March 4, 2010 |
Barre Yousuf, a Somali businessman living in the state of Georgia, spent much of the 1980s in a small, dark and windowless cell in Somalia. "I was tortured with an electric shock and waterboarded," he said. At other times, military police subjected him to what the Somali regime called the "Mig." He was forced to lie on his stomach with his arms and legs tied behind him, while a heavy rock was placed on his back. In this painful position, the victim's body was said to resemble the swept-back wings of a Mig fighter jet. Yousuf recounted his ordeal Wednesday outside the Supreme Court, where the justices for the first time considered whether victims of torture or state-sponsored murder can sue the responsible officials under a 1991 law designed to give victims and family members a chance to get recompense for their suffering.
February 9, 2012 |
A nationwide settlement on foreclosure practices has ended one headache for the banks involved, but there are signs that it is only the beginning of many others. The agreement between 49 states and five large banks gives the financial giants immunity from future complaints about some aspects of their foreclosure practices. The banks had previously made changes to improve the way they foreclose on homeowners and had put aside most of the funds necessary to pay for the $25-billion settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990
In response to "Keating Asks Senate Panel for Immunity" (Part A, Nov. 18): If we have a choice, can we grant immunity to Sen. Cranston? I need to recover some money from American Continental and my chances will be diminished if Charles Keating is granted immunity. GRETCHEN TRENT Granada Hills
December 14, 2003
To the Editor: In his review of my book "Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America" [Nov. 23], Sam Tanenhaus objects to the epilogue as having "little to do with McCarthyism, which originated not in an excess of federal power but oppositely, in an attack on the federal bureaucracy and its policymakers." McCarthyism, however, is inseparable from political power, whether federal, congressional or judicial. Had McCarthy not been a senator, with access to the press and immunity from libel on the Senate floor in order to fire his defective ammunition, he would not have been able to win a national audience and lead his troops into battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1990
I was very disappointed at the flagrant inaccuracies contained in your oil spill clean-up story (Part A, Aug. 24). Clearly, the oil industry's misinformation campaign concerning the liability of clean-up contractors is having an effect. Under the terms of SB 2040, immunity is appropriately granted to volunteers in oil-spill clean-up efforts. This "Good Samaritan" clause is supported by environmental groups as well as the California Trial Lawyers Assn. It is the insistence by the oil industry that its own workers be granted this same immunity that has met with objections.
August 10, 2003
Re "Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealings Raises Alarm," Aug. 7: Kudos to The Times for giving front-page coverage to President Bush's executive order granting U.S. oil companies blanket immunity from lawsuits and criminal prosecution in connection with the sale of Iraqi oil. If anyone is still blind or naive enough to believe the U.S. invaded Iraq to promote liberty and democracy, this article should dispel the last shred of doubt as to the real reason....
March 21, 2011 |
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has remained one of pediatrics' -- and parents' -- most troublesome issues. The highly contagious bacterial disease, which leaves victims (traditionally children) with a hacking cough, can be fended off with a vaccine that has been in use for decades. But in spite of the vaccine's good work, say the authors of a study published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whooping cough cases have been on the rise over the last two decades.
March 15, 2014 |
MUMBAI, India - The Indian government Saturday expressed its displeasure with the U.S. Justice Department for refiling criminal charges against a diplomat whose arrest in New York last year on charges of underpaying her domestic help caused a crisis in bilateral relations. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan on Friday issued a new indictment against the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, just two days after a judge dismissed a similar indictment on diplomatic immunity grounds. Khobragade has returned to India and is unlikely ever to answer the charges in New York.