Twitter is awash with examples of people refusing to wear face masks in stores, businesses posting signs flouting local mask mandates and patrons sporting badges with legal-ese claiming they’re exempt from mask-wearing. But the law is largely on the side of the mandates.
Fewer police departments are allowing the use of chokeholds since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May. But the practice is continuing in numerous locations. Meanwhile, families affected by the use of this method of subduing suspects are still seeking justice in cases where it has led to the death of a loved one. And protesters are still on the streets calling for police reform that would reduce the use of deadly force.
The drug company Novartis Pharmaceuticals will pay a $678 million settlement to settle federal charges of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe its medications. In a separate suit, the company will pay $51 million related to Medicare fraud, for illegally paying co-pays to get patients…
Legal Examiner reporter Katherine Snow Smith interviewed Professor Richard S. Frase from the University of Minnesota Law School to get his breakdown and analysis of the charges against the four police officers involved in George Floyd’s death. Frase is a criminal law professor and co-director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice as well as the founder and co-director of the Institute’s Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center. Derek Chauvin, the officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, is charged with second degree murder while commiting a felony, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
A Supreme Court ruling this week blocking the Trump administration’s attempt to immediately shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, relieves, for the time being, the uncertainty 650,000 children born to undocumented immigrants have faced since President Donald Trump’s second year in office. But the struggle for the “dreamers,” as that group is called, is far from over.