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Hidden Dangers of Citizens United Ruling

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My main concern is not the money that will be spent overtly, but rather with what happens outside the public's eye -- the unseen influence which may be wielded.

Woman Found Guilty Of Extortion For Planting Rat In Food

Post Crescent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Wisconsin woman who attempted to extort money from an upscale restaurant by putting a rat in her lunch entered no-contest pleas Tuesday to two crimi...

The New Chewbacca Defense: Can Tiger Woods Rescue an Accused Extortionist From the Dark Side?

Amber Holley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Amber Holley

In an episode of South Park, Johnnie argues in court, "No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests."

David Letterman Blackmailed Again?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Even if sexual harassment (as opposed to conduct) should become relevant, in my opinion, the public statements of the defendant's lawyer were aimed at threatening the victim rather than vindicating his client.

How to Live On $0 a Day: Bailouts for the Rest of Us

Lesley Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lesley Stern

It doesn't really matter why you need the money, all you know is that life as you know it will cease to exist if you don't get your hands on a big chunk of cash. Yesterday.

When Is Political Compromise Really Extortion and Bribery?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

It was not an outright bribe. Money is not being handed to Sen. Ben Nelson for his personal use. But it is certainly the equivalent to a campaign contribution.

LettermanGate: One Week Later

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bruce Kluger

David Letterman successfully navigated his way through three explosive crises -- personal, professional and legal -- by simply telling the truth.

After Fatal Beating, Racial Tension, and Police Corruption, Shenandoah Inches toward Justice

John Amaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Amaya

In the case of the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez, a federal grand jury recently delivered indictments that included the commission of a hate crime, obstruction of justice, official misconduct, and extortion.

David Letterman Late Show Shockers: The Top Ten List

Glynnis MacNicol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Glynnis MacNicol

On the scale of the sex scandals that have been recently dominating the headlines -- Polanski, Ensign, Sanford -- this is pretty tame. What Letterman's disclosure did make for was some serious must-see TV.

NPEs and Abstract Patents

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Unfortunately, there is little transparency in today's patent system. Indeed, the patent system is beset by information failure.