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Aug 14, 2014

‘Whitey’ Bulger appeals 2013 racketeering conviction on 11 murders

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger on Thursday filed a formal appeal of the sweeping 2013 racketeering conviction on charges of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

The U.S. District Court judge who heard his trial committed a “constitutional error” by refusing Bulger’s request to argue that he had been granted immunity for his crimes by corrupt Justice Department officials, the attorneys said in court papers.

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Attorneys for Boston bomber suspect, feds squabble over evidence

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued on Thursday over how much evidence each side needs to disclose to the other ahead of his trial for the deadly attack.

Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on charges of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and fatally shooting a police officer three days later. He faces the threat of execution if convicted and prosecutors argued they deserve early notice of what experts the defense plans if there is a sentencing hearing.

Aug 11, 2014

Attorneys for Glenn Beck ask judge to toss suit tied to Boston bombing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for U.S. television commentator Glenn Beck on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit charging their client with defamation for wrongly accusing a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing of being the “money man” behind the attack.

The plaintiff, Saudi Arabian national Abdulrahman Alharbi, 21, had been present at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd and was injured.

Aug 11, 2014

U.S. top court’s Roberts asks lawyers to ‘rise above’ political bickering

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday called on members of the nation’s largest group of attorneys to “rise above” the political disputes that have left Washington increasingly gridlocked in recent years.

Roberts, a conservative justice who was the swing vote on a 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, told members of the American Bar Association that they have a role to play in maintaining the public’s faith in the U.S. political system.

Aug 6, 2014

New Hampshire candidate cashes in on campaign finance reform

By Scott Malone

WINDHAM N.H. (Reuters) – A dark horse in the New Hampshire race for the U.S. Senate who has been fighting big money in politics got a surprise boost last week from a like-minded group – to the tune of $2 million.

A new political action committee, Mayday PAC, is backing the candidate in the state’s Republican primary, former state Senator Jim Rubens, with TV, radio and Internet ads as a test case in reforming American political campaign financing.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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