like some monetary compensation because when the vehicle was purchased it was advertised as having driver's and passenger's side airbags. This apparently is not the case so I should not have been paying for something that I did not have.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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terrapin8180 on 2004-06-16:
I understand the problem with the car and all but your crazy if you think they are going to give you a new car and and compensate you. I think you need to come back down to earth.
bill on 2004-06-16:
Airbags are not designed to employ in every accident. Sometimes an airbag can cause more injury than the accident. Just because there was major front end damage, doesn't mean the accident was serious enough for the airbag to deploy. Front ends are desinged to crumple in an accident so as to absorb the force and better protect the occupants fo the car. I don't think you were injured in the accident (otherwise you would be screaming that you want money for medical bills and pain and suffering) so its a good thing the airbag didn't open. I think the airbag was working and working properly because it didn't deploy when it didn't need to.
Slimjim on 2004-06-16:
If you weren't hurt, be thankful the airbag didn't blow up in your face. Not only does it feel like getting punched with a brick, but adds about 2k to the cost of repairs when replacing it. As already brought up, most front end accidents do not deploy the bag, and that's by design.
LegalCollector on 2004-06-16:
I learned a lot about airbags by reading this. Thanks guys!! (Not being sarcastic)
shyfox777 on 2004-06-16:
Excellent points, bill. Another point not taken by the writer - the fact that he or she is alive and well and writing to anyone speaks volumes about the safety design of the vehicle.
Anonymous on 2004-06-17:
Too many possible scenerios here to comment but a letter to the attorney general is worthless here. Try contacting the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration) and file a report (I suspect the attorney general will tell you the same). They will investigate and come to a fair conclusion. Did you purchase the vehicle used?? The latest trend is people repairing vehicles that have been in accidents and NOT putting the airbags back in, only the covers and then selling them to unsuspecting people. There is no real set standard for airbag deployment but most manufactures are set around a front end collision of over 16 MPH but this CAN vary. Also some vehicle's will have a higher impact rating if you are wearing your seatbelt that way there is no deployment when it is not necessary. On a lighter side of things be thankful the airbag did not deploy and you were able to walk away, when these airbags deploy it can be similar to being hit by Mike Tyson. Good Luck.
PeskyKittyButt on 2004-07-07:
Toyota is NOT going to replace your totaled car with a new car. Now get your head out of your butt and move along.
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