Judicial Branch

U.S. Federal Prosecutors sue Bank of America for $1 Billion for selling bad loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

October 24, 2012

“Federal prosecutors in New York sued Bank of America on Wednesday, accusing it of carrying out a mortgage scheme that defrauded the government during the depths of the financial crisis.”

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Justice Department calls for the Dismissal of a Republican Lawsuit related to Operation Fast and Furious

October 18, 2012

“In court papers filed Monday night, the department is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House committee, which is demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about Operation Fast and Furious.”

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New York Federal Appeals Court: Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional

October 18, 2012

“The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law that defines marriage as involving a man and a woman was unconstitutional.”

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Supreme Court rejects Republicans’ request to hear an appeal of President Obama’ lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State over Early Voting

October 17, 2012

“A federal appeals court sided with the Democrats, and re-instated voting in the three days before the election. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, asked the Supreme Court to take up the case, but it said no.”

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Federal Authorities using Taped Phone Conversations to build a Criminal Case against JPMorgan Employees

October 12, 2012

“Investigators are looking into the actions of four people who previously worked for the team based in London responsible for the $6 billion loss, according to officials briefed on the case.”

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IRS urges Judge to reject Solyndra’s Bankruptcy Plan, call it an attempt at tax evasion

October 11, 2012

“Arguing that the bankruptcy court ought not confirm a plan “whose principal purpose is tax avoidance,” attorneys said in filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that the tax breaks would be worth more money than funds set aside for creditors.”

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Panel of 3 Federal Judges upholds South Carolina Voter ID Law but delays Enforcement until 2013

October 10, 2012

“The judge declined to let the law take effect immediately, “given the short time left before the 2012 elections and given the numerous steps necessary to properly implement the law … and ensure that the law would not have discriminatory” effects.”

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York files lawsuit against Wells Fargo alleging Mortgage Fraud

October 10, 2012

“The lawsuit also alleges that the bank’s bonus program which rewarded employees based on the number of loans approved, contributed to the “fire already burning, as quality repeatedly took a back seat to quantity.”"

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Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza Masri appears in a U.S. Federal Court facing multiple counts of terrorism

October 8, 2012

“The charges against Masri include orchestrating the 1998 kidnapping of a group of tourists in Yemen, conspiracy to help set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, and providing material and other support to anti-U.S. jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

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Upcoming Supreme Court Case to hear arguments on the individual resale of foreign-copyrighted products

October 7, 2012

“Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.”

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Federal Judge sentences former Illinois “Powerbroker” William Cellini to one in prison for conspiring to “shake-down” a Movie Producer

October 4, 2012

“He was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from Thomas Rosenberg — the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” — in exchange for state business.”

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U.S. District Court of New York orders Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Taliban to pay $6 billion for 9/11

October 3, 2012

“A US judge formally ordered Iran, Al-Qaeda and several other defendants Wednesday to pay $6 billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling.”

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Federal Court in New York charges 11 Defendants in a Russian Spy-Microelectronics Scheme

October 3, 2012

“The indictment alleges that since October 2008, Fishenko and his co-defendants “engaged in a surreptitious and systematic conspiracy” to obtain the high-tech electronics from U.S. makers and suppliers while purposely evading licensing requirements.”

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New Supreme Court Term begins on Monday, with prospective rulings on Affirmative Action, Gay Marriage, and Voter ID Laws

September 30, 2012

“The first piece of evidence could be in the court’s consideration of the University of Texas’ already limited use of race to help fill its incoming freshman classes, which comes before the court Oct. 10.”

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Federal Judge upholds President Obama’s ban preventing lobbyists from serving on Government Boards

September 26, 2012

“The lobbyists failed to show that they lost something by not serving on government boards, such as a committee that advises on trade issues, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.”

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