Wednesday Writs: Murder Most Foul Edition
L1: The US attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia announced that after a two year investigation into suspicious deaths at the Clarksburg, West Virginia VA hospital, nursing assistant Reta Mays agreed to plead guilty by information to seven counts of murder. Mays admitted to purposely injecting elderly patients with insulin, causing their deaths. As a nursing assistant, which requires no licensing in WV, she was not authorized to access or administer insulin. She killed veterans George Shaw, 81; William Holloway, 96; Archie Edgell, 84; John Hallman 87, Felix McDermott, 82; and 2 other men whose families requested anonymity. The prosecutor said there were additional suspicious deaths, but they were unable to prove Mays was responsible for them. The government will seek consecutive life sentences. Lawsuits against the VA by surviving family members are pending.
L2: The term is over but the SCOTUS work is never done. A 5-4 court removed the last roadblock to allow the federal government to execute its first citizen in 17 years. The Court lifted a stay by the DC Circuit in an order released at 2 a.m. Convicted triple murderer Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death hours later. Watch this space soon for an analysis of Furman v Georgia, in which the Court banned capital punishment, and the subsequent reinstatement of the practice
L3: Vaping company JUUL has taken legal action to protect their patent against black market cartridges for its e-cigarette devices.
L4: Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in connection with her longtime boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell requested bail, suggesting she spend her pretrial days at a luxury hotel in New York. The court opted to remand her into custody without bond.
L5: I was never really into Seinfeld, but this Seinfeld-based Law School Class About Nothing at Yada Yada Law School looks interesting.
L6: The first women to hold high staff positions at the US Supreme Court are retiring.
L7: Justice Ginsburg was hospitalized this week with a suspected infection and underwent a procedure to clean out a bile duct stent. She’s said to be resting comfortably but will remain in the hospital for a few days.