The special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II.
Kurt Schrimm, the head of the Ludwigsburg federal prosecutors’ office, said an investigation of about 50 alleged former guards turned up enough evidence to recommend that state prosecutors pursue charges of accessory to murder against 30 of them in Germany. Another seven suspects who live outside the country are still being investigated.
The cases are being sent to the responsible state prosecutors’ offices in 11 of Germany’s 16 states. It will be up to them to determine whether the elderly suspects - primarily men but also some women - are fit to stand trial and whether to bring official charges.
“The biggest enemy is time,” Schrimm told reporters.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has won access to evidence seized during raids on the file storage service.
The decision to grant access was made by the New Zealand high court which said warrants used to grab the material were illegal.
The ruling is a victory for Mr Dotcom who said his defence was harmed because police could see evidence he could not.
Computers, hard drives and documents were grabbed in January 2012 during raids co-ordinated by US authorities.
They accused Megaupload of making massive profits from digital piracy by helping people share movies and music illegally. The raids, led by the FBI, forced Megaupload to close.
Mr Dotcom has denied the charges saying Megaupload was just a storage service that should not be held responsible for what its users did with it. He has fought a long-running legal battle over the case in New Zealand where he lives and has scored several victories. In September 2012 he won an apology from New Zealand’s prime minister over the handling of the case.
A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court Monday on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.
The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of Dutschke’s, then decided they had the wrong man. The hunt for a suspect revealed ties between the two men and an 80-year-old county judge who, along with Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, was among the targets of the letters.
Dutschke’s house, business and vehicles in Tupelo, Miss., were searched earlier in the week, often by crews in hazardous materials suits, and he had been under surveillance.
Dutschke (pronounced DUHS’-kee) was charged with “knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin.” U.S. attorney Felicia Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, made the announcement in a news release.
The add-on fee trend among the nation’s airlines continues as Southwest Airlines announced Monday a new $40 fee to let passengers board early.
Southwest, the nation’s most popular domestic carrier, already charges $10 for its Early Bird Check-In service, which improves a passenger’s position in the boarding queue.
But the new $40 fee guarantees that passengers get to be among the first 15 in line, letting them stow away carry-on bags in the overhead bin and pick seats with more legroom.
The new boarding option can be purchased at the gate, up to 45 minutes before boarding, and only when space is available, according to Southwest officials.
The fee was tested at the San Diego International Airport last month.
The fee is one of dozens that airlines began to add to regular fares in the past five years—so many that such fees now represent 10% to 30% of all revenue for most of the nation’s largest airlines.
In 2012, the world’s biggest airlines collected a combined $36.1 billion in revenue for food, drinks, wireless Internet service, roomier seats and checked bags, among other charges, according to an industry analysis.
NOTE: Whole article posted!
Members of a national right-to-die group are challenging a Minnesota assisted-suicide law.
The group Final Exit Network and four of its members were indicted in May in the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman. The 17-count indictment alleges the defendants violated state law prohibiting people from assisting, advising or encouraging suicide.
Defense attorneys say the statute is unconstitutional, and criminalizes free speech. They are asking a judge to dismiss the counts related to that assisted-suicide statute.
Serious federal conspiracy and firearms charges remain in place against Alaska militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox, and he’s still in jail, even though state murder-conspiracy charges have been dismissed.
Cox is at the center of an alleged plot by the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a Fairbanks judge. As that case goes forward, its connection with “sovereign citizen” antigovernment activities elsewhere is becoming more apparent – and alarming.
One antigovernment activist in Washington State, who served on a pseudo-legal “common-law” jury that “acquitted” Cox, reportedly likened shooting police officers to pheasant hunting.
The dismissal of state conspiracy to commit murder charge against Cox came last Friday, just 10 days after a state judge in Alaska ruled that prosecutors couldn’t use more than 100 hours of audio and video surveillance as evidence in the state trial of Cox. State Judge David Stewart held those secret recordings made by the FBI during a six-month investigation violated Alaska’s constitution because they were made without a search warrant.
Carson doubles down on dumb. This is self defeating rhetoric. If you want the charge to stick it must really be true. Not everyone in the tea party thinks this way, and it shouldn’t be implied that they do if you want to effectively counter them. I’m picturing Breitbart and Limbaugh rubbing their hands in glee and chortling “See! See! — They are more racist than we! SEE!”
A leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus is standing by incendiary language he used at a recent town hall when he charged that tea-party aligned members of Congress view African Americans as “second-class citizens” and would like to see them “hanging on a tree.”
Rep. Andre Carson’s (D-Ind.) office confirmed that the lawmaker made the remarks at an Aug. 22 CBC Job Tour event in Miami and said that the comments were “prompted in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’ inability to bolster the economy.”
A report released Friday shows Chandler police recommended criminal charges against two bishops from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for failing to report that a county supervisor’s wife had committed sex acts on a minor after the church leaders heard about the abuse from the woman and her victim.
The report was issued the day after the Pinal County Attorney’s office announced no charges will be filed against the LDS bishops Matthew Meyers and Troy Hansen. The report was released by the Chandler Police Department in response to a public records request by The Arizona Republic.
Two suspects are charged in connection with a cross-burning at a Morrow County home earlier this month.
Morrow County began investigating the incident on March 3 after someone burned a cross in a family’s yard on County Road 258 and left signs referencing the KKK and using a racial slur.
Carved into the cross were the words, “KKK will make you pay” and another used a racial slur.
A Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate a bomb strapped in his underwear on Christmas Day last year is facing eight federal charges.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, was aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The indictment filed Wednesday charges him with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism; possession of a bomb on an aircraft; attempted murder; use and carrying a bomb on an aircraft; willfully placing a destructive device in, upon and in proximity to an aircraft; possession of a bomb; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; and willful attempting to destroy and wreck an aircraft.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds set Jan. 12 for Abdulmutallab’s next court date, which will be the cutoff for pretrial motions. A trial date will be set then.