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Jul 6, 2011

Star pitcher Clemens’ perjury trial begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The perjury trial of Roger Clemens begins on Wednesday with the selection of 12 jurors charged with deciding if the former baseball star lied when he said he never took drugs to boost his pitching as he aged.

Clemens, 48, was indicted a year ago on charges he gave false statements to a congressional committee investigating steroid use in baseball, perjured himself under oath and obstructed the lawmakers’ inquiry into widespread drug use that has scarred the sport.

Jul 5, 2011

Government asks Texas to halt Mexican’s death sentence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has called on Texas to delay the execution this week of a Mexican national because he was not told at the appropriate time of his rights to diplomatic counsel, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the federal government had filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on July 1 supporting Humberto Leal Garcia’s bid for a stay of execution until the end of this year.

Jul 5, 2011

U.S. gov’t asks Texas to halt Mexican’s death sentence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has called on Texas to delay the execution this week of a Mexican national because he was not told at the appropriate time of his rights to diplomatic counsel, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the federal government had filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on July 1 supporting Humberto Leal Garcia’s bid for a stay of execution until the end of this year.

Jul 5, 2011

Judge may limit testimony in Clemens trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The judge in the perjury trial of former baseball star Roger Clemens over alleged steroids use cast doubt on Tuesday on whether he will allow teammates to testify about using performance-enhancing drugs.

With the trial set to begin on Wednesday with jury selection, lawyers for Clemens and prosecutors sparred over who could testify about what and also whether the trial would start on time because of a new complication in obtaining evidence.

Jul 1, 2011

Roger Clemens set to fight perjury charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Roger Clemens had expected to be on the verge of induction into the Hall of Fame by now. Instead he is focused on staying out of prison, accused of lying about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens, who won the Cy Young Award seven times as the best pitcher in his league, will go on trial next week in Washington after vehemently denying that he ever took human growth hormones and steroids, let alone lied to Congress about it as lawmakers investigated drug use in sports.

Jun 30, 2011

Ex-Taylor, Bean chairman gets 30 years in prison

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp’s former chairman, convicted of masterminding a $2.9 billion fraud scheme before the company collapsed, was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in prison.

Lee Farkas, 58, was convicted in April on 14 counts of conspiracy, bank, securities and wire fraud that brought down one of the largest private mortgage firms in 2009 as well as contributed to the implosion of one of the top U.S. banks, Colonial BancGroup Inc’s Colonial Bank.

Jun 30, 2011

Star Roger Clemens to hit back against perjury charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Roger Clemens had expected to be on the verge of induction into the Hall of Fame now but instead he is focused on staying out of prison, accused of lying about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens, who won the Cy Young Award seven times as the best pitcher in his league, will go on trial next week in Washington after vehemently denying that he ever took human growth hormones and steroids, let alone lied to Congress about it as lawmakers investigated drug use in sports.

Jun 29, 2011

Appeals court backs healthcare law, win for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court on Wednesday upheld President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, handing a victory to the White House by ruling Congress had the power to require that Americans buy insurance.

The healthcare ruling was the first by an appeals court, and legal experts have said they expect the issue to ultimately be addressed by the Supreme Court later this year or next year, a critical time for Obama as he seeks re-election in 2012.

Jun 27, 2011

Mob boss played slots in Vegas while on the run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A picture of what life was like for former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger while he was on the run emerged on Monday: Las Vegas casinos, trips to Mexico and returning to his hometown of Boston heavily armed to take care of “unfinished business.”

Bulger, 81, waived his legal rights when he was arrested in Santa Monica, California, last week and prosecutors said he told FBI agents some details about his travels while running from the law and 19 murder charges during the past 16 years.

Jun 24, 2011

U.S. wants ex-mortgage boss to get life in prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have urged a judge to send the former chairman of bankrupt Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp to prison for the rest of his life for masterminding the $2.9 billion fraud scheme that took down the company.

Lee Farkas, 58, was convicted in April on 14 counts of conspiracy, bank, securities and wire fraud as part of the scheme in which he used some of the proceeds to live a lavish lifestyle with a jet and collection of antique cars.

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      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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