FROM Scott Glover
Are Californians Safe from Their Doctors? The Los Angeles Times has reported that drugs prescribed by doctors played a role in almost half Southern California's deaths from prescription-drug overdoses over a five-year span. At least 30 patients in Southern California died of overdoses while the State Medical Board was conducting investigations. One investigation took four years, during which eight of the doctor's patients died of overdoses or related causes. That's led Democratic State Senator Curren Price of Los Angeles to co-sponsor a bill that would transfer the Board's investigative authority to the Attorney General.
Abuse of Prescription Drugs Is Being Called a 'National Epidemic' Prescription drug abuse is nothing new, but now it's being called epidemic, "from the Hollywood hills to the hollows of West Virginia." The Drug Enforcement Agency says Vicodin and Valium cause more overdose deaths in America than cocaine and heroin combined. Victims include high-profile celebrities, poverty-stricken kids and middle-aged adults, with some doctors peddling legal drugs for no medical reason. But the same drugs alleviate real suffering. How can they be provided to people who need them and kept away from people who don't?
Attorney General Finds 'Gross Misconduct' in Maywood PD Two years ago, the Los Angeles Times detailed a host of police abuses in the City of Maywood. Then Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez asked for a report from Attorney General Jerry Brown, and today Brown's office demanded reform . Scott Glover co-authored the original story .
Sentencing of Medical Marijuana Dispenser Postponed Medical marijuana was approved by the voters of California, but the Bush Administration prosecuted dealers under federal laws. The Obama Justice Department is taking a different view. What will that mean for the case of Charles Lynch , who was convicted in federal court but has not yet been sentenced? Scott Glover covers the federal courts for the Los Angeles Times .
Prosecutors Pursue Charges against Cardinal Mahony Los Angeles' Roman Catholic Archdiocese has agreed to pay $660 million to the victims of pedophile priests. But a federal grand jury is investigating Cardinal Roger Mahony on possible charges of fraud. That's according to today's LA Times. Scott Glover co-wrote the story .
Round-up of Mongols Bikers on Federal Racketeering Charges The Mongols motorcycle gang was formed by Latino rejects from the Hell's Angels. Early this morning, dozens of Mongols were arrested by 1000 heavily armed federal agents and local police in California and five other states. Charges include money laundering, selling drugs and murder.
A Judge and his Risqué Web Site Alex Kozinski is presiding judge of the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals which covers the western states. Last week he was hearing a high-profile obscenity trial in Los Angeles. Just as jury selection ended, the LA Times ran an article about pictures on a website Kozinski maintained. There is still heated dispute about whether the pictures were “obscene,” but Kozinski shut down the website and declared a mistrial. At his request, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has empanelled five other judges to conduct an investigation .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.