June 29, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — Google is no stranger to federal investigations of its ever-expanding empire. Here’s a new one to add to the list: Google has set aside $500 million for a potential settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the company’s advertising practices.
The news, slipped Tuesday into a regulatory filing, caught many by surprise. The filing appears to be the first time Google has disclosed the DOJ probe. It offered few details, saying only that the DOJ has been investigating “the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers.”
(CNN) — A Michigan parole board has voted to release Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sent to state prison for violating probation related to a 2008 case against him, according to his lawyer.
Kilpatrick will be granted parole no sooner than July 24, attorney Dan Hajii said. If all occurs on schedule, he will have spent just over 14 months of his 5-year sentence at a state prison in Jackson, Michigan.
The former mayor pleaded guilty in September 2008 to two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair. He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer who was attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case.
June 28, 2011
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s liberal faction has accused a conservative justice of choking her during an argument in her office earlier this month — a charge he denied.
Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold during the dispute. She contacted the newspaper late Saturday after Prosser denied rumors about the altercation.
“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,” Bradley told the newspaper.
A message could not be left at her home listing, and her former campaign manager did not return a call from The Associated Press.
Article: USA Today
CHICAGO — Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 17 felonies Monday in his political corruption retrial, including 11 counts stemming from what federal prosecutors called his attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Obama.
“I frankly am stunned,” Blagojevich, a Democrat, said after the verdict. He was found not guilty of one count, and the jury of 11 women and one man deadlocked on two. In his first trial last year, Blagojevich was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI; the jury could not reach agreement on 23 others.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict was “a loud and clear message that Gov. Blagojevich committed very serious crimes.” After Blagojevich’s arrest in 2008, Fitzgerald said it interrupted “a political corruption crime spree” that “would make (Abraham) Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
Article: USA Today
OMAHA, Neb. — On the fourth floor of Douglas County Courthouse, Jaimee Napp opened a new front in the war on identity theft. She did something every ID theft victim has probably dreamed of doing: Napp sued her imposter in civil court for damages.
This first battle didn’t go well.
District Judge John Hartigan interrupted the closing arguments by beginning a debate on the meaning of term “identity theft” (“It’s not like someone took her soul.”). After Napp’s therapist said she was suffering from symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder, defense attorney Tim Mikulicz said that claim was a “slap in the face to every soldier returning from Iraq.”
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