Medlin Law Firm January 2019

GET MORE LIFE OUT OF YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES

• In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly. • Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel.

• Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate.

How do you knowwhen it’s time to replace your blades? The first sign is when they start streaking. However, in some cases, streaking may be caused by dirt or other grime stuck to the blades. If they continue to streak or skip after cleaning, they need to be replaced. Thankfully, wiper blades are typically the least expensive and easiest car part to replace. With this in mind, remember that you get what you pay for, and it pays to do research. There are many different blades on the market. Some are suited for icy conditions and some are designed for sunny weather. Take your time to read product descriptions to ensure you install blades that are right for your vehicle.

When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades last longer without compromising visibility. • Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage. Simplywiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way.

JUSTICE AFTER 21 YEARS

Clearing the Name of John Earl Nolley

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Our firm witnessed the truth of this statement firsthand in the fall of last year when Gary Medlin worked with The Innocence Project to help exonerate a man falsely convicted of murder after he’d spent 19 years in prison. Our only regret is that justice didn’t come sooner. John Earl Nolley was accused of murder in 1996 and convicted based on the testimony of two paid jailhouse snitches. Forensics being what they were at the time, there was little Nolley could do against these charges. But his lawyer, Gary Medlin, remained convinced that Nolley was innocent. Recalling the case, Gary remembers, “It was the hardest thing to look at [Nolley] after he had been convicted by a jury. Most people are angry, looking for someone to blame. He just cried.” At the time of the original trial, Gary Medlin went as far as to suggest a far more likely culprit — a man who’d fled to Tennessee after the murder and would go on to tragically murder more women in Tennessee. Sadly, the prosecution remained convinced that they had their man.

Thankfully, with the help of the great folks at The Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to using the latest forensic technology to exonerate those falsely imprisoned, Gary was able to clear Nolley’s name. Interviews with the one-time snitches proved they had provided false testimony, and advanced forensics were able to disentangle Nolley from any physical evidence of the murder. While Nolley has qualified for compensation for his wrongful imprisonment, nothing could take back the two decades the 44-year-old man spent behind bars. With forensic science becoming more advanced than ever and prosecutors and law enforcement being called out on the biases that often lead to these false convictions, our hope is that cases like Nolley’s will one day be a thing of the past. If there is a silver lining on this case, it should be that those wrongfully imprisoned have hope. If you believe you were wrongfully arrested, please reach out for legal support. An experienced criminal defense team like the one at Medlin Law Firm can help conduct research and map out a defense strategy that fits your unique situation.

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