Documents from Washington Auditor's Office Turned Over to US Department Of Justice

Washington Auditor Troy Kelley

Documents from the office of the Washington Auditor Troy Kelley's Office were given to the US Department of Justice after his home was searched by federal Treasury agents.

But it is not yet known that what officials have been searching. According to auditor's spokesman Thomas Shapley, the documents that were turned over Thursday were in response to a March 6 subpoena auditor's office. The spokesman said that he hadn't seen the subpoena or the documents.

About five hours were spent by agents with the US Department of Treasury to search Kelley's Tacoma home early this week. Kelley is not in the state and a statement has been issued by him that he doesn't have any information about investigation.

Marlise Law will not Bar Doctors from ending Life Support for Pregnant Patients

Marlise Law will not Bar Doctors from ending Life Support for Pregnant Patients

A Texas mother is making efforts to prevent other families from going through the same pain she had to more than a year ago. Lynne Machado’s daughter Marlise Munoz was not removed from life support for more than two months after she was declared brain dead. Munoz was 14 week pregnant when she was hooked up to life support at a Fort Worth hospital after being declared brain dead.

“It was a very difficult journey to see our daughter on artificial support for 62 days when we knew she was dead. The hospital had confirmed that”, said Lynne Machado.

Machado stepped ahead to support introduction of ‘Marlise’s law’ at the Texas legislature. The bill intends removal of language from the state’s health code that forces doctors to not end artificial support for a pregnant patient.

Cops Shoot Armed Man in Downtown Brooklyn

Cops Shoot Armed Man in Downtown Brooklyn

Cops shot a 34-year-old man on Saturday when he refused the orders to drop the gun that he pointed towards two uniformed NYPD officers in Downtown Brooklyn.

The suspect had a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that he removed from his waistband.

The police said that at about 12:50 a. m. the gunman brandished a silver handgun before he was shot in the lower torso around Nassau St. and Bridge St. near the Manhattan Bridge.

The authorities said that two uniformed officers came in an unmarked car in front of 189 Nassau St., got out and encountered two men. One of them got on the ground whereas the other man pulled out the pistol as he took off running down the block.

President Obama comments about racial discrimination by Ferguson Police Department

US President Barack Obama

On Friday US President Barack Obama called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights. At South Carolina's Benedict College, Obama said that racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was oppressive and abusive.

Obama's comments came on the eve of the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday', when police beat many of people who were marching from Selma to Montgomery in order to protest their lack of voting rights.

In his most expansive comments about the Justice Department's report on bias against blacks in Ferguson, Obama remarked that is quiet surprising to know that the investigators merely had to look at email sent by police officials to find evidence.

Asiana Airlines reaches Settlement with 72 Passengers aboard Flight 214

Asiana Airlines reaches Settlement with 72 Passengers aboard Flight 214

It has been found that Asiana Airlines made settlement with 72 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago.

A spokesman of the South Korean carrier unveiled the news of the settlement on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Frank Pitre, a lawyer for the litigants in the lawsuit, said that this was the first settlement made in connection to the crash.

Pitre said that the passengers who made settlement with the airlines were among those who had injuries that were less serious.
According to the Associated Press, terms of the settlement includes the plane’s manufacturer Boeing Co and Air Cruisers Co.

Boston Bombing Judge Denies Suspect’s Bid to Move March Trial

Boston Bombing Judge Denies Suspect’s Bid to Move March Trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has lost a final bid to move his trial to another city. It happened just a week before a jury will start hearing the terrorism case.

This is not the first denial for him, as the 21-year-old former college student has lost repeated requests to move the trial to New York or Washington.

Tsarnaev was accused of building two homemade pressure cooker bombs with his older brother, Tamerlan.

The death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has faced a delay due to painstaking jury selection, crippling snowstorms and last-ditch appeals to move the case someplace else.

Sohrabuddin case: Court drops charges against Amit Shah

Amit ShahNew Delhi, Dec 30 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh's brother Rubabuddin, however, seemed to be disappointed with the court's decision and said that Shah had been saved because of the Centre's interference in this case.

"The CBI has been used, Amit Shah has been saved with pressure from high up. This is all because of Central Government's interference, will go to the High Court," Rubabuddin said.

Meanwhile, the BJP hailed Shah's acquittal, saying the charges against him were politically motivated.

Parliament, executive should not interfere in judiciary : CJI

R-M-LodhaNew Delhi, Aug 15 : The Chief Justice of India, R. M Lodha, said Friday that he hopes the judiciary, the executive and parliament are allowed to work without any interference.

Probe sought against Altamas Kabir

Altamas-KabirLucknow, July 19 : A city-based activist and a lawyer Friday shot off a letter to the chief justice of India (CJI), seeking a probe into various allegations levelled against former CJI Altamas Kabir.

In their letter, Ashok Pandey and Nutan Thakur have demanded that a probe be ordered into Justice Altamas Kabir's role in the alleged leakage of an order passed on his last day in office.

The duo have cited an article 'Into the Darkness' by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate with the apex court, published on the website Bar and Bench at 8:36 a. m. Thursday.

Justice Altamas Kabir demitted office of CJI Thursday July 18.

Mansour sworn in Egypt's interim leader as Morsi ousted

Adli-MansourCairo, July 4 : Egyptian chief justice Adli Mansour was sworn in Thursday as the country's interim president, hours after the army ousted incumbent Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest.

Mansour, who took oath as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) earlier in the day, said fresh elections were "the only way" forward. But he gave no indication of when they would be held, BBC reported.

Morsi, the country's first freely-elected leader, described the political developments as a military coup. The army, though, said Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the people".

Registration of marriages made compulsory in Punjab

Registration-MarriageChandigarh, June 15 : The Punjab government Saturday announced that registration of marriages in the state would be mandatory in future.

The Punjab cabinet, which met here Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the Punjab Compulsory Registration Marriage Rules, 2013, for registering marriages of the residents of the state.

"All marriages were required to be now compulsorily registered under these rules within 90 days of the solemnization of the marriages," a state government spokesman said here.

The cabinet also approved a policy to regularize unauthorised colonies in the state.

Punjab and Haryana High Court chief takes oath

Sanjay-Kishan-KaulChandigarh, June 1 : Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was Saturday administered the oath as the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Kaul at a ceremony at the Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, ministers and senior officers of Haryana and Punjab and judges of the high court were present at the ceremony.

President gives assent to anti-rape bill

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, April 3 : President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the anti-rape bill, providing enhanced punishment for rape, making stalking and voyeurism criminal offences and fixing the age of consent for sex at

"The President of India has accorded his assent to the Bill on April 2 (Tuesday) and it will now be called the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013," said a statement by the union home ministry Wednesday.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha March 19, and by the Rajya Sabha March 21.

Meghalaya High Court will integrate customs, legal system: CJI

Altamas-KabirShillong, March 25 : Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Monday said the opening of a high court in Meghalaya will help integrate the different traditional laws and customs of the state together with the legal system of mainstream India.

"There are different systems prevalent here, which need to be integrated, and with the coming into operation of the new high court here, I think it will go a long way in fulfilling these aspirations," Kabir said, after inaugurating the Meghalaya High Court.

Lok Sabha approves anti-rape bill

Sushilkumar-ShindeNew Delhi, March 19 : The Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the anti-rape bill which keeps the age for consensual sex at 18 years and makes voyeurism and stalking punishable offences.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, was tabled in the house by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde a day after the cabinet approved its draft.  The house debated it during the day.

The anti-rape bill will replace the ordinance promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee Feb 3.  The legislation had to be passed by parliament before April 4, when it would have lapsed.

Women activists welcome anti-rape bill

anti-rape-lawNew Delhi, March 16 : Women's rights activists welcomed the anti-rape bill cleared by the union cabinet, terming it a step forward for women's rights in India and urging political parties to enact it into law.

"The approval by the union cabinet of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 on March 14 signals a step forward for women's rights in India. We call upon the political parties who profess to stand up for women's rights to show this in their deeds, and ask parliament to enact this bill into law," a statement from a group of women's rights activists said.

Cabinet to take up criminal law amendment bill Tuesday: Shinde

Sushilkumar-Shinde12New Delhi, March 11 : The cabinet will consider the Criminal Law (Amendment) bill Tuesday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, asserting that there were no differences in the government on the issue.

"There are no differences between home and other ministries. There are certain legal points which need to be examined. We are bringing it to the cabinet tomorrow," Shinde told reporters at his monthly press conference Monday.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 seeks to impose tougher sentences for crimes against women than those on the statute book at present.

Union Cabinet fails to reach consensus on anti-rape law

Manish-TiwariNew Delhi, Mar 7 : The Union cabinet on Thursday failed to arrive at a consensus on the way forward on anti-rape laws, but reiterated its commitment to introduce tough laws to combat crimes against women.

It maybe recalled that the Centre had constituted the Justice Verma Committee to recommend changes in the laws that deal with crimes against women in wake of nationwide protest against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.

Putin signs smoking ban bill into law

Vladimir-Putin23Moscow, Feb 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a smoking ban bill into law, the Kremlin said Monday.

The law bans smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and train stations, reported Xinhua.

It also imposes measures to reduce the demand for tobacco products and restrict trade in them. Advertising and sponsorship of tobacco is prohibited under the law.

The State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, approved the bill on Feb 12 and the Federation Council, the upper house, passed it Feb 20.

It will come into effect June 1.(IANS)

Low-paid foreign workers to face ‘closed doors’ under tough new Oz immigration laws

brendan-o-connorMelbourne, Feb 23 : Thousand of low-paid foreign workers will be stopped from coming into Australia and finding employment, under the federal government's crackdown on visas.

Under the new law which is to be announced by Immigration Minister Brendan O''Connor, employers will have to pay from the former market rate of 180,000 dollars to 250,000 dollars so as to close loopholes which allow a foreign worker to be paid less than an Australian citizen, the Courier Mail reports.

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