The Herald-News in Illinois States that Jury in Vaughn Murder Trial to Hear Evidence Regarding Alleged Topamax Side Effects, the Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provides free online resources to visitors regarding the potential risks allegedly associated with the use of certain prescription medications, has a Web site URL that can be found at The CJF hereby alerts the public of an article that appeared in the Herald-News of Illinois stating that the jury in the murder trial of Christopher Vaughn will hear evidence regarding the presence of alleged Topamax side effects according to a decision made by the trial judge that will allow that evidence to be presented.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of consumer advocates provides free online educational resources regarding the alleged potential risks of using certain prescription medications hereby alerts the pubic of an article that recently appeared in the Herald-News of Illinois stating that the trial judge in the murder trial of Christopher Vaughn has decided to allow evidence to be presented regarding the possible presence of Topamax side effects, according to court documents. The article in the Herald-News appeared on August 15 ,2012.

The case at hand is known as People of the State of Illinois vs. Christopher D. Vaughn, and it has been assigned the case number of 2007CF001308 that was filed in Will County Circuit Court. Judge Daniel Rozak is overseeing the proceedings. According to allegations made in court documents, the defendant is facing four counts of murder with intent to kill or injure stemming from an incident that occurred on June 14, 2007. The case comes about because on that date, four people were fatally shot, and the prosecution is alleging that the defendant committed these acts. Those four people included three child siblings and their mother.

According to court documents, the defense attorneys for Mr. Vaughn made a motion to the court requesting that evidence be entered that shows that the mother who was killed could have been suffering from Topamax side effects that included suicidal thoughts. These court documents also show that the defense is arguing that one alleged Topamax side effect is suicidal thoughts and that these thoughts may have contributed to the defense theory that the mother attempted to kill the defendant.

The defense team further alleges that when the mother failed to take the life of Mr. Vaughn that she turned the gun on their children and then allegedly committed suicide. The court documents indicate that prosecutors in the case argued against presenting this evidence regarding the use of Topamax at trial but that Judge Rozak decided that this evidence could be used. Opening statements for the trial are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 20.

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.

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