Court can’t put Cosby’s cat back in the bag
The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that actor-comedian Bill Cosby’s lawsuit to reseal his 2005 deposition in a sexual behavior case was rendered moot by widespread publicity. Cosby argued that resealing his deposition which contains damaging admissions about his conduct would slow their dissemination and affect their potential use in other litigation. Associated Press, which intervened in the suit, argued that resealing the documents after they have already been made public would have no effect.
Illegal aliens call 911 to escape hot boxcar
On one of the hottest days of the summer, six men who were trapped inside a sweltering railroad boxcar used their cell phone to place a 911 emergency call that brought help from the El Centro Police Department. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, five of the men were Mexican nationals who illegally entered the U.S., and the sixth was a U.S. citizen who was arrested for alien smuggling. CBP said all six required medical attention for dehydration.
Court affirms Hawaii’s open primary elections
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of Hawaii’s open primary election law which allows registered voters to pick the party ballot they want without having to be a member of a political party. The switch to open primary elections to all voters was accomplished by a 1978 amendment to the Hawaii Constitution that was intended to protect voter privacy and to encourage voter participation in elections.
Washington Metro trains don’t stop in time
An investigation by the Federal Transit Administration reveals that Washington Metro system trains don’t always stop in time. The FTA found that Metro trains committed 68 stop signal overruns between 2012 and mid-2016, or an average of 1.24 stop signal overruns per month. The report includes a near-miss collision at the Smithsonian Station that was the result of a stop signal overrun last February 3. The FTA report was accompanied by a Safety Directive that requires the Metro rail system to implement 11 required actions and to expedite completion of prior FTA-mandated corrective actions.
Fraudster used terminally ill for investment accounts
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lodged fraud charges against Donald Lathen, a New York City hedge fund manager, for opening investment accounts in the names of persons who were terminally ill patients living in nursing homes and hospices. According to the SEC, Lathen recruited at least 60 patients and paid them $10,000 apiece for using their names on accounts. When a patient died, the SEC alleged, Lathen redeemed investments in the account by claiming he was a joint owner, and that he collected more than $100 million in early redemptions.
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