Nov 4 - 10, 2004 
Scott Horton addresses the Albuquerque Bar Association on Friday, Oct. 29.
Stacey Adams

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A Few Bad Men

When the election ends, a complete Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse investigation should begin

By Tim McGivern

Scott Horton became familiar with military doctrine long before he was fairly able to understand it. As a child, he was raised on Kirtland Air Force Base, the son of an officer, before leaving Albuquerque three decades ago to embark on a career as an international transaction attorney and human rights lawyer, most notably representing former-Soviet Union dissident Andreis Sakharov.

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Thin Line

By Tim McGivern

Sticking Larry Aherns brain up a bug's ass is like sticking a BB in a boxcar, part 3.

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Ortiz y Pino

A Race to the Bottom in Mental Health Care

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

A few weeks ago I wrote about how foolish a policy it is for a state to funnel its public mental health funds through "for profit" HMOs—private companies charged with managing that care but which can increase their profit line by reducing services.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: Australia—A court has ruled that a convicted heroin dealer can claim a $165,000 tax deduction for money that was stolen during a bad drug deal. The Australian Taxation Office had been trying to make Francesco Dominico La Rosa of Perth pay tax on his 1994-95 income, which is estimated at $337,000. But La Rosa, who recently served a 12-year term for dealing heroin and amphetamines, insisted his taxable income should be reduced. La Rosa told the High Court that the $165,000 cash he had buried in his back yard was dug up to pay for a drug deal in May 1995. That transaction went badly and ended up with the money being stolen by unknown people. The High court agreed with a lower court decision that upheld La Rosa's claims. The federal government has now vowed to change the law to bar losses incurred in illegal transactions from being claimed as tax deductions in the future.

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