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Auto-Brewery Syndrome Update 2020

Readers of this news blog may recall an interesting post about “Auto Brewery Syndrome” (ABS) posted by one of our California contributors, Lawrence Taylor.  This syndrome occurs when bowel abnormalities affect patients by creating a yeast overgrowth, usually candida, in the G.I. tract.  This causes fermentation of ingested carbohydrates, producing enough alcohol to result in drunkeness.[1]  Interestingly, in 2020 a distinction from traditional ABS was made in a case study published in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine.  The treating ... Read More »

News anchor charged with DUI had trouble maintaining balance, police say

SALT LAKE CITY — New court documents explain what led police officers to stop and cite KUTV news anchor Shauna Lake with DUI last month at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Lake, who is listed in court documents as Shauna Lake Marshall, 49, of Holladay, is charged in Salt Lake City Justice Court with driving under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor. Her attorney, Scott Williams, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client on ... Read More »

COVID-19, Violent Offender Release

The News reports that jails are releasing inmates due to COVID-19.  Is this true?   Yes. It has been reported and confirmed that inmates in Harris County, Dallas County, some Texas prisons and a juvenile detention center have COVID-19.  This is a problem due to increased community spread in the jail environment; which outside of putting inmates’ health in danger, endangers the lives of the jail and prison staff and adds more pressure to the hospital community.   Are jails ... Read More »

Dodge County Attorney arrested for DUI

DODGE COUNTY, Neb. — On Monday, the Dodge County Attorney was arrested for first offense driving under the influence. According to a press release from the Dodge County Attorney’s Office, Oliver Glass was arrested in Dodge County and was processed by law enforcement “consistently with similar cases. He was released from custody upon posting the scheduled bond amount.” Read More »

Alcoholics Anonymous May Actually Work

As USA Today reported in 2020, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), has long been criticized for not having any medical research to back up its efficacy.  However, a new study published by the medical journal Cochrane Database of Systematic Review, reverses a 2006 study by now concluding that AA and similar twelve step facilitation (TSF) programs interventions usually produced higher rates of continuous abstinence than the other established treatments investigated.  This study purposes that, “AA/TSF may be superior to other treatments for ... Read More »

Prep basketball standout, 18, arrested on suspicion of DUI after being hit by 2 cars Sunday

The driver was hospitalized after the 4:16 a.m. crash; Obinna Anyanwu had played in a high school championship basketball game the previous night California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Cathedral Catholic High basketball player on Sunday after he crashed his car into a freeway median, got out of his car and then was hit by two vehicles on state Route 163. Obinna Kelvin Anyanwu, 18, was driving a Nissan Altima south on SR-163 just south of Balboa Avenue around 4:16 ... Read More »

The Perfect Pretext for Illegally Stopping People: Unconfirmed Insurance

A traffic stop based only on unconfirmed insurance lacks the reasonable suspicion required for a search and seizure. The 4th amendment of the Constitution protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure. This protection comes to life in Texas under the Texas Constitution, Article 1, section 9.  This is a wide net.  This means that the “ends do not justify the means.”  The police cannot break the law to enforce the law. For example, they can’t illegally enter into a house ... Read More »

Cannabis Breath Testing for DUI Suspects

Unlike testing for alcohol, breath testing technology does not yet exist for cannabis. However, this type of technology is growing ever closer. The principal problem is that the technology must detect recent cannabis use and additionally prove that the cannabis in one’s system impaired the driving. The problem arises because cannabis may be detected in one’s body long after the effects of the drug have worn off. THC, the active ingredient in cannabis may remain on the breath for two ... Read More »

The Problem with Forensics in American Courtrooms

The problem with forensic science In 2009, a study funded by the United States Department of Justice exposed the massive problems with forensic science being admitted into courtrooms across America. Unfortunately, these problems still exist. In 2015, the FBI released devastating news. The FBI determined that the government has sponsored laboratory witnesses who testified wrongly in 33 death penalty cases. The study was too late for nine cases where the execution had already occurred. For five of the cases, the ... Read More »