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Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

Italian court: 'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'

Facebook users in Italy may want to think twice next time they post something on the social networking site after the country’s highest court ruled that insults on the site – even ones with an unnamed target – could be regarded as defamatory.

Court mulls community service for disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi

An Italian court on Thursday began a sentencing hearing against Silvio Berlusconi which could see the three-time former prime minister and billionaire tycoon forced to do community service for nine months.

SCOTUS declines to hear challenge to NSA

The Supreme Court declined to take a case challenging the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata. Plaintiff Larry Klayman won his case challenging the NSA in a lower court, but wanted the Supreme Court to hear the government's appeal of the decision. This would have avoided the normal but more lengthy appeals process in lower courts. The decision by the high court does not mean that they won't hear the case in the future.

SCOTUS declines to hear challenge to NSA

Oakland pays $4.5m to Scott Olsen, veteran injured in Occupy protest

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay $4.5m to Scott Olsen, a marine corps veteran who was critically injured by city police during Occupy demonstrations, his attorneys announced on Friday.

Students Sue School District After Being Asked to Participate in Drug Sting

In March of 2013, Clovis North High School employee Kelly Racca reportedly asked two students to participate in a drug sting to stop the illegal sale of marijuana on campus. After the plan went awry, both students insist they were unlawfully interrogated by police and threatened with arrest.

Italy’s Berlusconi back on trial

A new trial was due to start in Naples on Tuesday against Italy's scandal-prone former premier Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of bribing an opposition lawmaker to switch over to his side eight years ago.

‘World’s first’ farmer court case over GM crop contamination begins in Australia

A landmark legal battle between two farmers over alleged GM contamination has started in the Western Australian Supreme Court. The case is expected to determine GM farmers’ liability if their crops affect neighboring territories.

Hackers file complaint against German government

Hacking group, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), has filed a criminal complaint against the entire German government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, over the spying scandal.

French court orders Google to display fine for privacy breach

Google will have to display on its French search page a notice saying it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog over how user information is tracked and stored, France's top administrative court ruled on Friday.

Italian marines saved from India's death penalty law

India on Friday announced it would not prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen under a maritime security law that carries a mandatory death penalty.

Dieudonné cleared of charges that he called for release of convicted murderer

The controversial performer, who has a string of convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech, was cleared of defamation and illegally defending a convicted criminal because the judge ruled that it had not been proven that Dieudonné was behind the distribution of the video.

German judges refer ECB's bond-buying to European Court

Germany's Constitutional Court said on Friday it had decided to refer a complaint against the European Central Bank's (ECB) "unlimited" bond-buying programme to the European Court.

Michigan Activists Face Up to 2 Years in Prison for Protesting Oil Pipeline Behind 2010 Spill

Three environmentalists have just been convicted for their role in nonviolently protesting the construction of tar sands pipelines in Michigan.

Spanish cops jailed for false baby-beating claim

Two Mossos d'Esquadra police officers in Barcelona have been sent to prison for two years for making a knowingly false accusation that a woman had beaten her baby, resulting in an eight-month legal separation between mother and daughter.

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested on drug money laundering charges

The CEO of one of the world's leading bitcoin exchanges - BitInstant - has been arrested in New York. The prosecution claims Charlie Shrem was involved in a drug money laundering scheme via the Silk Road website

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested on drug money laundering charges

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail for over-paying child support

A father will spend half of 2014 behind bars for doing too much for his son. After overpaying child support and seeing his son too often — breaking terms that were secretly modified without his knowledge — a judge decided that no good deed should go unpunished and sentenced him to a lengthy jail sentence.

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail for over-paying child support

Romanian court rejects MPs’ super-immunity

The Constitutional Court, Romania’s highest court, decided on January 14 2014 that a series of amendments to the Penal Code that boost lawmakers’ immunity are unconstitutional, after a complaint filed by the opposition and a lower court, as the changes spurred vivid reactions from civil society and the country’s Western partners.

FBI looks into California cops after acquittal in homeless murder case

Former Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos and former Corporal Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty on Monday in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The charges they faced included second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and excessive force. Surveillance video shows the officers beating Thomas with their fists and the butts of their guns, but the defense argued that Thomas died due to a weakened heart from drug use. Now the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations during the incident or trial.

FBI looks into California cops after  acquittal in homeless murder case

Supreme Court to take on online broadcasting

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could change the future of television. Some of the country's biggest broadcasters, including CBS and NBC, are suing Aereo, a two-year-old tech company, for copyright infringement.

The company developed a tiny antenna that allows anyone with an Internet connection to watch live, broadcast television as it airs. Broadcasters claim that Aereo encourages stealing because neither the company nor its customers pay for redistribution rights.

Supreme Court to take on online broadcasting

Key provision of net-neutrality law struck down by court

Should internet service providers be allowed to restrict access to websites and block certain content from customers depending on how much they pay to be connected? On Tuesday, a federal appeals court said yes.

Libor: Three former Rabobank traders charged in the US

A Briton is among three former Rabobank traders charged in the US for allegedly conspiring to manipulate the Yen Libor benchmark interest rate since 2006.

Ex-cops acquitted in beating death of homeless man in California

A jury has acquitted two former Fullerton, California, police officers on trial in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill and homeless man.

Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue

The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

Parents should flee UK to stop social workers taking children - Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming

Parents who face having their children taken away by social workers should flee abroad rather than go through the ‘unfair’ family courts, an MP has declared.

Ex-Nazi soldier charged over French massacre

German prosecutors have charged an 88-year-old former member of the elite Waffen SS with taking part in the massacre of hundreds of French villagers during World War Two.

Jury justifies police killing that sparked UK riots in 2011

Despite being completely unarmed, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by the police, a UK jury ruled by a majority of eight to two on Wednesday. The shooting of the Londoner in August 2011 provoked the worst riots in the country’s modern history.

Paedophile let off because girl was 'in love'

Italy's highest court has overturned the conviction of a 60-year-old man for having sex with an 11-year-old girl, because the verdict failed to take into account their "amorous relationship".

French court approves 75% tax rate on fat salaries

France's top court Sunday approved a proposal for companies to pay 75 percent tax on annual salaries exceeding one million euros in line with President Francois Hollande's drive to limit executive pay at a time of economic hardship.

Turkish court blocks govt attempt to control judiciary

A Turkish court has blocked a government attempt to force police and prosecutors to disclose investigations to their superiors. The move comes amid a high-profile graft scandal that has brought down members of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s cabinet.

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