Williamson County Judge Tim Wright pleads not guilty to federal firearm charges

Wright was indicted on nine federal charges. If he were to have been found guilty, Wright would have been looking at up to 10 years for each of the five firearm charges and up to 5 years for each of the 4 counts of making a false statement to a government agent. His grand total time would have been up to 70 years in prison! The judge at Wright's court hearing made him surrender his passport, Concealed Handgun License and all the guns in his home. His travel has also been restricted to Travis, Hays and Williamson counties, unless the court authorizes outside travel.

Current Event: Death of Freddie Gray

A few days ago on April 19th, 2015, a 25-year-old black man by the name of Freddie Gray died of a spinal injury after being chased, tackled, and taken into custody by police April 12th, 2015. The main questions now are whether or not the police caused Gray's fatal spinal injury, if Gray's Civil Rights were violated during the arrest and if the police should have pursued Gray in the first place. Police chased Gray after "he fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence". At the time, officers had no knowledge of the pocket knife Gray was carrying. Once they caught him, Officer Garrett Miller brought Gray into custody after finding the blade in Gray's pocket; however the knife was of legal size. Gray was in perfect health until he was pursued and tackled by officers. He then had to be brought to a trauma clinic due to a spinal injury. Gray underwent extensive surgery in an attempt to save his life but unfortunately passed a week later.

Current Event: Cassandra Goes Home After Being Forced Into Chemo

Back in September, 17-year-old Cassandra from Connecticut was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Cassandra was declining treatment for "she doesn’t want toxins in her body". However, the Department of Children and Families stepped in and ordered that Cassandra's mother follow doctor's recommendations and have her daughter receive Chemotherapy. Cassandra's case eventually made it to the Supreme Court where she argued that under the "Mature Minor Doctrine", she could refuse treatment for her Cancer. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Connecticut didn't violate any of Cassandra's rights. Today, Monday April 27th, Cassandra is expected to be released from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center now that she's finished with her Chemo. I personally think that although technically, the state of Connecticut didn't violate any of Cassandra's rights, the state of Connecticut was in no position to tell a 17-year-old girl how to treat her Cancer. With her mother's support, Cassandra should've been able to refuse treatment on the terms that she didn't want anyone else telling her how to treat her body.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/legal-battle-rages-force-17-year-cancer-patient/story?id=28014975

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/04/27/connecticut-teen-fought-cancer-treatment-home/

College: University of Texas, Austin.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty Can Be Severe!

You may see or hear of other students engaging in some form of academic dishonesty. If so, do not assume that this misconduct is tolerated. Such violations are, in fact, regarded very seriously, often resulting in severe consequences.

Grade-related penalties are routinely assessed ("F" in the course is not uncommon), but students can also be suspended or even permanently expelled from the University for scholastic dishonesty.

Other potential consequences can be particularly far-reaching, such as the creation of a disciplinary record that may very well impact future opportunities.

Furthermore, incidents of scholastic dishonesty diminish the overall value of scholastic achievements on this campus and reflect poorly on the University.

When grades on assignments and exams reflect dishonest efforts rather than legitimate accomplishments, the academic progress of those students cannot be measured accurately and, in turn, any degrees awarded to them cannot reliably or fully attest to their actual scholastic achievements. The potential consequences of fraudulent credentials raise additional concerns for individuals and communities beyond campus who rely on institutions of higher learning to certify students' academic achievements, and expect to benefit from the claimed knowledge and skills of their graduates.

Engaging in dishonest behavior is simply not worth the risks of jeopardizing your academic career & gambling with your future!

The value of a University of Texas degree is also inherently connected to the prestige of this institution and its academic units - colleges and schools, departments and individual degree programs. So the accrued costs of any damage to their earned reputations can adversely affect you and other students who someday will compete for jobs and/or admission into graduate programs or professional schools.

Altogether, these and other concerns reinforce and assure the University's serious interest in confronting academic dishonesty and holding students accountable for any such violations.

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