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August 26, 2013 |
The criminal case against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran moved closer to trial Monday when a judge refused to dismiss four felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed a 23-year-old staff research assistant. Harran's trial could begin within 60 days of an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing - or roughly five years after Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered severe burns when a plastic syringe she was using to transfer t-butyl lithium from one sealed container to another came apart, spewing a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. Sangji was not wearing a protective lab coat when she was burned over nearly half her body Dec. 29, 2008.
June 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Federal prosecutors are stepping up efforts to bring to trial two former officials of the California Public Employees' Retirement System indicted on fraud, conspiracy and obstruction charges. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco wants to move ahead quickly on criminal cases brought against Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member and deputy mayor of Los Angeles, and Federico Buenrostro Jr., a former chief executive of the pension fund. To do so, the Justice Department has asked federal and state agencies and judges to delay action on various pending lawsuits involving the two men. A grand jury indicted Buenrostro, 64, of Sacramento and Villalobos, 69, of Reno, Nev., in March.
March 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Preet Bharara, the man dubbed the new sheriff of Wall Street, notched another arrest in the government's vast insider trading probe. This time the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan nabbed a top portfolio manager at one of America's biggest hedge funds. SAC Capital Advisors' Michael Steinberg was led out of his Park Avenue apartment building in handcuffs early Friday morning. It's a major arrest at a fund that has long drawn government scrutiny. Bharara, 44, has carved out a reputation for being a tough prosecutor who has overseen some of the most high-profile white-collar criminal cases since the 1980s.
December 18, 2012 |
Biotech giant Amgen Inc. is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in a criminal case in New York federal court, according to prosecutors. The Thousand Oaks company is scheduled to enter a plea to unspecified charges, according to a notice from the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn. Federal prosecutors couldn't be reached for further comment. Amgen didn't respond to requests for comment late Monday. Last month, Amgen said in a securities filing that it expected to pay $806 million to settle federal civil and criminal investigations related to its sales and marketing practices that were pending in the states of New York and Washington.
November 20, 2012 |
New York Atty Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman sued Credit Suisse on Tuesday, accusing the Swiss Bank of systematically misleading investors who bought the firm's mortgage-backed securities during the housing boom. The lawsuit was brought in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday under the state's powerful Martin Act. The case is the latest to stem from a working group of state and federal regulators created earlier this year by President Obama investigating the role that large financial institutions played in creating the financial crisis.
October 28, 2012 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - In weighing intense public interest in the Aurora movie massacre against the potential compromise of victim and witness privacy, the judge in the case has ruled in favor of transparency - although much of the evidence against suspect James E. Holmes will remain sealed. District Judge William Sylvester of the 18th Judicial District has opened large portions of a previously redacted case file and denied most of the prosecution and defense joint arguments that the names of the 12 killed and at least 58 injured in the July 20 rampage be resealed.