June 24, 2011 |
The Supreme Court on Thursday put an extra burden on crime labs, declaring that a man accused of drunken driving has the right to demand that a lab technician testify in person about a blood test that showed he was impaired. The 5-4 decision was the latest to extend the reach of a defendant's constitutional right "to be confronted with the witnesses against him. " And once again, the outcome was driven by an unusual coalition of conservative and liberal justices. Two years ago, the court said a crime lab technician was a witness for the prosecution and, therefore, must be available to testify.
June 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Hollywood, Fla. -- Drunk or impaired drivers cause plenty of problems on the nation's roadways. And, according to the first study of its kind, a frightening number of drivers are not fit to drive. Researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two other institutions set out to randomly sample drivers' sobriety in the 2007 U.S. National Roadside Survey. Authorities stopped drivers at 300 locations in 48 states during four periods on Friday and Saturday nights.
June 1, 2011 |
How times have changed. In 2005, when Democrats balked at confirming some of then-President George W. Bush's judicial nominees, Senate Republicans widely declared that filibustering a judicial nominee violates the Constitution. Late last month, however, Senate Republicans embraced the tactic, almost unanimously joining a filibuster of professor Goodwin Liu's nomination to a federal appeals court. And sadly, it worked: Last week, Liu asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination. Republicans justified their apparent belief that what's unacceptable in a Republican administration is perfectly fine in a Democratic administration by demonizing Liu, insisting he would rewrite the Constitution to achieve liberal ends.
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October 16, 2010 |
The man on the other end of the phone wanted me to go to a dispensary and buy three-sixteenths of an ounce of high-grade dope and another three-sixteenths of an ounce of medium-grade. My wife overheard part of the conversation, and when I hung up she had a question. "Who was that ?" she asked. "The city attorney," I said. Before I explain, let's review some history. As some of you may recall, I went to a Glendale doctor about a year ago seeking relief from lower back pain, and, of course, to have a first-hand look at the blossoming medicinal marijuana industry.
October 5, 2010 |
The Carolina Panthers released receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, hours after his second arrest on a charge of driving while impaired in less than three years. The Panthers replaced him with David Clowney , who was claimed off waivers from the New York Jets to help a depleted receiving corps Jarrett, the former USC standout, did little to boost his stock before his latest legal trouble. Jarrett managed only 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons in Carolina, and the Panthers (0-4)
September 7, 2010
In storyteller Garrison Keillor's corner of Minnesota, all the children may be "above average. " But a study of older Minnesotans in the county surrounding the famed Mayo Clinic suggests that the ones who stay "above average" mentally are more likely to be female, to have completed more education, and to have been married at some point. The study, published Tuesday in Neurology , aims to refine what we know about age-related cognitive decline. Starting in 2004, it tracked 4,398 Minnesotans aged 70 to 89 to see how that population's mental state weathered advancing age and to determine who was most likely to develop a condition called mild cognitive impairment -- a greater-than-average decline in mental performance that often progresses to dementia, including the dementia of Alzheimer's Disease.
August 11, 2010 |
Nearly 3 in 10 Americans with diabetes over the age of 40 suffer from vision impairment caused by diabetic retinopathy, and about 4.4% have a form of the condition so severe it threatens their eyesight, researchers said Tuesday. The overall figure is more than 10 percentage points lower than the proportion observed in earlier studies, but it is not clear whether the difference represents improvements brought about by better control of blood sugar levels or errors in the previous research, a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Eye Institute and the University of Wisconsin reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
July 14, 2010 |
With television shows such as "Nurse Jackie" and "Grey's Anatomy" regularly depicting physicians and nurses with substance abuse problems, some patients might begin to wonder whether in real life anyone is monitoring the people who provide lifesaving care. Perhaps not. Or, if workers are being monitored, they're not being monitored closely enough to fit some researchers' way of thinking. A doctor survey study published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
July 13, 2010 |
The family of drugs that includes the over-the-counter medications Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Sominex and Tylenol PM can double the risk of impaired thinking in elderly African Americans, and presumably in Caucasians as well, researchers said Tuesday. The family, called anticholinergics, blocks the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylchoine, and also includes the prescription drugs Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil. Most of the anticholinergics are used by the elderly to aid sleep and to relieve bladder leakage problems.