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Gay juror's ouster forces new U.S. pharma trial

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A gay man was improperly excluded from jury service because of his sexual orientation, a federal appeals court has ruled, illustrating the widening influence of a key U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay rights. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday ordered a new trial for GlaxoSmithKline Plc against an Abbott Laboratories spinoff because Abbott excluded the potential juror.

Alzheimer's expert from Mich. tells NY jury he lied to FBI out of shame over broker secrets

NEW YORK, N.Y. - An Alzheimer's expert testified Tuesday that he was too ashamed to be truthful when the FBI confronted him with claims he fed inside information to a hedge fund manager whose company owned pharmaceutical stocks. Sidney Gilman, 81, described his dealings with investigators to a New York City jury at the trial of former SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. During two days of testimony, Gilman has described feeding secrets about a clinical trial for a promising Alzheimer's drug to Martoma, 39, of Boca Raton, Fla.

Jury out in British soldier murder trial

Jurors in the trial of two men accused of hacking a British soldier to death in a London street retired Thursday to consider their verdicts. Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of running over soldier Lee Rigby in a car, then attacking him with a meat cleaver and knives in broad daylight. They are accused of murdering Rigby, and the attempted murder of a police officer, in Woolwich, southeast London, on May 22.

Financial adviser convicted of obstructing NBA union contract probe

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A principal at an investment advisory firm that did business with the National Basketball Association's players union was found guilty on Wednesday of obstructing a grand jury investigating those dealings. Carolyn Kaufman of Prim Capital Corp was found guilty by a federal jury in Manhattan of perjury, obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Ohio jury finds man guilty in $100 million bogus Navy charity

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio jury convicted a man of running a fake charity for U.S. Navy veterans that raised nearly $100 million from donors in 40 states, finding him guilty on 23 counts including identity fraud for using a false name in the scam, a judge said on Thursday. John Donald Cody, known by his alias of Bobby Thompson, faces up to 66 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Verdict reached in $100 million bogus Navy charity case

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland jury on Wednesday reached a verdict in the trial of a man charged with defrauding donors of nearly $100 million with a scam charity for U.S. Navy veterans, but the decision won't be read until Thursday. The fraud allegedly committed by Bobby Thompson is one of the largest involving a charity in the state of Ohio, according to prosecutors. The case, which was prosecuted in Cuyahoga County common pleas court, involves donors in 40 states.

Montana bride accused of shoving husband off cliff pleads not guilty

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana woman accused of killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in a national park pleaded not guilty on Friday to first-degree murder and other charges in a federal grand jury indictment handed down one day earlier. Jordan Graham, 22, was charged in September with second-degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband, 25-year-old Cody Johnson of Kalispell, Montana.

Virginia man charged with abduction in teen's disappearance

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A Virginia grand jury indicted a used car lot worker on Tuesday on charges of abducting a high school girl, in a case that has generated headlines nationwide. Randy Taylor was indicted for the abduction in rural Nelson County of Alexis Murphy, 17, said Nelson County prosecutor Anthony Martin in a statement. Murphy vanished on August 3 after leaving home, apparently to go shopping. She was last seen at a gas station.

California jury recommends death for convicted serial killer

By By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) - A jury recommended the death penalty on Tuesday for an elderly former photographer convicted in the murders of four Northern California prostitutes, all with matching first and last initials, dating back to the 1970s. Joseph Naso, 79, who was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in August in the so-called "Alphabet murders," looked stoic but ashen as the verdict was read in Marin County Superior Court.

Florida jury recommends death penalty for man convicted of teen's murder

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida jury recommended the death penalty Tuesday for a man who lured a 15-year-old boy to an ambush in 2011 where he was shot, dismembered and incinerated in a fire pit. Michael Bargo, 21, was found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing Seath Jackson whose remains were shoveled into paint cans and discarded in Summerfield, northwest of Orlando, according to court records.
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