Ex-Theranos president Balwani sentenced to nearly 13 years for fraud

Ex-Theranos president Balwani sentenced to nearly 13 years for fraud

Dec 7 (Reuters) – A US judge on Wednesday sentenced former Theranos Inc President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani to 12 years and 11 months in prison on charges of defrauding investors and patients of the blood testing startup led by Elizabeth Holmes, a spokesperson for the US attorney’s office confirmed. US District Judge Edward Davila in … Read more

Supreme Court leans towards limiting judicial scrutiny of US elections

Supreme Court leans towards limiting judicial scrutiny of US elections

Justice debate “independent state legislature” doctrine Liberal justices decry threat to “checks and balances” Conservative-dominated court to rule by end of June WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday appeared to be ready to limit judicial power to overrule voting policies crafted by state politicians but might not go … Read more

Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

DUBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A sister of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son . Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish … Read more

Germany arrests 25 suspected of far-right plot to overthrow state

Military members among those being investigated Prosecutors: Parliament attack planned by some Over 3,000 security personnel involved in raids BERLIN, Dec 7 (Reuters) – German authorities on Wednesday detained 25 members and supporters of a far-right group that the prosecutor’s office said were preparing a violent overthrow of the state, with some members suspected of … Read more

Judge dismisses Khashoggi lawsuit against Saudi prince; Biden granted him immunity

Dec 6 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the fiance of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing President Biden’s grant of immunity. US District Judge John Bates suggested he was reluctant to throw out the lawsuit but had no choice … Read more

Suspected suicide blast at Indonesian police station kills two

BANDUNG, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Two people were killed and eight wounded in the Indonesian city of Bandung on Wednesday when a suspected Islamic militant who may have been angered by the country’s new criminal code blew himself up at a police station, authorities said. Ahmad Ramadhan, head of the public information bureau for the … Read more

Trump Organization found guilty of tax fraud scheme

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s real estate company was convicted on Tuesday of carrying out a 15-year-long criminal scheme to defraud tax authorities, adding to the legal woes facing the former US president as he campaigns for the office again in 2024. The Trump Organization – which operates hotels, golf courses, and … Read more

Bankman-Fried, Ellison tap attorneys as FTX probes ramp up

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) – FTX founder and former chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried and Caroline Ellison, head of its now-defunct trading affiliate, have tapped defense attorneys as US authorities probe the crypto exchange’s collapse, according to a spokesperson for Bankman-Fried and a source familiar with Ellison’s selection. Bankman-Fried has retained Mark S. Cohen, of … Read more

EU agrees law preventing import of goods linked to deforestation

BRUSSELS/SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Tuesday on a new law to prevent companies from selling into the EU market coffee, beef, soy and other commodities linked to deforestation around the world. The law will require companies to produce a due diligence statement showing their supply chains are not contributing … Read more

US House poised to pass same-sex marriage bill, showing shift in attitudes

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A bill protecting federal recognition of same-sex marriages that has the support of both LGBT advocates and religious groups is expected to pass the US House of Representatives this week with bipartisan support, a sign of a significant cultural shift in a divided nation. Incoming House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries … Read more