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Drugmaker Pfizer Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Will Pay Record $2.3 Billion

The government needs to bring more cases like this. This is the largest health care fraud fine in U.S. history.


By Ransdell Pierson and Jeremy Pelofsky
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON – Pfizer Inc agreed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a U.S. criminal charge relating to promotion of its now-withdrawn Bextra pain medicine and will pay a record $2.3 billion to settle allegations it improperly marketed 13 medicines.

The world’s biggest drugmaker was slapped with the huge fines after being deemed a repeat offender in pitching drugs to patients and doctors for unapproved conditions.

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Fed Prosecutor Says Holocaust Museum Shooter Was on a Suicide Mission

This is such a sad, tragic incident committed by one scary, unstable guy. The judge has ordered a mental competency exam.

James von Brunn/facebook photo

James von Brunn/facebook photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The elderly white supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June was on a suicide mission and had planned the attack months in advance, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

Prosecutor Nicole Waid made the accusations during a brief hearing in the District’s federal court during which the suspect, James W. von Brunn, 89, spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting.

“The Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trial,” he said, sitting in a wheelchair, next to his defense attorney.

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Ex-Ohio Rep. Traficant — King of the Bad Hair Day — Is Free Today

James Traficant, the ex-Congressman who never met a bad hair day he didn’t like, is resurfacing after a little stint where he deserved to be. Thankfully, there’s no crime for having a bad hair day, or he wouldn’t be getting out today.

James Traficant/ photo

James Traficant on one of his better hair days / photo

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Federal inmate 31213-060 is heading home Wednesday to a city where many still revere him, despite a conviction that made him a national disgrace.

James Traficant, the former Democratic congressman fond of staccato rants, cowboy boots and a weather-beaten toupee, is scheduled to leave a federal prison in Minnesota sometime Wednesday after serving seven years for bribery.

Some residents will wear “Welcome Home Jimbo” T-shirts and boast of his release.

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Ex-Homeland Chief Tom Ridge Criticizes Waterboarding and Indefinite Detention

Tom Ridge/gov photo

Tom Ridge/gov photo

It’s too bad this happens in every administration: Some high-ranking people only seem to be willing to  speak up after it’s all over. The lesson here: express yourself to the powers that be when you’re there, not when you’ve left and decided to cash in with a book.

By Michael Scherer
WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge does not want to “second-guess” the motivations of his former colleagues in the Bush Administration.

But with a new memoir, The Test of Our Times, about to hit bookstores, he is ready to talk about all the second thoughts he has been having.

For instance, he thinks waterboarding “was and is torture,” and he wishes the Bush Administration had not permitted it.

He thinks President George W. Bush should have gone to Congress sooner to get permission to expand the National Security Agency’s domestic-spying program.

He even frowns upon the Bush policy of indefinite detention for suspected terrorists, a policy that the Obama Administration has hinted it may continue to some degree.

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Rookie NY Cop Who Robbed Bank Tells Fed Judge He Was Struggling to Pay Bills


Well, this was certainly more, as they would say,  than a rookie mistake.

By Tom Hays
Associated Press
NEW YORK — A former rookie police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing the same bank twice after a friend who worked as a teller there convinced him it would be “easy money.”

Christian Torres, 23, told a federal judge that he was struggling to pay his bills when he hatched the inside job with the teller, Christina Dasrath, in 2007.

“It was premeditated,” he said. “We discussed … how we would split (the money) in the end.”

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Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Supports Probe of CIA Torture

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

It’s almost shocking that Alberto Gonzales would break ranks with folks like Dick Cheney. But it’s heartening to see that he’s capable of exercising some independence now that he’s not under the thumb of such strong personalities as Cheney.

By Jeremy Pelofsky

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been under fire in some circles for naming a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses of prisoners by CIA interrogators or contractors, but on Tuesday he got some unexpected support from a former Bush administration official.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who oversaw the Justice Department or was White House counsel during the period when some of the controversial interrogation techniques were authorized – such as lengthy sleep deprivation and repeated waterboarding – in a radio interview backed Holder’s decision to review the cases that went outside the limits set.

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Two Get Life for Las Vegas Bombing (AP)