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.