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Suspect in lawyer’s slaying said messages in newspaper, music told him to do it, cop says

By Debra Cassens Weiss

The suspect in the June 27 slaying of Kentucky lawyer Mark Stanziano told police he was acting on messages in the local newspaper and music, a detective testified at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Somerset Police Detective Chris Gates testified that suspect Clinton Inabnitt said “these people” would stop the ringing in his ears if he killed the criminal-defense lawyer, report the Associated Press, theCommonwealth Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read the rest of this entry »

Man who killed wife, shot at divorce judge through courthouse window calls counsel ineffective

By: Martha Neil

A Nevada businessman who unsuccessfully sought to withdraw from a plea deal after he stabbed his wife to death and shot at a Reno divorce judge through a courthouse window during a single day in 2006 is now claiming his defense lawyers were ineffective.

In a continuing effort to take the murder and attempted-murder case to trial despite his convictions and 40-year sentence, Darren Mack has attached as an exhibit to a federal appeal a 2007 memo written by then-defense attorney Scott Freeman to co-counsel, the Associated Press reports. Read the rest of this entry »

10th Circuit rules Utah gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional

By Martha Neil

A divided federal appeals court panel in Denver on Wednesday upheld a decision by a federal judge in Utah that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

“Courts do not sit in judgment of the hearts and minds of the citizenry,” said the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals majority after ruling (PDF) that “a state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.” Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft’s general counsel blasts surveillance court; federal judge upholds bulk collection of data

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith blasted the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday, saying it creates law “that the American public is not permitted to read.”

In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Smith said the court, which reviews government data requests in its fight against terrorism, is unlike most other courts because “only one side gets to tell its story.” The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports on his speech.

As Smith spoke he showed an image of a document with all the text blacked out, implying it was a government document before the court. “This is not an approach inclined to promote justice,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Prison teacher, left alone in room with convicted rapist, is raped, stabbed

By: Mark Hansen

A teacher at an Arizona prison was stabbed and raped after being left alone in a room with a convicted rapist, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Details of the attack—which occurred Jan. 30 at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Eyman—were pieced together through interviews and internal documents obtained by the AP under the Arizona Public Records Act. The records highlight major security lapses at the facility, the AP says. Read the rest of this entry »

NJ man is accused of conning foreign nation into paying $3.5M to sham law firm

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A New Jersey man was arrested on Thursday and charged with conning a foreign nation into paying $3.5 million to a phony law and accounting firm called Opus & Best Services.

Bobby Boye, 50, of Franklin Lakes, was arrested as he arrived at Newark International Airport from a trip abroad, report the Newark Star-Ledger, the Associated Press, the Cliff View Pilot and a press release. Boye is also known as Bobby Ajiboye and Bobby Aji-Boye, the press release says. He is charged with one count of wire fraud conspiracy and six counts of wire fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital to pay feds $40.9M for unnecessary heart surgeries; more than 500 patient suits are ongoing

By Martha Neil

A Kentucky hospital has agreed to pay the federal government a record $40.9 million to settle civil claims over what the government describes as unnecessary heart procedures billed to Medicare and Medicaid.

The settlement by King’s Daughters Medical Center announced Wednesday does not resolve more than 500 civil suits by former patients against the Ashland hospital and its coronary group, the Courier-Journal reports. They contend that patients suffered when doctors performed unnecessary procedures to boost profits. Read the rest of this entry »

1st Circuit says woman had right to video traffic stop, OKs civil rights suit against police

By Martha Neil

A federal appeals court has given the green light to a New Hampshire woman’s civil rights lawsuit against Weare police.

Carla Gericke had a constitutional right to video a police traffic stop of a friend in 2010, the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday. Hence, she may pursue a lawsuit alleging that police charged her with wiretapping in retaliation for her exercise of that constitutional right, the Associated Press reports.

The police had argued that qualified immunity should apply, because officers acted reasonably.

The case will now proceed to a jury trial where the facts will be determined.

Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China

By Jim Gomez

Vietnam’s prime minister said Thursday for the first time that his country is considering legal action against China over its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, a move that Beijing would likely fiercely oppose.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea as its own, bringing it into conflict with the far smaller nations of Vietnam, the Philippines and three others that have rival claims. Beijing also has a territorial dispute with Japan over a cluster of islands in the East China Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill to allow firing-squad executions is being drafted in state with just one death-row inmate

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A legislative committee in Wyoming is drafting a bill to allow firing-squad executions, though the state has only one death-row inmate.

Committee staffers are beginning work on the bill after the director of the state’s Department of Corrections suggested the state needs an alternative to execution drugs, which are increasingly difficult to obtain, theAssociated Press reports.

Currently the state has no execution drugs, corrections director Bob Lampert said. Read the rest of this entry »

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