Feds seek 5 years prison for journalist in hacking case


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The Justice Department is seeking a five-year prison sentence for a journalist convicted of giving the hacker collective Anonymous login credentials used to deface a story on the Los Angeles Times website in 2010.

Prosecutors are complaining that Matthew Keys, 29, a social media maven who worked for two TV stations and the Reuters news agency, used digital media such as Twitter to thumb his nose at the legal system in the wake of the guilty verdicts a federal jury in Sacramento returned against him last year.

“He expressed contempt for the jury’s verdict,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Segal wrote in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday. “Minutes after the verdict, [Keys] tweeted, ‘That was b—s—.’”

“It is exceptionally rare to see a defendant engage in an after-verdict press campaign to undermine public confidence in the jury’s verdict.” Segal wrote. “It is a direct attack on the work of the jury and the validity of the verdicts. It undermines respect for law at a time when the public seems more willing to credit strongly worded criticism of traditional institutions.”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/03/feds-seek-5-years-prison-for-journalist-in-hacking-case-220622

Supreme Court closely divided on abortion case


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The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday over the most far-reaching abortion rights case it has considered in a generation, with the fate of abortion restrictions in many states on the line.

The court’s four liberal justices left little doubt they would vote to strike down a Texas law imposing tight regulations on abortion clinics and doctors, so the eight-member court — depleted by the death last month ofJustice Antonin Scalia — almost certainly cannot issue a decision establishing a national precedent that would set tougher standards for abortion clinics coast to coast.

But it seemed possible that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who likely holds the deciding vote, would seek to have the case returned to Texas for additional fact-finding, delaying any decision until next year at the earliest. That could include whether the law’s restrictions were responsible for shuttering up to 20 clinics and whether the few that remain open can handle the statewide demand for abortions.

If the case is not sent back but is decided on its merits, it seemed more likely that Kennedy would join the liberals in ruling that the law places an undue burden on abortion access without serving a legitimate medical purpose. Such a sweeping decision, which likely would be issued in late June, could impact states with similar laws.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/03/02/supreme-court-abortion-clinics-restrictions-texas/81176634/

SUPREME COURT CLOSELY DIVIDED ON ABORTION CASE


Supreme Court Closely Divided on Abortion Case

The court’s four liberal justices left little doubt they would vote to strike down a Texas law imposing tight regulations on abortion clinics and doctors, so the eight-member court — depleted by the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia — almost certainly cannot issue a decision establishing a national precedent that would set tougher standards for abortion clinics coast to coast.

But it seemed possible that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who likely holds the deciding vote, would seek to have the case returned to Texas for additional fact-finding, delaying any decision until next year at the earliest. That could include whether the law’s restrictions were responsible for shuttering up to 20 clinics and whether the few that remain open can handle the statewide demand for abortions.

http://www.infowars.com/supreme-court-closely-divided-on-abortion-case/

US Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray’s Case


1021540250 In May, The Baltimore Police Department requested that the State’s Attorney for the city of Baltimore Marilyn Mosby recuse herself from prosecuting the Freddie Gray.

Gray died of spinal cord injuries on April 19 sustained in police custody. His death prompted protests throughout the United States against police violence and riots in the city of Baltimore.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150902/1026506660.html#ixzz3kd1iwseG

US JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS CHARGES AGAINST OFFICERS IN FREDDIE GRAY’S CASE


fredd-gray1 The motion listed five reasons why Mosby should recuse herself. They include seizing of personal gain by Mosby and her husband; personal relationships with individuals who will be witnesses at the trial; her role as investigator in the Gray case; a pending civil claim against Mosby and her office; and the financial interest for the Gray family, who Baltimore police say is a close friend of Mosby.

http://www.infowars.com/us-judge-refuses-to-dismiss-charges-against-officers-in-freddie-grays-case/

Reporter Wins Fifth Amendment Case


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The dispute has sucked Ashenfelter up in a long-running fight over whether he should have to testify about his sources. He first tried to refuse by invoking reporter’s privilege, which a judge rejected. But when, in 2008, Convertino tried to depose the reporter, Ashenfelter invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in response to each question.

To defend doing so, Ashenfelter pointed to Convertino’s own claims that he had conspired with criminals at DOJ, as well as to a series of cases (including those under the Espionage Act) and public statements suggesting DOJ might prosecute someone for using documents illegally obtained from the government to do reporting

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/08/03/reporter-wins-fifth-amendment-case/