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In the nation: Santos campaign under fire from new ethics report, Salem Hospital patients potentially exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B, C, Supreme Court releases ethics code

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Justice Department evidence points to illegality in Santos campaign

Rep. George Santos announced he will not seek reelection as House lawmakers released a report to Justice Department officials Nov. 16 detailing “overwhelming evidence” he acted illegally during his first campaign.

Santos, a republican from New York’s Third district, railed against the report on X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly after its release.

“It is a disgusting politicized smear that shows the depths of how low our federal government has sunk. Everyone who participated in this grave miscarriage of Justice should all be ashamed of themselves,” Santos posted on X

The 56-page report by the House Ethics Committee found Santos knowingly caused campaign officials to falsify financial records sent to the Federal Election Commission, used funds designated for his campaign on personal purchases and violated the Ethics in Government Act through House financial forms, according to The Boston Globe.

Representative Santos sought to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his House candidacy for his own personal financial profit,” the report said.

The Globe reported the legitimacy of some items could not be confirmed due to Santo’s lack of cooperation with the investigation. However, expenses highlighted by the report included $2,281 spent at resorts in Atlantic City and $1,400 on a skincare spa that one spreadsheet described as “botox.”

Santos also spent campaign funds on an OnlyFans subscription, a trip to the Hamptons and purchases from Hermes, according to the report.

The congressman “used his connections to high-value donors and other political campaigns” for his own benefit, and “he sustained all of this through a constant series of lies to his constituents, donors and staff about his background and experience,” the report said.

Aside from the House Ethics report, Santos also faces a 23-count federal indictment relating to allegations of identity theft of campaign donors. 

There is a growing movement among House members to expel Santos before his term ends, according to the Globe.

 

Potential HIV, Hepatitis B and C exposures impact 500 Salem Hospital patients

Just under 500 patients at Salem Hospital may have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and C over the course of two years after staff used contaminated medical equipment when delivering medications intravenously, according to The Boston Globe

A statement shared Nov. 16 said patients that were exposed have been notified and there have not been any reports of infections.

The Department of Public Health said in a statement an onsite investigation into the hospital was performed, according to the Globe.

“Once identified, the practice was immediately corrected, and the hospital’s quality and infection control teams were notified,” the hospital said in a statement. 

The hospital says the chances of infection are very small.

“The hospital said that earlier this year officials discovered ‘an isolated practice’ by some staff was delivering ‘intravenous medication in a manner not consistent with our best practice’ to patients,” according to the Globe.

 

Supreme Court adopts code of conduct

The United States Supreme Court announced that it formally adopted a code of conduct Nov. 13, following criticism and allegations of Justices acting unethically.

The highest court of the U.S. has been operating without a proper code of ethics for judges to uphold. The recent call for the establishment of the ethics code stemmed from concerns regarding Justices’ undisclosed meetings and accepting bribes from Republican donors. 

Justice Clarence Thomas received gifts from Harlow Crow, according to NPR. Justice Samuel Alito attended a fishing trip with Paul Singer, who currently has cases before the Supreme Court.

The code is similar to other ethics codes established in lower courts. The Supreme Court’s ethics code focused on the actions Justices must take to disclose certain financial transactions, as well as outlining the situations where a judge’s recusal would be in order. However, critics of the Court allege the code is unlikely to make any substantial changes, as Justices are left to enforce it themselves.

The code of ethics also sought to draw lines establishing what financial favors and gifts Justices can accept. The sources of such financial or material compensation must also be determined to not influence a Justice’s official duties.

The establishment of the ethics code intends to decrease corrupt behavior of Justices, although organizations are concerned this will not reap these intended results.

“With 53 uses of the word ‘should’ and only 6 of the word ‘must,’ the court’s new ‘code of ethics’ reads a lot more like a friendly suggestion than a binding, enforceable guideline,” said Take Back the Court in a statement.

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William Woodring, Senior Editor-at-Large | he/him
Will is a senior majoring in public relations. He is originally from Medway, Massachusetts. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, writing, reading, and running. He is interested in political journalism and hopes to go into politics after graduating. Follow Will on X @woodringwill
Sarah Roberts, News Editor | she/her
Sarah is a senior from Taunton, Massachusetts, majoring in print and web journalism. She’s on the cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field teams. When she’s not running along the Charles or doing laps on the track in East Boston, you will probably find her in a coffee shop. Sarah is a coffee connoisseur and enjoys trying new coffee places frequently. In her free time if she isn’t reading, she’s watching some true crime shows or rewatching Gilmore Girls for the hundredth time. After college, she hopes to work in investigative journalism.
Julia Capraro, Editor-at-Large | she/her
Julia is a sophomore broadcast journalism and psychology major from Canton, Massachusetts. In addition to writing for the Journal, she is President of Suffolk Visual Arts Club. She loves cooking, crochet and reading in her free time.
Leo Woods, Photo Editor | he/him

Leo is a senior political science major with a minor in journalism from Clinton, Connecticut. He has photographed political events, protests, performing arts groups and documented Boston Pride for the People for the History Project. Outside of Suffolk, Leo is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and podcast listener. After graduation, he plans on attending law school and working in politics.

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