A panel of forensics experts have concluded that institutional intimidation at the FBI prevented agents from correcting an obvious mistake that led to the arrest of an innocent Oregon lawyer in connection with the Madrid train bombings last spring. The panel's report, which was published in the November/December issue of the Journal of Forensic Identification, [...]

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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, the current ruling party in the nation's Diet, has finished a draft proposal of reforms to the country's constitution. Included in the proposed reforms are specific changes to the structure and purpose of the nation's military, which has been defined as purely a self-defense force since the end of World War [...]

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Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is "very concerned" by a fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed and wounded Iraqi man in a Fallujah mosque by a US soldier, Allawi's office said Wednesday. US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte expressed regret over the shooting Wednesday and said the US was investigating the incident. Negroponte said the [...]

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Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law: "The Disney trial on the hiring and firing of Ovitz continued yesterday with Eisner's direct testimony. As previewed here, Eisner will have to draw a fine line between justifying hiring Ovitz, and justifying firing him so soon after, without cause. Eisner's direct testimony draws a complex picture [...]

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An administrative law judge presiding over a California Public Utilities Commission investigation has concluded that Southern California Gas Company should forfeit $28.8 million in profits earned during the 2000-2001 energy crisis in California, according to a report released late Tuesday. If approved by the full commission, the finding would make Southern California Gas the first [...]

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Two senior insurance underwriters with Zurich Financial Services, the third-largest commercial insurer in the US, pleaded guilty Tuesday night to charges connected to NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's ongoing insurance bid-rigging investigation. Also Tuesday, Zurich reported receiving a subpoena from the SEC and Spitzer. The executives pleaded guilty to following instructions from brokers to submit [...]

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