Judge Tim Wright Pleads Not Guilty

Judge Tim Wright of Williamson County, Texas recently plead "not guilty" to federal charges brought against him by prosecutors. The prosecutors said that Tim Wright sold numerous guns to a known felon, as well as help arms dealers illegally smuggle weapons into Mexico. Mr. Wright lied when buying the guns, claiming that they were for himself. On April 8th, 2015, Judge Wright turned himself into U.S. Marshalls. When Mr. Wright went before a federal judge on April 8th, his passport and Concealed Handgun License were suspended, and all of the guns that remained in his house were confiscated by law enforcement. His judgeship was revoked by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after serving as a judge since 2003.

Officer Michael T. Slager

South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder

Shots rang out in North Charleston, South Carolina on an early April morning where a routine traffic stop was going on. Officer Slager, who was on-duty at the time, stopped a vehicle. Moments afterwards, he was filmed on camera firing multiple shots at Walter Scott, who was running away from the officer. Mr. Slager claimed that Walter Scott was attempting to forcefully strip him of his taser. After contacting the dispatcher, he is seen on footage picking up an unknown item and placing in near Walter Scott's body, which is legally classified as obstruction of justice. Walter Scott died quickly afterwards on the scene. Michael Slager initially hired defense attorney David Aylor, but shortly before Slager's arrest was announced, he said that he is no longer representing Slager. 

Cassandra C, the 17-year-old who high school student who has refused chemotherapy treatment

Supreme Court of Connecticut Decides Fate of a Connecticut high school student

On September 2014, a 17-year-old girl from Connecticut was told by medical experts that she had Hodgkin's lymphoma and must undergo chemotherapy. While it was made clear that if she refused chemotherapy she would most likely die, she said that she did not want to have the toxins in her body. The Connecticut teenager, Cassandra C, complied with doctors at first and received two chemotherapy treatments. However, she ran away in November to avoid being forced to receive further treatment. A few days later, she was found by police who claimed that she was in critical condition. Cassandra's mother surprisingly defended her daughter's choice, and took the Department of Children and Families to court for forcing her daughter to receive treatment against her will. The case climbed its way up the judicial ladder to the Connecticut Supreme Court who, on January 9, 2015, ruled in favor of the Department of Children and Families. She is currently being forced treatment for her critical condition against her will. In my opinion, the Supreme Court made the right choice. I find it very disturbing that the mother would side with her daughter and support her decision to die. If the Supreme Court had not stepped in and forced Cassandra treatment, she would have most likely died, and the mother would spend the rest of her life regretting not keeping her own daughter alive.   

Baylor University

Baylor University

Baylor University means the various academic units, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Hankamer School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate School, the Honors College, University Libraries, the School of Music, the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the School of Social Work. The academic work in the Baylor School of Law is governed by its own honor code, which is stated in the School of Law catalog.

Academic matter means an activity that may affect a grade or in any way contribute toward the satisfaction of the requirements for graduation without reference to the focus of such activity.

Dishonorable conduct means an act of academic dishonesty. The term dishonorable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following acts:

(1) Offering for course credit as one's own work, in whole or in part, the work of another.

(2) Plagiarism, that is, incorporating into one's work offered for course credit passages taken either word for word or in substance from a work of another, unless the student credits the original author and identifies the original author's work with quotation marks, footnotes, or another appropriate written explanation.

(3) Offering for course credit one's own work, but work that one has previously offered for course credit in another course, unless one secures permission to do so prior to submission from the instructor in whose course the work is being offered.

If a faculty member suspects that a student has engaged in dishonorable conduct in connection with an academic matter that has compromised the integrity of that faculty member's class, the faculty member may handle the matter directly with the student or refer it to the Honor Council in accordance with the timeline in section IV.A.(1) or IV.A.(2) below. In either situation, the faculty member must report the alleged violation to the Office of Academic Integrity (the "OAI"). If the student is not in the class that was compromised, the faculty member will handle the matter according to section IV.C. below.

If the faculty member finds a student guilty of violating the Honor Code and chooses to handle the matter directly with the student, the possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, failure/grade penalty on the assignment, rewriting the assignment, failure/grade penalty on the test, and failure/grade penalty in the course. If a faculty member feels that it may be appropriate for a student to be put on probation, suspended, or expelled for an Honor Code violation, the faculty member must refer the matter to the Honor Council.

If the Honor Council determines that the accused student has violated the Honor Code, it recommends to the executive vice president and provost the sanction(s) it believes should be imposed against the student. Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, those mentioned in section V.A. above as well as probation, suspension, and expulsion as defined below:

(1) Probation

Written notice explaining the serious nature of misconduct and outlining the terms of probation will be sent to the student. Terms of probation may include other requirements or restrictions including, but not limited to, community service, educational classes, and/or prohibition from participation in co-curricular activities.

(2) Suspension

Termination of student status at the University for a specified period of time.

(3) Expulsion

Termination of student status at the University permanently or for an indefinite period of time.

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