April 22, 2021

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  • Stanford’s Hank Greely on CRISPR People and Designer Babies

    The possibility of designing genetically altered humans, capable of passing along their traits to future generations, has entertained sci-fi fans for decades. But in the real world, it has remained taboo, and for good reason: assuming it could even be accomplished, “human germline genome editing,” as it is called, poses daunting ethical and safety issues

  • Stanford’s Bob Weisberg on the Chauvin Verdict

    The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd lasted three weeks, but the jury deliberations barely a day. A bystander video of the May 25, 2020 arrest of Floyd seemed to seal Chauvin’s fate, the scene of Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes—bystanders

  • How We Define Violent Crime in America Shapes Who Gets Punished for It—And Who Doesn’t

    (This op-ed was first published in TIME on April 7, 2021.) The recent, horrific mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder came in the wake of nationwide spikes in the rates of homicides and domestic assaults, trends that had already prompted calls in many states for renewed law enforcement efforts on “violent crime.” Maryland legislators, for example, have proposed clamping

  • “Vaccine Passport” Certification — Policy and Ethical Considerations

    (This op-ed was first published in NEJM.org on May 31, 2021.) As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its next phase, fervent desires to return to normalcy coupled with the rollout of efficacious vaccines have intensified discussions of “vaccine passports” — certifications of vaccination that reduce public health restrictions for their bearers. The Biden administration, the British government,

  • Stanford’s John Donohue on One Tragic Week, Two Mass Shootings, and the Uniquely American Gun Problem

    As Americans emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of the other U.S. epidemic—gun violence—has been made very clear after two mass shootings within a week. On March 16, a gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses, and on March 22 ten people were gunned down in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. Here,

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  • Department of Defense to Address Sexual Assault in the Military

    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan announced in a memo that the Department of Defense has created the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force to investigate the pervasive issue of sexual assault in the military and to improve the processes surrounding it. Shanahan said that the task force was established out of necessity after the “unacceptable” results of the 2018 Report on Sexual Assault and Harassment in military academies. The task force intends to review policies and processes surrounding sexual assault and make recommendations on how to better them as

  • Corrections Officer Who Fell While Going to Her Car to Retrieve an Item Gets Benefits

    Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2019 – The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that a fall on ice by a corrections officer while on the way to her car to retrieve a hygiene item occurred during the performance of her regular or assigned duties, entitling the officer to an accidental disability pension. Kristy Bowser, a corrections officer, learned she would be working a second shift at the Mercer County Correctional Center (MCCC). During the second shift, she went to her car to retrieve a feminine hygiene product. While walking to her car in the

  • Attorney Eric Traut on Costco Shooting Controversy and Obtaining Video Footage from Inside Large Retail Chains

    Corona, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - After the contested death of a nonverbal individual left a community reeling, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has insight into the steps that the family must take in order to get the available evidence from the Costco retail security cameras before it is too late. In April, Traut was able to obtain previously shielded retail footage by court order from a home improvement store following the life-altering injury of an employee resulting in a unanimous verdict on behalf of the person who was injured. The

  • Mortgage Lender Executive Admits Role in Nearly 9 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

    New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – A top executive at a Long Island-based mortgage lender pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with an $8.9 million embezzlement scheme. Edward E. Bohm, former president of sales at Vanguard Funding, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 41-year-old was also an undisclosed owner of the company. Bohm faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years along with restitution and criminal forfeiture. However, he is expected to receive a shorter sentence like his co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the same charges. “Fraud charges of

  • Student in School Bus Hospitalized After Crash With Tractor-Trailer

    Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - In September 2018, an 8-year-old student was injured in a school bus crash with an overturned semi-truck. The accident occurred on State Road 60 in Plant City, Florida at the intersection of Horton Road. The crash was caused by the Hillsborough County School District bus driver pulling in front of the truck causing the tractor-trailer to overturn. The bus driver then failed to stop in time, crashing into the semi-truck. The student, who attends Knights Elementary School, was transported to the hospital for treatment. The boy was the only student on