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NAACP calls for special prosecutor in Michael Brown shooting case

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By: Mark Berman

The NAACP has joined a chorus of voices saying that a special prosecutor, rather than St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, should investigate the shooting of Michael Brown.

“We need to talk about justice for Michael Brown,” Cornell William Brooks, the organization’s new president and chief executive, said in a statement sent out on Thursday afternoon. “Justice rests in the hands of one person: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a man with deep personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department.”

McCulloch has said he will not step down from the case, despite similar calls from elected leaders and activists in the days since Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Skip Trace?

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Law firm scams – run by non-lawyer scam artists – are being set up to fleece “clients” using websites stolen from legitimate law firms.

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The picture above purports to be a London, UK law firm – Dovernor – but it is in fact an image taken from a legitimate US law firm using a picture of US attorney Karl Johnson who works out of Kansas.  And other firms have similarly had their imagery used by criminals.

In the UK, the Solicitors Regulation Authority says it is getting “more and more reports” of fake law firms, uncovering as many as one a day.

Here are the scams that criminal gangs are carrying out behind the fictitious legal fronts. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

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By: Richard Wolf

The Supreme Court blocked gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Virginia Wednesday as it edges closer to deciding whether same-sex marriage should be legalized nationwide.

The ruling puts on hold a federal appeals court’s verdict last month striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage. That case, like others that ended similarly in Utah and Oklahoma, is being appealed to the Supreme Court.

While nearly all federal and state courts have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage since the high court issued two landmark decisions in June 2013, judges have blocked nearly all such marriages while the cases are appealed. The justices had stepped in once before, in Utah, to do just that.

If the court declines to hear the Virginia appeal, the stay would be lifted and couples could begin getting married. Otherwise, those marriages would have to wait until the case is ultimately decided. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story

By: Ryan Grim, Ashley Alman

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.

Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife “in an overhand grip.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

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By: Darrell Etherington

A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app, who said that the app was used to share an “intimate photo” of him, which included personal identifying information including his full name and telephone number.

Brazil has laws on the books in its constitutional document that make anonymity illegal, which are specifically designed to make sure that anyone accused of someone in the public forum has the chance to answer and refute their accuser. The text of the decision specifically cites Secret’s potential as a bullying mechanism as a reason for the decision, which is designed to provide emergency relief for the affected party while the court continues to deliberate. Read the rest of this entry »

European Facebook Class Action Suit Attracts 60K Users As It Passes First Court Hurdle

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By: Ingrid Lunden

Some developments around the class action suit filed against Facebook in Europeearlier this month over alleged privacy violations: the Austria-based Europe vs Facebook group organising the suit says that the Vienna Regional Court, where the suit was filed, has reviewed the case and has now given Facebook Ireland four weeks to respond. Ireland is the HQ for Facebook’s international operations, which cover over 80% of its users,

The news comes as some 60,000 people have now signed up to the suit, 25,000 of which have assigned their claims to join the class action, and 35,000 of which have registered to assign their claims when and if the suit widens to cover more users. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. judge schedules hearing Thursday in Argentina debt dispute

By: Joseph Ax

The U.S. judge overseeing the long-running litigation over Argentina bonds has scheduled a hearing for 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) in New York, after Argentine officials announced plans to skirt his court rulings that pushed the country into default.

NML Capital Ltd, one of several holdout creditors who U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa has said must be paid in full before Argentina can resume payments to other bondholders, had asked Griesa on Wednesday night to schedule an “emergency” hearing to consider whether to hold Argentina in contempt.

Argentina defaulted in July after Griesa blocked a $539 million coupon payment to bondholders who accepted restructurings in 2005 and 2009, saying it violated his order.

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