Supreme Court rejects Texas death row inmate’s appeal — but justice notes ‘pall of uncertainty’ over guilt
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected death row inmate Rodney Reed’s appeal Monday, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote separately to urge Texas courts to conduct a “full and fair” examination of evidence that raises questions about his guilt.“In my view, there is no escaping the pall of uncertainty over Reed’s conviction. Nor is there any denying the irreversible consequence of setting that uncertainty aside,” Sotomayor wrote in a statement accompanying Monday’s ruling.“Reed has presented a substantial body of evidence that, if true, casts doubt on the veracity and scientific validity of the evidence... (more…)
University of Michigan officials knew about sexual misconduct allegations — but didn’t act in 3 incidents
DETROIT — Faculty members at the University of Michigan raised concerns during the hiring process of a noted opera singer in 2015, going so far as to wonder who was going to tell him to keep his hands off male students, according to depositions included in court filings.The previously unreported depositions, included in a mid-January lawsuit filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, detail how faculty raised issues as singer David Daniels was being brought to Ann Arbor. Years after his hiring, an internal U-M investigation found in 2018 that Daniels had sexually harassed more than 20 students,... (more…)
Trump’s latest healthcare push would be a massive gift to Silicon Valley — and could destroy your privacy rights
The tech industry and Silicon Valley have been lobbying the Trump Administration for policy changes that, they argue, would make it easier for patients in the U.S. to download their medical records onto their smartphones. But this change, journalists Arius Tahir and Adam Cancryn report in Politico, has privacy advocates worried that the privacy of millions of patients could be seriously compromised.
“If proposed policy changes go through, patients would be able to download their health records onto their smartphones and direct it to apps of their choice,” Tahir and Cancryn explain. “But there’s a major privacy pitfall: as soon as those records leave the software system of the doctor or hospital, they are no longer protected by HIPAA, the landmark medical privacy law.”