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Forensic Mitigation Specialist Announces Run for City Council
Withroughly two and a halfmonthsto go until the May 21st cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk primary election, the fake designer bags race for City Council at large seats is getting notably crowded. Dozens ofPhiladelphians are announcing their candidacies, and many of them hopeto tap into a voter base that some experts say could be younger and more progressive than ever.
Among those seeking to get their name on the ballotisHena Veit, a 52 year old Pakistan born, London raised forensic mitigation specialist. Veit joins a list of first time candidates vying for one of five Council at large seats reserved forDemocrats. At least three incumbent at large Council members are hopingto keep their seats, so the race will (as usual) be a tough contest for newcomers.
With virtually no political experience, no official campaign website as of Wednesday, and no reality TV following (hey, it's worked for some people), Veit appears to be an unlikely candidate. But if there's anything we've learned in since 2016, it's that voters seem aaa replica designer handbags eager for fresh new voices ready to Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags challenge the establishment and the status quo.
At least that's what Veit's campaign manager, Skip Montell, hopes.
"I feel like even with her being an unknown, she has a very good shot at this because of her background and what she does for a living, and she has a lot of good ideas," Montell said. "She is relatively new. But if we get a good ballot position, people will see the work that she does."
We met with Veit to hear her story, including what her work as a forensic mitigation specialist entails, what made her want to run, and what she hopes to accomplish if she wins.
From Pakistan to PhiladelphiaVeit was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1967, but her family moved to Southwest London before she turned one. There, her mother, a botany professor, and her father, cheap louis vuitton bags from china a Pakistani diplomat, raised her alongside a twin and two older sisters.
Veit (first on the left) with her three sisters and parents. Photo courtesy of Hena Veit
Veit's parents were both Muslim, and shegrew upworshiping atamosque near her home. But she alsoparticipated in Christian services every Wednesday through St. Mary's Church of England, where she and her sistersattendedsecondary school. Veit said her parents "wanted us to mix with different cultures and different religions. Itopened our minds."
When Veit was 20, her fatherarranged for her to marry a Pakistan born British man studying to be a pulmonary specialist. But during the couple's honeymoon in North cheap louis vuitton bags from china West England,her fathersuffered complications from open heart surgery. Veit left to return to London, where her father died in the hospital almost immediately after her arrival.
"He had the biggest heart, and I watched that growing up," she said. "He was a people person, and now I am a people person."
In the following years, Veit and her husband had two children. Around two years later, Veit'shusbandlanded a job in Saudi Arabia. Veit said her husband wantedher to moveacross the world with him but she chose to stay in New York.
"My dad had told him, 'I'm going to marry my daughter to you, but you can't take her out of the Western world,'" Veit said. "I said, 'My father didn't want me replica louis vuitton to go. So I'm not going to go.'"
Veit and her husband divorced in 1999, and sheremainedin Voorhees. Later that year, during a night out in Philly, she met Christopher Veit, the man who would become her second husband. They moved to Franklin Township in Pennsylvania, married, and had two children. But Veit said the relationship eventually led her to the "lowest point" in her life.
According to federal court records, in August 2001 the brands Oakley, Louis Vuitton, and Rolex replica louis vuitton bags sued her and Christopher Veit in civil court for trademark infringement, alleging that the couple were selling counterfeit handbags, sunglasses, watches, and other products on the internet. The judge in the joint Oakley and Louis Vuitton suit ultimately ruled that they had engaged in willful trademark infringement, ordered them to pay more than $1.6 million in damages, and enjoined them from infringing on the trademarks ever again. (Court documents with specific findings in the Rolex case, which resulted in an additional $8.5 million judgment, could not be located.)
Additionally, Veit and her husband were each charged in Chester County criminal court with trademark counterfeiting, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility but those charges were dropped in 2002.
Veit has steadfastly maintained her innocence, saying that her husband ran the counterfeiting scheme and she was not involved. "I really didn't know what he was doing," Veit said. "He was doing everything behind my back." (In 2014, Christopher Veit was convicted in an unrelated federal criminal case of trademark counterfeiting, mail fraud, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released from prison in 2018.)
Today, Veit says that the lawsuits, among other issues with her husband, forced her to leave home one evening in 2002, feeling it was "too dangerous" to live there. Alone and without a plan, she got in her car and drove and ended up finding her way to Chicago.
replica designer handbags Shortly after, Veitreturned to the Philadelphia area, where she continued to face financial hardships and struggled to find a stable home for a few years. Eventually she found work, and in 2013, she began an online master's replica designer handbags program in forensic psychology through Argosy.
"I wanted to study the criminal mind," Veit said. "I wanted to understand why someone would hurt someone."
While taking classes, Veit began pursuing a full time job in forensicmitigation.
"I just said, 'Look, I've studied enough to go get a job in my field,'" Veit said. "My passion was to help people."
Veitvisitedthe Juanita Kidd Stout Center 1:1 replica handbags for Criminal Justice in Center City. There, she connected with investigators and attorneys who helped her land her first case as a forensic mitigation specialist.
The Present, and a PlatformThe work of a forensic mitigation specialist aligns closely with what is emerging as a larger push for criminal justice reform in both Philadelphia and across the nation, particularly when it comes to reevaluatingpunitive prison sentences. In her role,Veit works as part of a defense team to examine a defendant's personal history (via copies of records and extensive interviewswith the client, as well as his or her friends, family, and witnesses) in hopes of gathering evidence later used by attorneys inthe penalty phase of the trial, if a client is convicted. The evidence Veit gathers is used to explain why a client might have committed a crime, typically in an attempt reduce a sentence or recommend what the defense team sees as a fair penalty.
"You have to look at where someone is coming from," Veit said of her job. "Was [the crime] intentional or not? What are the chances of the person committing the crime again? The goal is to protect the client and get him the best sentence as possible."
Veit now runs Delaware Valley Forensic Mitigation Services, through which cheap replica handbags she specializes in mitigating death penalty, homicide, and federal sentences. Shelives in Mayfair. And she'sstill one paper short of attaining her master's degree from Argosy.
"It's something that I am putting on hold right now," Veit said. "My focus is on my kids and continuing to work.".