By: Mike Cason
Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value.
Late Monday afternoon, Hubbard reported to the Lee County Jail where he was booked. Continue reading
By: Warner Todd Huston
Despite being cashiered out of the Navy Reserve for testing positive for cocaine, Vice President Joe Biden’s son is still being allowed to practice law and won’t lose his Connecticut law license.
Late last week the Wall Street Journal reported that in February of this year Hunter Biden, 44, tested positive for cocaine during a drug test administered by the Navy and was immediately discharged from the Navy Reserve. Continue reading
By: Jason Reed
Facebook is fighting back after learning that the DEA created a fake account using the information of a woman whose cellphone had been seized (that information included provocative photos from her phone, as well as photos of some of her family members).
The agency was using this account to interact with suspected criminals. While the woman, named Sondra Arquiett, had at one point been arrested as a suspect in a drug ring, she was put on probation instead of serving time. Later she learned her likeness was being used on a Facebook page that was not her own (in fact, she didn’t even have an account) and that information and photos from her seized phone were used to create the profile. Arquiett is sueing the DEA and the specific agent who created the profile with her information. Continue reading
By: Frances Burns
A Pennsylvania law drafted after convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke at a college ceremony allows lawsuits against inmates for “mental anguish.”
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the law Tuesday. A recorded address by Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer, was played at a commencement ceremony at Goddard College in Vermont. Continue reading
By: Aileen Graef
A lawsuit claiming Led Zeppelin plagiarized “Stairway to Heaven” moved forward after a move for dismissal failed.
The suit claims the band stole the song from Randy Craig Wolfe — aka Randy California — founder of the band Spirit. Now his heirs are suing for credit and royalties to the iconic rock song. Continue reading
By: Hurt Wagner
Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sued a handful of lawyers who represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case in which Ceglia claimed he was entitled to 84 percent ownership of the social network.
Ceglia’s claim was dismissed earlier this year after Facebook and Zuckerberg alleged that Ceglia forged the documents he used as evidence of his ownership in the company. (Ceglia was actually arrested in 2012 for falsifying these records; the case is still pending.) Continue reading