Exonerated Man Given Green Light to Press Case

     (CN) - A man who was freed from prison after being locked up nearly seven years for a crime he did not commit can continue with his malicious prosecution and failure to train claims against the city of Oakland, a federal judge ruled.     In February 2013, Ronald Ross was exonerated from a conviction of attempted murder for a 2006 shooting. He had been given a 32-year-to-life sentence for the offense.     In a civil c...

La. Judge Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A Louisiana state judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, at least in part because it violates equal protection rights.     The office of Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said the ruling will be appealed.     Judge Edward Rubin of the 15th Judicial Court in Lafayette ruled the same-sex marriage ban violated the 14th Amendment and also the constitutional requir...

Samsung Hammered for Leak of Licensing Info

     SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) - Samsung's intentions aside, its leak to thousands of confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia will cost the South Korean giant more than $2 million.     U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal revealed nearly a year ago that the disclosure occurred during the massive discovery ahead of the first iPhone-Galaxy patent trial in 2012. It involved Samsung's outside counsel sending thousands of Samsung employees ...

Obama Cracks Down on Corporate Inversions

     (CN) - With Burger King moving its headquarters to Canada, U.S. officials announced new steps to discourage corporate inversions that avoid U.S. taxes.     The measures Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Monday include a legislative plan in the federal budget to reduce incentives for inversions and make them more difficult.     "Today's action eliminates certain techniques inverted companies currently use to gain...

GOP Talking Head D’Souza Spared Jail Time for 2012 Election Fraud

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for campaign finance fraud stemming from his use of straw donors to contribute to a U.S. Senate candidate in New York in 2012.     D'Souza, 53, raked in millions on a book and documentary film premised on the theory that President Barack Obama secretly works to subvert Western states in order to advance his father'...

Pretrial Resolution Is Slim for City College SF

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A jury must sort out whether conflicts of interest undermined the process that threatens to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation, a judge ruled.     Both City College and the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges had sought to avoid a trial over the commission's disqualification decision in dueling motions for pretrial final judgment.     Judge Curtis Karnow ...

New Judge Assigned to DreamWorks Class Action

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -- A new federal judge will take on a high-profile class action lawsuit against DreamWorks, Disney and other animation studios, after the plaintiff asked for the case to be reassigned .     U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will preside over Nitsch v. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. et al., according to an order filed Tuesday.     Plaintiff Robert Nitsch requested in mid-September for Koh to take over the...

Teen found guilty of murdering security guard

Terrance Anthony Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder of a security guard at an Orlando apartment complex. The jury deliberated for about four hours in the murder trial against the teenager accused of shooting and killing a security guard at the Sabal Palms apartments in 2012.According to prosecutors, Anthony shot 48-year-old Allen Ray McPherson at nearly point-blank range while trying to rob the man.McPherson's widow wiped away tears after the jury delivered its verdict. ...

Grizzly Bear Activist Loses FOIA Challenge

     CHICAGO (CN) - Though a lawsuit prompted the disclosure of dozens more records on grizzly bear preservation efforts, it is hard to prove intentional government stonewalling, a federal magistrate ruled.     Today there are between 1,400 and 1,700 grizzly bears on 2 percent of their historic range, down from the roughly 50,000 grizzlies that roamed the lower 48 states in the 1800s. Only an estimated 400 to 600 grizzlies remain in the Greater Y...

Gambler’s Case Against the Wynn Revived by 9th

     (CN) - Finding that gambling markers are credit instruments under Nevada law, the 9th Circuit on Tuesday revived allegations that a casino failed to honor a German man's self-imposed $250,000 limit.     Konsantin Zoggolis argued in a 2011 lawsuit against Wyn Las Vegas that the casino had breached an agreement to limit or cancel his credit line at $250,000 during a gambling binge in 2008.     Wynn owed Zoggolis $1.3 m...