Law Office of Lowell Steiger


Woman Charged with Insurance Fraud for Second Time in Two Years

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: May 16, 2009

Commissioner Poizner Announces Bakersfield Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud For Second Time In Two Years. Commissioner Steve Poizner announced today that Shawn Rene Dodd, 43, of Bakersfield, was arrested on Wednesday, and charged with uncertified practice of medicine, making false or fraudulent insurance claims, money laundering, commission of a felony while on bail and selling stocks without a license. Dodd’s bail was set at $1,000,000. If convicted, she could face a maximum of nine years four months in prison for these charges. “I will not tolerate those who abuse the insurance system to satisfy their own greed,” said Commissioner Poizner.… Read More

Contempt of Court: Woman Sentenced to 30 Days for Texting in Court

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: May 3, 2009

The unthinkable has finally happened – Susan Henwood appeared in court for a debtor’s hearing in an effort to ask the judge to continue the hearing because her husband was sick and could not attend and she was sentenced for 30 days in jail for texting him the updates of the hearing!!! According to an article in the Journal of the American Bar Association Susan Henwood, a mother of four, started serving the sentence in the Tooele County Jail on Monday, according to Henwood’s husband, Joshua Henwood, told KSL that his wife went to court to ask for a continuance in his case because… Read More

Brown Obtains Guilty Plea from Woman Who Operated Sophisticated Loan Scam

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: May 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES- Continuing his crackdown on mortgage fraud, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. late Thursday won a guilty plea from 22-year old Anna Santos, who conned thousands of dollars from homeowners in a “cruel and sophisticated” loan scam. Santos will be formally sentenced on May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court. She is expected to receive 2 years in prison. “Santos conned thousands of dollars from homeowners trying to save their homes through a cruel and sophisticated scam,” Brown said. “She held out hope, but in reality did not provide an ounce of loan modification, leaving her victims unprotected… Read More

Training to End Strokes – A Worthy Cause

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 28, 2009

My good friend and colleague, attorney Wendi Wagner McCluskey, will be training to end strokes. I asked her to write a piece to post here on my blog. Please read and help her exceed her goals. Although we’re in tough times, I truly believe that hers is a worthy cause, and, for that reason, I made a donation. From the pen of Wendi Wagner McCluskey, Esq. January, I watched my husband’s grandmother will herself to die after having had a stroke. Christmas Eve, she had been a vibrant woman, smiling and bouncing her great-granddaughter on her lap; by New Year… Read More

Twittering While Driving (TWD): Danger Abounds!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 12, 2009

Twitter is the new rage but where it’s used can be outrageously dangerous. But wait! Before you think I’m anti-Twitter, please be sure that I am all for Twitter! I have a Twitter account with the screenname steigerlaw which, as of today, boasts 1,225 followers, and growing. And I’m following 1,800+ Twitterers as well (and growing). It’s productive, addictive and fun. I keep my Twittering professional — i.e., my Tweets (messages) are generally relevant to law related subjects save a few transgressions such as when I tout the Daily Puppy photo website because I’m a dog lover and think looking at puppy pictures is a great… Read More

Motorcycle Accident $275,000 Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 29, 2009

This case is one wherein my client, Bobby, suffered serious injuries as a result of a car making a u-turn in front of him while he drove his motorcycle at a safe speed. In particular, he suffered a degloving injury to his right leg which necessitated a painful skin graft and had left him with a large permanent scar (see picture to the right).Graphic photos of Bobby’s injuries, before and after the surgery, can be seen by clicking here – due to the graphic nature of these motorcycle injury degloving photos, it is inappropriate to just post them here because they are too shocking and… Read More

Fritzl Chooses Luxury Prison – Where’s the Outrage?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 22, 2009

Timesonline reports that per Austrian law Josef Fritzl, who was convicted of rape, murder, false imprisonment and other atrocities which he committed during the 24 years that he kept his daughter Elisabeth and the 6 surviving children that he forced her to bear in while confined in a windowless dungeon, will get to pick his poison … I mean prison. (I apologize for the long sentence but, after all, I am a lawyer and we tend to be verbose).Associated Press Video Can this horrific story get any more bizarre? 73 year old Fritzl, a creature who has no right to call… Read More

Josef Fritzl Sentenced To Life in Mental Hospital

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 19, 2009

Joseph Fritzl, the monster who imprisoned, raped and tortured his own daughter, Elisabeth, for 24 years while forcing her to bear 7 of his children, has been sentenced to life in a mental hospital — a mental hospital of HIS own choosing. In general, I’m not a punitive person. However, in these circumstances, this man should be afforded absolutely no choice as to any aspect of his life, not the least of which is where he will spend the rest of his days. He should be afforded the same choice he gave to his daughter – none. According to Timesonline: Josef… Read More

Joseph Fritzl Pleads Guilty to All Charges – He’s Still a Monster

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 18, 2009

In spite of the fact that Josef Fritzl pled guilty to ALL charges today, he remains one of the great monsters of all time. Click here, here, here, here and here to read previous, detailed postings of his horrific crimes. Please watch the CNN Video News Report below for greater details of today’s guilty plea.

Details of Elisabeth Fritzl’s Abuse at the Hands of Her Father, Josef

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 17, 2009

I am sickened by the account of Josef Fritzl’s treatment of his daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, during the 24 years that he imprisoned her in a purposefully built cellar. This Josef Fritzl calls himself a man, a human being. I don’t perceive him as human. The horrors that he bestowed upon his daughter beginning with drugging her at age 18 in order to imprison her in the dungeon that became her 24 year torture chamber and the deceit that he so brazenly perpetrated to friends and family during that time boggle the mind and shock the conscience. Here is, in part,… Read More

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