A federal judge seemed uneasy Friday with a guilty plea that promises fairly short sentence for an Egyptian lawyer suspected in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. Embassies in East Africa.

     A classified memo explaining why the government believes a Greek shipping magnate's libel claims could compromise national security should be made public, attorneys said in a letter to chambers Wednesday. 


     Sections of a law criminalizing creepy, "improper photography" are unconstitutional, Texas' highest criminal court ruled, looking at a case involving photographs of children at a San Antonio water park. 

     Is there any way to understand the mass murders in the Middle East today - mass murders that have been going on for centuries?
     Sure there is.
     But you can't look directly at it.
     You have to look out the corner of an eye. Over mountains of corpses.
     And not just in the Middle East.
     Six hundred and ten years ago a fellow in Paris decided to keep a journal about the news. It was the year 1405. He kept his journal for 40 years.
     He was a smart guy, probably a priest. No one knows his name.
     Historians call him The Paris Bourgeois, as though there were no other Parisian bourgeois around then.
     Great little book. Man stripped to his essence.
     Hunger. Food. War. The price of firewood. Wolves on the streets.
     What does the Paris Bourgeois tell us about life today?
     What does he tell us about mass murder?
     Which the murderers will always disguise as something good?
     He tells us the same old story.
     Here was the situation when the Paris bourgeois started writing.
     France was torn by civil war.
     It was fighting a 100-Year War against England.
     The English had invaded, and controlled Paris. The French were fighting against themselves.
     You couldn't step outside town walls anywhere without being robbed and murdered. Or eaten by wolves.
     People ate each other, if necessary.
     Our priest, a keen observer, started out supporting the Duke of Burgundy, and a mortal enemy of the other side, the Orleanists, from Armagnac.
     But after 40 years of war, the priest saw both sides invite the foreign invaders.
     He saw that they were all liars and hypocrites and criminals.
     The Paris Bourgeois never said it quite that way, of course.
     But he came to see it that way.
     You can see his mind being formed by the events outside his journal.
     The Paris Bourgeois gave up on his side, then switched to the other side, then gave up on both of them.
     So he switched to a third side: the Dauphin: the son of the King!
     He watched him for a few years, and gave up on him too.
     The land was ravaged by war.
     "The poor people suffered, and could do nothing about it," the Paris Bourgeois says again and again.
     So what else is news?

     Strategic Capital Group, of Gig Harbor, Wash., will pay $600,000 and its CEO N. Gary Price will pay $50,000 to settle charges of engaging in principal transactions without clients' knowledge or consent, the SEC said. 

     Author J.T. Geissinger sued The Stringer Literary Agency, claiming it's interfering with her self-negotiated deal with (nonparty) Amazon, to publish a book or books that Stringer rejected, in Superior Court.

     A nonprofit group sued the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Federal Court for refusing to place its paid ad on buses; the ad states: "Islamic Jew-Hatred: It's in the Quran ... End All Aid to Islamic Countries."  

     In the third day of a trial over movie rights to fantasy role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons," a film producer haggled with lawyers over the meaning of "sequel," a decision that could determine who gets to make the next D&D movie: Universal or Warner Bros.


     Argentina is holding a gun to Citibank's head in demanding that it make a transfer in violation of a federal court's order, a 2nd Circuit judge said Thursday.

     Australian Hip-hop artist and model Iggy Azalea says her former boyfriend done her wrong, stealing previously unheard compositions from her computer that he and others now jointly plan to release. 


     A California man who thought he'd hit the jackpot when he found and bought two boxes of photographic negatives allegedly made by Ansel Adams, has sued his attorney. Rick Norsigian claims he was cheated of thousands of dollars from the sale of photographs and posters made from the glass plates. 


     Republicans' top two office-holders in the Legislature sued the state, claiming the design of the November ballot gives an unfair advantage to Democrats. 

     Occupy Wall Street's media corporation demanded in court that a longtime member pay the company $500,000 for "hijacking" its Twitter account during a heated argument about Israel's war in Gaza. 

     A handful of administrative subpoenas issued by the federal agency investigating the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill are allowed to stand, the 5th Circuit ruled Thursday. 

     Two Los Angeles police officers who deliberately withheld evidence of a man's innocence, causing him to spend 27 months in jail, must pay $106,000, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.

     Forty retired football players filed trademark infringement lawsuits against the NFL this week, claiming they were not paid for the use of their identities in films and products that promoted the league's "glorification" of its past. 

     The estranged husband of figure skater Johnny Weir claims the three-time national champion assaulted, battered and defamed him, accusing him of "having 'herpes' or 'some sort of sexually transmitted disease.'" 

     A simple car sale turned into mayhem when Las Vegas police officers opened fire and wounded two people and killed a third, the survivors claim in court. 

     Two men ran a sophisticated pump and dump scheme that drove the market capitalization of their business to $67.5 million, though it had "virtually no assets or revenues," the SEC claims in court. 

     A federal judge Thursday allowed some claims to proceed but dismissed others in a class action accusing two corporations and three men of running an $800 million Ponzi scam in medical collections, targeting investors in Japan. 

     Two dozen charitable groups that raise money with bingo sued the Texas Racing Commission, claiming its approval of "historical racing" terminals violates the state's ban on slot machines. 

     Two town marshals were fired when their investigation of misuse of federal grant money implicated the mayor, the men say in separate lawsuits. 

     A San Diego car dealer on Thursday admitted he failed to report $719,000 in cash that a drug dealer paid him for a Ferrari, two Lamborghinis, a Porsche and other cars.

     A Texas man must pay over $40.4 million for running a massive Ponzi scheme based on a Bitcoin operation he ran out of his home, a federal judge ruled. 

     A New York judge ordered the adjective "independent" dropped from the November ballot on a constitutional amendment to establish a new state process for redistricting every 10 years. 

     Lawyers for a Malaysian woman who took on the government's no-fly list will take home $420,000 in fees - a fraction of what they demanded from taxpayers. 

     Rebuking a law-enforcement agency for its "sorry failure" in a "Kafkaesque" tale, a federal judge awarded $173,000 to a celebrated undercover agent threatened with death by the Hells Angels. 

     Police officers conducted an illegal search when they descended on a Florida barbershop like "a scene right out of a Hollywood movie," in bulletproof vests and masks, with guns drawn, merely to check the barbers' licenses, the 11th Circuit ruled. 

     Laws blocking carriers from charging checked-luggage fees violate EU pricing-freedom guarantees, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday. 

     Iraq wanted to hold more than 70 corporations accountable for the corruption of the U.N. oil-for-food program, but the 2nd Circuit blamed Saddam on Thursday. 

     Inmates jailed for misdemeanors in Ohio the weekend prior to Election Day still have the right to vote, a federal judge ruled. 

     The Bonneville Power Administration must explain in detail why it decided not to seek repayment of a court-invalidated, $32 million subsidy it gave to an aluminum manufacturer, the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday. 

     A decision to allow for a switch in Republican candidates for Nebraska lieutenant governor nine days after a deadline for certifying the statewide ballot has been upheld by a county district court. 

     Claims that General Motors ignition switches malfunction, causing drivers to lose control and crash, will not move to Tennessee, a New York federal judge ruled. 

     Dismissing a challenge of time limits surrounding the billing of certain Medicare claims, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., found jurisdiction lacking. 

     A Florida judge refused to let Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden tango in an old case there concerning the reorganization of a $4.6 billion trust that funds the Nemours Foundation. 

     Clark County Family Court Judge Steven Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to an investment fraud scheme that stole $2.6 million from 22 victims.

     A woman's health failed when Kaiser cancelled her policy in error, she says in a Denver County District Court lawsuit. 

     In striking Democrat Chadwick Taylor's name from the November ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court may have created trouble for the Republican incumbent. 


     Three dancers sued Cher on Thursday, claiming she was "personally involved in the cover-up of a sexual assault against a female fan by one of her other male dancers while on Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour," and that Cher didn't want black dancers with her onstage.

     A run-in with an en banc 9th Circuit panel left the government's successful 2011 obstruction of justice conviction of home run king Barry Bonds on shaky ground.

     Courts need not give permission to remove a person from life support if their legal guardians give consent, the divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. 

     A former Internal Revenue Service director urged a federal judge to drop her from a lawsuit alleging "intentional and systematic" targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. 

     Opponents of Wisconsin's embattled voter ID law have asked the 7th Circuit to reconsider enforcing the law they say will prevent many from voting if enforced for November elections. 

     In declining to revisit a California high school's handling of students who promoted the American flag on Cinco de Mayo, the 9th Circuit condoned a free-speech violation, three judges complained Wednesday. 


     Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay owes $31,175 for fresh produce delivered to his restaurant The Fat Cow, L.A. Specialty Produce claims in Superior Court.


     A man claims Woody Allen filmed him without his permission in a street scene in "Blue Jasmine," in a pro se privacy complaint in Superior Court. 

     Alta Wind, which runs wind farms at Tehachapi Pass, claims Southern California Edison cost it $32 million by periodically shutting down its access to the grid, in Superior Court.

     Two teenagers who got lost on their way to a New Year's Eve party claim an off-duty Indianapolis policeman shot at them seven times after they used his driveway to turn around, and then lied about it, in Federal Court. 

     Secure Web Conference Corp. claims Apple violates a patent on a "portable telecommunication security device ," in Federal Court. 

     Sioux residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation sued Jackson County, S.D., for refusing to set up a satellite office for voter registration and voting on the remote reservation, in Federal Court.