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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Lewis A. Kaplan
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law insisted Thursday that he'll be represented when he is sentenced on a terrorism conviction by the same lawyer who handled his case at his trial despite the lawyer's own recent guilty pleas to tax charges.
There is more than enough proof that would allow a jury to decide to convict Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaida spokesman of conspiring to kill Americans, a judge said Friday as he turned down a defense request to dismiss the case.
Sometimes the facts trump greed, a defendant refuses to roll over and play dead, and a scam falls apart.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct.
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was introduced to prospective jurors on Monday at the start of his trial on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can answer hundreds of written questions from lawyers preparing to defend Osama bin Laden's son-in-law at a New York City terrorism trial next month, a judge said Wednesday.
Lawyers for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former spokesman asked a judge Tuesday to let them interview accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed prior to a terrorism trial scheduled to begin this month.
The State Department has done little to help an American corporation battered by a bogus multibillion dollar lawsuit filed in a foreign country. Fortunately, the Obama administration's leadership void was filled Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who issued an injunction barring any collection efforts against Chevron Corp. by Ecuador.
Ecuador's case against California's Chevron Corp. has boomeranged against the plaintiffs' lawyers. Today in Manhattan, federal District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is considering a RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) complaint Chevron filed Feb. 1 against attorneys and consultants targeting the oil giant.
A judge on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison the first Guantanamo Bay detainee tried in a civilian court, an outcome that bolsters Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s much-criticized desire to prosecute suspected terrorists on U.S. soil.
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
Courts continue to expose the skulduggery of an Ecuadorean lawsuit against American oil giant Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down the plaintiffs and backed District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's order allowing Chevron to continue discovery efforts to prove the lawsuit is fraudulent. Judge Kaplan's Nov. 4 decision in the case uses particularly scathing terms to describe the conduct of the plaintiffs' American lawyer, Steven R. Donziger.
The first civilian trial for a Guantanamo Bay detainee was delayed Wednesday after a Manhattan judge told prosecutors they cannot call their star witness.
The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be prosecuted in a civilian court was cleared for trial Tuesday by a judge who said a two-year interrogation and five-year detention were not grounds for dismissal because they served compelling national security interests.
NEW YORK — A federal judge dismissed charges yesterday against 13 former KPMG employees in what the government had described as the largest criminal tax case in U.S. history, saying the prosecutors prevented them from presenting their defenses.
"It's knowing and voluntary and intelligent and the circumstances are totally understood," Kaplan said.
After lengthy questioning of Abu Ghaith, Kaplan said he found that he understood potential conflicts and had given up the right to claim he was represented by inefficient counsel.