NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury decision not to indict a New York policeman over a fatal chokehold underscores how difficult it is to charge an officer in the United States, even when the tactic appears to contradict police department policy and is caught on video.
Although Wednesday’s decision caught some Americans by surprise, indictments of police officers for excessive force are extremely rare for political, cultural and legal reasons.
By David Ingram and Joseph Ax
(Reuters) – Without a criminal indictment, Michael Brown’s family might have no better legal recourse than to sue local authorities for the African-American teenager’s fatal shooting by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
After a St. Louis County grand jury decided on Monday not to indict officer Darren Wilson – and given the high bar to a federal criminal prosecution – the family may follow the path of other high-profile U.S. police shootings and file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death or civil rights violations.
By David Ingram
(Reuters) – A Connecticut school superintendent on Wednesday defended the decision to keep a 7-year-old girl out of class for three weeks out of concern that the girl might have contracted Ebola while attending a wedding in Nigeria.
Elizabeth Feser, superintendent of the Milford public schools, denied allegations that the girl’s family made on Tuesday in a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit that asked that she be allowed back into school.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The father of a Connecticut third-grader sued her local schools on Tuesday, saying his daughter was discriminated against and banned from school based on irrational fears of Ebola because she attended a family wedding in Nigeria.
Stephen Opayemi filed the lawsuit in U.S. district court in Connecticut and asked the court to order the schools in Milford, Connecticut to immediately permit his daughter to return to class.
Oct 24 (Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary
restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would
have allowed legal betting on sporting events.
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in
court and planned to issue a written order later in the day,
according to his chambers.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – South Korea-based Asiana Airlines Inc has agreed to pay $55 million to settle allegations in a U.S. class action that it conspired with other airlines to fix rates for shipping air cargo, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.
The proposed settlement, which requires the approval of a judge, was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spanish authorities have extradited to the United States a co-founder of the digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve to face charges that his creation was an unlawful money-laundering operation, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.
Arthur Budovsky, 40, arrived in New York on Friday and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistani neuroscientist whom Islamist militants have tried to free in proposed prisoner swaps with the United States was allowed on Thursday to withdraw what could be the last appeal of her conviction on U.S. charges of attempted murder.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in a prison medical center in Texas, had “clearly and unequivocally” stated her intent to end the appeal.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former New York state lawmaker was sentenced on Friday to a year and a day in prison for entering into a sham marriage to gain U.S. citizenship and for lying about her assets when filing for bankruptcy.
Gabriela Rosa, 47, represented a northern Manhattan district in the New York State Assembly before resigning and pleading guilty to federal charges in June.
NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – In 2011, Boston-based law firm
Bingham McCutchen was hailed in a Harvard Law School case study
as a model of how lawyers can get rich by merging with other
Led by Chairman Jay Zimmerman, the 123-year-old firm had
emerged from roots in the local maritime industry to acquire at
least 10 other firms in little more than a decade. It opened
offices around the world, launched a splashy ad campaign and
represented clients in sectors ranging from Wall Street
litigation to telecommunications regulation.