• DOJ

    Radio, Barr and Churchill

    The photo above is not me, but I did have a good time on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel with host Olivier Knox of “The Big Show” discussing William Barr’s confirmation hearings to be Attorney General.  Listen here: Consistently with the photo above, I just finished Churchill: Walking With Destiny. Written by British historian Andrew Roberts, it is a powerful, compelling one-volume biography of perhaps the greatest leader of the twentieth century; certainly the leader to whom we owe the most in predicting and preserving civilization from the successive onslaughts of Prussian militarists; Hitler and the Nazis; and Stalin and the Soviets.  A man full of faults, certainly, but more than enough…

  • Controlled Substances Act,  Drugs,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    Risk, Reward and Pain: Doctor Lessons from An Opioid Trial

    Opioid medications continue to be in the news, as demonstrated by the recent nationwide state attorneys-general investigation.  This situation only demands more attention from physicians and other healthcare providers who may face significant criminal sanctions. My law partner Brandon Essig recently wrote in Medical Economics: Over the past three decades, opioids have become a standard and effective component of pain management for many practitioners. They are effectively and safely prescribed in every conceivable clinical environment—primary care facilities, hospitals, pain management clinics and even dentist offices. They are prescribed to treat chronic and intractable pain, such as advanced stage cancer pain or severe burns, but they are also prescribed to treat soft…