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After 20 Years in Jail for a Crime He Did Not Commit, William Lopez Dies After Just 20 Months of Freedom

William Lopez spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He died on Monday, less than two years after he finally tasted freedom.

Lopez, 55, died on September 20 of complications from an asthma attack he suffered at his home. Convicted in 1989 of killing a suspected drug dealer, a federal judge last year tossed Lopez’s conviction due to faulty evidence and recanted witness testimony. In June, the man filed a $124 million lawsuit against the city of New York. Had Lopez survived, he would have attended a conference for the case this past Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

Court proceedings are on hold as Lopez’s widow, Alice, is established as holder of the estate. Lopez did not have a will, but his widow can proceed with the lawsuit on his behalf, HuffingtonPost.com reported.

When Lopez was freed from prison in January 2013, he aspired to go to school and assist others who were wrongfully convicted. He wanted to travel and reconnect with his daughter, whose only memories of her father were of him in prison. She was only a year old when he was sent away, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

Friends say Lopez was very much looking forward to being compensated and enjoying the things he was denied behind bars. After his release, Lopez struggled financially and depended on the kindness of others to get by. “He wanted to do some domestic travel to other states, and to travel internationally,” friend and advocate Jeffrey Deskovic told the New York Post. “He wanted to go to college and to go to law school. He wanted to set his wife up in business, and he wanted to be an entrepreneur.” Deskovic established the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation after Deskovic was wrongly convicted of rape and murder. The foundation worked tirelessly for Lopez’s release. More After 20 Years in Jail for a Crime He Did Not Commit, William Lopez Dies After Just 20 Months of Freedom

Lawmakers Introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act last week. Under the bill, the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund would continue for another 25 years.

Registration for the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively. If the bill is passed, both programs will be extended through 2041, according to a 9/11 Health Watch press release issued last week. More Lawmakers Introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

Lawmakers Push for Extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Thirteen years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders and survivors are fighting to stay alive and running out of time to be compensated for their suffering.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed in 2010 to assist responders and survivors injured or sickened at the site of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers. Two of the Zadroga Act’s critical programs are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, however, so a handful of lawmakers will introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act later this month in the Senate and the House of Representatives in an effort to ensure the programs will continue through 2041, according to a 9/11 Health Watch news release. More Lawmakers Push for Extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Class Action Takes Aim at Rabbi Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Women

Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, the operator of a chain of seminaries in Israel, is the focus of a class action lawsuit in which he is accused of preying on and sexually assaulting young girls as far back as 2004.

Rachel Slanger, Peninim of America, Yaakov Yarmish, Tzvi Gartner and four subsidiary Jewish seminaries in Jerusalem are also accused of wrongdoing in the lawsuit, Courthouse News Service reported. More Class Action Takes Aim at Rabbi Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Women

Sexual Abuse Victims Hope to have Lawsuit Reinstated

A lawyer is asking a judge to reinstate a lawsuit filed by dozens of men who claim they were sexually abused as high school students by rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan.

The lawsuit, which was previously dismissed, accuses the school of covering up the incidents for decades. More Sexual Abuse Victims Hope to have Lawsuit Reinstated

Dr. Oz Features the Story of a Pennsylvania Woman Who Blames Cell Phones for her Breast Cancer

Popular physician and television star Dr. Mehmet Oz is warning women that carrying cell phones in their bras could lead to breast cancer.

On the August 26 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz warned his female viewers that carrying a cell phone in your bra could put you at greater risk for breast cancer. The nation’s most well-known doctor firmly believes there is a link between cell phone use and cancer, according to Examiner.com. More Dr. Oz Features the Story of a Pennsylvania Woman Who Blames Cell Phones for her Breast Cancer

Whistleblower: CDC Hid MMR Vaccine’s Link to Autism in African American Boys

A whistleblower at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there has been manipulation of scientific data involving the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, according to a study by Focus Autism Foundation.
The manipulation of data took place because there was pressure from the top to get CDC scientists to back government policies on vaccine safety while ignoring and hiding the risks involved, the whistleblower said. More Whistleblower: CDC Hid MMR Vaccine’s Link to Autism in African American Boys

Adolescent Inmates Face Violence, not Rehabilitation, at Rikers Island

Violence reigns supreme inside the walls of New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, according to a recent Justice Department report. Rather than being rehabilitated, young adult males are often beaten, abused and stripped of their rights.

A 2-1/2 year investigation into the violence inside the walls of Rikers Island jail facilities for adolescent males aged 16 to 18 revealed poor staff training, subpar investigations, a virtually useless management structure and the overuse of solitary confinement, particularly for mentally ill inmates. According to the report, the same problems likely exist in the adult facilities, as well, the Associated Press (AP) reported. More Adolescent Inmates Face Violence, not Rehabilitation, at Rikers Island

DC Superior Court Rules Scientific Experts can Testify in Cell Phone – Brain Tumor Cases

A Washington, DC, superior court ruled that five expert witnesses can testify on behalf of consumers who allege that they or someone they love suffered brain tumors caused by cell phones.

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg, who presides over the 13 consolidated lawsuits, ruled that the scientific experts met the Dyas/Frye legal standards and can testify about the link between cell phone use and brain cancer. The court held evidentiary hearings in December 2013 and January 2014 and reviewed hundreds of exhibits. More DC Superior Court Rules Scientific Experts can Testify in Cell Phone – Brain Tumor Cases

Teen Inmates at Island often have Rights Violated

Teen inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island correctional facilities routinely have their rights violated, according to a multiyear investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The investigation locked in on practices and conduct by New York City’s Department of Correction (DOC) from 2011 to 2013. The report described a “deep-seated culture of violence” that was prevalent throughout the teen facilities at Rikers, Aljazeera America reported. More Teen Inmates at Island often have Rights Violated