State Trooper Facing Murder Charges After Tasing A Teen Riding An ATV | Techdirt

Grimes had been driving about 35 mph on an ATV when Bessner — a passenger in a moving patrol car — fired his stun gun at the teen during a chase on Detroit’s east side.Grimes slammed into the back of a parked truck and flew off his ATV. The impact of the crash ripped gashes into his forehead, both cheeks and upper lip and dislocated his skull. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at St. John Hospital.

Bessner has a history of using excessive force and has been reprimanded before for using his Taser inappropriately, including using the device on handcuffed suspects. The investigation into Bessner’s conduct shows that over a four-year span ending in 2017, he had 40 use of force incidents, 17 pursuits and five car accidents.

Source: State Trooper Facing Murder Charges After Tasing A Teen Riding An ATV | Techdirt

Judge Agrees: Perfectly Fine For Google To Deny Ad Placement For ‘Honey Cures Cancer’ Claims | Techdirt

Abid, who goes by the first name “Shaq” on LinkedIn, claims to have developed “a divine cure for cancer” consisting of “only honey herb and spice.” Google, he insists, will not allow him to advertise the product through AdWords.He is seeking $10 billion for what he believes is a violation of his First Amendment speech and religious rights, for loss of business, and for pain and suffering. Also, he wants the opportunity to advertise on Google when people search for cancer cures.

Source: Judge Agrees: Perfectly Fine For Google To Deny Ad Placement For ‘Honey Cures Cancer’ Claims | Techdirt

Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost | Techdirt

More recently, Apple has been harassing an independent repair shop owner in Norway named Henrik Huseby. After Norway customs officials seized a shipment of 63 iPhone 6 and 6S replacement screens on their way to Huseby’s repair shop, Apple threatened to sue the store owner unless they agreed to stop using aftermarket screens and pay a hefty settlement

Source: Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost | Techdirt

Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill | Ars Technica


Last year, doctors presented results from a small pilot trial hinting that smaller doses could work just as well as the larger dose—dropping patients down from three pills a day to just one. Taking just one pill a day could dramatically reduce costs to around $50,000 a year. And it could lessen unpleasant side-effects, such as diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, and tiredness. But just as doctors were gearing up for more trials on the lower dosages, the makers of the drug revealed plans that torpedoed the doctors’ efforts: they were tripling the price of the drug and changing pill dosages.

Source: Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill | Ars Technica

Homeopath “treated” 4-yr-old boy’s behavior problems with saliva from rabid dog | Ars Technica


Homeopath: it treated “slightly rabid dog state.” Critic: That’s “patently absurd.”

Source: Homeopath “treated” 4-yr-old boy’s behavior problems with saliva from rabid dog | Ars Technica

Israel Confirms Video of Sniper Shooting Unarmed Palestinian, as Soldiers Cheer, Is Genuine


Israel confirmed the authenticity of a video showing a military sniper shooting a Palestinian protester in Gaza, to the cheers of other soldiers.

Source: Israel Confirms Video of Sniper Shooting Unarmed Palestinian, as Soldiers Cheer, Is Genuine

Goodyear Asked A Judge To Call Jalopnik And Request We Not Publish Documents On Its Dangerous RV Tire 


Last week, I asked Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to comment on claims made in a lengthy letter that says the company knew for more than 20 years about failures on a tire linked to hundreds of crashes that have left at least 98 people either injured or killed. I obtained the letter, along with more than 200 pages of exhibits to the letter, from a court in Arizona following a judge’s earlier decision that led the court’s clerk to briefly unseal the records. Goodyear never responded to me. Instead, unbeknownst to us at Jalopnik, the company asked the Arizona judge to call me directly and intone that I should, in the words of Goodyear’s attorney, “do the right thing” and not publish those documents.

Source: Goodyear Asked A Judge To Call Jalopnik And Request We Not Publish Documents On Its Dangerous RV Tire 

More Drug Lab Misconduct Results In Massachusetts Court Tossing Nearly 12,000 Convictions | Techdirt

If everything keeps falling apart in Massachusetts, there won’t be a drug conviction left in the state. The eventual fallout from the 2012 conviction of drug lab technician Annie Dookhan was the reversal of nearly 21,000 drug convictions. Dookhan was an efficient drug lab worker — so efficient she often never performed the tests she was required to. The state moved much slower, dragging its feet notifying those possibly affected by Dookhan’s lab misconduct until a judge told it to stop screwing around. There still could be more reversed convictions on the way as the state continues to make its way through a 40,000-case backlog.

Source: More Drug Lab Misconduct Results In Massachusetts Court Tossing Nearly 12,000 Convictions | Techdirt

Sinclair forced TV anchors to criticize “fake” news—and Trump loved it | Ars Technica


Sinclair echoes Trump’s “fake news” claims while seeking US approval of a merger.

Source: Sinclair forced TV anchors to criticize “fake” news—and Trump loved it | Ars Technica