By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - The trial of a U.S. Army general charged with sexual assault was delayed indefinitely after the prosecution's case hit a stumbling block when a judge ruled that politics fueled the decision to court-martial the military commander. The judge, Colonel James Pohl, found on Monday that politics had been unlawfully injected into the rare court-martial of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, but refused to dismiss the sexual assault charges. The judge said he would allow Sinclair to renew a previous offer, rejected by military leaders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for the most serious allegations of coercive sex acts being dropped. Sinclair's lead lawyer, Richard Scheff, said the defense and prosecutors had begun discussing how the case would proceed but it could be several weeks before they return to court.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle charges that it paid kickbacks to a Chicago psychiatrist to induce him to prescribe an anti-schizophrenia drug to patients, resulting in more than 100,000 false Medicaid and Medicare claims. The world's largest generic drug manufacturer will pay about $15.5 million to the federal government and $12.1 million to the state of Illinois, according to statements from the U.S. Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Tuesday's settlement resolves charges that two Teva units, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc and IVAX LLC, violated the federal False Claims Act by making payments to the psychiatrist, Michael Reinstein, for nine years starting in August 2003.
Eric Toth, 32, had pleaded guilty to pornography charges stemming from photographs and videos that he took of children while working as a camp counselor in Wisconsin, as a teacher at the capital's private Beauvoir School and at a Maryland home. Toth fled the Washington area in 2008 as authorities investigated allegations that he had kept sexually explicit images of children on a camera at the Beauvoir School.