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Police Investigate Hidden Camera in Women’s Dressing Room of IN Fire Station

Indiana State Police detectives have launched a criminal investigation after a hidden recording device was found in locker room used by female firefighters at a South Bend fire station last week.

CA Fire Agency’s First Female Pilot Cites ‘Boys Club Mentality’ in Discrimination Suit

Helicopter pilot Desiree Horton suing the OCFA for sexual discrimination and seeking to end what she and her attorneys call a "boys club mentality."
Brad Pinsky, Chip Comstock, Curt Varone, and John K. Murphy

Podcast: Fire Service Court

The panel of firefighter-attorneys—Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, Brad Pinsky, and Curt Varone—looks at emerging legal issues facing fire departments
John K. Murphy

Facing the New Normal

John K. Murphy reviews some of the challenges facing the fire service as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jury Rules Kansas City (KS) Government Discriminated Against Black Firefighter, Awards Him $2.4M

A federal jury found that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, discriminated against a Black firefighter and then retaliated against him when it fired him for raising complaints.

NTSB: Pilot Error Likely Caused Vintage Bomber’s Fatal Crash in CT

Pilot error probably caused the 2019 crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut that killed seven people and wounded six others, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
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Teen Arrested in Fatal Lowell (MA) Arson

Police in Lowell arrested a teenager as the third person in connection with a fatal fire on at Westford Street in February.
Brad Pinsky, Chip Comstock, Curt Varone, and John K. Murphy

Podcast: Fire Service Court

In this episode, Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, and Brad Pinsky consider issues relating to privacy and speech issues in the fire station.
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Court Tosses Murder Conviction in Deadly MD Fire in Secret Tunnels

A Maryland appeals court on Friday overturned a wealthy stock trader's conviction on a murder charge in the fiery death of a man who was secretly helping him dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a home.
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Fire Legal Issues in Review: Year 2020

John K. Murphy looks back at a turbulent year for the fire service and America in general and a bonanza year for lawyers.