October 10, 2012
The ignominious history of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America - and the attempts over the years by the organization's executives to cover it up - have been sadly detailed in court cases and, most recently, in an investigation by the Los Angeles Times. But the most exhaustive chronicles of that abuse reside within the Scouts itself, which a century ago began keeping secret "Ineligible Volunteer" files on men accused of sexual abuse or other transgressions. The files were - and still are - intended as a confidential, internal registry of cases of alleged or confirmed abuse in which volunteers were expelled from the organization and were not to be reinstated.
October 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has ended a 6-year-old class-action lawsuit against the nation's telecommunications carriers for secretly helping the National Security Agency monitor phone calls and emails coming into and out of this country. The suit was dealt a death blow in 2008 when Congress granted a retroactive immunity to people or companies coming to the aid of U.S. intelligence agents. Without comment, the justices turned down appeals from civil liberties advocates who contended this mass surveillance was unconstitutional and illegal.
October 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has ended a 6-year-old class-action lawsuit against the nation's telecommunications carriers for secretly helping the National Security Agency monitor phone calls and emails coming into and out of this country. The suit was dealt a death blow in 2008 when Congress granted retroactive immunity to people or companies aiding U.S. intelligence agents. Without comment, the justices turned down appeals from civil liberties advocates who contended this mass surveillance was unconstitutional and illegal.
August 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A former senator. A scandal. A court case over campaign spending. Not John Edwards. This time, it's former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who's fighting the Federal Elections Commission's attempt to force him to pay back more than $200,000 in campaign funds. Craig used the funds for his legal expenses in connection with his 2007 arrest at a men's restroom. The FEC contends the expenses were "not made in connection with his campaign for federal office or for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with his duties as a senator.
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August 17, 2012 |
When Bill Buck accidentally cut off the tip of his finger at his Duarte cabinet workshop two years ago, he headed to Huntington Memorial Hospital's emergency room. He assumed his insurance company would sort out the $12,630 bill from the plastic surgeon, Jeannette Martello. But Martello wasn't satisfied with the $3,500 insurance reimbursement, so she returned the check and filed a lawsuit against Buck, his wife and his business for the full amount, according to the state attorney general's office.
July 20, 2012 |
Ai Weiwei lost his appeal in his high-profile tax case on Friday, prompting the artist to speak out yet again against the Chinese government. A court in Beijing upheld an approximately $2.4-million fine for tax evasion against the artist. The tax fine had been imposed against Ai's company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development. Supporters of the artist believe that the fine is an attempt by Chinese officials to penalize Ai for his online political activism and fight for free speech. Ai told reporters Friday that the Chinese legal system "still has no respect for the truth, still will never give taxpayers and citizens an ability to justify themselves.
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June 25, 2012 |
TheU.S. Supreme Courtdeclined Monday to hear an appeal from the federal government over whether a highly visible, 43-foot cross can remain atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego. The issue now returns to the U.S. District Court in San Diego to decide whether the cross should be taken down or whether it can be modified to satisfy a constitutional prohibition against government endorsing a particular religion. Whatever the District Court decides is likely to be appealed, first to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then to theU.S.
May 21, 2012 |
An artist in South Africa has landed in hot water over a painting depicting the country's president, Jacob Zuma, with exposed genitalia. "The Spear," a painting by Brett Murray, shows a clothed Zuma standing in a defiant pose, with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Since there is no literal spear shown in the painting, viewers can assume that the title is a phallic reference. Zuma is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting violates his right to dignity, according to reports.
May 2, 2012 |
A felony hearing for Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been rescheduled until June 8, according to a spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney's office. An attorney for Hill appeared in a Houston courthouse Tuesday and asked for the case to be continued next month. Hill was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for choking his girlfriend on Feb. 29, according to court documents. Hill, 24, was with the Houston Rockets at the time of the alleged incident. He has recently become a reliable rotation player for the Lakers, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds in the first two games of a first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
May 1, 2012 |
At least for one game, Jordan Hill's pending court case in Houston stemming from a third-degree felony charge won't affect his on-court availability. Lakers Coach Mike Brown said Hill will play Tuesday in Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets. Hill attended Tuesday morning's shootaround, despite a spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney telling The Times' Mike Bresnahan that Hill needed to attend a hearing in Houston on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CT. Hill's agent, Kevin Bradbury, said a court appearance hadn't been mandated yet. Even if Hill has to go to Houston at some point, the Lakers don't expect that he will have to miss any practices or games.