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Ex-Israeli PM Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert still says he's innocent

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice , defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars, the AP reports. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that... More »

Tsarnaev Pal Guilty of Impeding Boston Inquiry

Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty today of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days... More »

Ex-BP Engineer Guilty of Hiding Spill Evidence

Jury said deleted text messages amounted to obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A former BP drilling engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making him the first former or current BP official to be found guilty in the mess. He now faces up... More »

Tsarnaev's Buddies Deny Obstructing Justice

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends did nothing wrong, lawyers say

(Newser) - Two friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect have pleaded not guilty to disposing of evidence from his college dormitory room. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were arraigned today in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors say the 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan tried to thwart the... More »

Feds Hit Armstrong With Criminal Probe

Cyclist investigated for 'obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation'

(Newser) - Contrary to comments yesterday by a US attorney, federal agents are investigating Lance Armstrong for criminal activity, ABC News reports. "Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation," says a source. US attorney Andre Birotte, who yesterday said feds wouldn't charge Armstrong, "does... More »

Barry Bonds Convicted of Obstructing Justice

But jury deadlocks on three counts of perjury

(Newser) - Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice today, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days... More »

Roger Ailes to Be Indicted?

Unsubstantiated report says it could come this week

(Newser) - Fox News boss Roger Ailes could be indicted "this week, maybe even Monday," an anonymous source told TV economist Barry Ritholtz yesterday, presumably on obstruction of justice charges stemming from allegations that Ailes told Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani. The... More »

Probation Violation Sends Ex-Detroit Mayor to Prison

Kawme Kilpatrick sentenced to 1½ to 5 years, loses his job

(Newser) - Courtroom spectators gasped today when a judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to between 1½ and 5 years in prison, far exceeding the sentencing guideline of zero to 17 months for violating his probation. 'This is all because of the actions of you, Mr. Kilpatrick,” Judge David Groner... More »

Palin Hacker Found Guilty on 2 Counts

David Kernell convicted of obstruction of justice, unlawful email access

(Newser) - A federal jury has convicted a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student of hacking Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account during the 2008 campaign. David Kernell was acquitted of wire fraud but convicted of a felony, obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor, unlawful computer access. The jury failed to reach a... More »

Man Eats Flash Drive to Destroy Evidence

Add obstruction of justice charges to his file

(Newser) - A man accused of ATM fraud ate a flash drive in an attempt to destroy evidence against him, authorities say. The New Yorker swallowed the USB drive at a Secret Service office in Brooklyn where he was taken after being arrested outside a bank. When he didn't pass the drive... More »

Federal Judge Gets 3 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Congressmen press for resignation of Kent in first-ever such case

(Newser) - A Texas judge was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in prison for lying to investigators in the first sex abuse case ever against a sitting federal judge, the AP reports. Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in February; five sex-crimes charges related to two female employees were dismissed.... More »

Feds Delay Start of Bonds Trial

(Newser) - The perjury trial of baseball’s home-run king won’t begin Monday as scheduled, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, with federal prosecutors today delaying—perhaps by months—the start so they can appeal a ruling that excluded what they view as key evidence against Barry Bonds. Reports of positive steroids... More »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Out of Jail

99 days in jail on obstruction, assault charges for 38-year-old

(Newser) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a free man once again, the News reports. Kilpatrick left prison at 12:35 this morning, after spending 99 days of a 4-month sentence in an isolated cell on obstruction of justice charges related to an affair he had with his chief of staff.... More »

'I'm Set for Comeback,' Boasts Booted Detroit Mayor

Plea-deal felon apologizes, talks of his 'standards for excellence'

(Newser) - Hours after pleading guilty to two felony perjury charges, disgraced Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gave a televised address that the Detroit Free Press called part apology, part campaign speech. "This city always gets up," said Kilpatrick, pointing out the "standards for excellence" he has established. "I... More »

UK Won't Let Martha Visit

Brits refuse to issue a visa for the domestic diva (and felon)

(Newser) - Domestic diva Martha Stewart has been refused entry into the United Kingdom because of her felony conviction, the Daily Telegraph reports. She planned a business trip this month to meet with leading figures in the fashion and design worlds and to speak at the Royal Academy, but Britain refused to... More »

Bonds Hit With New Indictment

Revised charges are essentially the same: He lied about steroids

(Newser) - The feds filed a new indictment against Barry Bonds today, charging him with 14 counts of perjury for allegedly lying when he told a grand jury that he never used performance-enhancing drugs and one count of obstructing the government's investigation, ESPN reports. The charges are essentially the same ones lodged... More »

Detroit Mayor Charged in Text-Message Sex Scandal

Kilpatrick hit with 8 felony counts

(Newser) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his ex-chief of staff were charged today with perjury, obstruction of justice, and misconduct in office related to their denials under oath that they were romantically involved, the Detroit News reports. Kilpatrick, who faces eight felony counts, said at a press conference shortly after the... More »

Conrad Black Appeals Prison Sentence

Jailed newspaper tycoon says evidence too flimsy to convict

(Newser) - Lawyers for former newspaper mogul Conrad Black appealed his 6½-year prison term for fraud today, arguing that the jury received bad instructions and that the evidence failed to prove he had knowledge of shady dealings, reports Canada's National Post. Black was convicted of bilking about $6 million from Hollinger... More »

Judge Balks at Bonds Indictment

Feds told to revise charges after trying to jam multiple offenses into perjury counts

(Newser) - The government’s case against Barry Bonds hit a snag today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, with a judge ruling that it included multiple offenses in four of the counts of perjury in the indictment of baseball's home-run king. The feds must rewrite or re-file the indictment, Judge Susan Illston... More »

Bonds Hitless in Search for New Club

Free agent slugger, 43, has yet to find a home for 2008

(Newser) - Barry Bonds might have a bulked-up home run record on his resume, but his steroids-related indictment has thus far made his MLB job search a strikeout, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The all-time home run leader, now 43, remains a free agent after San Francisco cut him loose last year—... More »

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