According to Reuters: "Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. His death sparked protests and a day of arson and looting in the largely black city...Last October, officials in Baltimore asked the Justice Department to begin an informal collaborative review of the city's police department after the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore had paid almost $6 million since 2011 to settle lawsuits alleging police brutality and other misconduct."
In Gray's case, six police officers are charged and the legal argument has already started. The attorney of one of the police officers is challenging the prosecutor's argument that Gray was falsely arrested. Many times it looks like an open and shut case, but lawyers can find ways to defend their clients with our confusing legal system. Every day, the lawmakers are making laws. Every day, an incident happens and the lawmakers turn around and make laws without thinking that the new law may hurt hundreds of people in future.
Military vets are getting astronomical drug prescription money. The charges could be tens of thousands of dollars. A CNN reporter filled out a form, and went to the pharmacy and found out who wrote the prescription.
According to watop: "CBS Correspondent Jim Axelrod says that Pentagon spending on custom prescriptions by compounding pharmacies has exploded recently: In the past year, he reports, the military health benefit system, Tricare, spent more than $300 million a month on the drugs, up from $42 million a month last year. Axelrod says in an interview with WTOP that Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, head of Tricare and a doctor and chair of the Army's Task For on Pain, calls it a 'big, expensive problem,' and the increase in spending 'astronomical.' Worst of all, Axelrod says, Thomas told him that the expensive prescriptions, such as scar and pain creams that can be billed for up to $15,000 for a one-month supply, are of 'dubious clinical benefit, if any at all.' 'When you have that kind of money in play, there are all kinds of websites reaching out' to military members and veterans, promising prescriptions and asking only for their Tricare numbers. There's no appointment or examination necessary. Doctors sign off on the prescriptions, and the recipients get the drugs, he says."
So much money is involved that some of the prescribed medicine is over $15,000 per month. What a rip off of taxpayer money. However, the congress, senate and administration all are slipping in many situations like this one.
The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. But the controversial deflate game scandal has come back to haunt them. In an AFC playoff game the Colts complained, but no one listened and the Patriots won big 45-7. The league has a mandated rule that the ball should be 12.5 pounds per square inch. The investigation results came on May 6, 2015. According to US Today: "An investigation into the so-called Deflategate scandal concluded it is more likely than not that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 'was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities' by two team employees that resulted in balls being deflated in January's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts felt that the cheating theoretically made it easier for the Patriots' quarterback to grip the ball in adverse weather conditions. Tom Brady is top rated quarterback. Let's see how much his influence will work in his favor. Only time will tell.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.