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Alesha MacPhail murder: Judge lifts ban on naming killer Aaron Campbell

The identity of the teenage boy who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been revealed. The judge who presided over the schoolgirl’s murder trial has lifted a ban on naming 16-year-old Aaron Campbell. Media outlets, including the BBC, made a case for reversing the court order which protects his identity. Campbell, who abducted, raped and murdered Alesha, could not be named any reports because he is under 18. He is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of killing Alesha, who went missing while on a visit to her grandparents…

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Jussie Smollett: Judge calls alleged hoax attack ‘despicable’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJussie Smollett: What Chicago Police say happened A Chicago judge has said charges that US actor Jussie Smollett staged a hoax hate crime against himself are “utterly outrageous” and “despicable” if true. The 36-year-old African-American actor is accused of filing a fake police report claiming he was the victim of a homophobic and racist assault. Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke, who is also black, said the “most vile” part of the incident was the use of a noose. Police say he staged the…

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Roger Stone sorry for judge crosshair post

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roger Stone removed the post from Instagram Roger Stone has apologised to a US judge after posting on Instagram an image of her next to what appeared to be the cross-hairs of a gun sight. The ex-Trump campaign adviser was arrested in January and charged with seven counts as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In a comment alongside the image of Judge Jackson, who is overseeing his trial, Mr Stone called the special counsel a “deep…

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Paul Manafort: Trump ex-aide lied to prosecutors, judge rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paul Manafort was found guilty of multiple fraud charges in 2018 Donald Trump’s former election campaign chief Paul Manafort breached his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by lying to prosecutors, a US judge says. US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort “made multiple false statements” to the FBI, Mr Mueller’s office and a grand jury. Mr Mueller leads a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Manafort was convicted of financial fraud in August. This related to…

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U.S. judge keeps documents secret in Facebook encryption case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid by two civil rights groups that had sought to force the release of documents describing a secret U.S. government effort to compel Facebook Inc to decrypt voice conversations between users on its Messenger app. Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The issue arose in a joint federal and state investigation into activities of the MS-13 gang in Fresno, California, revolving…

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High Court judge apologises after falling asleep

Image copyright UPPA/TopFoto Image caption Mrs Justice Parker is the second longest-serving judge serving in the Family Division A High Court judge has been given “formal advice” after “momentarily” falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she “expressed remorse” for the incident. Judges…

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U.S. judge lets most emissions claims against Daimler proceed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge allowed most claims against Daimler AG to move forward in a 2016 lawsuit by vehicle owners that claims the German automaker’s Mercedes diesel vehicles used illegal software to emit excess emissions. FILE PHOTO: The Mercedes-Benz logo is seen before the company’s annual news conference in Stuttgart, Germany, REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo In a ruling late on Friday, Judge Jose Linares of U.S. District Court in New Jersey also said that claims against auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH can proceed, rejecting a bid by the German…

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Roger Stone case: Judge considers gagging order

Image copyright EPA Image caption Roger Stone regularly flashes a double V-sign in the style of Richard Nixon The judge overseeing the criminal case against ex-Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone says she is considering a gagging order on both him and the prosecution. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the case was “a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign”. Mr Stone has been charged on seven counts by special counsel Robert Mueller, including witness tampering and lying to Congress. He denies any wrongdoing and has made frequent jibes against…

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Yahoo data breach payout blocked by judge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The data breaches occurred at Yahoo prior to its takeover by Verizon A judge has rejected Yahoo’s attempt to draw a line under a series of breaches it experienced between 2013 and 2016. The firm had proposed a payout to lawyers acting on behalf of affected US and Israeli users. But while the deal said the attorneys could claim up to $37.5m (£28.5m) in fees and costs, it did not disclose the sum reserved for victims. The California judge also objected to Yahoo being…

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How will history judge President Trump?

Hostile historians may come to regard Donald Trump’s presidency as an aggregation of the lesser traits of his predecessors. The bullying of Lyndon Baines Johnson, who demeaned White House aides and even humiliated his Vice-President Hubert Humphrey – forcing his deputy once to recite a speech on Vietnam while he listened, legs akimbo, trousers round his ankles, on the toilet. The intellectual incuriosity of Ronald Reagan, who once apologised to his then White House Chief of Staff James Baker for not reading his briefing books with the immortal excuse: “Well,…

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