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May 10, 2011

U.S. judge throws out case vs ex-Glaxo lawyer

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) – A judge threw out
criminal charges against a former GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
lawyer midway through her trial for obstructing a probe into
the company’s marketing practices, saying prosecutors never
should have brought the case.

The dismissal is a huge rebuke to federal prosecutors, who
have been aggressively seeking to pin blame on individual
executives for potentially illegal promotional activities by
drug companies.

May 10, 2011

Obama administration fights to save healthcare law

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Lawyers for President Barack Obama go to court on Tuesday to try to save the cornerstone of his healthcare overhaul, arguing that the requirement for Americans to buy insurance is constitutional.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will consider whether a lower court was correct in striking down the requirement. But they will not be the final arbiter in a fight that is expected to reach the Supreme Court.

May 4, 2011

Obama decides not to release Osama bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON/ABBOTTABAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he had decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body because they could have incited violence and been used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking to head off suggestions that killing the al Qaeda leader was illegal, said the U.S. commandos who raided bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout on Monday had acted in national self-defense.

May 4, 2011

Obama decides not to release bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON/ABBOTTABAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he had decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body because they could have incited violence and been used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking to head off suggestions that killing the al Qaeda leader was illegal, said the U.S. commandos who raided bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout on Monday had acted in national self-defense.

May 4, 2011

Bin Laden killing was U.S. self-defense: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday defended the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. military as an act of national self defense and said the al Qaeda leader made no attempt to surrender.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that bin Laden had no intention of being captured by American forces, which stormed his hideout in Pakistan on Monday.

May 4, 2011

U.S. officials face big visa overstay record backlog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are facing a huge backlog of records involving people who have stayed in the United States after their visas expired, according to a report released on Tuesday, revealing that a security gap has not been fixed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT system had a backlog of some 1.6 million records of potential visa overstays as of January 2011, said the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm.

May 3, 2011

Officials face big visa overstay record backlog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are facing a huge backlog of records involving people who have stayed in the United States after their visas expired, according to a report released on Tuesday, revealing that a security gap has not been fixed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT system had a backlog of some 1.6 million records of potential visa overstays as of January 2011, said the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm.

May 3, 2011
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Bin Laden’s death relieves U.S. of tough decision about legal prosecution

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is probably relieved that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed during the military operation in Pakistan rather than being captured.

A year ago, Holder drew some scrutiny when Republicans in the House of Representatives questioned him about how bin Laden would be prosecuted if captured, whether in a traditional federal criminal court or a special military court.

May 3, 2011

BP to pay $85 million to settle Alaska oil spill case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to pay a $25 million (15.2 million pounds) civil penalty plus interest, as well as spend $60 million on enhanced safety measures, to settle a federal probe of a pipeline oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope in 2006, the federal government said on Tuesday.

The oil spill in Alaska is one of several environmental and safety problems that have beset BP in the United States in recent years, including a deadly explosion at an oil refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and most recently last year’s historic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Apr 29, 2011

Obama’s energy fraud working group to meet Monday

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – An Obama administration
panel set up to investigate possible fraud and manipulation in
the energy markets will meet for the first time on Monday as
prices at the gasoline pumps soar and pressure for action
mounts.

The group will convene at the U.S. Justice Department at 10
a.m. (1400 GMT), and Attorney General Eric Holder will make
opening remarks before members go behind closed doors to begin
their work, the department said.

    • About Jeremy

      "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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