March 25, 2014 |
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles dismissed criminal charges against nine people in a $30-million stock-manipulation case after concluding that misstatements in obtaining court approval for key wiretap recordings made the evidence unusable at trial. The dismissals were an embarrassing setback for prosecutors who were bursting with pride last year when they announced the indictments, the result of a three-year investigation. U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. said investigators had relied heavily on wiretap evidence, which is rarely used in white-collar cases.
March 19, 2014 |
The head of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers had been uncompromising since early December, when a judge ordered him to turn over some evidence. So uncompromising that he made a meal of evidence. But first some background: A defense attorney in Miami had wanted to read the tip given to Crime Stoppers that led to his client's arrest on suspicion of cocaine possession. The Crime Stoppers' boss, a former police chief, finally decided to follow a court order and brought in a printout of the anonymous tip last week.
March 14, 2014 |
This week, as the Ides of March approaches - the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship - the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way off from the Augustan "Golden Age" of ancient Rome, an era that produced art and literature still admired today.
March 12, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - A police officer left a shoe print - later apparently wiped off - on the door that is one of the most crucial exhibits in the murder trial of South African Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, defense attorney told Pretoria's high court Wednesday. Pistorius shot through the door when he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who had locked herself in a toilet off the bathroom in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. The broken door with four visible bullet holes stood in the courtroom Wednesday.
March 10, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
March 10, 2014 |
DURHAM, N.C. -- An angry military judge scolded U.S. Army prosecutors Monday for failing to turn over evidence to lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in his sexual assault court-martial. The judge, Col. James L. Pohl, dismissed the jury for the day and granted a defense motion to reconsider his dismissal last week of a request to drop all charges against Sinclair. The general's lawyers say he cannot get a fair trial because the case has been tainted by "unlawful command influence," or political interference, by top Army officials.