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Chris Brown says prosecutors in his Washington D.C. assault case screwed him over by unlawfully getting a sneak peek of witnesses ... so he wants the charges thrown out. Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, says prosecutors had no right to take Brown's case before the grand jury. Geragos alleges the ONLY reason a grand jury was convened was to get a preview of how the witnesses in their case would fare under oath.
Before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius broke barriers and the world embraced him for it. The double-amputee runner challenged the athletic establishment and secured the right to race on his carbon fiber blades in the 2012 Olympics. A Paralympic champion, he won races by infinitesimal margins, describing the pressure of competition as "nail-biting" and "nerve-wracking". It's all on the line now for Pistorius, who dug deep as an athlete and reveled in global accolades that flowed in spite of, and because of, the obstacles posed by his disability. The man, who racing commentators said was slow from the starting block, is expected to testify soon at his murder trial. The defense begins its case on Friday after four weeks of prosecution-led testimony.
A U.S. magistrate judge recommended dismissal of a lawsuit against Bank of America Corp over $850 million in mortgage debt, according to a court filing. Judge David Cayer in Charlotte, North Carolina, made the recommendation in a civil fraud lawsuit brought last August by the U.S. Justice Department.
The fight over whether Texas should be allowed to conceal the source of its execution drugs — a battle being played out in death-penalty states across the nation — will be heard in an Austin courtroom Thursday. An emergency hearing has been scheduled on a lawsuit filed by two condemned inmates, child killer Tommy Lynn Sells and rapist-murderer Ramiro Hernandez Llanas, who are scheduled for execution next month. They hope to force the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to say where it obtained its latest batch of pentobarbital.