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Filmmaker: Corporations distorted the public’s view of courts

Susan Saladoff, director of the documentary “Hot Coffee,” discussed on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show Monday how large corporations used a seemingly “frivolous” lawsuit against McDonalds to push for tort reform laws. “What happens is that if [corporations] can distort the facts and convince the public that the system is…

New Orleans police on trial for post-Katrina killings

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers indiscriminately shot unarmed residents during the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina and got colleagues to help cover up the crime, prosecutors said Monday. “Shoot first, and ask questions later,” federal prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein said during opening arguments of a high-profile trial…

Second Blackwater guard jailed over Afghan civilian killing

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge sentenced a former Blackwater security guard on Monday to 30 months in prison for shooting and killing an Afghan citizen in 2009. The judge also ordered 29-year-old Justin Cannon to serve two years of supervised release after his prison term ends. Cannon and a…

‘Nonhallucinogenic LSD’ alleviates cluster headaches: study

Six patients suffering from cluster headaches were successfully treated with 2-bromo-LSD, a nonhallucinogenic analog of LSD, according to a pilot study presented at the International Headache Congress. Cluster headaches are a neurological condition that cause extremely painful headaches, similar to a severe migraine, and affects about 0.1 percent of the…

Tom Petty reportedly issuing cease and desist letter to Bachmann

Tom Petty may be taking legal action to make sure Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stops using his songs at her campaign events. “NBC News: @TomPetty unhappy with Michele Bachmann’s use of ‘American Girl’ and in process of issuing [a cease and desist] letter,” Matt Ortega reported on Twitter only…

Dane County Sheriff to investigate allegations against Wisconsin Justice David Prosser

Wisconsin Capitol Police have turned over to the Dane County Sheriff an investigation into allegations that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser choked a fellow judge. “Sheriff Mahoney has agreed to investigate this incident and all inquiries about the status of the investigation should be made with the Sheriff’s Department,” Capitol…

Congressman Kucinich to visit Syria, Lebanon

WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker strongly opposed to US military involvement in Afghanistan and the Libyan conflict is on a “fact-finding” visit to Syria and Lebanon, his office said Monday. Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich was expected to meet with Presidents Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Michel Sleiman of Lebanon during…

Supreme Court upholds $270 million award to smokers

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal request made by American tobacco companies on Monday in a class-action lawsuit that awarded 500,000 smokers a total of $270 million in damages. Without comment, the highest US court dismissed the appeal of a 2009 Louisiana court decision that ruled the…

Supreme Court to hear warrantless GPS tracking case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether police can attach a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s vehicle without obtaining a search warrant. The Obama administration is seeking to have the top US court overturn the ruling of a US appeals court in Washington which…

Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law

ATLANTA, Georgia — A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern US state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense. US District Judge Thomas Thrash’s 45-page ruling Monday determined that the…

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