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Mar 6, 2015

U.S. may settle with corporations without going to court: official

NEW ORLEANS, March 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
is considering altering how it settles criminal cases with
corporations to avoid going to court altogether, amid the
increasingly active role judges have taken in reviewing such
deals, a top official said on Friday.

Leslie Caldwell, head of the Justice Department’s criminal
division, said prosecutors may move away from using so-called
deferred prosecution agreements for corporate settlements after
a judge in February rejected a $10.5 million accord with Dutch
company Fokker Services B.V.

Mar 3, 2015

Mentally ill British man near plea deal in U.S. terror case: lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A mentally ill Briton is near a plea deal to resolve U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Haroon Aswat, who faces charges including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, has reached an “agreement in principle” to plead guilty, defense lawyer Peter Quijano said in Manhattan federal court.

Mar 3, 2015

Vietnamese man charged with helping Yemeni militants extradited to U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Vietnamese man charged with helping militants in Yemen affiliated with al Qaeda has been extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Minh Quang Pham, 32, arrived in the United States on Thursday and made his first appearance before a Manhattan federal magistrate judge on Monday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Mar 2, 2015

Albanian who challenged warrantless surveillance to face U.S. terror trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday set a July trial date for an Albanian man who had been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to a federal terrorism charge and mounted an unsuccessful challenge to the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Agron Hasbajrami, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, had pleaded guilty in 2012 to attempting to provide material support to terrorists by sending money to a Pakistani militant group.

Mar 2, 2015

Accused al Qaeda operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot -U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistani man used a code in which
women’s names substituted for bomb materials when he would email
with al Qaeda about a plot to kill hundreds of people in England
in 2009, a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday.

Abid Naseer sent an al Qaeda operative emails with stilted
language about women and a wedding, but the emails were actually
about a planned car bombing, prosecutor Zainab Ahmad told jurors
at the close of a federal trial in Brooklyn, New York.

Feb 27, 2015

Billionaire Rennert, firm must pay $118 million for looting company: jury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Billionaire Ira Rennert and his investment firm were ordered on Friday to pay $118.2 million after being found liable for looting a magnesium company to build one of the most expensive mansions in America.

A Manhattan federal jury found Rennert and Renco Group Inc liable for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims following a three-week trial over a lawsuit brought by the trustee for the estate of Magnesium Corp of America, a company the billionaire controlled until its 2001 bankruptcy.

Feb 27, 2015

Texas Wyly brothers must pay $299 million in SEC fraud case: judge

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday
ordered Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother’s estate to
pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $299.4 million
for engaging in securities fraud.

The order by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in
Manhattan followed months of wrangling over the exact amount
Wyly and the estate of Charles Wyly should pay after a jury
found them civilly liable in May.

Feb 26, 2015

Suspected European arms traffickers extradited from Montenegro to U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three suspected arms traffickers from Europe pleaded not guilty on Thursday to U.S. charges that they conspired to sell military-grade weapons for use against Americans in Colombia.

Cristian Vintila and Virgil Flaviu Georgescu, both from Romania, and Massimo Romagnoli of Greece entered the pleas in New York federal court a day after being extradited from Montenegro, where they had been arrested in December.

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-Wells Fargo employees to face insider trading trial, judge rules

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – An administrative judge has
cleared the way for U.S. regulators to take two former Wells
Fargo & Co employees to trial in a closely watched case
testing the limits of insider trading laws.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law
Judge Jason Patil in an order Wednesday called it an
“exceedingly close matter” of whether a recent federal appellate
court ruling on insider trading required tossing the charges
against Gregory Bolan and Joseph Ruggieri.

Feb 25, 2015

Pakistani man denies al Qaeda ties at U.S. terror trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistani-born man accused by U.S. authorities of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States took the stand in his defense Wednesday, denying any affiliation with the militant group.

Amid Naseer, 28, denied engaging in terrorism and said he was not guilty. He described himself to jurors in Brooklyn, New York, as a semi-professional cricket player who came from a “happy childhood.”