from Alison Frankel:

Why the Arab Bank terror-finance trial matters

By Alison Frankel
September 19, 2014

Last week, on the evening of Sept. 11, a lawyer named Mark Werbner stood outside his hotel in Brooklyn and looked across the East River at the blue lights commemorating the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001. Werbner, who is from Dallas, was in New York because he represents American victims of Hamas bombings and shootings during the second Palestinian Intifada. Since early August, he and his co-counsel have been trying the victims' claims against Jordan's Arab Bank, which they accuse of financing the Hamas terror operations. As he looked at the blue lights, Werbner told jurors Thursday during closing arguments in the Arab Bank trial, he stepped back and asked himself whether the 10 years of work he'd put into the case had accomplished anything.

from Photographers' Blog:

The most wanted photograph in China

August 29, 2013

Jinan, China

By Carlos Barria

As the morning approached, reporters, photographers and cameramen from national and foreign media organizations gathered outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court to cover the final chapter in the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai.

from Unstructured Finance:

This summer, it’s the John Paulson show

July 19, 2013

Hedge fund manager John Paulson has shunned the limelight in recent years but in recent weeks it's a different story, with the 57-year-old manager not only giving his first ever TV interview, he's also set to take the stand in one of the most closely-watched trials in the country - the civil case against former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre.

from Photographers' Blog:

The Ruby sex gate, my cell phone and Massoud

January 21, 2013

Milan, Italy

By Alessandro Garofalo

“Do you know how Ahamad Massoud died?”

It’s not a quiz but a question addressed to us a few days ago by an employee from the secretary of the Public Prosecutor’s office when we asked why photographers were not allowed to bring photographic equipment into the court during the trials involving the former dancer Maroc, Karima El Mahroug, better knew as Ruby Heartstealer, in the sexgate scandal with former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, accused of inciting the prostitution of a minor and abuse of power.

from Alison Frankel:

Gupta appeal will be ‘very difficult,’ Holwell says

By Alison Frankel
June 16, 2012

Without former U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell, there probably would not have been any prosecution of Rajat Gupta, the former Goldman Sachs director and McKinsey chief convicted Friday of insider trading and conspiracy. In 2010, Holwell ruled that prosecutors could use wiretap evidence in their case against Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, rejecting defense arguments that the government is not authorized to use wiretaps to investigate insider trading. If prosecutors hadn't been able to use those Rajaratnam wiretaps – in which Rajaratnam obliquely referred to tips from a Goldman insider – it's unlikely the government would have gone to trial against Gupta, since the tapes were the only link between Gupta's alleged tips and Rajaratnam's trades.

from Photographers' Blog:

The Amanda Knox lottery

October 13, 2011

By Alessandro Bianchi

On my mind was the number 77; the number of my press badge and the number I gave to police to get through security at the entrance to the court house.

from FaithWorld:

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders challenges judges at hate speech trial

October 4, 2010

wilders trial (Photo: Geert Wilders (C) at his trial in Amsterdam, 4 Oct 2010/Marcel Antonisse)

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, a key player in efforts to form a new government, has accused judges trying him on charges of inciting hatred of scandalous bias and demanded they be replaced.

from India Insight:

Moral brigade, media trials and law

May 3, 2010

In what is being seen as a significant judgement, India's apex court recently dismissed all charges against south Indian actress Khushboo for her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex in a 2005 magazine interview.

from Global News Journal:

China holds Rio trial behind closed doors

March 22, 2010

The trial of four Rio Tinto employees began early on a chilly, gray Monday morning in Shanghai, when four police vans in a convoy led by a cruiser with flashing lights swept the defendants to the courthouse well before 7 am.
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