October 6, 2005 |
A former top federal procurement official in the Bush administration was indicted Wednesday on five counts of lying and obstructing justice in connection with an investigation into a lavish golf junket to Scotland arranged by Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. David H.
September 27, 2005 |
A former vice president of LendingTree Inc., an Internet-based loan matchmaker, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the U.S. attorney's office in North Carolina. Brian Paquette faces as many as five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement with the federal prosecutor.
September 20, 2005 |
A top federal procurement appointee of President Bush was arrested Monday on charges that he made false statements and obstructed a federal probe when he was questioned about a Scotland golfing junket arranged by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In a three-count criminal complaint made public Monday, David H. Safavian was accused of lying to an ethics officer in the General Services Administration regarding his dealings with the lobbyist, who flew him to Scotland in August 2002.
August 12, 2005 |
A federal judge Thursday trimmed a year from former Rite Aid Corp. Chief Executive Martin L. Grass' eight-year sentence for conspiring to obstruct justice and to defraud the nation's third-largest drugstore chain and its shareholders. U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo said she acted to reduce a disparity between Grass and other defendants sentenced for similar crimes. Grass, 51, smiled and blew a kiss to family members as federal marshals led him from the courtroom.
July 13, 2005 |
Former Silicon Valley investment banker Frank Quattrone's conviction on obstruction of justice should be overturned because of insufficient evidence, improper jury instructions and a trial that was "rife with error," his lawyer told a federal appeals court Tuesday. Quattrone's case is being watched closely by other white-collar defendants and their lawyers. Legal experts believe that the ex-banker's odds of winning his appeal was improved by the U.S.
June 1, 2005 |
The Supreme Court overturned the criminal conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm Tuesday, ruling unanimously that its shredding of two tons of Enron-related documents did not prove its intent to obstruct justice. The ruling comes too late to save Andersen, which employed 28,000 people until it was driven out of business because of the 2002 conviction.
March 19, 2005 |
Martha Stewart is trying to break out of home, and she just got a dash of hope from a federal appeals court. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled late Thursday that lower-court Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who presided over Stewart's obstruction-of-justice conviction last year, can reconsider -- and thus, shorten -- her sentence.
February 11, 2005 |
Three criminal defense groups are asking an appeals court to overturn the obstruction-of-justice conviction of former Credit Suisse First Boston investment banker Frank Quattrone, citing what they termed the "transparent bias" of the judge in the case. The groups, which filed what they called an unusual brief this week in a federal appeals court in New York, assailed rulings by U.S. District Judge Richard Owen, who presided over Quattrone's trial in May.
January 28, 2005 |
Former Silicon Valley financier Frank Quattrone appealed his criminal obstruction-of-justice conviction Thursday, arguing that there was little evidence against him and that he wasn't allowed to tell the jury his side of the story. In a 108-page brief filed in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, Quattrone's lawyers said the trial judge "consistently favored" the prosecution, resulting in a "palpably unfair trial."
November 25, 2004 |
A U.S. soldier from California was arrested and jailed on murder charges Wednesday in the death of an Iraqi civilian. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Werst, 31, of south Orange County is accused of killing Naser Ismail on Jan. 3 after Ismail was taken into custody by Werst's unit in the Iraqi city of Balad. Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington, a spokesman at Texas' Ft. Hood, would not say how Ismail died. He said charges were filed after another soldier reported the alleged crime.