A federal judge ordered Iran to pay $63 million to Amir Hekmati, a United States Marine who spent four years imprisoned on espionage charges. According to The Washington Post, Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., granted Hekmati’s motion for a default judgment after Iran refused to respond to the complaint.
Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.
A five-part series from Reuters, as well as a PBS interview with one of the authors, has revealed that police-issued tasers have killed more than 2,000 Americans in the last two decades. Peter Eisler, a reporter working with Reuters, said that the investigation had begun simply enough – he and his colleagues wanted to see
After almost a decade of false starts and dismissals, a lawsuit filed by former inmates at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is moving ahead. The suit is directed against the civilian interrogators who were contracted and charged with overseeing the facility, which made international headlines after a series of terrifying photographs were made
A diabetic and convicted murderer from Georgia will receive a $550,000 settlement from the state after suing over the loss of a leg. The New York Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the inmate, Michael Tarver, originally filed the suit in longhand and without legal aid over three years ago. Tarver accused Dr. Chiquita Fye,
The mother of Ron Singleton, who died in police custody in 2014, settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the City of New York for $1.25 million. Singleton’s mother, Rebecca Singleton, accused the New York Police Department of using excessive force in restraining her son. A taxi driver had called the police to report the late
Defying almost every major power in the region, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan organized and carried out a referendum billed as the first step toward independence from Baghdad. As voting stations closed yesterday, an estimated 80% of registered voters were reported to have cast ballots. Many, according to The Guardian, felt the poll went beyond
The state of Colorado is paying $171,000 to the estate of Dennis Choquette, a former inmate at Southern Colorado prison. Choquette alleged, for two years, that medical staff at the facility were deliberately refusing him treatment. He was detained at prisons in Las Animas and Canon City from 2014 until his death last November. “Mr.
A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit over the validity of an Obama-era regulation on hydraulic fracking. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the suit is unnecessary, considering that the Trump administration is actively working to repeal the rule. According to The Hill, the court also vacated a lower court order,
A Santa Clara dentist was awarded an undisclosed sum of money after settling with Asiana Airlines after surviving a plane crash. Dr. Kyung Rhan Rha is the last of dozens of passengers and crew members to settle with the airline. Rha and her daughter were among 307 people abroad Asian Flight 214, which crashed onto
On Monday, Senate Republicans introduced a bill, entitled the Succeed Act, which would offer a pathway to legalization for so-called Dreamers. The proposal, intended to win support from conservatives, wouldn’t allow Dreamers to sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States. The bill’s chief writers – Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK)