This week a Florida court judge blasted Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman for manipulating the system, and stated that he had every intention of fleeing the country in order to avoid prosecution. Then he granted Zimmerman a $1 million bail.
That’s right. Zimmerman is a free man once again after being detained when authorities discovered that his wife was helping him hide $200,000 in online donations in order to fund his second passport. This time the judge mandated much tougher monitoring and restrictions but we still don’t get it. Source
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline agreed to a $3 billion settlement this week related to charges of mis-branding, use of kickbacks, and other drug marketing misconduct. This is the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.
The largest drugmaker criminal case settlement prior to this was $2.3 billion that Pfizer agreed to pay in 2009. Source
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision. The only part of Obama’s legislation to be struck down was a provision that threatened to withhold Medicaid funding from states that don’t agree to the terms of the bill’s Medicaid expansion.
Otherwise the provisions of our President’s historic health care law stand as they were written and approved in 2010. A summary is highlighted below. The source links map to the official document.
. All U.S. citizens must have health insurance by 2014.
. Noncompliance will cost $695 or 2.5% of your income – whichever is higher.
. Parents can carry children on your insurance up to age 26.
. Insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on a preexisting condition.
. A state-run insurance exchange will be created as an option for self-employed adults.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote. Do you know how the other eight justices voted? Read on.
How They Voted
Yes: Sonia Sotomayor
Yes: Stephen Breyer
Yes: John Roberts
Yes: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Yes: Elena Kagan
No: Clarence Thomas
No: Antonin Scalia
No: Anthony Kennedy
No: Samuel Alito
This weekend we got to see World Changers Church Pastor Creflo Dollar without his famous pin-stripe suit when the harried Dad was arrested after his 15-year old daughter claimed that he physically assaulted her last Friday.
Creflo Dollar faced his congregation on Sunday and assured them that all is well in the Dollar household. He insists that he did not punch or choke his daughter. The Pastor maintains that things became emotional when the teen wanted to go to a party and Dad said no. Source
A relieved former Senator John Edwards addressed the press yesterday but took no questions after he was found “Not Guilty” on one of six charges against him. The judge declared a mistrial for the remaining charges after nine days of jury deliberation.
The disgraced 2008 presidential candidate was accused of accepting illegal campaign contributions. Edwards’ defense argued that nearly $750,000 from his contributor Rachel “Bunny” Mellon were intended to support his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter and hide his second family from his wife Elizabeth Edwards who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2010. Source
The NAACP passed a resolution on Saturday endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right. The move comes two weeks after President Obama announced his support. Last week rapper Jay Z also endorsed same-sex marriage.
As a race black and African Americans are the least supportive of gay and lesbian rights. Hopefully, the leadership call for equality will usher us into the new millennium. Source
Oh good. Our Connecticut cousins can buy liquor on Sunday now that Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill ending Blue Laws in the state. Good ol’ common cents prevails once again. The state was losing too much money to residents who crossed state lines in order to buy their booze on Sunday. Source
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman voluntarily turned himself in on Wednesday, after being charged with second degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Check the source link for the AP coverage. Source
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 71, is recovering from heart transplant surgery in a Virginia hospital. He was only 37 when he had his first of five heart attacks. The last one occurred in 2010. Source