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Convictions upheld in Pirate Bay file-sharing case

Swedish appeals court upholds convictions in Pirate Bay file-sharing trial A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld the copyright convictions of three men behind The Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site that remains in operation despite attempts by authorities to shut it down. The Svea Appeals Court agreed with a…

Supreme Court to end same-day release of audio for arguments

Supreme Court will give public online access to audio of every argument a few days later The Supreme Court is broadening access to audio recordings of all its arguments, but ending its practice of same-day release of audio in high-profile cases. Beginning with the new term next week, the court…

Colombian paramilitary leaders extradited to US, where case files are sealed

Since 2006, more than a dozen of Colombia’s most notorious paramilitary leaders have been extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in federal district court in Washington. The extraditions stunned Colombians, who had hoped that testimony from the men, given as part of a national amnesty program, would…

Caroline Giuliani’s case set for dismissal in NYC

Giuliani daughter’s NYC shoplifting case to be dismissed if she does day of community service A judge told former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 21-year-old daughter Tuesday to do a day of community service and keep out of trouble to get rid of charges that she stole makeup from a high-end cosmetics…

LA city attorney files suit to close all but 41 of city’s marijuana clinics

The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a judge to support the city’s move to shut down 129 medical marijuana shops under a new ordinance. The city clerk determined that only 41 pot shops comply with the ordinance, which requires dispensaries to be 1,000 feet from schools,…

Gulf claims chief takes credit for rule that protects BP from spill lawsuits

The new administrator for damage claims from Gulf oil spill victims said Sunday it was his idea, not BP’s, to require that anyone who receives a final settlement from the $20 billion compensation fund give up the right to sue the oil giant. But Ken Feinberg told reporters that he…

WikiLeaks says evidence of war crimes in documents

WikiLeaks founder says evidence of war crimes in 91,000 leaked Afghanistan documents. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the release of U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan is like opening the files of East Germany’s secret Stasi police. He says there appears to be evidence of war crimes…

Gay rights law group poised to take on Justice Department over DOMA

The gay rights group that argued on the winning side of Thursday’s court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional said Friday that it expects the Department of Justice to appeal the decision, and it’s confident the cause of gay rights will prevail. “We fully expect that the Obama…

Lindsay Lohan painted secret ‘f**k you’ on her fingernail

LOS ANGELES — She sobbed and pleaded in court not to be thrown in jail, but troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan had another, far less plaintive message for the judge, written on the fingernail of her middle finger. Photographers using telephoto lenses captured photos showing that Lohan, hand pressed against…

Laura Bush calls Kagan nomination ‘great’

Laura Bush sounded like a woman first and a Republican second on Sunday when she voiced support for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. “I think it’s great,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “I’m really glad that there will be three [women on the court] if she is…

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