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Can My Newborn Be Vaccinated Without My Permission?

When born in a hospital, a baby is routinely given a hepatitis B shot, a vitamin K injection and an application of ointment in the eyes. In all states, a parent can refuse these treatments. It is best to use a waiver signed ahead of time and submitted to the hospital. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages healthcare providers to seek the informed permission of the parents before providing any immunization.   Be Clear in Your Birth Plan A waiver …

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Court Overturns $6.5M Verdict In First Actos Trial

Soon after a jury awarded $6.5 million to a California man who claimed the diabetes drug Actos caused him to develop bladder cancer, a court erased the verdict. Jack Cooper , 79, on April 26 won the award against Actos maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals. His lawyer, Michael Miller, had asked to speed up the trial schedule because Cooper’s bladder cancer had metastasized. Cooper, a former cable-splicer for Pacific Bell Telephone Co., is a borderline diabetic and had taken the drug for five …

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Posted 4 years ago in Crime by Michele Bowman  
Jodi Arias Faces Death Penalty in Sentencing Phase Mini-Trial

Jodi Arias’s jury agreed with the prosecutor on May 15, finding that her murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander was “especially cruel” – one of the aggravating factors that now makes her officially eligible for a spot on Arizona’s death row. The trial moves on to the sentencing phase on May 16, with the jury hearing evidence about whether Arias should get death by lethal injection or life in prison.   Suffering Debate Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder on …

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Posted 4 years ago in Government Immigration Video by Matt H. Mayes  
Mentally Disabled Immigrants Win Legal Representation [VIDEO]

  Jose Antonia Franco-Gonzalez spent nearly five years in detention, separated from his mother after his deportation case was closed. Severe mental impairment prevented him from defending himself. Lawyers.com videojournalist Matt H. Mayes introduces you to Franco-Gonalez, who cannot even speak a complete sentence. But in this landmark court case, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled the U.S. government must provide legal representation for mentally disabled immigrants who cannot afford lawyers and are facing deportation. Franco-Gonzalez’s lawyer, Ahilan Arulanantham, deputy …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Marijuana by Michele Bowman  
Fla. Couple Wants Pot Plants Back from Sheriff

A couple who has been active in the effort to have medicinal marijuana use protected in Florida had their crop seized by the sheriff; now the cops are refusing to give it back, so the couple is suing.   Medicinal Use: ‘Life and Death’ Cathy Jordan, who suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and her husband Bob reportedly say smoking marijuana is the only thing that relieves her painful symptoms. The couple had about …

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