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Archive for January 8th, 2018

Bundy Case Dismissed, Judge Orders Rancher Released

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled Monday the
case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy would be
dismissed “with prejudice,” and ordered the rancher
set free after federal prosecutors willfully withheld
exculpatory evidence during the 2017 trial.

Tim Pearce
Energy Reporter
FILE PHOTO: Rancher Cliven Bundy poses at his home in Bunkerville, Nevada, U.S., April 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File PhotoNavaro ruled a mistrial in the Bundy case last month after prosecutors “willful[ly]” withheld exculpatory evidence favorable to the four men on trial: Cliven Bundy, his two sons and one other person. The judge found that prosecutors had violated the defendant’s civil rights and violated federal law by hiding evidence from the court.  After the mistrial, Navarro set a Jan. 8 date to decide whether the case against Bundy would be retried or dismissed “with prejudice,” barring a retrial over the same charges.
Prosecutors requested the court grant another trial against the Bundys, calling their missteps and violations “inadvertent.”
 “The Brady violations found by the court are regrettable and benefit no one,” Nevada’s Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre wrote in legal brief, according to The Oregonian. “But because the government neither flagrantly violated nor recklessly disregarded its obligations, the appropriate remedy for such violations is a new trial.”  The Department of Justice, under order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is currently investigating the federal prosecutors involved in the 2017 Bundy trial for misconduct.

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TRUMP TAKES NEW TACK TO WEAKEN OBAMACARE

TheHill.com

Trump takes new tack to weaken ObamaCare

BY NATHANIEL WEIXEL – 
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The Trump administration is turning to regulations as their last, best hope of chipping away at ObamaCare in 2018, with congressional Republicans unlikely to pass full repeal.
A proposed rule released Thursday targeting the health law is likely the first step in a new effort to undermine the law. And advocates for ObamaCare worry that another forthcoming rule could cause even more damage.  The administration on Thursday eased rules on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance through what are known as association health plans (AHPs).
The proposal retains ObamaCare protections for people with pre-existing conditions and prohibits lifetime limits on benefits.   But it would allow associations to purchase cheaper health insurance that won’t cover the ten “essential health benefits,” which include mental health, substance abuse treatment, maternity care and prescription drugs.   A second proposed rule, yet to be unveiled, could have an even greater impact, with much broader exemptions from ObamaCare.
That rule is expected to lift the Obama administration’s restrictions on skimpy, short-term health insurance plans. The changes would allow the plans to last for 12 months and be renewed.   Experts expect the short-term plans to also be exempt from all of ObamaCare’s protections, meaning insurers would be able to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.

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