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2 Fullerton officers charged in death of Kelly Thomas

Orange Country District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday that he was charging two Fullerton, California police officers in the July 5 death of a mentally ill homeless man. Officer Manuel Ramos faces charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Kelly Thomas. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged…

Richard Cordray to lead consumer bureau instead of Elizabeth Warren: report

President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rather than Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, according to published reports. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Obama will make the announcement at a White House event on Monday. Fifty-two-year-old Cordray currently…

Senator Grassley questions Justice Department over ‘serial viewer of porn’

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned Thursday why the Department of Justice did not take action against “an admitted serial viewer of pornography” who served as an Assistant United States Attorney even after the department’s Inspector General found at least one image of child pornography on the attorney’s work computer. Grassley,…

Federal court strikes down Michigan ban on affirmative action

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that a 2006 amendment to the…

Rick Santorum wonders if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is eating shrooms

Former U.S. Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum blasted President Barack Obama and his administration during a campaign stop Monday night. The Des Moines Register reported Santorum took issue with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for advocating the use of civilian courts to try terrorist suspects. “Maybe he is…

New Orleans police face trial in post-Katrina killings

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Five New Orleans police officers accused of indiscriminately shooting people in the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina face a high-profile trial in the coming week. The deadly 2005 shooting on the Danziger Bridge and resulting cover-up came to epitomize the city’s failure to protect its…

Bradley Manning supporters rally at WikiLeaks federal grand jury

Supporters of Army Private Bradley Manning rallied outside the courthouse where a federal grand jury has convened to investigate WikiLeaks. The Associated Press reported that supporters of the Army private, who is accused of supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, gathered outside the courthouse in northern Virginia on Wednesday. Activist David…

Utah Attorney General Shurtleff approves of medical marijuana after battling cancer

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment. “Until you’ve experienced chemo, you can’t describe exactly how it feels,” he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show. “It’s kind of like having the flu because you…

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

LOS ANGELES — A self-styled prophet who kidnapped a teenager and held her captive for nine months was jailed for life Wednesday, closing a chapter on one of most notorious cases in recent US criminal history. Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was taken from the bedroom of her…

Obama team to investigate oil market fraud

RENO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the U.S. attorney general was assembling a team to root out any fraud and manipulation in the oil markets that might be contributing to higher U.S. gasoline prices. “The truth is, there’s no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices…

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