Man Beaten By Cops

Francis Jared Pusok, citizen of Apple Valley, was beaten by cops on April 9th, 2015. The cops were chasing him via horseback when they eventually caught up, and at first they seemed to try and subdue him and arrest him the civil way, it soon turned into a beating, a 10 versus 1 beating. Currently the FBI is investigating this event to see whether his civil rights were intact during the chase or if this was mishandled and the 10 deputies are on administrative leave.

The mother of the man beaten compares the attack to a "joyride" for the cops; claiming it was uncalled for and they seemed to be enjoying beating him. The police refused to tell her where her son was post-detainment; even though she was terrified for his safety and current conditions.

Texas Judge Sells Guns To Felons

Judge Tim Wright of Williamson County, Texas was accused of illegally selling guns to a known criminal and pleaded not guilty. The judge is constrained to staying in his county and only a little outside it; was forced to give up his passport, gun license, and guns; and has been suspended from his job until further notice. Though there are multiple witnesses saying otherwise, his lawyer is saying he is innocent.

Cassandra C. originally refused chemo for her highly curable cancer, but in December was forced by law to go through with it since she is only a minor, and seen as incapable of making such a decision. She was forcibly: taken to the hospital, put through surgery, taken away from communication, and put through chemo. However, now with her public defender, Joshua Michtom, on her side she plans on going home to end the chemo and looks towards the courts for help.


A Connecticut superior court judge ended up ruling on April 1st that she must stay in the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford until she is completely done with chemo and denied her mother visitation. The public defender is thinking of giving another appeal.

My thoughts are that unless the state pays for it, forcibly admitting her into the hospital is an inappropriate action. This will push her into a ton of debt, has prevented her from saving for college and potentially even going to college, and has taken away her part time job. Also, though I don't know all the details, preventing her mother from visiting seems over the top and uncalled for unless she is emotionally manipulating her into not doing chemo to save money or is a drug dealer or something her mom should be allowed to see her.

University of Washington

The University of Washington starts disciplining academic misconduct through prevention...

Establishing an ethos valuing academic honor and scientific integrity

  • Put a statement of ethos in your syllabus.
  • Put a handout on cheating in our course packet
  • Talk about the definition of academic pursuits and the importance of honesty.

But if they still suspect/discover cheating there are consequences...

Less severe sanctions. The options you give the student do not result in her/his failing the course or seriously undermine her/his grade in the course.

Professor: I noticed that this paper doesn't look at all like previous work I've seen you produce. In fact, it looks quite a bit like a paper I wrote back in 1992. I'm going to give you three options:

  • Redo this assignment and hand it in.
  • Drop this assignment and let your grade be determined by the average of your remaining course work.
  • If you feel I have charged you inappropriately, you may appeal the matter to the Dean's Representative.

Moderately severe sanctions. The options you give the student do not result in her/his failing the course but could seriously undermine her/his grade in the course.

Professor: I noticed your answers are exactly the same as the perso who was sitting next to you and you were witnessed looking over at your neighbor's paper a number of times during the hour. I suspect you of cheating. Here are your options:

  • You can accept a zero on this exam and refrain from any other cheating in this class. If you do well enough on the five fother unit exams you should still pass the course with no problem.
  • If you feel I have charged you inappropriately, you may appeal the matter to the Dean's Representative.

Severe sanctions. The options you give the student could cause her/him to fail the course.

Professor: It is clear to me that you have fabricated the results of your marketing research project for this course. (The research project counts for 60% of the course grade.) Here are your options:

  • I plan to give you a zero on this project, and you will fail the class.
  • If you feel I have charged you inappropriately, you may appeal the matter to the Dean's Representative.

All in all-- in the end they don't want to hurt you, but to help you and push you not to cheat ever again...

Instructors are encouraged to resolve cheating incidents through an informal, agreed resolution process, e.g., the instructor and student agree on the facts, the decision, and the sanction. If no agreement exists, the matter should be referred to the Dean's Representative for resolution. Instructors must be careful not to intimidate students into "agreeing" to a sanction for fear of being referred to the Dean's Representative, however. If no agreement is readily reached the instructor should offer to suspend judgment on the matter and forward it to the Dean's Representative for a more formal, fair hearing.

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