[guilt by Arab] Two Egyptian college students arrested near a South Carolina Navy weapons station last year were carrying low-grade fireworks, as they claimed, not the dangerous explosives as charged by federal prosecutors, the FBI has determined.
A former top Hollywood studio lawyer was sentenced by US District Judge Dale Fischer to perform 200 hours of community service for admitting a charge of alien harboring. His wife got 3 years in prison.
Six months after his father claimed entrapment and was cleared of cocaine trafficking charges, a 22-year-old Naples, FL. man also was acquitted after telling jurors he had no idea his father was selling drugs when he acted as an interpreter for two d
The news that U.S. citizen José Padilla has received a prison sentence of 17 years and four months should provoke outrage in the United States, although it is unlikely that there will be much more than a whimper of dissent.
Lawyers for investment funds and pension plans, including the University of California's pension plan, had sued Merrill Lynch and the other bankers, seeking to recover more than $30 billion that was lost when Enron folded in 2001.
Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years and four months on terrorism conspiracy charges that don't mention those initial allegations.
If US District Judge Cooke agrees with the Justice Dept., the severe sentence [life] won't be for any violent act carried out or planned by Mr. Padilla. He will be punished for what prosecutors say were his dangerous unspecified intentions
A special education school destroyed videotape showing two of its students being wrongly given electric shock treatments despite being ordered to preserve the tape, according to an investigator's report.
The chief justice of the state Supreme Court agreed to remove himself from a pending case involving Massey Energy Co., days after vacation photos surfaced showing him in Monaco with the coal producer's top executive.
One attorney not connected to the case found the events ironic. "I wish I had a dollar for every single time the DAs have said, 'Well, we'll just let the grand jury hear the facts of the case and let them decide and whatever they decide
Virginia’s attorney general was asked if someone could be (illegally arrested) for jaywalking, then have his home searched pursuant to that illegal arrest, then have the evidence found in the search used against him at trial. He said yes.
The ACLU files a amicus brief in the Larry Craig case. It reminds the court that sex in public bathroom stalls is protected. The ACLU may be Craig's best friend and worst nightmare.
Judge Harold Eaton Jr., discouraged when a 34-person pool of potential jurors for a sex case was reduced to 20 people, sent sheriff's deputies into the street Wednesday to summon people to join them.
In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.
Craig's attorneys say that because there was only the cop around in the bathroom stall, the case doesn't meet the definition of disorderly conduct. The Curious Case of Senator Craig.
U.S. former "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla and two other men convicted last year of conspiring to aid terrorists abroad returned to a Miami court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether they will spend the rest of their lives behind bars
The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details [to their lawyers] of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to
If the court takes up the request, it would shift from Congress to the courts the ongoing debate over whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques authorized by President Bush against al Qaida suspects included illegal torture. Among those tec
A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to waste even more public money by appealing a court ruling regarding visiting hours for attorneys and other legal defense personnel meeting with inmates in county jails.
Al Sharpton's former chief of staff was roused at his Harlem home at 6:30 a.m. by FBI agents who handed him a subpoena to bring records to a federal grand jury the day after Christmas. Several of Sharpton's employees also got wakeup subpoenas
I was the chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until the day I concluded that full, fair and open trials were not possible under the current system. I resigned because I felt that the system had become deeply politi
Is Joe Horn a Good Neighbor or Cold-blooded Killer? News that the burglars "moved toward him"--and that Horn shot them in the back. And that a police detective was present when it all happened.
The most glaringly similar case was when, during the trial of Jose Padilla, DOJ prosecutors told the federal court that key videotapes of Padilla's interrogations by DOD agents could not be located, a claim which prompted expressions of increduli
... before the high court in the latest attempt by detainees to win release, Justice Stephen Breyer indicated 3 times it would be possible for Congress to enact a law that would provide the basis for holding the detainees indefinitely without trial.
Unaware of the recording, Detective Christopher Perino testified the suspect "wasn't questioned" about a shooting in the Bronx. But then the defense confronted the detective with a transcript showing he spent an hour trying to persuade
[Well duh, he's his chauffeur.] Osama bin Laden's former driver and bodyguard was a trusted member of al Qaeda who helped his boss elude U.S. forces after the September 11 attacks and should face a war crimes trial before a special military t
I've seen taggers' not-so-handiwork on the sides of homes, on fences and bridges and underpasses ... but on a police station? That's ballsy.
Attorneys for convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla contend he was so badly mistreated by his own government during 3 1/2 years in military custody that he deserves far less than the life prison sentence sought by federal prosecutors.
Two men are shot dead, their crime, breaking and entering a house in broad daylight. Their weapon, a crowbar, their sentence, meted out by sixty one-year-old neighbor Joe Horn. The debate: is Horn a cold blooded killer or a good neighbor?