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February 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A British appeals court overturned the convictions of five students jailed in July for downloading information on bomb-making and terrorism from the Internet. The judges said evidence failed to support the prosecutors' case that the men planned to use the material "to incite the commission of terrorist acts." Those freed were Bradford University students Akbar Butt, Awaab Iqbal, Aitzaz Zafar and Usman Ahmed Malik, and London high school student Mohammed Irfan Raja. Prosecutors said police who searched the men's computers found a U.S. military guide giving instructions on how to make explosive devices and a suicide bombing manual.
A young man's rash, drunken act robbed her of her son. Now, her hatred for that man threatens to take away everything else. Such is the situation at the beginning of "Convictions," a provocative if only intermittently dramatic movie about the reverberations of violence and the rocky road to forgiveness. Starring Blair Brown ("The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd") as embittered Idaho mom Zalinda Dorcheus, it debuts at 9 tonight on the Lifetime cable network.
May 1, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
Authorities arrested 596 illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions in a three-day sweep across the Southeastern United States this week, the nation's top immigration enforcement officer said Friday. Most of them will be deported, though 22 may be prosecuted for illegally entering the U.S. after previously having been sent home, said John Morton, head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. He said the operation underscored the Obama administration's emphasis on deporting immigrants who break the law. "These are not the kind of people that we want walking our streets or living in our communities," Morton told reporters.
January 7, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A judge Thursday threw out all guilty verdicts except one misdemeanor conviction in the drug trial surrounding the death of model Anna Nicole Smith ? criticizing a case authorities once heralded as a cautionary tale to doctors too liberal with their prescription pads. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry cleared Smith's manager and companion Howard K. Stern of all convictions and dismissed two conspiracy counts for psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich. Of the two remaining felony convictions for Eroshevich, involving obtaining medication under a false name, Perry tossed out one and reduced the other to a misdemeanor.
November 6, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Citing jury confusion, a federal judge in Miami threw out weapons convictions against a man accused in the hijacking and shooting deaths of four people last year aboard the Joe Cool charter boat. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck said misleading jury instructions and his own failure to adequately answer a jury question about the law led to an "inconsistent verdict" in the trial of Guillermo Zarabozo, 20. On Sept. 30, jurors were deadlocked on all the major counts against Zarabozo, including robbery, boat hijacking and four counts each of murder and kidnapping.
November 14, 2008 | Associated Press
An attorney for former Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen is asking a judge to throw out his client's battery and weapons convictions. A jury acquitted Gundersen earlier this year on two dozen counts of spousal rape. Instead, it found him guilty of lesser battery charges for taking nude photos of his wife without permission. He also was convicted of illegally possessing weapons. On Wednesday, his attorney argued in a motion that the verdicts were "contrary to both law and evidence."
September 20, 1998
I just read your Sept. 13 article "Sanchez, Constituents Put Report Aside." Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) said she believed the Starr report shouldn't have been released. Then, "It was gonna be released anyway, so you might as well put it out there. I wish it wasn't but, oh well, it's out there." What is the purpose of elected representatives? I don't believe it is to vote to do something just because it is going to pass anyway. What happened to your beliefs, your thoughts, your ideas?
October 17, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Ten policemen in Manisa, Turkey, were convicted of torturing teenagers for putting up leftist posters and were sentenced to at least five years in prison, media reports said. The case began when 15 leftist activists, ages 14 to 18, were arrested in 1995 for putting up political posters in Manisa. Their lawyers said the youths were beaten, shocked, hosed down with pressurized water and sexually abused.
February 3, 2008
Sen. John McCain is the best candidate for the Republican nomination. He's the only one in Congress who has fought against earmarks while others deliver pork to their districts. We keep spending money, and I have no idea how we'll repay. He's been at the forefront of the fight for campaign finance reform, is against torture, and he understands the war on terror. He's the only one proposing a pragmatic, real-world solution to immigration. We need someone in the White House who will stand by his convictions and lead the country.
March 18, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Thomas P. Puccio, a former federal prosecutor who won the convictions of several members of Congress in the Abscam bribery scandal in the early 1980s and later became a prominent defense lawyer who secured for socialite Claus von Bulow an acquittal in his second trial on charges that he twice tried to kill his heiress wife, has died. He was 67. Puccio, who lived in Weston, Conn., died of leukemia March 12 in Yale-New Haven Hospital, said his wife, Kathryn. Known as a tough, aggressive and tenacious lawyer, Puccio was head of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he gained national attention as head prosecutor in four of the eight Abscam trials.
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