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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the CNN re­port that Brock Turner, the for­mer Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity swim­mer who was found guilty of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a passed out woman fol­low­ing a col­lege party, will be re­leased to­day af­ter serv­ing only three months for the heinous at­tack. Turner’s case drew na­tional at­ten­tion af­ter the pre­sid­ing judge sen­tenced the col­lege fresh­man to six months, com­ment­ing that a longer sen­tence would have a “se­vere im­pact” on the de­fen­dant. Now we know that he served only half his sen­tence af­ter earn­ing credit for time served in a county jail. The jail reg­u­la­tions are ap­plied to any­one serv­ing a sen­tence in a Cal­i­for­nia fa­cil­ity, but see­ing him re­turn to his Ohio home so soon stings in the face of jus­tice. The only good news to come from this case is the grass­roots ef­fort to try to re­call Turner’s judge, who has since asked to step down from fu­ture crim­i­nal tri­als due to con­tin­ued me­dia at­ten­tion. Also this week, state law­mak­ers passed a bill writ­ten by the Santa Clara Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, call­ing for manda­tory prison time for those convicted of com­mit­ting sex­ual as­saults upon in­tox­i­cated or un­con­scious vic­tims, CNN re­ported. Turner will have to serve pro­ba­tion and reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender, but we still grieve for the in­jus­tice against Jane Doe.

To the news that price of a brand-named EpiPen ep­i­neph­rine au­toin­jec­tors, which can be life-sav­ing for those in the midst of a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion, has risen to over $600 — a more than 500 per­cent in­crease from when My­lan ac­quired the brand in 2007. While the au­toin­jec­tors, which are pre­loaded with an ep­i­neph­rine dosage that any­one can in­ject in the side of the thigh, are made by other com­pa­nies, U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion rul­ings have lim­ited com­pet­ing brands and My­lan cur­rently con­trols about 85 per­cent of the au­toin­jec­tor mar­ket. The com­pany has slowly upped the EpiPen’s price over the past few years, but its most re­cent in­crease drew the ire of many users in the most public way yet. Ce­cil County users ex­pressed their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with My­lan this week and the Whig joins their crit­i­cism. Only af­ter the com­pany be­gan draw­ing com­par­isons to Martin Shkreli, the en­tre­pre­neur who made mil­lions off rais­ing the price of an AIDS drug, did they an­nounce a dis­count plan and a cheaper generic ver­sion of the au­toin­jec­tor. We’re left shak­ing our heads.

To the news that the Per­ryville Out­lets is down to just a small hand­ful of stores, some of whom are in the midst of clos­ing as well. The shop­ping cen­ter once held an­chor brands like Sears, Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Jos. A. Bank, but has strug­gled to emerge from the re­ces­sion. Town of­fi­cials said they are work­ing with the out­lets’ owner at an ac­qui­si­tion stage, al­though the owner wouldn’t com­ment on the out­lets’ fu­ture. For such a prime lo­ca­tion off In­ter­state 95 and Route 40, we be­lieve the spot has a lot of po­ten­tial. We just hope a vi­sion emerges to make it suc­cess­ful once again.

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