NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. prosecutor asked a jury on Wednesday to find a Saudi man guilty of conspiring with al Qaeda in the 1990s when he allegedly managed a training camp in Afghanistan and then served as Osama bin Laden’s agent in London.
Near the end of a month-long trial of Khalid al-Fawwaz, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Buckley told jurors in a closing argument that they had seen enough evidence to convict al-Fawwaz of four terrorism counts.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other powerful men.
Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and served a year in a Florida jail, has long burnished his reputation as a philanthropist through a series of foundations that he says have given millions of dollars to institutions ranging from Harvard University to a New York junior tennis league.
By David Ingram
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to plow ahead with an effort to shape and diversify the U.S. judiciary, despite the ability of Republicans to block nominees now that they have a Senate majority, Obama’s in-house lawyer said on Monday.
White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a telephone interview that he hoped the Senate would confirm 75 nominees during Obama’s final two years in office, a number he said would be on pace with recent presidents, even when they faced a Senate controlled by the opposing party.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors plan to ask an appeals court to review the prison sentences given to five former employees of Bernard Madoff, after earlier questioning whether the sentences were too short, according to court filings.
In filings late on Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors gave notice that they would be appealing the sentences to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York but did not elaborate further.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of Haitians killed or sickened by a cholera epidemic that they blame on U.N. peacekeepers cannot sue the United Nations in a U.S. court because the U.N. has legal immunity that only it can waive, a judge has ruled.
In a decision late on Friday, Judge J. Paul Oetken of U.S. District Court in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit filed by human rights lawyers seeking compensation for the cholera victims.
NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. court will not hold a
bail hearing for a Swiss banker wanted for allegedly helping
Americans avoid taxes as long as he fails to appear in person, a
U.S. judge ruled on Friday.
Judge Victor Marrero of U.S. District Court in Manhattan
wrote in an opinion that granting Stefan Buck a hearing in his
absence while he remained in Switzerland would encourage others
to flee prosecution.
By David Ingram
(Reuters) – The point-blank killing of two New York policemen and protests against the use of excessive force by officers have raised the question of whether people can be prosecuted for words of violence directed at police in social media and on the streets.
Compared with other countries, the United States has a strong guarantee of speech rights even when the speech displays racism, hatred or violence. State laws, though, generally make it a crime to communicate a specific threat against a police officer or anyone else.
LOUIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities sued
MoneyGram International Inc’s former chief compliance
officer on Thursday, seeking a $1 million civil penalty and to
hold him personally responsible for failing to stop fraudulent
telemarketers from using the money-transfer firm’s services.
The lawsuit against Thomas Haider was filed in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan and appeared to be the first time the federal
government has sued an individual executive for compliance
failures related to money laundering. The lawsuit was
unprecedented, said one of Haider’s attorneys, Ian Comisky.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three men were arrested in Europe this week on U.S. charges that they conspired to sell military-grade weapons for use against Americans in Colombia, federal prosecutors in New York said on Wednesday.
All three were charged with conspiracy to kill officers and employees of the United States and with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a Colombian rebel group, according to the indictment that was previously sealed.
By David Ingram
(Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has been sued in a class action by two people who described themselves as former employees and accused the company of failing to protect employee data.
The lawsuit against Sony Corp’s Hollywood movie studio, filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, alleged that Sony failed to both secure its computer network and to stop hackers.