Falcons player's ex wants revenge, say court documents
Chris Owens says his ex-girlfriend is seeking revenge, according to court documents.
June 16th, 2011
08:32 PM ET

Falcons player's ex wants revenge, say court documents

Atlanta Falcon Chris Owens says his ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him to exact revenge for refusing to continue their relationship, according to court documents.

Latia Terry told Owens he will "never see his baby again" and promised to "ruin him," according to documents filed in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Thursday. The documents, filed on behalf of Owens by his attorneys, request that Terry's petition for a restraining order be denied.

Though she now claims she is afraid of Owens, court papers allege that Terry regularly left their child in his sole custody, even after the violence she now alleges. She even let him travel with the 9-month-old child, with her permission, according to the documents.

Owens' Atlanta-based attorney, Randy Kessler, said there is no basis to the allegations and that Owens has voluntarily paid child support, expenses, and fully paid for an apartment for Terry and their child, even though he currently receives no income due to the NFL lockout.

"There's been no court order requiring him to do anything, he's done it all of his own accord," Kessler said.

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Tuesday's intriguing people
University of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher died in 2008 after a workout. His parents have sued the school.
June 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Ereck Plancher

The University of Central Florida football player's death is in the spotlight this week in an Orlando courtroom, just 11 floors below where the Casey Anthony trial is under way. Plancher's family filed a wrongful death suit against the school, and jury selection for the trial began Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Plancher, 19, died in March 2008 following an off-season workout that head coach George O'Leary conducted. An autopsy confirmed that Plancher died from complications of a sickle cell trait, and his parents allege the school and its football medical support staff did not properly treat their son, according to the newspaper.

The Sentinel's Mike Bianchi reports the trial's outcome could affect college football programs in the future. He also notes the case is unique because it's going to trial rather than being settled out of court.

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Watchdog seeks bin Laden photo, says White House 'not above the law'
A Washington-based watchdog group is suing the CIA and Defense Department to release photos of Osama bin Laden.
June 10th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Watchdog seeks bin Laden photo, says White House 'not above the law'

A conservative legal watchdog group says the deadline is up and is suing the CIA and Defense Department to release photos and videos of the May raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

"The American people by law have a right to know basic information about the killing of Osama bin Laden," Tom Fitton, president of Washington-based Judicial Watch, said in a statement. "President Obama's personal reluctance to release the documents is not a lawful basis for withholding them. The Obama administration will now need to justify its lack of compliance in federal court. This historic lawsuit should remind the administration that it is not above the law."

The al Qaeda mastermind was killed when U.S. Navy SEALs stormed his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2. He was later buried at sea. Though some members of Congress have been allowed to see photos and CIA Director Leon Panetta initially said it was "important" that the photos be released, President Barack Obama said his administration would not release photos of the slain terrorist leader or his burial.

The photos - which have been described as gruesome and reportedly show brains hanging out of bin Laden's eye socket - could be used as a propaganda tool and could result in additional violence against American interests, Obama told "60 Minutes" last month, comparing the release of the photos to an unnecessary end-zone celebration.

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Judge blocks VA from barring 'Jesus Christ' from Memorial Day prayer
More than 6,000 people are expected to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at Houston National Cemetery.
May 27th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Judge blocks VA from barring 'Jesus Christ' from Memorial Day prayer

A federal judge in Texas has told the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that it cannot censor a pastor's invocation at a Memorial Day ceremony.

The VA had ordered the Rev. Scott Rainey to remove a phrase using Jesus Christ from the prayer, arguing the line excluded other beliefs held by veterans, KHOU-TV in Houston reported.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes disagreed, writing the government cannot "gag citizens when it says it is in the interest of national security, and it cannot do it in some bureaucrat's notion of cultural homogeneity," according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

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Gotta Watch: Dumb criminals
April 22nd, 2011
09:51 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Dumb criminals

Rarely a day passes by that you don’t come across a story about a thief who bungled the simplest of heists. Check out these three, who reached new depths in criminal ineptitude, including one guy who literally wore his crime on his chest.

Guilt written in permanent ink - This guy thought it would be a good idea to get a tattoo depicting the scene of a murder. It just so happened that the murderer ... well it's him. This cold case had stumped L.A. investigators since 2004, but thanks to his tat, he's now convicted of the crime.

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Toobin: 'Very good day in court for Wal-Mart'
Activists supporting efforts to allow a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart hold signs in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
March 29th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Toobin: 'Very good day in court for Wal-Mart'

The Supreme Court's conservative majority didn't appear impressed Tuesday with plaintiffs' arguments that more than 1 million female Wal-Mart workers, past and present, should be able to accuse the retailer of discrimination in one class-action lawsuit, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

Though a ruling isn't expected until late June, the justices' reactions during oral arguments might portend a defeat for six plaintiffs who want to band with employees from across the country and make their accusations in a single, massive trial, Toobin said.

"I thought it was a very good day in court for Wal-Mart, and I would not be at all surprised if the whole case were thrown out after listening to the justices today,” Toobin said on "CNN Newsroom."

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Charlie Sheen sues over show
March 10th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Charlie Sheen sues over show

Actor Charlie Sheen, fired from his hit comedy series, and his production company have filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre, the creator of "Two and a Half Men," a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman said Thursday.

The lawsuit claims intentional interference with contractual relations, breach of contract and violation of the California labor code, among other allegations. The production company, 9th Step Productions, is a corporation formed by Sheen to contract out his acting services on the series, according to the lawsuit.

Warner Bros. Television fired Sheen on Monday.

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Arizona countersues feds over border security
February 10th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Arizona countersues feds over border security

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has "no other choice" than to sue the federal government for what she calls Washington's failure to secure her state's border and enforce immigration laws.

Brewer and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who is taking the lead on the countersuit, announced the state's plans Thursday outside a federal court in Phoenix. Arizona's move is an attempt to strike back at the Obama administration for a lawsuit blocking parts of a controversial law Brewer signed in April. It authorized police to identify and help deport those suspected of being in the country illegally. The measure sparked protests in Arizona and around the country.

"(Arizona) did not want this fight," Brewer said. "But now that we are in it, Arizona will not rest until our border is secured."

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler called Arizona's court claim a "meritless" one that "does nothing to secure the border."

"Smart strategies, dedicated law enforcement personnel and strategic partnerships with state, local and tribal governments and agencies do," Chandler said. "Not only do actions like this ignore all of the statistical evidence, they also belittle the significant progress that our men and women in uniform have made to protect this border and the people who live alongside it."

While vocal opponents of the immigration law continued to chant and wave banners, Horne detailed the five-count suit that included claims the federal government failed to protect Arizona's borders from the "invasion of illegal aliens" and costs associated with "jailing criminal immigrants."

Brewer has promised only private funds will pay for the suit and launched www.KeepAZsafe.com to collect donations.

Fighting to hold back tears, Brewer thanked supporters, who she noted had offered prayers amidst personal attacks she said she has endured. But she bounced back, saying, "If you know one thing about Jan Brewer, you know that I’m not a quitter. Arizona is doing its duty."

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Death row inmates sue to stop importation of drug used in executions
February 5th, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Death row inmates sue to stop importation of drug used in executions

Six death row inmates have filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from importing a drug used in executions that's no longer available in the United States.

Hospira, the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic used as part of the lethal three-drug cocktail, announced last month that it would stop making the product, saying it never intended it to be used to kill people.

But the FDA continues to allow states to import "bulk amounts" of the drug for use in lethal injection without vetting it to ensure it meets regulatory standards, the lawsuit states.

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Lawsuit against golfer who didn't shout 'fore' dismissed
December 21st, 2010
07:36 PM ET

Lawsuit against golfer who didn't shout 'fore' dismissed

Being hit without warning by an awful golf shot is a risk that golfers assume when they play, New York’s highest court ruled as it dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday.

The New York State Court of Appeals upheld lower courts' dismissal of a lawsuit against Dr. Anoop Kapoor, whose shanked October 2002 golf shot struck a friend, Dr. Azad Anand, in the left eye.

Anand was blinded in the eye and sued Kapoor for damages, alleging Kapoor was negligent for failing to warn of the shot at a course in Long Island's Suffolk County.

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Justice Department files suit over Deepwater Horizon oil disaster
December 15th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Justice Department files suit over Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

The Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit in New Orleans against nine defendants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a statement from the department said Wednesday.

The suit asks the court for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act, and to declare eight of the defendants liable without limitations under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to natural resources, the statement said.

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Son faced challenges in wake of Madoff investment scandal
December 11th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Son faced challenges in wake of Madoff investment scandal

Mark Madoff, the son of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff who was found dead in his apartment Saturday in New York, was facing a number of challenges.

Mark Madoff worked as a broker at his father's firm. Trustee Irving H. Picard and investors have filed numerous lawsuits against Madoff, his brother Andy, and others associated with the firm. A federal criminal investigation is ongoing.

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November 21st, 2010
12:54 PM ET

$15M penalty for alleged sale of mislabeled food for troops

A Texas businessman has reached a settlement with the U.S. government over allegations that his company, a food services contractor, falsified expiration dates on food products and sold them to the U.S. military during the Iraq war.

Samir Mahmoud Itani and his company, American Grocers Ltd., were ordered to pay $15 million, according to a statement released Friday by the Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors alleged Itani, his wife and American Grocers bought heavily discounted food from leading food product manufacturers, then altered the dates on the packages and shipped them to the Middle East at a marked-up price.

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October 19th, 2010
10:36 PM ET

Former spy sued by CIA for publishing without permission

The CIA has filed a civil suit against a former spy who published a book critical of the agency without the necessary review of the material by the agency, in violation of a secrecy agreement.

The legal action is being taken against Ishmael Jones, the pen name for a nearly 20-year veteran of the CIA who, he says, worked deep undercover overseas, mostly in Arabic-speaking nations. In 2008, he published "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture," under his pseudonym.

In a statement released Tuesday, the CIA said "Jones" violated the secrecy agreement he voluntarily signed as a condition of employment.

"Although Jones submitted his manuscript to the Agency's Publications Review Board (PRB) as his secrecy agreement requires, he did not let that review process run its course and instead published in defiance of the Board's initial disapproval," said the CIA statement.

Jones' real identity remains classified, mainly to protect the sources he worked with as a covert officer overseas.

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