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December 18, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Alejandro Lazo, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
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.
September 28, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Annie Dookhan, a former chemist for the state of Massachusetts, was arrested at her home Friday, accused of lying about the results of drug tests and about her qualifications, the latest step in a scandal that has compromised thousands of criminal cases. Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, Mass., was arrested without incident by state police, the attorney general's office said. Dookhan faces two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of pretending to hold an advanced degree, officials said.
July 24, 2012 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Let's be clear: The NCAA on Monday hit Penn State football with five tons of grid iron. NCAA President Mark Emmert was given extraordinary power to use Wild West justice in the most heinous of circumstances. Emmert correctly called the child sex abuse case that led to former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's conviction "an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of college athletics. " Penn State's football program, as I suggested in November after the scandal broke, is probably doomed for a decade.
July 24, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The NCAA has done more than hammer the Penn State football program with crippling sanctions. It has entered the crime business. In past situations in which athletics and criminal activity intertwined, the NCAA got involved only after its rules had been violated. For example, in 2003, when Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was killed by a teammate, the NCAA stepped in with penalties when it learned the coach was paying players. Whether the NCAA overstepped its bounds in the Penn State case has been debated.
July 23, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Let's be clear: The NCAA, as expected, dropped a Monday-morning hammer on Penn State's football program. NCAA President Mark Emmert was given extraordinary power to use Wild West justice in the most heinous of circumstances. Emmert correctly called the child-abuse case that led to former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's conviction “an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of college athletics.” Penn State's football program, as I wrote in November after the scandal broke, is doomed for a decade.
July 11, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors and sheriff's officials have for years concealed complaints about law enforcement misconduct and other important evidence from defendants in criminal cases, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by civil rights attorneys and legal scholars. At a news conference announcing the suit, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California blasted the Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office for following policies he said played "fast and loose with evidence of innocence of those prosecuted.
June 4, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - In a cafe off the Nile, a man with a backpack and a quiet air orders double espressos and awaits the next twist in a diplomatic drama that has cast him as the lone American peering from a defendant's cage in a musty Egyptian courtroom. It's not an image Washington or Cairo relishes, but Robert Becker, the son of a firefighter who wanders the world as a political operative, is a chain-smoking conundrum, a man of principle to his friends but a tedious complication to U.S. and Egyptian officials seeking to move beyond a scandal that has damaged relations between once-close allies.
May 30, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
This is a corrected version of the original post; see the note below. Brian Banks spent more than five years in prison for a rape and kidnapping that, as the courts now find, he did not commit; the repercussions of how the case sorts itself out in the justice system will take a lot longer than that. There are several threads to follow and figure out in the story of the promising teenaged Long Beach football star who, on his lawyer's advice, pleaded no contest to the rape charge rather than chance a jury trial and a 40-years-to-life sentence.
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