By: Lauren Raab
Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc., alleging the video game publisher wronged him by including his likeness in the blockbuster game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” has been thrown out by a Los Angeles County judge.
The video game constitutes speech protected under the 1st Amendment, the ruling by L.A. County Superior Court Judge William H. Fahey says. Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday halted the execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective.
Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre before the late stay of execution was issued. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell said it wasn’t clear what will happen next for Christeson. Continue reading
By: Lauren Fox
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday he will address the blurred lines between federal and state marijuana laws in an upcoming hearing.
The hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 10, comes as 20 states allow marijuana for medical purposes and Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2012. Continue reading
By: P. Aiden Hunt
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority in the 2005 case of Gonzalez v. Raich. To the dismay of marijuana advocates who see medical marijuana as a state issue, the Court ruled that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause gives Congress the authority to prohibit marijuana even in states with medical cannabis laws. A footnote in the opinion, however, left the issue open to further examination; or so says U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller. Continue reading
By: Andrea Tan
Three gay men lost their fight to overturn Singapore’s ban on sex between males, as judges at the nation’s highest court ruled that the 76-year-old law is constitutional.
The “intensely controversial” challenge brought by the men is best debated before the city’s parliament, Court of Appeal Justices Andrew Phang, Belinda Ang and Woo Bih Li said in their 107-page decision delivered yesterday. Continue reading
By: Bob Van Voris
WG Trading Co. money manager Stephen Walsh may try to withdraw his guilty plea after a judge said she would sentence him to 20 years in prison for swindling investors out of $554 million over 13 years in a Ponzi scheme.
Walsh, of Sands Point, New York, was first charged in 2009 with Paul Greenwood, WG’s former general partner. The two men, former minority owners of the New York Islanders professional hockey team, used their commodities trading and investment advisory firm to steal from institutional investors including university foundations and charities from 1996 to 2009. Continue reading