FULL SHOW: Texting Suicide Appeal, Home Care Needs, Brady Baloney

August 8, 2017

In June, a judge told Michelle Carter her behavior constituted “wanton and reckless conduct,” and charged her with involuntary manslaughter. The ruling followed prosecutors’ arguments that texts Carter sent and calls she made to Conrad Roy the day before he killed himself amounted to her being present on the scene. Carter’s lawyers argued that, while the outcome was tragic, her words were protected by the first amendment. Judge Lawrence Moniz disagreed. Last month he sentenced Carter to a little more than a year behind bars. He also ruled she can remain free pending appeal. During that process, Carter will be defending a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Roy’s mother seeking more than $4 million in damages. Carter’s attorney Joseph Cataldo joins Jim Braude to discuss.

Parents are familiar with testing the limits of their abilities when it comes to raising a child. But for a small group in Massachusetts that means filling a role they may not be prepared to play - that of nurse and caretaker. Noelia Ferreira is one of those parents. The Dracut mother has been attending round the clock to her 15-year old daughter Abi, who was born with a rare genetic condition that affects her development. Abi is partially deaf and blind, suffers from seizures and requires a feeding tube and air machine in order to live. The last time Noelia had help from a nurse was more than 100 days ago. Her story was profiled by Jenna Russell in the Boston Globe. Abi and other kids in her situation depend on MassHealth to provide care. It's a struggle shared by hundreds of families across the state, and one that has spurred action. Angela Ortiz is one of the parents hoping to get the attention of state leaders. Her daughter Ayla was also born with serious health problems and needs constant care, so she gathered a group of parents and founded the Massachusetts Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign to raise awareness. Noelia and Angela join Jim.

IMHO: Jim's shares his thoughts on why Tom Brady's health is our business.


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