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    EPA is America’s Other Enemy


    (THE ATLANTIC) – Scientific evidence can be the most convincing element of a criminal trial. But sometimes it’s wrong—and for the first time, a state’s justice system has recognized that and adjusted accordingly. (more…)


    The trial of Craig Lamar Davis, 43, in Clayton County, Georgia, concluded testimony and closing arguments on Friday, January 17. The jury will continue their deliberations on (more…)


    (Doctored – The Movie) – In 2003, a Utah boy named Parker Jensen made national news when doctors diagnosed him with a cancer called Ewing sarcoma.  After follow-up examinations found no evidence of the disease, Parker’s parents disagreed with the diagnosis.  The state tried in vain to force Parker Jensen to undergo deadly chemotherapy. (more…)


    20 Sep (PROPUBLICA) – Judge Kurt Engelhardt’s decision overturning the convictions of five New Orleans police officers for their roles in the Danziger Bridge shootings runs to 129 pages.  Page by page, the decision addresses claims of prosecutorial misconduct, and i (more…)


    7 Sep (HIGHER PERSPECTIVE) – More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant. But soon it may be legalized across the entire country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.  In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Color (more…)


    7 Jul (WHITEOUT PRESS) – In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court struck down a lower court’s ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug’s adverse reaction. According to the victim and the state courts, the drug caused a flesh-eating side effect that left the patient permanently disfigu (more…)


    28 Jun – CANYON COUNTY, ID – Two weeks before the trial of Roland Rivera, 52, on charges he did not disclose his HIV-positive status to several women he had unprotected sex with, the case took an abrupt turn when prosecutors agreed to a lenient plea bargain agreement on the HIV-related charges.  If convicted, River (more…)


    June 28, 2013 (MAYVILLE, NY) – After nearly two weeks of highly technical testimony from medical and scientific experts, a Chautauqua County jury took one hour to decide that Nushawn Williams suffers from a mental abnormality that makes him subject to “civil management” and will either be confined to a secure treatment facility or kept under strict supervision. (more…)


    3 Jun (GOLDSBORO, NC) – In the wake of evidence that a senior government prosecutor attempted to intimidate a key defense witness in the HIV-transmission case of USAF Airman Basic “GBA” of Seymour Johnson AFB. N.C., the case has been continued until August 22.  Judge Michael A. Lewis (Lt. Col, USAF) continued the case to allow the defense, at prosecutors’ expense, to find a new expert. (more…)


    31 Dec (NATIONAL LAW FORUM) –  Mark E. Terman  of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP  has posted an article regarding New Laws for California Employers:  Continuing with our series “New Year, New Laws for California Employers,” we take a look at newly added whistle-blower protections, with whom the EDD will share employer reports and contracts with commission employees. (more…)


    14 Jan (SAN JOSE, CA) – Parents who claim their 10-year-old boy developed autism as a result of being injected with an MMR vaccine when he was a baby have been awarded more than £600,000 in a landmark court decision in America.  Saeid and Parivash Mojabi claimed that son Ryan suffered a ‘severe and debilitating injury to his brain’ after being administered with two measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations in December, 2003 and in May the following year. (more…)


    23 Dec – Shortly after Yvonne Andrews’ ex-boyfriend assaulted her in 2011, he falsely accused her of “infecting” two men with HIV, neither of whom she had ever met.  Within days, Andrews found herself in a Florida prison cell facing a sixty-year sentence. Despite numerous beatings and openly describing how he planned to kill her, her ex used the laws to become make her the criminal. He was never charged. (more…)


    11 Dec (NEW YORK) — British banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion settlement Tuesday after a broad investigation by U.S. federal and state authorities found the bank violated federal laws by laundering money from Mexican drug trafficking and processing banned transactions on behalf of Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma. (more…)


    30 NOV (NAS JACKSONVILLE) – A US Navy veteran accused of HIV-related criminal charges has reached a pretrial agreement that will free him within weeks.  Accused of failing to disclose his alleged “HIV-positive status,” military prosecutors charged the Aviation Electrician’s Mate (RS) with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault “likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.” If convicted of all charges, RS faced a demotion and dishonorable discharge, the loss (more…)


    18 Oct (SAVANNAH, GA) – Three months after a Savannah woman indicted on charges of prostitution and reckless conduct, prosecutors have settled the case. (more…)


    25 Sep (HENNEPIN CO., MN) – Citing a lack of clarity in state law, the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday overturned the felony conviction of a man who infected his sexual partner with HIV, even though a jury found he gave fair warning that he had the disease.  The 2-1 decision is a victory for Daniel James Rick, 31, and his attorneys, who challenged his October 2011 conviction of (more…)


    14 Aug (SYRACUSE, NY) – Syracuse, NY – For the second time in as many months a judge has ruled Onondaga County prosecutors don’t have sufficient evidence that unprotected sex with someone with HIV creates a “grave risk” of death.  In a 13-page decision made (more…)


    17 Jul NEW YORK (Reuters) – Operators of a nationwide black market have illegally sold more than $100 million of expensive HIV medications and other drugs obtained from patients on the government-run Medicaid health insurance plan, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.  Four dozen people were charged in documents unsealed in Manhattan federal court with running a scheme to repackage and sell medication bought on the street from recipients of Medicaid (more…)


    Despite her acquittal, Casey Anthony may be the most hated woman in America.  Our skepticism of her story doesn’t stem from the lack of evidence, for there was clearly not enough evidence to convict.  The fact is that children die.  So why are some parents charged criminally, while others are not?  Why do we sympathize with some parents more than we do with others? (more…)


    29 May (NATURAL NEWS) – If you were to ask the average pediatrician practicing in America today what he or she thinks about childhood vaccinations, the likely response you would get would be that vaccines are safe and effective, and that their health benefits far outweigh any potential risks.  (more…)


     24 May (WASHINGTON) — The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted Thursday that he was behind a series of websites used to discredit two USA Today journalists who had reported on the contractor.  The online “misinformation campaign,” (more…)


    (BUSINESSINSIDER)  – The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed.  The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion. (more…)


    17 May (Fort Bragg, NC) – After more than 200 days in custody, a US Army sergeant was released this week after a federal court acquitted him of four HIV-related criminal against him. (more…)


    7 Sep (HIGHER PERSPECTIVE) – More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant. But soon it may be legalized across the entire country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.  In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Color (more…)


    7 Jul (WHITEOUT PRESS) – In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court struck down a lower court’s ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug’s adverse reaction. According to the victim and the state courts, the drug caused a flesh-eating side effect that left the patient permanently disfigu (more…)


    28 Jun – CANYON COUNTY, ID – Two weeks before the trial of Roland Rivera, 52, on charges he did not disclose his HIV-positive status to several women he had unprotected sex with, the case took an abrupt turn when prosecutors agreed to a lenient plea bargain agreement on the HIV-related charges.  If convicted, River (more…)


    June 28, 2013 (MAYVILLE, NY) – After nearly two weeks of highly technical testimony from medical and scientific experts, a Chautauqua County jury took one hour to decide that Nushawn Williams suffers from a mental abnormality that makes him subject to “civil management” and will either be confined to a secure treatment facility or kept under strict supervision. (more…)


    3 Jun (GOLDSBORO, NC) – In the wake of evidence that a senior government prosecutor attempted to intimidate a key defense witness in the HIV-transmission case of USAF Airman Basic “GBA” of Seymour Johnson AFB. N.C., the case has been continued until August 22.  Judge Michael A. Lewis (Lt. Col, USAF) continued the case to allow the defense, at prosecutors’ expense, to find a new expert. (more…)


    31 Dec (NATIONAL LAW FORUM) –  Mark E. Terman  of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP  has posted an article regarding New Laws for California Employers:  Continuing with our series “New Year, New Laws for California Employers,” we take a look at newly added whistle-blower protections, with whom the EDD will share employer reports and contracts with commission employees. (more…)


    14 Jan (SAN JOSE, CA) – Parents who claim their 10-year-old boy developed autism as a result of being injected with an MMR vaccine when he was a baby have been awarded more than £600,000 in a landmark court decision in America.  Saeid and Parivash Mojabi claimed that son Ryan suffered a ‘severe and debilitating injury to his brain’ after being administered with two measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations in December, 2003 and in May the following year. (more…)


    23 Dec – Shortly after Yvonne Andrews’ ex-boyfriend assaulted her in 2011, he falsely accused her of “infecting” two men with HIV, neither of whom she had ever met.  Within days, Andrews found herself in a Florida prison cell facing a sixty-year sentence. Despite numerous beatings and openly describing how he planned to kill her, her ex used the laws to become make her the criminal. He was never charged. (more…)


    11 Dec (NEW YORK) — British banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion settlement Tuesday after a broad investigation by U.S. federal and state authorities found the bank violated federal laws by laundering money from Mexican drug trafficking and processing banned transactions on behalf of Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma. (more…)


    30 NOV (NAS JACKSONVILLE) – A US Navy veteran accused of HIV-related criminal charges has reached a pretrial agreement that will free him within weeks.  Accused of failing to disclose his alleged “HIV-positive status,” military prosecutors charged the Aviation Electrician’s Mate (RS) with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault “likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.” If convicted of all charges, RS faced a demotion and dishonorable discharge, the loss (more…)


    18 Oct (SAVANNAH, GA) – Three months after a Savannah woman indicted on charges of prostitution and reckless conduct, prosecutors have settled the case. (more…)


    25 Sep (HENNEPIN CO., MN) – Citing a lack of clarity in state law, the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday overturned the felony conviction of a man who infected his sexual partner with HIV, even though a jury found he gave fair warning that he had the disease.  The 2-1 decision is a victory for Daniel James Rick, 31, and his attorneys, who challenged his October 2011 conviction of (more…)


    14 Aug (SYRACUSE, NY) – Syracuse, NY – For the second time in as many months a judge has ruled Onondaga County prosecutors don’t have sufficient evidence that unprotected sex with someone with HIV creates a “grave risk” of death.  In a 13-page decision made (more…)


    17 Jul NEW YORK (Reuters) – Operators of a nationwide black market have illegally sold more than $100 million of expensive HIV medications and other drugs obtained from patients on the government-run Medicaid health insurance plan, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.  Four dozen people were charged in documents unsealed in Manhattan federal court with running a scheme to repackage and sell medication bought on the street from recipients of Medicaid (more…)


    Despite her acquittal, Casey Anthony may be the most hated woman in America.  Our skepticism of her story doesn’t stem from the lack of evidence, for there was clearly not enough evidence to convict.  The fact is that children die.  So why are some parents charged criminally, while others are not?  Why do we sympathize with some parents more than we do with others? (more…)


    29 May (NATURAL NEWS) – If you were to ask the average pediatrician practicing in America today what he or she thinks about childhood vaccinations, the likely response you would get would be that vaccines are safe and effective, and that their health benefits far outweigh any potential risks.  (more…)


     24 May (WASHINGTON) — The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted Thursday that he was behind a series of websites used to discredit two USA Today journalists who had reported on the contractor.  The online “misinformation campaign,” (more…)


    (BUSINESSINSIDER)  – The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed.  The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion. (more…)


    17 May (Fort Bragg, NC) – After more than 200 days in custody, a US Army sergeant was released this week after a federal court acquitted him of four HIV-related criminal against him. (more…)


    17 Apr – This is how I — a journalism graduate student with no background in forensics — became certified as a “Forensic Consultant” by one of the field’s largest professional groups.  One afternoon early last year, I punched in my credit card information, paid $495 to the American College of Forensic Examiners International Inc. and registered for an online course.  After about 90 minutes of video instruction, I took an exam on the institute’s web site, answering 100 multiple-choice questions, aided by several ACFEI study packets. (more…)


    30 Mar (NaturalNews) – Another shocking case of tyrannical, overzealous social workers and hospital staff has unfolded in Pennsylvania, where a mom who just gave birth in an ambulance to a healthy baby girl was threatened by a government social worker and accused of not allowing her child to (more…)


    3 March – Like medical boards across the US, the Texas Medical Board stated mission is to “protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice (more…)


    1 FEB – A Michigan man faces up to eight years in prison in a criminal case marked by confusion, hearsay, and a local health department that might have potentially violated state law.  Holes in this ongoing case of a man alleged to have exposed hundreds of people to HIV suggest that either Kent County or the state — or both – violated policies that could have either contributed to the suspect infecting others, or could lead to a wrongful conviction. (more…)


    12 Jan (THE BRODSKY BLOG) – Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected people. I have to admit that being open to receiving such a gift, even from someone I would rather avoid, is not a practice I am particularly good at. But this week I let down my guard and listened intently to someone I could never imagine would suffer the humiliation of an unjust accusation.  Someone who is being (more…)


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