Can the U.S. change its costly court-based way of dealing with medical mistakes?
Opinion in America is often sharply divided over medical malpractice litigation. Some say that the advocacy system in the only sure way for patients to get proper redress. Others, including those wanting to simplify and cap lawsuits through tort reform, believe the system is wasteful, churning out settlements at a high cost to taxpayers and doctors alike.
Suevon Lee, ProPublica U.S. gun policy is set by both state and federal law. ProPublica previously published an explainer on the ways states have eased gun restrictions. But federal policy, too, has become more gun friendly in recent years — and we’re not just talking about the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the [...]
Need to Know, October 26, 2012: The voter fraud debate, opposition research in the digital age and Dean Obeidallah
This week, Need to Know’s Rick Carr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida- will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls?
Need to Know’s Rick Carr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida — will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls.
Essayist Thomas Giovanni of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the need for better legal representation for poor defendants.
Jami Floyd discusses the lessons to be learned from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, including the prosecutors’ hasty public comments, which “serve only to undermine the presumption of innocence,” Floyd says.