‘In case I go missing’ binders keep going viral among true-crime fans, who advocate for storing DNA and personal information ‘just in case’

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TikTok videos featuring binders designed to store DNA, fingerprints, and other personal information have received millions of views.Getty Images, Douglas Sacha

  • A binder filled with DNA and personal details “in case I go missing” has gone viral on TikTok.

  • The idea originates from a popular true-crime podcast, but it has faced criticism from audiences.

  • Law enforcement say it could be useful, but the risks may outweigh the potential benefits.

On December 14, 2022, the TikTok account for a brand called Savor, which sells organization and storage products, uploaded a video of a person thumbing through a folder sold by the brand. A voiceover said it was filled with items intended to be used in case the person went missing, including a hair sample, a set of fingerprints, and a list of people police should question.

The folder used is sold on Savor’s website as the “In Case I Go Missing” binder, priced at $46.95.

Savor’s clip quickly went viral, receiving over 10 million views and thousands of comments. Some encouraged the idea and gave advice on additional items they thought belonged in the binder.

In a series of follow-up videos, @Savor.It.All responded to the advice from comments, adding a cheek swab and an updated hair sample.

Jennifer McAllister-Nevins, the 52-year-old founder and co-CEO of Savor, told Insider in an email statement that when her father was in hospital she was asked what medication he took, and she didn’t know the answer. The brand developed the “Family Emergency Collection,” which the binder is part of, to help people be “prepared for any situation,” she said.

But a lot of viewers were critical of the concept, suggesting it was playing off irrational fears, romanticizing the idea of being a crime victim, and offering counterproductive advice. A number of users stitched

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California Attorney General Joins Multistate Amicus Brief Defending Access to Abortion Pill Mifepristone

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Mifepristone is prescribed to patients who need critical, time-sensitive reproductive care, including for abortions and the treatment of miscarriages

February 10, 2023 – OAKLAND — California Attorney General Rob Bonta today joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in a legal fight to protect nationwide access to mifepristone, which is widely used for medication abortion. The attorneys general filed an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that challenges the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of mifepristone, despite the fact that mifepristone has been approved for more than 20 years. Mifepristone is prescribed to patients who need critical, time-sensitive reproductive care, including for abortions and the treatment of miscarriages. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al. v. FDA, are currently seeking a preliminary injunction that would force the FDA to rescind its approval of mifepristone. 
 
“Make no mistake: This lawsuit is an attack on the reproductive freedoms of millions,” said Attorney General Bonta. “When people’s access to critical health care is cut off, it’s our most vulnerable communities who pay the biggest price. Mifepristone is a lifeline to people across the nation, especially those who must travel long distances to access reproductive healthcare. My office will fight to protect and defend all Californians’ access to safe and legal abortions wherever and whenever it is threatened.”
 
On November 18, a group of plaintiffs led by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawsuit argued that the FDA overstepped its authority when it approved mifepristone for use as medication abortion in 2000, because it does not provide a ‘meaningful therapeutic benefit’ over other available treatments such as surgical abortion procedures. 
 
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Tyre Nichols’ family, attorney ask United Nations for help | News

The family of Tyre Nichols and their attorneys are taking their fight for justice to the international stage. They sent a letter to the United Nations demanding change in MPD and law enforcement agencies nationwide Friday.

Attorneys for Nichols’ family released the following statement:

“Today, we filed an Urgent Appeal before the United Nations asking it to condemn the tragic killing of Tyre Nichols, to demand transparency from the police department, and to demand that Officer Preston Hemphill and all officers that participated in the incident are criminally charged. The video evidence shows that all who were involved in Tyre’s death committed reprehensible acts that require international condemnation.”

In the letter obtained by FOX13, the appeal requests urgent action for the “torture and extrajudicial killing” of Nichols that occurred on Jan. 7 and caused his death three days later.

The letter, addressed to the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland describes Tyre Nichols’ death as being part of a larger pattern of police brutality around the country. It compares his death to those of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Nichols’ family and their attorneys believe that former MPD officer Preston Hemphill was not criminally charged because of his race, according to the letter.

The family is asking for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office to arrest and criminally charge Hemphill for his role in Nichols’ death.

In addition to justice, they are asking for changes at the Memphis Police Department, and the US “long pattern and practice of lethal police violence” against Blacks.

“I’m not surprised,” Bennie Cobb, veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement expert, said. “The egregious nature of this incident, this murder, this assault by the gang in blue; I see the attorney and the family

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2 insurance companies blacklist some Kia and Hyundai models over theft worries

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Some car owners could soon get a letter from their insurance company that some vehicles are being blacklisted.

In fact, at least two insurers are declining to write new policies on some Hyundai and Kia models.

“I’d seen reports that Hyundais are fairly easy to steal. I didn’t think that that would happen to me,” said Amelia Dougherty of Philadelphia’s Spring Garden section.

You might remember Dougherty. She’s on the hunt for a new car after someone stole her 2020 Hyundai Tucson and then crashed it into the Schuylkill River on Monday.

“Luckily enough I have good insurance so I can get that taken care of fairly quickly,” she said.

The 6abc data journalism team found 820 Hyundais and Kias have been stolen in Philadelphia so far this year, making up 57 percent of all city vehicle thefts up until Jan. 25.

The Highway Loss Data Institute found that among 2015-2019 vehicles, theft claims were nearly twice as common for Hyundais and Kias compared to other makes.

“These vehicles are missing what’s called an electronic immobilizer, which prevents theft,” said Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute. “Most vehicles in the country have these. But these model Kias and Hyundais do not have them and that’s why they’re so easy to steal.”

So now two major U.S. insurers, Progressive and State Farm, are halting new policies on certain Kias and Hyundais – at least for now.

“My insurance company, they said going forward if you have a car that’s a Kia or Hyundai after 2019, they won’t insure it,” said Dougherty.

Dougherty said her State Farm agent told her letters were sent to customers at the end of January.

“We’re not aware of any other companies that have put a stop in place yet on these

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Attorney General, Bridgewater Mayor At Odds Over Mall Investigation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin released an update on Friday on the investigation into the Bridgewater Police’s handling of a viral Bridgewater Commons mall fight between a light-skinned teen and a Black teen in February 2022.

The AG’s update was released after Patch was first to report on the completion of the investigation this past Wednesday. Read More: Mall Video Investigation Ends Without Charges For Bridgewater Cops

Platkin said the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) with the Attorney General completed its investigation in September 2022 and sent a comprehensive Internal Affairs Report and Findings to the Acting Chief John Mitzak of the Bridgewater Township Police Department. Mitzak is now currently the Chief of Police in Bridgewater.

Find out what’s happening in Bridgewaterwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

“Since that time, the matter has been proceeding in the local administrative process over which this Office has no control,” said Plaktin.

According to the AG’s Internal Affairs Policies and Procedures the office normally waits to release these reports to the public “to provide a reasonable opportunity for the local administrative process to run its course.”

Find out what’s happening in Bridgewaterwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

‘Inordinate Length Of Time’

“However, that process has taken an inordinate length of time and further delay only frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community. If the local administrative process is not concluded promptly, the Attorney General will reassess whether the Report and Findings should be released prior to the conclusion of the administrative proceedings that have been ongoing for more than four months,” said Platkin.

Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench issued a statement in response to AG:

“When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer,

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Texas AG Ken Paxton agrees to pay $3.3 million in whistleblowers settlement

By James Barragán, The Texas Tribune

Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.

In a filing on Friday, attorneys for Paxton and the whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to further defer consideration of the whistleblower case until the two sides can finalize the tentative agreement. Once the deal is finalized and payment by the attorney general’s office is approved, the two sides will move to end the case, the filing said.

“The whistleblowers sacrificed their jobs and have spent more than two years fighting for what is right,” said TJ Turner, an attorney for David Maxwell, a whistleblower and former director of law enforcement for the attorney general’s office. “We believe the terms of the settlement speak for themselves.”

Paxton, a Republican who won a third four-year term in November, said in a statement that he agreed to the settlement to save taxpayer money and start his new term unencumbered by the accusations.

“After over two years of litigating with four ex-staffers who accused me in October 2020 of ‘potential’ wrongdoing, I have reached a settlement agreement to put this issue to rest,” Paxton said. “I have chosen this path to save taxpayer dollars and ensure my third term as Attorney General is unburdened by unnecessary distractions. This settlement achieves these goals. I look forward to serving the People of Texas for the next four years free from this unfortunate sideshow.”

The tentative agreement would pay $3.3 million to the four whistleblowers and keep in place an appeals court ruling that allowed the case to move forward. Paxton had asked the Supreme Court to void

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Attorney General Ken Paxton agrees to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers in settlement

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Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for Paxton and the whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to further defer consideration of the whistleblower case until the two sides can finalize the tentative agreement. Once the deal is finalized and payment by the attorney general’s office is approved, the two sides will move to end the case, the filing said.

The agreement would bring an end to the lawsuit over the firing of the staffers, but would not end Paxton’s legal troubles. The allegations by the former aides of bribery and abuse of office prompted an FBI investigation, though no charges have been filed and Paxton has denied wrongdoing. Separately, Paxton remains under felony indictment on state charges of securities fraud.

In a joint statement, attorneys for three of the whistleblowers — Blake Brickman, David Maxwell and Ryan Vassar — said, “Our clients are honorable men who have spent more than two years fighting for what is right. We believe the terms of the settlement speak for themselves.”

Don Tittle, a lawyer for the other whistleblower, Mark Penley, said in a statement that the case was really important for “how government should function and what we expect out of our public officials.”

“We think this settlement goes a long way toward restoring the good reputations of the men who brought this suit against the attorney general’s office. They should never have been fired in the first place. [T]his settlement

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NJ attorney general, Bridgewater mayor trade barbs over probe of cops’ mall fight response

State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has expressed frustration that Bridgewater Township has taken an “an inordinate length of time” to review and release a report into the police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall” class=”link “police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall one year ago which drew a global response after a video went viral.

Platkin, in a statement Friday, said that any further delay in releasing the report “frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community.”

If the report is not released “promptly,” the statement said, Platkin will review whether his office’s report and findings on the incident should be released before the Bridgewater Police Department finishes its review that has been ongoing for four months.

“I am committed to strengthening the trust the public has in the brave officers who serve in law enforcement. To do so we must have increased transparency and accountability in policing, and we are making great strides in that effort,” Platkin said in the statement.

In a statement a short time later, Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench said he found Platkin’s statement “quite perplexing” and said the township had been “stonewalled” by the Attorney General’s Office.”When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer, and fall of last year, we were essentially stonewalled,” Moench said in his statement. “If, as the Attorney General claims, there has been a delay that ‘frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community’ then the responsibility of that delay rests squarely in Trenton, not here in Bridgewater.”

Moench placed blame for the delay on the Attorney General’s Office.

“We can only speculate as to why this matter was delayed

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Texas AG Ken Paxton to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers


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Palm Beach Post wants Lynn Aronberg records unsealed in Glenn Straub case

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg in September 2017.

When Lynn Aronberg was quizzed by attorneys representing wealthy Wellington developer Glenn Straub, questions quickly veered to her short-lived marriage to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Incensed at the turn Lynn Aronberg’s deposition was taking, prosecutors abruptly ended it and later successfully petitioned a judge to keep her sworn statements from becoming public.

Last week, attorneys representing The Palm Beach Post and The Miami Herald went to court to lift the unusual restriction and others that prevent the public from learning the details of the salacious and potentially far-reaching case.

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Claiming that Lynn Aronberg’s testimony, along with that of her powerful ex-husband, could shed light on how the county’s top law-enforcement officer does his job, they asked the judge to reverse course.

“To the extent the testimony of either witness potentially implicates Mr. Aronberg’s job duties or actions that reflect on his suitability to be a State Attorney, transparency is of utmost public importance,” newspaper attorneys Dana McElroy and Mark Caramanica wrote.

They claim Broward County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Bailey didn’t take the proper steps before ordering that Lynn Aronberg’s deposition remain off-limits to the public. They also claim Bailey failed to justify why he found it necessary to impose a gag order, preventing defense attorneys, prosecutors and others from talking about the case.

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Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, his then-future wife Lynn Lewis, Lorenzo Borghese, Jessica Nicodemo and Glenn Straub at a 2015 charity event at Palm Beach Polo for Nicodemo's pet rescue group.

Typically, such requests are made by defense lawyers who don’t want pre-trial publicity to rob their clients of fair trials. In Straub’s case, however, the restrictions were requested by

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