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Dec 28, 2011

US online poker ruling at risk in future administrations

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – While the Internet
poker world salivates at the prospect of its business coming
back to life thanks to an Obama administration ruling, a future
U.S. president could reverse that decision and send the industry
back to the drawing board if it is not codified into law.

Late on Friday, the eve of Christmas weekend, the U.S.
Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal
opinion stating that the 1961 Wire Act prohibited online betting
only for sporting events and contests, not Internet games such
as poker or lotteries.

Dec 28, 2011

Analysis: U.S. online poker ruling at risk

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – While the Internet
poker world salivates at the prospect of its business coming
back to life thanks to an Obama administration ruling, a future
U.S. president could reverse that decision and send the industry
back to the drawing board if it is not codified into law.

Late on Friday, the eve of Christmas weekend, the U.S.
Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal
opinion stating that the 1961 Wire Act prohibited online betting
only for sporting events and contests, not Internet games such
as poker or lotteries.

Dec 23, 2011

Obama administration blocks South Carolina voter ID law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that requires voters to have photo identification because of concerns it would hurt minorities’ ability to cast a ballot.

Republican Governor Nikki Haley in May signed into law a measure that says voters must show a driver’s license, passport or military identification along with their voter registration card in order to vote.

Dec 22, 2011

Ex-White House hopeful Edwards seeks to delay trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former presidential hopeful John Edwards on Thursday asked for a two-month postponement of his trial over allegations he broke campaign finance laws to hide an extramarital affair, citing in part an undisclosed “medical issue.”

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, taking illegal campaign contributions and making false statements in a bid to keep the affair secret. The trial is due to start late next month.

Dec 21, 2011

Chinese man gets prison for U.S. trade secrets theft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday sentenced a Chinese-born scientist to 87 months in prison for stealing millions of dollars worth of trade secrets from two major American agribusiness companies and sending the data to China and Germany.

Kexue Huang, 46, worked at a Dow Chemical Co subsidiary from 2003 to 2008 in Indiana where he led a team of scientists developing organic insecticides and then later for another agribusiness giant, privately held Cargill Inc.

Dec 21, 2011

BofA’s Countrywide to pay $335 million over bias case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp’s Countrywide Financial unit agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $335 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against minority homebuyers, a historic settlement for the Obama administration in the wake of the subprime mortgage morass.

As the financial and housing crisis erupted in 2008, Bank of America bought Countrywide, which specialized in so-called subprime mortgages, focusing on loans to those with lower credit ratings and charging them higher interest rates.

Dec 16, 2011

Judge denies testing of alleged White House shooter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge declined on Friday to order a full psychological evaluation of the man accused of trying to kill President Barack Obama when he opened fire on the White House last month, saying no evidence pointed to such a need.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, from Idaho, was charged with trying to assassinate Obama on November 11, after authorities found five bullet impact points on the south side of the executive mansion on or above the second story where the president’s family quarters are located.

Dec 15, 2011

U.S. says Arizona sheriff violated civil rights laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration accused a firebrand Arizona sheriff on Thursday of engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in a crack down on illegal immigrants.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office — led by Joe Arpaio, a sheriff famous for making inmates wear pink underwear — regularly violated U.S. civil rights laws and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department said in a scathing report.

Dec 2, 2011

Insight: African leader’s son tests U.S. anti-corruption push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wealthy son of Equatorial Guinea’s president squared off this week against the U.S. government in a legal battle over efforts to seize his $30 million California mansion, exotic cars, a private jet and an extensive collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia.

In a test of the Obama administration’s campaign against bribery and corruption involving foreign countries, the case of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue stands out not only as an example of the government’s strategy, but for its sheer excess.

Nov 30, 2011

Prosecutors: Reagan shooter browsed books on target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan was observed browsing books about his one-time target and other presidential assassins, prosecutors said on Wednesday as a U.S. judge weighed whether to grant John Hinckley Jr. more time away from a mental hospital.

Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for his 1981 attempt to assassinate Reagan, has been in a mental ward for almost three decades. He has been allowed to leave repeatedly to visit family in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    • 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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