US Legal Issues

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated conflict of interest law

By Tom Eley, 27 January 2011

For years Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated a law requiring justices reveal their spouse’s income and employers, during which time his wife, Virginia Thomas, received hundreds of thousands dollars from right-wing and pro-corporate groups.

US government pursues bogus criminal prosecution of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Don Knowland, 11 January 2011

A subpoena obtained by the US government amounts to confirmation that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in an effort to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and perhaps others on charges of conspiring to steal documents with Army private Bradley Manning.

New York settles fraud charges with ex-Auto Task Force head Steven Rattner

By Barry Grey, 4 January 2011

On December 30, two days before assuming the governorship of New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement of fraud charges against the Wall Street financier and former head of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner.

New York suit charges Lehman auditor Ernst & Young with collusion in fraud

By Barry Grey, 24 December 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a civil suit Tuesday charging the accounting firm Ernst & Young with complicity in massive fraud committed by Lehman Brothers in the months leading up to the investment bank’s September 2008 collapse.

New Orleans police convicted in post-Katrina killing

By Naomi Spencer and E.P. Bannon, 14 December 2010

Three New Orleans police officers have been convicted for an unprovoked killing and cover-up following Hurricane Katrina.

Judge dismisses case challenging targeted killing of US citizens by Obama administration

By Tom Carter, 9 December 2010

The dismissal Tuesday of a lawsuit that challenged the Obama administration’s targeted killing program underscores the decay of democratic processes in the United States.

Obama’s car czar faces new lawsuits in kickback scheme

By Jerry White, 23 November 2010

Steven Rattner—the chief architect of the attack on GM and Chrysler workers—has been implicated in a scheme aimed at channeling millions into his former private equity firm.

Guantánamo detainee, acquitted on 284 of 285 charges, faces 20 years

By Tom Eley, 19 November 2010

A federal court jury on Wednesday unexpectedly acquitted Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Khaifan Ghailani on 284 charges related to the 1998 terrorist attacks on the US Embassy in Tanzania.

Obama lawyers oppose suits enforcing separation of church and state

By John Burton, 19 November 2010

The Obama administration has argued in the Supreme Court that taxpayers have no right to challenge unconstitutional governmental expenditures on religion.