A former accountant for Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges connected to Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. Paul Konigsberg, a 78-year-old former senior tax partner at Konigsberg Wolf & Co and the last defendant in the Madoff prosecutions, pleaded guilty to one count of ...[read more]
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for ...[read more]
03/03/2014: Ninth Circuit revived shareholder suit against BP Alaska.
02/13/2014: Ninth Circuit revived shareholder suit against BP Alaska.
01/10/2014: Federal appeals court upheld multibillion dollar settlement for BP oil spill.
10/02/2013: Federal appeals court rejected judge's interpretation ...[read more]
Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the ...[read more]
On July 20, 2011, Serbian authorities arrested Goran Hadzic, who was sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the last of the court's original 161 war crimes fugitives. At a press conference later that day, Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the ...[read more]
Lawyers for Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak on Saturday entered a not guilty plea when his retrial for alleged complicity in the 2011 killings of protestors resumed. Mubarak, who also faces corruption charges alongside his two sons, received a life sentence at the original trial last year. ...[read more]
On June 27, 2005, Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to charges for 10 murders committed between 1974 and 1991 in the Wichita, Kansas, area. The infamous serial killer, dubbed "BTK" for his signature of "bind, torture, kill," changed a previous plea of not guilty, which was entered by a judge due to his ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in United States v. Davila that judicial participation in plea negotiations does not automatically require vacatur of a defendant's guilty plea. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c)(1) provides that "he court must not participate in discussions." Rule 11(h) ...[read more]
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder civilians. Bales read the ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Shane Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights argues that even if the government's petition for en banc review of al Bahlul v. US fails, it will nonetheless succeed in maintaining the political status quo of the Obama administration...There are, basically, only two ...[read more]