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Mar 10, 2015

ACLU, Wikimedia file lawsuit challenging NSA mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on
Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass
surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy
and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living
under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the
spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S.
constitutional protections and the law by tapping into
high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet
traffic through the United States.

Mar 10, 2015

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States.

Mar 6, 2015

New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein’s philanthropy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Attorney General’s Office
has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier
Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying
with state registration requirements.

Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations
arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an
underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew,
prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile
men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A
lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.

Mar 6, 2015

Exclusive: New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein’s philanthropy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Attorney General’s Office has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying with state registration requirements.

Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. says Saudi was bin Laden’s ‘man in London’

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.

Feb 1, 2015

Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

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.

Jan 13, 2015

Despite Senate power shift, Obama seeks to shape U.S. judiciary

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.

Jan 11, 2015

U.S. prosecutors seek longer sentences for Madoff aides

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.

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge rules Haitians cannot sue U.N. for cholera epidemic

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.

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge denies bail hearing for banker in Switzerland

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.