Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 27, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Disturbance figure removed
from job for three months


The Tribunal Penal of the Segundo Circuito Judicial in San José has reversed a ruling by a judge and imposed pre-trial restrictions on a Universidad de Costa Rica traffic policeman who faces a corruption charge.

The decision came Friday. The man, identified by the last names of Gómez Garita fled into the San Pedro university campus when agents tried to arrest him. The pursuit sparked a near riot on campus April 12 because students, teachers and staffers believe the educational institution is autonomous.

When the policeman came before a judge early April 13, the result was that the man left the court with no restrictions. The Tribunal Penal, however, ordered the man to be suspended from his job for three months and ordered him to stay away from witnesses and victims.

One problem prosecutors have is that they cannot produce the marked bills that the bus driver was said to have given the traffic officer. The officer flagged down the bus driver on the morning of April 12 and took his license, according to agents. The bribe was supposed to be for getting the license returned, but the bus driver went to investigators instead who set up an ambush.

During his flight, the traffic officer hid in a campus building.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: ambush
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1: a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise
2: the persons stationed in ambush; also : their concealed position
3: an attack especially from an ambush

More Vocabulary

Bill: n. a piece of paper money
Bribe: n. money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust
Flee: v. to run away often from danger or evil; to hurry toward a place of security
Riot: n. a violent public disorder, specifically a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent
Ruling: n. an official or authoritative decision, decree, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a point of law)
Spark: v. to stir to activity: incite

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Flag down: to signal to stop

    The police were flagging down all cars.

Set up: to bring about, cause

     The police set up an undercover operation to catch the drug dealers.

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Additive Transitions


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