December 28, 2005 |
Enron's former chief accounting officer, Richard A. Causey, has struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors and will avoid going to trial with the fallen energy company's two top executives, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Causey was expected to plead guilty today to one or more of the 34 criminal charges pending against him, this person told Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the discussions.
December 21, 2005 |
Lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are in discussions with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation in a congressional corruption probe, a person involved in the investigation said. The probe involves a number of members of Congress as well as staff. A former aide to ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has already pleaded guilty.
October 18, 2005 |
Before indicting Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on felony conspiracy and money-laundering charges, a Texas prosecutor offered him a chance to plead guilty to a misdemeanor that would have let DeLay keep his job as House majority leader, the congressman's lawyer said Monday. DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told Travis County Dist. Atty. Ronald D.
September 21, 2005 |
Groping charges against Christian Slater will be dropped if the actor stays out of trouble for the next six months, under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. "The case is dismissed, and we are very pleased with the outcome," his lawyer, Eric Franz, said Monday outside Manhattan Criminal Court. In July, the actor had rejected a plea bargain that would have required him to perform three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree harassment.
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July 16, 2005 |
An Islamic religious leader and his son, who were arrested during the investigation of possible terrorist activity in Lodi, Calif., agreed Friday to be deported in exchange for the government dropping charges that the two men misrepresented themselves when entering the country. Imam Mohammad Adil Khan, 47, and his son Mohammad Hassan Adil, 19, conceded in federal Immigration Court that they overstayed their religious worker visas.
July 12, 2005 |
Prosecutors on Monday reached a plea deal with the man accused of plotting to abduct David Letterman's young son, allowing him to plead guilty to lesser charges and dropping a kidnapping-related charge in return. Kelly Frank pleaded guilty in state District Court to felony theft, misdemeanor obstruction and possessing illegally killed wildlife, a felony.
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April 27, 2005 |
In a rare criminal prosecution concerning the environment, a Texas-based energy company that owns much of California's pipelines pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges relating to a rupture that dumped 103,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a Bay Area marsh last year. The company, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, also announced that it had agreed in principle to settle similar misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles County over a five-gallon spill at its terminal in Los Angeles Harbor in May 2004.
April 9, 2005 |
With his trial underway, Eric Robert Rudolph agreed to plead guilty to a series of bombings that advanced a militant antigay, antiabortion ideology -- including a deadly explosion at the 1996 Summer Olympics here. The plea agreement, which the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday, calls for Rudolph to serve a life sentence without parole and allows him to escape the death penalty.
December 22, 2004 |
A federal judge refused to accept a guilty plea Tuesday from a former America Online Inc. software engineer accused of stealing 92 million e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers. Judge Alvin Hellerstein of U.S. District Court in Manhattan said he was not convinced that Jason Smathers, 24, had committed a crime under federal anti-spam legislation that took effect this year. Smathers, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.