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Leader of Kenyan drug organisation sentenced to 25 years in U.S.

17 Aug 2019

NEW YORK A U.S. judge sentenced a leading Kenyan drug trafficker, Baktash Akasha, to 25 years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to import heroin and methamphetamine and other crimes.

UPDATE 5-Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse accuser files first in wave of lawsuits

14 Aug 2019

NEW YORK, Aug 14 A New York woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein at the age of 14 sued the disgraced financier's estate and a former associate on Wednesday, in the start of an expected wave of lawsuits.

Women expected to sue Jeffrey Epstein's estate over sexual abuse claims

14 Aug 2019

NEW YORK, Aug 14 Women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein are expected to sue the disgraced financier's estate as soon as Wednesday, when a New York law goes into effect that makes it easier for people to file civil lawsuits over sexual abuse.

Twenty year sentence for Florida man who sent explosives to Trump critics

06 Aug 2019

A Florida man who mailed pipes filled with explosives to prominent Democrats and critics of U.S. President Donald Trump was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday. | Video

Singer R. Kelly pleads not guilty to New York sex trafficking charges

03 Aug 2019

NEW YORK Singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty in New York on Friday to charges that he ran a criminal scheme that recruited women and underage girls to have sex with him, isolating them and often controlling what they ate and when they went to the bathroom.

Singer R. Kelly makes first New York court appearance on sex trafficking charges

02 Aug 2019

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, Aug 2 Singer R. Kelly is expected to plead not guilty in New York on Friday to charges that he ran a criminal scheme in which he recruited women and underage girls to have sex with him, isolating them and often controlling what they ate and when they went to the bathroom. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say that Kelly and his entourage invited women and girls backstage after concerts, kept them from friends and family and made them dependent on him financially. The R&B artist is scheduled to enter the plea at a 10:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) hearing before a federal magistrate to charges including racketeering and violations of a federal trafficking law. Kelly's lawyer, Douglas Anton, said in a court filing on Wednesday that Kelly's fans were "dying to be with him" and that the charges amounted to "groupie remorse." https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-rkelly/r-kelly-lawyer-calls-alleged-victims-disgruntled-groupies-court-filing-idUSKCN1UQ2TM Gloria Allred, a lawyer representing three of Kelly's accusers, said Anton's filing had given prosecutors a preview of what Kelly's defense may be. "If that’s all he’s got, I think he’s going to have major challenges in this case," Allred said. The singer, 52, known for such hits as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” was arrested in Chicago last month on the Brooklyn charges and a separate set of charges brought by federal prosecutors in Chicago. The charges were brought after seven women including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary which aired in January and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse. The R&B singer has denied abuse allegations for decades. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty. Chicago prosecutors said that Kelly had sexual contact with five minors and recorded sexually explicit videos of some of them. They also accused Kelly of obstructing justice by using threats and bribes, including payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to keep his victims quiet. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to those charges. A judge in Chicago ordered that he remain jailed while he awaits trial. In addition to the two federal cases, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in a Cook County, Illinois state court in February. The Cook County prosecutors have accused Kelly of abusing a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 between May 2009 and January 2010. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the state charges. Kelly faces a maximum prison sentence of more than 200 years for all the charges pending against him. (Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Grant McCool)

R. Kelly lawyer calls alleged victims 'disgruntled groupies': court filing

01 Aug 2019

NEW YORK A lawyer for singer R. Kelly, who is accused of running a years-long scheme sexually preying on women and girls, said on Wednesday that the charges against the R&B artist stemmed from disgruntled groupies.

Jeffrey Epstein could face sex trafficking trial next June

31 Jul 2019

NEW YORK Financier Jeffrey Epstein could go to trial on charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as early as next June, though his lawyers told a court on Wednesday they may need more time.

BlackRock sues California real estate investment company over similar name

26 Jul 2019

Global investment management firm BlackRock Inc has accused a California-based real estate investment company called Black Rock Funding Corp of infringing its trademarks.

University of California reaps two more patents on CRISPR technology

25 Jul 2019

The University of California has received two new patents on CRISPR gene-editing technology, bringing its total number of patents to 10 as it prepares for another legal confrontation with the Massachusetts-based Broad Institute.

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