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Should Kavanaugh sue?

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Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Justice, but the price he and his family have paid was steep. As he mentioned in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh’s life has been ruined in many ways. He no longer teaches. He will no longer coach sports teams. His family’s name has been tarnished.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Kavanaugh’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick, has challenged Kavanaugh to sue.

Defamation law attorney L. Lin Wood went on Fox News and gave the pros and cons of whether or not Kavanaugh should, indeed sue.

My Take

I hope he does. Chances are slim since it will take this circus to the next level, but for future incidents like this it would benefit America if he defended his reputation.

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Infographic: Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

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Infographic Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

The use of opioids in the United States has dramatically risen in recent years, prompting calls for action from both sides of the political aisle. It’s not like the old drug wars on the streets of New York or the suburbs of Dallas. This drug epidemic is affecting all races, economic conditions, and ages.

In this infographic from Visual Capitalist, they examine the death rates county by county. Of note is West Virginia, where in some areas the opioid death rate is approaching the cancer death rates.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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Inmates on death row in Washington state given life sentences after capital punishment struck down by Supreme Court

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The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled the death penalty is unconstitutional based on racial bias. This move affirms Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium in 2014.

“We are confident that the association between race and the death penalty is not attributed to random chance,” the justices wrote in a majority opinion.

Racial bias was cited following a study commissioned by Allen Eugene Gregory, a death row inmate convicted of aggravated first-degree murder. The study found that black convicts were 4.5 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white inmates with similar charges.

The bias was attributed to juries rather than prosecutor recommendations. There was no evidence that prosecutors were more likely to pursue the death penalty based upon race but juries were more likely to sentence with racial bias.

Source: NPR

Washington State Strikes Down Death Penalty, Citing Racial Bias

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/11/656570464/washington-state-strikes-down-death-penalty-citing-racial-biasThursday’s ruling makes Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment. According to the ACLU, this state supreme court is the third to do so citing concerns about racial disparities, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The court decided to convert Washington’s current death sentences to life imprisonment. The state’s corrections division says that there are eight people currently on death row.

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Michigan law enforcement saves 123 children in one-day sweep

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Michigan law enforcement saves 123 children in one-day sweep

A task force of multiple law enforcement agencies found 123 missing children in a single-day sweep that went after the sex trafficking rings in Michigan. Operation MISafeKid also yielded information about two other missing children in different states.

The agencies involved were the US Marshals Service, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Wayne County local law enforcement, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General.

123 missing children found in Michigan sex trafficking operation

https://nypost.com/2018/10/09/123-missing-children-found-in-michigan-during-sex-trafficking-operation/The operation had 301 case files for missing children open before the sweep, which was the first of its kind in Wayne County, according to the report.

All recovered children were interviewed by authorities about possibly being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring and officials said three identified as possible sex trafficking cases.

Operations like these need to be handled swiftly. Sex trafficking rings are often designed to collapse and scatter once word gets out that parts have been compromised. By utilizing so many agencies in a coordinated single-day effort, they can cover the necessary ground before portions of the rings start to collapse.

This is a huge win for law enforcement. The safety of these children can be attributed to solid planning, good information, and proper coordination.

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