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Sep 27, 2014

Lawsuit makes for awkward start to Modi’s big U.S. visit

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) РPrime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his maiden visit to the United States as India’s leader on Friday, facing an unwelcome reminder of his once-strained relations with his host nation: a lawsuit alleging he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002.

Washington and New Delhi brushed off the suit brought in a U.S. court on the eve of Modi’s arrival, saying it would not affect the visit, which includes an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and meetings with President Barack Obama.

Sep 26, 2014

Small-town U.S. politician emerges as unlikely foe of India’s Modi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A city council member from a Chicago suburb of 25,000 people is making for an unlikely antagonist of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, population 1.2 billion.

Joseph Whittington of Harvey, Illinois, worked with a group of New York lawyers to found a nonprofit and file a civil lawsuit that said Modi failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. The suit was filed on Thursday in New York and seeks damages for crimes against humanity.

Sep 26, 2014

Modi faces riots lawsuit as he kicks off splashy U.S. visit

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile trip to the United States will not be affected by a U.S. civil lawsuit over anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, India and the United States said on Friday.

Modi and the Indian government could seek to have the suit dismissed and it could take a judge months to decide, but its timing – the lawsuit was filed on Thursday as Modi flew to the United States – could not be more awkward.

Sep 26, 2014

India’s Modi faces riots lawsuit as he kicks off splashy U.S. visit

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile trip to the United States
will not be affected by a U.S. civil lawsuit over anti-Muslim
riots in a state he once led, India and the United States said
on Friday.

Modi and the Indian government could seek to have the suit
dismissed and it could take a judge months to decide, but its
timing – the lawsuit was filed on Thursday as Modi flew to the
United States – could not be more awkward.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Holder to step down, successor faces array of challenges

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eric Holder said on Thursday he would step down as U.S. attorney general, setting up a potentially bruising Senate fight to confirm a successor who can tackle a long list of pending challenges at the Justice Department.

Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed. His nearly six-year term, marked by civil rights advances and frequent fights with Congress, made him one of the nation’s longest serving attorneys generals.

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Holder, a close Obama ally, to step down

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, will announce on Thursday he is stepping down after a term marked by advances in civil rights and frequent battles with Republicans in Congress.

Holder, the nation’s first black chief prosecutor, will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the Justice Department said. Obama is scheduled to join him for the announcement at the White House at 4:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT).

Sep 18, 2014

Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust.

Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui’s release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, were not met.

Aug 21, 2014

U.S. government faces high bar charging cop in Ferguson death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government prosecutors investigating the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that sparked a Missouri city’s nights of rage face an uphill fight delivering the swift or sweeping results demanded by rights activists.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch expects a local grand jury investigating the killing to take evidence until mid-October, while a federal investigation may take longer and with results just as uncertain.

Jul 30, 2014

Lawyer-turned-witness ordered to prison for U.S. tax fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former partner at defunct law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist, whom prosecutors have called the most important cooperating witness in the largest criminal tax fraud case in U.S. history, was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison.

At a court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge William Pauley also ordered Erwin Mayer, of suburban Chicago, to pay $220 million in restitution jointly with other co-conspirators for his part in the promotion of tax shelters the U.S. government said led to $1.63 billion in lost revenue.

Jul 29, 2014

Ex-Dominican anti-drug official pleads guilty to drug charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former chief operating officer of the Dominican Republic’s main counter-drug agency pleaded guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he conspired with drug traffickers to transport cocaine into the United States.

At a hearing in U.S. district court in Manhattan, Francisco Hiraldo Guerrero, 54, said he was part of the traffickers’ conspiracy. He said he had reached an agreement with prosecutors and was waiving his right to a trial.