The largest nationwide (and worldwide) prison regulation story this week includes the December 1988 terrorist assault on Pan Am Flight 103. The flight was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 individuals – lots of them American college students on their method residence for the vacations. Two Libyan males alleged to have been concerned within the assault have been tried in 2001. One was convicted and imprisoned, and has since died. The opposite was acquitted. Two years in the past, federal prosecutors charged a 3rd man, former Libyan intelligence officer Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, who is believed to have been the bomb-maker. Al-Marimi is now in US custody and a few stories point out that he has confessed to his position within the assault. Nonetheless, the circumstances of his reported confession and switch to the US are unclear, with some suggesting that he was basically kidnapped by a warlord, pressured to confess guilt, and handed over to the US regardless of the shortage of any formal extradition settlement between Libya’s dysfunctional authorities and the US. The Guardian has extra right here. I count on important authorized wrangling over the purported confession because the prison case proceeds. Preserve studying for extra information.
Crypto wunderkind arrested amidst indications of huge fraud. Sam Bankman-Fried, son of two Stanford Legislation professors and founding father of fallen cryptocurrency trade FTX, has been arrested within the Bahamas and is being extradited to the US to face expenses together with wire fraud and securities fraud after his firm collapsed, apparently after taking buyer funds and utilizing them in dangerous trades. CNBC has extra right here. And concerning the regulation professors? CNN Enterprise has this article up noting that they’re coming underneath scrutiny for his or her involvement in FTX, and doubtlessly, their failure to make use of their experience to establish what seem like have been evident deficiencies in company governance.
NC Legal professional Common contemplating whether or not to cost former Congressman (and Trump Chief of Workers) Mark Meadows with voter fraud. WRAL stories right here that Meadows voted in North Carolina within the 2020 election, apparently claiming residency in a rented cellular residence within the western a part of the state. However the former proprietor of the property appears to have mentioned that Meadows by no means stayed there. So, was he actually a resident of North Carolina such that he was entitled to vote right here? The SBI has investigated the matter and turned its report over to the workplace of Legal professional Common Josh Stein, which is contemplating whether or not to deliver prison expenses. No timetable for a choice has been introduced.
Outgoing Oregon Governor commutes sentences of all loss of life row inmates. NPR has this article up about outgoing Democratic Governor Kate Brown, who’s leaving workplace because of time period limits. Brown simply commuted the sentences of Oregon’s 17 loss of life row inmates to life in jail, stating that she believes the loss of life penalty to be wasteful, immoral, and not possible to manage pretty. We’re solely two years away from our personal Democratic governor leaving workplace because of time period limits, and I think about that people on all sides of the problem are fascinated with whether or not Governor Cooper will think about taking an identical motion as his time period attracts to a detailed.
Police division begins chess membership for youths. The FBI Legislation Enforcement Bulletin has this article concerning the New Bern Noble Knights, a chess membership based by the New Bern Police Division with assist from an area chess teacher. The membership meets twice per week for 12 weeks as a way to educate youngsters the fundamentals of chess in addition to larger life classes about technique and persistence. The session was so common it needed to be moved to a bigger venue, and future classes are within the works.
Weirdly endearing (?) officer dressed because the Grinch offers rushing drivers smelly onions. WRAL has a narrative right here about “Col. Lou Caputo, a 37-year veteran of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace” in Florida, who clothes up because the Grinch through the vacation season and stops motorists who’re rushing in a faculty zone. Critical speeders get a severe ticket, however these just some miles per hour above the restrict are given a selection between a quotation and a malodorous onion. It sounds just like the onion is the popular selection, with some drivers going as far as to eat it in entrance of Col. Caputo.
As evidenced by the previous story, the tip of 2022 is nearly upon us. We can have a publish on Monday after which will go darkish for the vacations, returning within the new 12 months. Have a secure and enjoyable weekend.