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US judge says Mueller should not have ‘unfettered power’ in Russia probe

ALEXANDRIA, Va.: A federal judge said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in probing ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump’s allies to turn against him. At a tense hearing in a federal court in Virginia on Friday, US District Judge T.S. Ellis III sharply questioned whether Mueller exceeded his authority in filing tax and bank fraud charges against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Ellis said…

US judge rejects Saudi Arabia’s bid to drop 9/11 lawsuits

WASHINGTON: A US federal judge has rejected Saudi Arabia's bid to drop lawsuits alleging it helped orchestrate the September 11, 2001 attacks. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said the plaintiffs’ allegations “narrowly articulate a reasonable basis” for him to assert jurisdiction over Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a 2016 federal law. The Saudi government has long denied involvement in the attacks in which hijacked airplanes crashed into New York’s World Trade…

US judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: A US federal judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of President Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was due to go into full effect. The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii -- which the White House signaled it would appeal -- marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States. Watson said the third rendition of the travel ban --…

Yahoo must face litigation by data breach victims: US judge

SAN JOSE: A US judge said Yahoo must face nationwide litigation brought on behalf of well over 1 billion users who said their personal information was compromised in three massive data breaches. Wednesday night’s decision from US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, was a setback for efforts by Verizon Communications Inc, which paid $4.76 billion for Yahoo’s Internet business in June, to limit potential liability. The breaches occurred between 2013 and 2016, but Yahoo was slow to disclose them, waiting more…

US judge halts deportation of Iraqi immigrants

WASHINGTON: A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that the government cannot immediately deport nearly 200 Iraqi immigrants arrested last month who argued they would face persecution if they were removed from the country. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Michigan said he had the authority to order the government to keep the Iraqis in the county while their deportation cases were reviewed by the courts. In his ruling, Goldsmith said sending the Iraqis back now would expose them to a "substantiated risk of death, torture,…

US judge calls for criminal probe into trade secrets theft raised in Uber case

WASHINGTON: A US judge on Thursday called for an investigation into allegations of trade secret theft that were raised in a court battle between Silicon Valley giants Uber and Alphabet over their rival self-driving car programs. US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco also partially granted Alphabet's self-driving Waymo unit's bid for an injunction against Uber's self-driving efforts, and rejected Uber's arguments that Waymo's trade secret allegations should proceed in private arbitration. The rulings are a…

US judge extends deportation stay in Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: A US federal judge on Thursday extended until February 21 a stay on visa holders from seven Muslim majority countries and refugees being deported under President Donald Trump's travel ban. Judge Carol Bagley Amon took the decision at a hearing in New York, saying that she did not want to leave the issue in limbo given that the stay -- ordered last Saturday -- was set to expire on February 11. The travel restrictions ban all refugees from entering the United States for at least 120 days and visa holders from…

US judge rules in favor of Yemenis hit by Trump travel ban

LOS ANGELES: In yet another challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban, a California federal judge has issued a court order barring the US government from preventing more than two dozen Yemenis with valid visas from flying to Los Angeles. US District Judge Andre Birotte handed down his temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction Tuesday following an emergency motion filed by immigration attorney Julie Goldberg and her associate Daniel Covarrubias-Klein on behalf of 28 plaintiffs. "These are people…

Former US judge who ‘sought sexual favours’ in return for lighter punishments indicted

WASHINGTON: A former Arkansas judge has been indicted on federal bribery, wire fraud and witness tampering charges on suspicion of returning light punishments against defendants who provided him with sexual favors, a court document unsealed on Monday said. The indictment accused Joseph Boeckmann, a former district court judge, of using his position "to obtain personal services, sexual contact and the opportunity to view and to photograph persons in objectionable way, who appeared before him in traffic and misdemeanor…