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SILVER SPRING—The death of Montgomery County Police (MCP) Officer Thomas J. Bomba on Oct.14 has shed new light on the stress that police and first responders alike face in their daily duties. “Law enforcement officers respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities,” wrote the National Alliance on […]

Community Clinic Inc. Health and Wellness Services of Silver Spring and Mobile Medical Care Inc. in Bethesda received funding to curb the opio…

SILVER SPRING – Two health centers in the county received federal funding to expand efforts that provide medical and behavioral help to those on the fringes. Community Clinic Inc. Health and Wellness Services of Silver Spring and Mobile Medical Care Inc. in Bethesda each received $167,000 as part of a $2.4 million grant that went […]

NAMI MC names former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien as its 2018 Hero of the Year. PHOTO BY PETER ROULEAU

@petersrouleau BETHESDA — The Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI MC) held its annual Heroes Gala at the Pooks Hill Road Marriott in Bethesda Friday night. The Gala serves as a fundraiser to support NAMI’s goals of raising awareness of mental illness and providing treatment and support to those affected […]

A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that cyberbullying, dissatisfaction in family relationships, and unmet medical needs contribute to higher rates of depressive symptoms among LGBT youth across the United States.

“The study shows that adolescence is a critical window for interventions to address depressive symptoms experienced by sexual minority youth,” said Jeremy Luk, Ph.D., first author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Without appropriate screening and intervention, these disparities may likely persist into young adulthood.”

Whether battered spouse syndrome should be a defense in criminal cases has been a controversial issue for many years. Since 1991, a Maryland statute has made such evidence admissible to prove the defendant’s motive or state of mind at the time of the alleged crime. Whether this defense may be available even where the battered spouse hired someone to kill her husband was addressed by a divided Maryland Court of Appeals this week in a case called Karla Louise Porter v. State of Maryland.

Judge Adkins’ opinion for the 4-3 majority indicates a long history of physical and verbal abuse by the defendant’s husband toward her. The defendant testified at trial that eventually she concluded that she knew her husband was going to kill her and she wanted to kill him first. She approached several, eventually hiring someone to kill him at their place of business, with the defendant calling the police to make it sound like a robbery gone bad. She was arrested and charged with first degree murder. At trial, in addition to testifying to the history of abuse, the defendant called two experts who testified that she was suffering from battered woman syndrome including major depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.