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Shortfalls Unraveled Stevens's Case; TARP Panel Probes Fee Hikes; State Cuts Delay Disability Benefits

POSTED: 09:34 AM ET, 04/13/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Shortfalls Unraveled Stevens's Case » The Justice Department team charged with prosecuting former senator Ted Stevens miscalculated by not seeking more time to prepare high for the-stakes corruption trial and fell victim to inexperience and thin staffing, which contributed to its alleged mishandling of witnesses and evidence, according to interviews with more than a dozen lawyers who followed the case. — Washington Post

TARP Panel Probes Fee Hikes » Since the Troubled Asset Relief Program was launched last October, banks bolstered by capital infusions have boosted charges on a wide range of routine transactions, hiked rates on credit cards and continued making loans criticized as predatory by consumer advocates. — Wall Street Journal ($)

State Cuts Delay Disability Benefits » The nation's top Social Security official says benefits for tens of thousands of people with severe disabilities are being delayed by furloughs and layoffs of state employees around the country. — New York Times

Fraud Infects Calif. In-Home Services » Loose oversight and bureaucratic inertia have allowed fraud to fester in a rapidly expanding multibillion-dollar state program that provides personal caregivers to the impoverished elderly and disabled. Hundreds of reports of scams and swindles are going without investigation. — Los Angeles Times

'Dallas DNA' Stirs Ethics Issues » For the first time, reality TV will explore the growing use of DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted, in a series that is raising ethical questions before its first episode airs this month. Some legal analysts say "Dallas DNA" could exploit the suffering of victims -- including the wrongly convicted -- in the name of entertainment. — USA Today

After the jump...

» Action on AIG Unit May Cost Taxpayers (WSJ/ $)
» Internet payday lenders dodge Calif. regulators (LAT)
» Shootings Sideline Pr. George's Police for Months (WaPo)
» Probe of U-M crash: Autopilot on in error (Freep)
» VA to Review Seizure of Reporter's Gear (WaPo)
» Satyam announces winning bidder (BBC)

By Amanda Zamora |  April 13, 2009; 9:34 AM ET The Daily Read
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