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.
NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news
organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp
on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with
the U.S. government over access to customer data stored
The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal
appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order
that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland.
They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future
of international cloud computing.
NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.
The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future of international cloud computing.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former technology officer was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for helping to operate Liberty Reserve, a former digital currency exchange that U.S. authorities say was used by drug traffickers and other criminals for money transfers.
The sentence was the maximum allowed under U.S. law for Mark Marmilev, 35, who in September pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. He was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A mortgage lender and a mortgage
servicer that were owned by banks that became part of Wells
Fargo & Co did not cheat homeowners by charging
excessive fees, a defense lawyer told a Manhattan federal jury
Daniel Pollack, a lawyer for the two units, argued that The
Money Store, the lender, and HomEq Servicing, the servicer, did
not breach any contracts with homeowners.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York grand jury that decided not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man heard testimony from 50 witnesses and considered 60 exhibits including four videos, a state judge said on Thursday.
The details were contained in a brief order from Stephen Rooney, a judge in the New York City borough of Staten Island who granted the request of local prosecutor Daniel Donovan to release publicly some details about the secret proceeding.
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.