Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Crime & Courts

California lawyer fined for zapping witness with trick pen

A California attorney has been fined $3,000 for zapping a witness with a trick pen during a Utah trial over whether electrical currents from a power plant are harming cows.

Fourth District Judge James Brady this week ruled Los Angeles-based lawyer Don Howarth's conduct amounted to "battery of a witness."

While testifying against dairy farmers who claim currents from the Delta power plant harm cattle, expert Athanasios Meliopoulos said 1.5 volts couldn't be felt by a person.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Howarth, who represented dairy farmers, gave a child's gag pen to Meliopoulos, told him it contained a 1.5-volt AAA battery and challenged him to push it.

Brady says Meliopoulos "received a strong electric shock" because the pen also contained a transformer that boosted the battery up to 750 volts.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.22% dw 4.27%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.19% dw 3.24%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.37% dw 4.42%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.30% dw 3.33%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.35% dw 3.38%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.38% dw 4.54%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.06% dw 4.09%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.07% dw 5.08%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.55% dw 4.56%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.55% dw 4.56%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 3.06% -- 3.06%  
36 M Used Graph 3.28% dw 3.29%  
48 M New Graph 3.05% up 2.96%  
48 M Used Graph 2.88% dw 2.96%  
60 M New Graph 3.08% dw 3.21%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.36% -- 0.36%  
1 yr Graph 0.60% -- 0.60%  
5 yr Graph 1.45% up 1.44%