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Study shows link between brain injuries and post-traumatic stress

We have discussed here on multiple occasions the long-term effects of concussions and other brain injuries. A number of former professional football players have come forward recently with their own stories of memory loss, depression and host of neurological conditions. Concussions and brain injuries are increasingly common in members of the military as well. Most brain injuries to military members who have served in war zones in recent years are caused by bomb blasts. Some...
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Appeals court: Daughter’s wrongful death claim can go forward

In a split opinion, a federal appeals court determined that a wrongful death suit filed by a girl whose father was killed by San Diego sheriff's deputies can proceed. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case against San Diego County can be heard by a jury. The girl's father was shot to death by sheriff's deputies who responded to a domestic disturbance call. Reportedly, the man's girlfriend told the first deputy on...
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Newly-discovered crime lab error could lead to more DUI charges

The saga of the Orange County Crime Lab and mistakes that could affect the cases of drivers charged with driving under the influence continues. Recently the lab admitted that results of blood-alcohol tests in 2,200 cases involving DUIs were incorrect. Reportedly, 900 people already convicted of DUIs were impacted by the findings. Now, an audit being conducted as a result of the initial problems has discovered inaccuracies in the other direction. Auditors found that one...
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Laguna Beach physician facing multiple charges for head-on crash

The case of a Laguna Beach physician who is accused of killing two fellow motorists this past spring will not move forward in court until next month. A judge in Orange County Superior Court in Newport Beach agreed to postpone the doctor's arraignment to mid-December at the request of his attorney. The tragic car accident occurred on Laguna Canyon Road on April 2 when the Tesla Model S being driven by the doctor allegedly went...
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Parents of Huntington Beach teen sue police after son’s suicide

An Orange County couple's grief over the suicide of their teenage son has been compounded by the fact that local police were alerted to his intentions by a stranger hundreds of miles away, but failed to check on his well-being or notify them. They have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Huntington Beach Police Department. This July the 17-year-old football player, who was going into his final year at Liberty Christian High School, posted...
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