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  • Brazil prosecutors file corruption charges against Lula (Petrobras & embezzlement allegations)

    09/14/2016 7:35:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/16 | Damian Wroclavsky
    Brasília (AFP) - Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed corruption charges Wednesday against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, describing the popular leftist as leader of a massive embezzlement ring at state oil company Petrobras. The charges allege that Lula received the equivalent of 3.7 million reais ($1.1 million) in bribes. Among the allegations are that Lula and his wife received a beachside apartment and upgrades to the property from a major construction company, OAS, which was one of the players in the Petrobras scheme. The allegations are not new but they now go before Judge Sergio Moro, head of...
  • Baltimore judge scolds prosecutors for withholding evidence in trial of officer in Freddie Gray case

    06/09/2016 11:27:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ryan M. McDermott
    BALTIMORE | The judge who will decide the fate of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday blasted city prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence that could exculpate the officer. On the opening day of the trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said that prosecutors violated Maryland court rules when they failed to turn over to the defense a discussion with Donta Allen, the second man placed inside the transport van after Gray was injured. “I’m saying you don’t understand what exculpatory means. I’m telling you that this [evidence] needs...
  • To win convictions, prosecutors must get inside heads of Baltimore officers

    05/03/2015 3:00:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    http://www.latimes.com/ ^ | May 3, 2015 | Victoria Kim,David Zucchino
    Prosecutors seeking to convict six Baltimore officers in the death of a young black man severely injured while in police custody will focus not on what the officers did but on what they allegedly failed to do: provide medical attention to 25-year-old Freddie Gray inside a police van on April 12.
  • Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

    07/23/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    The extortion case against Thomas DiFiore, a reputed boss in the Bonanno crime family, encompassed thousands of pages of evidence, including surveillance photographs, cellphone and property records, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings. But even as Mr. DiFiore sat in a jail cell, sending nearly daily emails to his lawyers on his case and his deteriorating health, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn sought to add another layer of evidence: those very emails. The prosecutors informed Mr. DiFiore last month that they would be reading the emails sent to his lawyers from jail, potentially using his own words against him. Jailhouse...
  • Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck

    02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 6, 2014 | By Nomaan Merchant of AP
    "Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured."
  • Let’s prosecute some prosecutors

    09/16/2013 7:26:05 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 18 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 8/16/2013 | John R. Smith
    It’s time to put the brakes on one of the most egregious examples of just how evil government can become in asserting its power over the people. It’s time to curb the excesses of over-zealous prosecutors who are turning poor decisions by individuals into criminal acts. Too often, they convert simple negligence or civil blunders into crimes. It’s a far-left concept: “Somebody” must be held responsible for every bad thing that happens. Two over-the-top final straws were recently heaped onto the camel’s back in America and Italy. Get this: Italian prosecutors convinced a court to convict six scientists for manslaughter...
  • Zimmerman prosecutors sued by fired IT worker

    07/17/2013 9:17:41 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/17/2013 | Allahpundit
    Zimmerman’s suing NBC, Martin’s parents are (probably) suing Zimmerman — isn’t it time that someone sued the one actor in this case whose motives were most provably malign? Maybe this is a first small step in sending Corey to join Mike Nifong in disgraced-former-prosecutor obscurity. Ben Kruidbos, Corey’s former director of information technology, was fired after testifying at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that prosecutors failed to turn over potentially embarrassing evidence extracted from Martin’s cell phone to the defense, as required by evidence-sharing laws. “We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida’s Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court,”...
  • Zimmerman Prosecutors Should be Disbarred

    07/13/2013 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/12/2013 | Alan Dershowitz
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial should be charged with "prosecutorial misconduct" for suggesting the defendant planned the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. "That is something no prosecutor should be allowed to get away with … to make up a story from whole cloth," Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These prosecutors should be disbarred. They have acted absolutely irresponsibly in an utterly un-American fashion."
  • Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe security leaks

    06/08/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/8/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. Attorneys to head an investigation into a recent series of national security leaks. Holder appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen Jr. and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein to investigate and criminally prosecute “possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” “The unauthorized disclosure of classified information can compromise the security of this country and all Americans, and it will not be tolerated,” Holder said in a statement. “The Justice Department takes seriously cases in which government employees and contractors entrusted with classified information are suspected
  • Military Prosecutors Withhold Evidence; Army Ranger Goes To Prison For 25 Years For Shooting Al

    08/23/2011 3:16:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Defendmichael.com ^ | 8/23/11 | staff
    On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq. Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and Army intelligence believed he organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home. During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again...
  • Lawyers for maid in Strauss Kahn scandal expect charges to be dropped as case collapses

    08/21/2011 12:00:29 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:03 AM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    The prosecutors in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal will meet the hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief of sexual assault on Monday, in a sign the case may be headed for dismissal. Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, said the Manhattan district attorney's office requested in a letter that Diallo meet with them at 3 p.m. The letter also said that, if she failed to appear, prosecutors would assume she was not interested in discussing the case, Wigdor said. 'This is just another piece of evidence demonstrating what may be the ultimate outcome of this case,' Wigdor...
  • D-Day for Casey: Prosecutors dismiss 'absurd' claim that Caylee drowned

    07/04/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:05 PM on 4th July 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Casey Anthony’s six-week murder trial finally rested today as jurors were sent away to decide whether her two-year-old daughter was the victim of an accidental drowning that she covered up out of fear and grief, or was brutally murdered by a 'pathological liar' who wanted to live free and party. Judge Belvin Perry dispatched the jury in Orlando, Florida, to consider their verdict after the state delivered an emotionally stirring rebuttal to the defence’s closing arguments, telling the panel of seven men and five woman that Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 at the hands of 'the most well documented...
  • Is Strauss-Khan sex assault case about to collapse?

    06/30/2011 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:02 AM on 1st July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The sexual assault case against ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Khan is close to collapse, it was tonight revealed. The New York hotel maid who accused Strauss-Khan of raping her in his $3,000-a-night suite, lied to investigators, law enforcement sources told the New York Times. Despite a wealth of forensic evidence against the 62-year-old, prosecutors have dismissed a lot of what the maid said about the alleged encounter, according to the newspaper.
  • Bad Boys - A rogue’s gallery of misbehaving prosecutors, plus three worth praising

    06/27/2011 4:55:19 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | 6-27-2011 | Radley Balko
    You might think that putting an innocent person in prison for a major crime like rape or murder would end or at least impede a prosecutor’s career. But prosecutors are rarely sanctioned for mistakes, even when their misconduct is egregious. In fact, they are often re-elected, promoted to judge, or encouraged to run for political office. Sometimes they even owe these successes to the publicity they get from high-profile convictions of people who turned out to be innocent. Here are some of the worst cases of prosecutors who put more than one innocent person in prison but suffered no significant...
  • Plea deal for teenagers charged over suicide of Phoebe Prince

    04/27/2011 5:26:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:19 PM on 27th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Five of the six teenagers charged with driving a 15-year-old Irish girl to suicide after an unrelenting bullying campaign have struck a plea deal agreement with prosecutors. Despite denying the original charges of stalking, harassment and civil rights violations causing bodily injury they have now agreed to admit to a misdemeanour charge of harassment, and in exchange prosecutors will drop the more serious charges against them. Kayla Narey, Sharon Chanon Velázquez, Ashley Longe, Sean Mulveyhill, and Flannery Mullins, all of South Hadley High School, faced felony and misdemeanour charges.
  • Jared Loughner is indicted on 46 new charges in Tucson shooting - and could face death penalty

    03/05/2011 9:46:17 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:06 AM on 5th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been indicted on 46 new charges, including the murders of a federal judge and an aide to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The new indictment, by a federal grand jury in Arizona, is the first step in a formal Department of Justice process to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old.
  • Teen prostitutes get new status

    02/26/2011 6:14:00 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 58 replies
    Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune ^ | February 26, 2011 | PAT PHEIFER and JIM ANDERSON
    County prosecutors from across the metro said Friday they are overhauling their policies to ensure that juvenile prostitutes are treated as crime victims instead of criminals, even as some regions of the state see an uptick in teen prostitution cases. "We need to do the right thing as it relates to children who are victims of prostitution," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who was joined at a news conference by prosecutors, police chiefs and victim advocates from across the Twin Cities. "I believe we should be doing everything we can to get them out of the system, and never...
  • California prosecutors say they’ll charge TSA agents if pat-downs are inappropriate

    11/18/2010 11:07:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies · 2+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11/181/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    As nearly 2 million holiday travellers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we’ll throw you in jail. Although authorities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said they have not received any criminal complaints since the pat-downs began this month, the searches can involve touching of the genital and breast areas, which critics say is akin to sexual assault. The Transportation Security Administration says the pat-downs are rare and most commonly used when travellers opt not to travel through the...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Major Arizona drug smuggling ring broken up

    04/27/2010 6:36:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 3,659+ views
    High tech highly sophisticated drug smuggling ring. County employee in the prosecutors office among those arrested.
  • Prosecutors to seek death penalty when Nidal Malik Hasan faces a court-martial

    11/10/2009 6:58:40 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 56 replies · 2,092+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | November 10, 2009 | Richard Sisk DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
    WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will be tried in a military court-martial, and prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty, officials said yesterday. FBI and Army investigators tried to interview Hasan, who is recovering from bullet wounds in a San Antonio, Tex., Army hospital, on Sunday, but he refused and demanded a lawyer. Under the military system, Hasan's fellow Army officers - almost certainly combat veterans - will rule on whether he is guilty of the mass murder of 12 soldiers and one civilian at Fort Hood, and, if so, on his punishment. A death penalty would...