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Ex-Microsoft engineer convicted of 18 felonies after stealing $10M in digital currencies from Microsoft to make extravagant purchases

A man who formerly worked at Microsoft was convicted of 18 federal felonies after he stole $10 million worth of digital currency from his former employer. From the U.S. Department of Justice: Seattle – A former Microsoft software engineer was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of 18 federal felonies related to his scheme to defraud Microsoft of more than $10 million, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. VOLODYMYR KVASHUK, 25, a Ukrainian citizen residing in Renton, Washingt...
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Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court

Officials from the salvage firm Donjon-SMIT told a U.S. District Court judge they would be willing to dismantle the South Korean freighter Golden Ray using the same large-scale method their written lawsuit condemns as too risky. Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has treated the suit filed Feb. 13 with a sense of urgency as the multi-agency team overseeing removal of the ship prepares to start cutting it apart in May. Wood told Donjon-SMIT officials and their attorneys several times that differences betwee...
Tags: News, Wood, U S District Court, Coast Guard, Golden Ray, Donjon SMIT, Lisa Godbey Wood

Stone judge calls back jurors to address misconduct claims

A federal judge on Tuesday brought in nearly all members of the jury that convicted Trump ally Roger Stone on charges related to the Russia investigation in order to answer questions on allegations of juror misconduct. The revelation by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another highly unusual twist in the Stone saga, which has included a barrage of tweets from President Donald Trump, threats by the attorney general to quit and the departure of the entire prosecution team followin...
Tags: News, Russia, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, U S District Court, Roger Stone, Amy Berman Jackson

Federal judge denies Roger Stone's request for her recusal

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson has rejected a request from Roger Stone that she recuse herself from his criminal case.Stone, a longtime friend and adviser of President Trump, was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering late last year, and on Thursday, Jackson sentenced him to 40 months in prison. Stone is asking for a new trial, claiming that a juror was impartial, a theory espoused on Fox News. After the jury reached its verdict, Jackson said the jurors "served wit...
Tags: News, Congress, Fox News, Jackson, Trump, U S District Court, Roger Stone, Stone, Amy Berman Jackson

AT&T Loses Key Ruling In Class Action Over Unlimited-Data Throttling

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's mandatory-arbitration clause is unenforceable in a class-action case over AT&T's throttling of unlimited data, a panel of U.S. appeals court judges ruled this week. The nearly five-year-old case has gone through twists and turns, with AT&T's forced-arbitration clause initially being upheld in March 2016. If that decision had stood, the customers would have been forced to have any complaints heard individually in arbitration. But an Ap...
Tags: California, Tech, California Supreme Court, Mcgill, U S District Court, Blair, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Roger Stone gets 40-month federal prison sentence ... but will he ever actually serve it?

As reported in this Politico piece, headlined "Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to just more than three years in prison, a decision that raises immediate questions about whether President Donald Trump will pardon his longtime political confidant for what the president has decried as a miscarriage of justice." Here is more about notable sentencing: U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down Stone’s 40-month sentence in a packed Washington, D.C., courtroom after spending more than...
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United States: D.C. District Court Dismisses Endangered Species Act Case For Lack Of Article III Standing - Duane Morris LLP

A U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia recently dismissed a lawsuit brought under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the federal Administrative Procedure Act by the Center for Biological Diversity.
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Roger Stone judge ignores Trump's taunts, leaves sentencing scheduled for Thursday

Roger Stone will be sentenced on Thursday and President Trump can do nothing about it.That's the message U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who's overseeing the criminal case against Trump's longtime adviser, sent Tuesday when she confirmed the date of Stone's sentencing hearing. Despite receiving threats from Trump to delay the sentencing for a second time, that "would not be a prudent thing to do under all the circumstances," Jackson said.Uproar surrounding Stone'...
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Fearful of Trump's Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed

WASHINGTON -- In an email a few days ago to the 270 lawyers he oversees, Nicola T. Hanna, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, offered a message of reassurance: I am proud of the work you do, he wrote.Other U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department's far-flung 93 field offices relayed similar messages of encouragement after President Donald Trump's efforts to influence a politically fraught case provoked the kind of consternation the department has rarely seen since the Watergate era. "All I...
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Jose Garcia-Zarate Found Mentally Incompetent To Stand Trial In Kate Steinle Slaying Gun Case

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A federal court appointed psychologist has ruled that Jose Garcia-Zarate was mentally incompetent to stand trial on a gun possession charge related to the 2015 slaying of Kate Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront. In a one-page order issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that “the evaluator has concluded that the defendant, because of mental illness that is not presently being treated, is not competent to stand trial. The evaluator’s report has...
Tags: News, San Francisco, U S District Court, Kate Steinle, Chhabria, Vince Chhabria, Jose Garcia Zarate, CBS SF, San Francisco News

Netflix Loses Bid To Dismiss $25 Million Lawsuit Over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

On Tuesday, Netflix lost a bid to escape a lawsuit brought by the trademark owner of "Choose Your Own Adventure" over the 2018 immersive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The series' original publisher, Chooseco, sued the company early last year for $25 million in damages, as the company says that Netflix's new movie benefits from association with the Choose Your Own Adventure series, without the company ever receiving the trademark. From Hollywood Reporter: According to the plaintiff, it has bee...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Fox, Netflix, Charlie Brooker, Rogers, U S District Court, Grimaldi, William Sessions, Chooseco, Bandersnatch

United States: Court Vacates $2 Million OFAC Penalty Against Exxon, Citing Lack Of Fair Notice - Jones Day

A U.S. District Court vacated a $2 million penalty imposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control against Exxon Mobil Corporation because OFAC failed to provide fair notice ...
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WA Gun Banners Announce Fund Raiser; AZ Dems Offer ‘Assault Weapon’ Bill

Washington state anti-gunners have a March 30 fundraiser on the calendar, while gun rights activists like these folks will rally at the state capitol in Olympia April 18. (Dave Workman) U.S.A. –-( The Seattle-based gun prohibition lobbying group, Alliance for Gun Responsibility has announced its 2020 fund raising luncheon will be held on March 30, in an email blast that brags, “the Alliance has been leading the charge to prevent gun violence in Washington state.” While these fun...
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Trump Says He Didn’t Speak to DOJ Before Stone Sentence Reversal

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump said he didn’t speak to the Justice Department before it signaled it would overrule federal prosecutors and reduce a requested prison sentence for Roger Stone, one of the president’s longtime associates.Trump called prosecutors’ initial recommendation for a sentence of seven to nine years for Stone “ridiculous” and “an insult to our country.” He said prosecutors should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to Stone, as well as the president’s former National ...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, Washington, Bloomberg, National Security, Jackson, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, U S District Court, Roger Stone, Stone, Michael Flynn, Robert Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Wins Approval From US Judge

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: T-Mobile's edged closer to a takeover of Sprint after a federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, rejecting a claim by a group of states that said the deal would violate antitrust laws and raise prices. During a two-week trial in December, T-Mobile and Sprint argued the merger will better equip the new company to compete with top players Verizon and AT&T as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, creating a more efficient company with low pric...
Tags: Verizon, New York, California, US, Tech, Sprint, Reuters, U S District Court, T Mobile, AT T, Marrero, Victor Marrero

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration over Rule Requiring Separate Abortion Billing for Obamacare Insurers

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday, objecting to the administration's rule requiring Obamacare insurers to bill separately for abortions.The rule, scheduled to take effect June 27, would require health-insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act marketplace to send a second bill to patients for abortions, separate from their bill for other healthcare. Patients will have to pay using two sep...
Tags: News, Maryland, Aclu, Trump, U S District Court, American Civil Liberties Union, The Trump, Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration, Meagan Burrows

T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 Billion Merger Approved by U.S. District Court

A federal judge approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint this morning in a U.S. district court in New York, moving the mobile carriers one critical step closer to sealing the deal. Following this stamp of approval on the $26 billion deal, the companies are still awaiting a vote from the California Public Utilities Commission,...
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Trump: An Aspiring Mob Boss Who Threatened Foes With ‘Friends in Jersey’

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. The following is an excerpt from “Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington.” (Penguin Random House, on sale Feb. 11, 2020). Throughout Donald Trump’s long‑running history of legal threats and maneuvers, there has been rampant bluffing, oftentimes taking the shape of verbally violent bluster. In his earlier real estate days, he was known to privately threaten businessmen, lawyers, and...
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For Roger Stone, federal prosecutors advocate for within-guideline sentence of 7.3 to 9 years in prison ... which Prez Trump calls a "miscarriage of justice!"

As reported in this Politico piece, "Federal prosecutors are urging that longtime Donald Trump adviser and Republican political provocateur Roger Stone be sent to prison for about seven to nine years for his conviction on charges of lying and witness tampering during investigations of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign." Here is more about the sentencing filings in this high-profile case that emerged late yesterday: The stern recommendation is starkly at odds with a suggestion from Ston...
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U.S. seeks prison term of 7-9 years for Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone

Stone is due to face sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Feb. 20, after a jury in November found the self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” guilty on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. Stone is one of several people close to Trump who faced charges stemming from then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. During the trial, prosecutors pressed their case that Stone lied t...
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United States: Court Rules For Insured In A Ransomware Insurance Claim! - Foley & Lardner

My friend Judy Greenwald reported on that "A U.S. District Court ruling in Maryland that an insurer must indemnify a screen-printing business under its business owner's policy
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Worcester MA Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Loaded Semi-Automatic Pistol

Worcester MA Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Loaded Semi-Automatic Pistol iStock BOSTON – -( A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Leroy Byron, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty in November 2019 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On Nov. 5, 2018, Byron was arrested for carr...
Tags: Guns, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Worcester, Byron, Kelly, U S District Court, ATF, Worcester Police, Timothy S Hillman, Gun Rights News, Lelling, Steven M Sargent, Andrew E Lelling, Leroy Byron

Judge may reject attempt to withdraw guilty pleas in San Bernardino terror case

Riverside resident Enrique Marquez Jr. likely has lost his attempt to withdraw the guilty pleas he made two years ago to charges related to supplying the AR-style rifles used to kill 14 people and wound 22 others in the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal said Friday, Jan. 31, that he was inclined to deny Marquez’s motion. Bernal said he would issue a written ruling on an unspecified date. Bernal’s statement came after two days of testimony from two...
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Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

A former Illinois state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting around a quarter of a million dollars in bribes in exchange for protecting the interests of a red-light camera company, and promised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing public corruption investigations. Martin Sandoval, 56, entered his plea during an initial hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, just one day after prosecutors listed charges against the recent chair of the senate's powerful transportation comm...
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Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes Represents Herself at Trial After Lawyers Say She Stiffed Them (slashdot)

McGruber quotes the Mercury News: In her regular attendance at the San Jose federal courthouse for hearings in her high-stakes criminal fraud case, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been flanked by expensive lawyers. But in an Arizona civil case, she took part in a hearing this week representing herself, and by phone, according to a report Friday. Holmes has seven lawyers preparing for the August trial start in her criminal case in U.S. District Court, and fighting federal prosecutors over...
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Ex-Illinois lawmaker charged with red-light camera bribery

Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting costly red-light camera programs across the state. The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago listed the charges against Sen. Martin Sandoval in a two-page filing in U.S. District Court. The 56-year-old Chicago Democrat “corruptly solicited, demanded, agreed to accept and accepted” payments for “...
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Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes Represents Herself at Trial After Lawyers Say She Stiffed Them

McGruber quotes the Mercury News: In her regular attendance at the San Jose federal courthouse for hearings in her high-stakes criminal fraud case, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been flanked by expensive lawyers. But in an Arizona civil case, she took part in a hearing this week representing herself, and by phone, according to a report Friday. Holmes has seven lawyers preparing for the August trial start in her criminal case in U.S. District Court, and fighting federal prosecutors over...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Walgreens, Palo Alto, Arizona, San Jose, Elizabeth Holmes, U S District Court, Holmes, Theranos Elizabeth Holmes

Trump’s Travel Ban Faces New Challenge in Federal Appeals Court

(RICHMOND, Va.) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias. But a federal appeals court in Richmond is set to hear arguments from civil rights groups hoping to keep the challenges alive. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and pe...
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Rome Wasn't Built In a Day, But a $30.4B Microsoft Puerto Rico Tax Dodge Was (slashdot)

theodp writes: ProPublica's Paul KIel has the remarkable tale of the IRS' 12-years-and-counting audit of Microsoft for a 2005 deal involving a Puerto Rico subsidiary (and related "Legal Entities") that was deemed worth nothing or a nominal amount on June 30th, 2005 but valued at $30.4 billion just one day later. Seen as an epic case of tax dodging by one of the largest companies in the world, the IRS opened the biggest audit by dollar amount in the history of the agency. In response to extensive...
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Fiat Chrysler asks U.S. court to toss out GM racketeering claims - filing

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV late on Friday urged a U.S. District Court to throw out General Motors Co's suit accusing Fiat Chrysler of racketeering and bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union to put GM at a multi-billion dollar labour cost disadvantage.
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