Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Inmate
Another law enforcement officer has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a female inmate. Jose Luis Torres, an Edgewater Park, New Jersey police officer, pled guilty on Friday to second-degree sexual assault and second-degree official misconduct. In exchange for Torres’ guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge and will sentence him on an official misconduct charge, for which a four-year prison term is recommended. Torres sexually assaulted the female inmate on June 13th, 2002 while transporting her from court to the county’s detention center for women. Semen stains were later found in the transport vehicle resulting in Torres’ arrest. Torres is free on $15,000 cash bail and will be sentenced on September 20th. A 1999 Amnesty International study , which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .