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September 2011 Archives

Marine's attorney says dissociative episode behind DUI fatality, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the story of a Marine, Scott Sciple, who was charged with DUI manslaughter after an accident that occurred last April as a result of a dissociative episode brought about by the man's condition of post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury brought about by battle scars during his service. Sciple's mental condition reportedly arises from a series of events that took place between 2003 and 2009 during his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marine's attorney says dissociative episode behind DUI fatality, P.1

Our Baton Rouge readers may be interested in a national story involving Scott Sciple, a Marine who drove the wrong way down an interstate in Tampa last April and crashed head on into another vehicle, killing the other driver. The victim reportedly left behind a wife, two children and three stepchildren.

Study shows drinking and driving rates are high at LSU

Students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge may have heard of recent data gathered by the National College Health Assessment II and the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey showing that LSU students have a higher rate of drinking and driving than most other colleges in the nation. For many residents living in the area, that is an alarming fact.

Drug use survey shows overall decrease, but not for marijuana

Marijuana use in America is on the increase, according to a recent survey sponsored by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to sources, the survey collected data from interviews with 67,000 individuals over the age of 12 who were randomly selected.

Medicare fraud task force charges 91

In what is being called the largest health care fraud sweep in the history of the Medicare fraud strike force, 91 health care providers were arrested for involvement in Medicare fraud schemes. Sources said the schemes involved submitting claims to Medicare for treatments that were either not performed or which were medically unnecessary. Overall, $295 million in false bills were submitted by the providers. Those charges were announced on Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials.

Exonerated prisoners eligible for increased compensation

On Thursday, a new state law took effect which makes wrongfully convicted persons eligible for as much as $25,000 per year for each year spent in prison, and up to a total of $250,000. That yearly amount is $10,000 higher than the previous limit. The new law will especially affect individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned on charges of rape.

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