November 19th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Court action, NATO summit, middle class

Derrick Yancey was found guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer.

Legal action - Friday will be a busy day for court proceedings.

A jury will begin deliberations in the DUI manslaughter trial of former major-league baseball player Jim Leyritz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of two murders will be sentenced. A jury this month found Derrick Yancey guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer. Yancey was arrested last year in Belize, where he had fled after escaping house arrest.

Also in Georgia, Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr., charged with purchasing illegal drugs and passing them on to a stripper, is expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Atlanta. Camp, 67, is accused of buying cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers and giving them to an exotic dancer he met last spring.

And in a case of justice delayed, Luis Armando Pena Soltren is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in a Manhattan federal court for the 1968 hijacking of a Pan Am airliner. Pena Soltren and two other men redirected the Puerto Rico-bound plane to Cuba, where he remained a fugitive until he voluntarily returned to the U.S. in 2009 to face charges.

Obama at NATO summit - President Obama is in Portugal for a meeting with NATO allies. The future of the Afghan war effort will be a key part of the meeting's agenda, and the nations will deal with missile defense of NATO territory. The alliance will also adopt a new mission statement or "strategic concept," which members have said they believe is due since the Cold War ended 20 years ago.

Middle Class Task Force - Vice President Joe Biden's Middle Class Task Force will announce "new initiatives to help middle-class and low-income families secure their legal rights." Friday's event at the Justice Department will include Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Larry Tribe, the Justice Department's senior counselor for access to justice.

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