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Jul 17, 2013

U.S. appeals court reinstates new Guantanamo detainee searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a military method for searching Guantanamo Bay detainees, reversing at least temporarily a lower court’s finding that the searches were so invasive that they improperly cut off access to attorneys.

The searches, initiated in the last few months, included frisking of the groin and anal areas before detainees are taken from their cells to meetings or to phone calls with their lawyers, and after they return.

Jul 17, 2013

U.S. charges two former ArthroCare executives with fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two former executives of ArthroCare Corp have been charged with a $400 million scheme to defraud investors by inflating the company’s earnings, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Former chief executive officer Michael Baker and former chief financial officer Michael Gluk were charged in the federal indictment and surrendered to law enforcement officers, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Jul 17, 2013

U.S. lawmakers say little political support for phone surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies went too far when they built a massive database of all daily telephone call records and may have jeopardized political support for the very law they relied on to create it, members of Congress said on Wednesday.

Lawmakers said at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee that they doubted the legal provision had the votes to win renewal before it is set to expire in June 2015.

Jul 16, 2013

Voting rights enforcers shift focus after Supreme Court defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. office charged with protecting the voting rights of racial minorities is changing its focus but not its commitment after the Supreme Court last month invalidated part of a federal voting rights law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a major civil rights convention in Florida, Holder said he was shifting staff within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to emphasize enforcement of parts of the law that the high court left untouched.

Jul 16, 2013

Black preachers calling for wide protests to press for Zimmerman charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Black preachers said on Tuesday they were planning peaceful protests in 100 cities across the United States this weekend to press for federal charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Standing outside the U.S. Justice Department building in Washington, the preachers pledged to hold the protests near federal buildings and said action was justified because of what they see as the civil rights questions surrounding the death.

Jul 16, 2013

Case against Zimmerman would require proof of racial malice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For all the complex issues raised by the death of Trayvon Martin, whether the U.S. Justice Department turns it into a civil rights case may depend on the relatively simple question of whether George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he pulled the trigger.

Unless federal prosecutors can present new evidence that suggests racial malice motivated Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, to shoot Martin, an unarmed black teenager, they are unlikely to pursue charges, lawyers with expertise in civil rights said on Monday.

Jul 16, 2013

U.S. case against Zimmerman would require proof of racial malice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For all the complex issues raised by the death of Trayvon Martin, whether the U.S. Justice Department turns it into a civil rights case may depend on the relatively simple question of whether George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he pulled the trigger.

Unless federal prosecutors can present new evidence that suggests racial malice motivated Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, to shoot Martin, an unarmed black teenager, they are unlikely to pursue charges, lawyers with expertise in civil rights said on Monday.

Jul 16, 2013

U.S. attorney general calls shooting of Trayvon Martin ‘unnecessary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin “unnecessary,” raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense.

A jury in Sanford, Florida, on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.

Jul 15, 2013

Attorney General Holder calls shooting of Trayvon Martin ‘unnecessary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin “unnecessary,” raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense.

A jury in Sanford, Florida, found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. accuses Hong Kong of using pretext to not hand over Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday accused Hong Kong of having feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s middle name so as not to detain the former U.S. intelligence contractor before he fled to Russia.

Hong Kong responded to the U.S. demand for Snowden’s arrest on espionage charges by asking for a clarification of Snowden’s middle name, a U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman said.