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Thirteen companies identified by the Washington Post knew or should have known that hundreds of millions of their pills ended up on the black market. The Drug Enforcement Administration retreated on investigating. “Corporate America let their profits get in the way of public health,” charges former DEA official Joseph Rannazzisi.
One-quarter of illegal gun carrying cases are dropped before trial. Convictions produce 16-month jail sentences on average. “There’s no certainty of a consequence,” complains Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, as projected homicide total for the year reaches 300.
Funding shortages, retirement of baby boomers from forces, and recruiting challenges have left state police departments short of manpower.. Fewer troopers is putting public safety at risk, says Wayne Huggins of the Virginia State Police Association.
Gallup says “not tough enough number” has fallen from 65 percent in 2003 to 45 percent today. Opinion is divided on drug sentencing, with 38 percent saying it is too tough and 34 percent say it is not tough enough.
Some cities keep officers who have killed a citizen off of street duties for a month or more and require individualized re-training. Did Los Angeles send officer Eden Medina, who fatally shot two people in twelve days, including a 14-year-old boy, back to work too quickly?
Police say flaws in the law make it almost impossible for them to know who may be abusing the program. Patient numbers have soared 5,000 percent in nine years, will rise again because post-traumatic stress disorder now is a qualifying condition.
California, Nebraska, Oklahoma vote next month. A Nebraska Republican leader calls the death penalty a “broken government program.) Nearly half of Oklahoma Republicans support abolishing executions if murders were given life without parole.
New York Times’ public editor chides the newspaper for its headline on the sentence given to a Montana man who repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter. The paper first said only that he had sex with her, then changed the term to “incest.”
Federal agency disbanded unit tracking right-wing domestic terrorist, but their activities have stepped up, most recently an alleged plot by Kansas militia members to bomb a Kansas apartment complex where Muslim Somali immigrants live.