Jerry Cobbs at a CPRIT Foundation meeting in 2009.
A Travis County grand jury has indicted Jerry Cobbs, a former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, on charges that he unlawfully secured the execution of an $11 million grant for Peloton Therapeutics, a Dallas-based biotechnology firm.
The Travis County Public Integrity Unit opened an investigation into former CPRIT officials shortly after the CPRIT Oversight Committee disclosed in November 2012 that the institute had awarded that grant without proper scientific review.
by Becca Aaronson and Shefali Luthra
UPDATED: A year after Texas was slated to increase Medicaid payments to primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act, the state has received federal approval to implement the change.
WELCOME TO TEXAS JUSTICE: YOU MIGHT BEAT THE RAP, BUT YOU WON’T BEAT THE RIDE.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2013
Dallas PD changes policy to enable police coverups after shootings
Regular Grits readers will recall the recent episode in Dallas where a police officer shot a mentally ill suspect, claiming he feared for his life. His partner said in a written report that the man had rushed at them with a raised knife when, in fact, a neighbor’s surveillance video showed the fellow had first backed away then stood calmly with his hands to his side. DPD fired the officer and suspended his partner for 15 days.
Now, though, rather than beef up penalties for officers caught testilying, Dallas Police Chief David Brown has succumbed to pressure from the police union and changed the rules so that officers can no longer be questioned about shooting incidents until 72 hours after they happen. The Dallas News story (“Dallas Police Chief David Brown quietly changes shooting investigation policy,” Nov. 27) announcing the new policy opened thusly:
Mary WisniewskiReuters3:01 p.m. CST, December 3, 2013
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Undocumented immigrants in Illinois began taking road tests on Tuesday to qualify for driver’s licenses, starting a process expected to be closely watched by other U.S. states that are preparing to implement similar laws.
Illinois is the largest U.S. state to implement legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses – following in the steps of New Mexico and Washington.
The last, great hope of Republicans to see Obamacare killed outright is officially dead. They haven’t been able to repeal it. They ran a presidential campaign on ending it, and were overwhelmingly rejected. The Supreme Court decided not to overturn the entire law once already, and has now dismissed the last big case challenging the underpinnings of the law.
Frankly, I lost faith (so-to-speak) in all types of organized religion long ago. I have given up on expecting good deeds and magnanimous gestures toward the poor coming from the Vatican. But after hearing the unorthodox outreaches to those less fortunate in the world by Pope Francis, lately, I’ve been reconsidering the time-worn, idealistic notion that one man can indeed change the world.I think Pope Francis truly has the potential to be a transformative pontiff.
The ACLU has filed a law suit against the Catholic Conference of Catholic bishops in regard to health care given (or not given) to women in regard to their reproductive needs
when these women go to a Catholic hospital.
There are a growing numbers of Catholic hospitals in this country, and in rural areas, a Catholic hospital may be the only one available.
The following irresponsible police action reported by KHOU’s Rucks Russell should scare many. Here is the story as reported.
A young 13 year old dancer, Landry Thompson, came to Houston from Oklahoma. She travelled with her two dance instructors over the weekend. The intent of their visit was to train all weekend with some of the best in dance industry.
When they left the studio Saturday night they stopped at a gas station very exhausted as they searched for their lodging. They were trying to locate their hotel on the GPS. Out of nowhere they were surrounded by the Houston police.
California Republicans are desperate and shameless. In the past two weeks, GOP Assembly members have sent mailings out on what appears to be the state’s dime to their constituents about health insurance. Only, they don’t direct those people to CoveredCA.com to sign up. Instead, they send them to their own astroturf version with the url CoveringHealthCareCA.com.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Jane Johanna Emily, a/k/a Jane Moeller, 41, of St. Louis, Missouri, was arraigned on November 26, 2013, at the East St. Louis federal courthouse on three charges that she stole packages from the U.S. Mail.
The indictment alleges that in March and April 2013, Emily, who was working as a supervisor in the East St. Louis Post Office, opened and stole mail packages.
The federal grand jury indictment charges Emily with Obstruction of Mail in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1702; Theft of U.S. Mail by a Postal Employee in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1709; and Opening of Mail in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1703(a). Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.