RaDonda Vaught, a former Tennessee nurse convicted of two felonies for a fatal drug error, whose trial became a rallying cry for nurses fearful of the criminalization of medical mistakes, will not be required to spend any time in prison. Davidson County criminal court Judge Jennifer Smith on Friday granted Vaught a judicial diversion, which means her conviction will be expunged if she completes a three-year probation. Smith said that the family of the patient who died as a result of Vaught’s medication mix-up suffered a “terrible loss” and “nothing that happens here today can ease that loss.” ...
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MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Friday broke down why he thinks the Uvalde mass shooting undermines a key new talking point from the National Rifle Association.
Hayes noted the famous claim by Wayne LaPierre that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
He offered his analysis of the talking point.
"Ironically, that's the moral cosmology of a child, like a small kid, who thinks about the world as good guys with guns and bad guys with guns," he said.
"I mean, it was obviously ridiculous back then, a ludicrous thing to say and ludicrous now. it's simply not how it functioning society works. it's a wild west state of nature in which conflicts are resolved only through violence and bloodshed," he explained.
On Friday, the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed there were 19 armed law enforcement officers were gathered in the hallway inside Robb Elementary School.
He said the Uvalde shooting tested the NRA's theories of more guns and militarized police.
"Here's the proving ground — and we saw it fail in real-time," he said.
"Whatever Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say, the entire NRA worldview collapsed in and of itself in a pool of blood in that elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. And in the end, the sheer, brutal bankruptcy of what these cretins have been proposing — Cruz and Trump and Greg Abbott and Wayne LaPierre — everyone celebrating culture in Houston today. "It has been laid bare."
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Authorities in New York have announced a 16-year-old high school student was arrested on Friday for threatening a mass shooting.
"The teen was arrested for making a terroristic threat after he made a Wednesday Instagram post on his “Bellport Scholars” page that warned there could be a shooting at Bellport High School the next day, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office," NY Post reported Friday.
Authorities said they did not find any guns during a search of the boy's home.
“We take these threats seriously and will devote out resources to ensuring the safety of our children,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement. “I thank Suffolk police for their swift action here. Upon learning of this threat, they worked with my office to locate and interview the individual responsible for the threat.”
The teen received a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment. A judge released him with a CPS monitor, 9 p.m. curfew along with drug and alcohol tests.
He was also banned from social media.
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The manager of the San Francisco Giants announced on Friday his deep disappointment in America.
"Moving forward, Kapler told reporters on Friday that he doesn't plan on taking the field for the national anthem 'until I feel better about the direction of our country' and that he needs more time to consider specific actions he might suggest be taken to prevent more tragedies of this type, such as stronger gun control laws," ABC 7 reported.
The Giants were on the road in Cincinnati for a Friday evening game, which was delayed due to rain.
"When I was the same age as the children in Uvalde, my father taught me to stand for the pledge of allegiance when I believed my country was representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t. I don’t believe it is representing us well right now," he wrote on his blog.
"We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Immediately following this shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We were given thoughts and prayers," he wrote.
"I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents. We stand in honor of a country where we elect representatives to serve us, to thoughtfully consider and enact legislation that protects the interests of all the people in this country and to move this country forward towards the vision of the “shining city on the hill.” But instead, we thoughtlessly link our moment of silence and grief with the equally thoughtless display of celebration for a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of human beings. We have our moment (over and over), and then we move on without demanding real change from the people we empower to make these changes," he explained.
He said protest is the correct response.
"I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this," he wrote.
\u201c\u201cI don\u2019t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country\u201d \u2013 Gabe Kapler\u201d— SF Giants on NBCS (@SF Giants on NBCS) 1653688166