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Romanian hackers prosecuted in Ohio sentenced to federal prison for malware attack that struck thousands

“Danet, 34 faces between nine and 12 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 8” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. Romanian hackers found guilty in Ohio federal court of victimizing thousands with malware Romanian hackers on trial in Ohio stole millions and victimized thousands through malware, feds say Three Romanians indicted in $4 million cyber fraud ring that targeted dozens in Northeast Ohio. Bogdan Nicolescu, 37, the leader of a small consortium of hackers known as the “Bayrob” group and was known by his online handle “MasterFraud,”…

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Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker’s financial documents

“Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, gave up his attorney general duties in February after the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general” reports politico.com. Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general led to several legal challenges, but courts found them moot after Barr took over and ratified the department’s earlier decisions.Whitaker was required to submit a financial disclosure soon after he became then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff in October 2017. Source: politico.com

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Federal judge will hold closed-door meeting for next opioid trial in Cleveland

“It is not uncommon for federal judges to hold case management conferences in chambers or by phone” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge in Cleveland presiding over thousands of opioid lawsuits will hold a private meeting with lawyers Wednesday, one of many he has held out of public view since taking over the litigation two years ago.U.S. District Judge Dan Polster will hold a case management conference at 2:30 p.m. in the downtown federal courthouse.Lefton said that Polster, a federal judge since 1998, has a…

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Justice Dept. seeks to stop McGahn from testifying during appeal of House subpoena

“Jackson disagreed, ruling that if McGahn wants to refuse to testify, such as by invoking executive privilege, he must do so in person and question by question” writes Spencer S for washingtonpost.com. In a 29-page motion, the Justice Department asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the decision pending appeal, noting that a similar request was granted after a 2008 decision in which a federal judge similarly found that former George W. Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers could not ignore a House subpoena.Darrell…

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California man tells court he served as agent for China

“Prosecutors said Peng, under orders from a handler in China, left cash in hotel rooms in exchange for classified national security information on small electronic storage devices” reports thebusinessjournal.com. In the plea agreement, Peng said he was approached by a state security official with China during a business trip in 2015 and agreed to collect and deliver information.(AP) — A former San Francisco Bay Area tour operator agreed Monday to plead guilty to serving as an unregistered agent for China in exchange for a possible reduced prison sentence. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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Judge blocks Trump requirement for immigrants to get health insurance

“A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would have obligated immigrants to obtain health insurance to qualify for visas” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Under the policy, announced in October, immigrants would need to get health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or would need to show they have enough money to cover medical costs before getting visas that could lead to green cards. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Craig Wright Wants Judge to Lift Sanctions Imposed for Contempt of Court

“Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart imposed sanctions on Wright in August after he was found in contempt of court for failing to disclose a complete list of his bitcoin addresses, reportedly amounting to 1.1 million bitcoin” writes Arnab Shome for financemagnates.com. Craig Wright to produce a complete list of all bitcoin that he mined nearly a decade ago, and (2) even though producing such a list was impossible, Dr. Source: financemagnates.com

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Ex-White House lawyer moves to block judge’s ruling requiring testimony

“McGahn, who left his post in October 2018, last May defied a subpoena from the Democratic-led committee for his testimony” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. If the judge does not immediately impose that delay, McGahn will file an emergency application at the federal appeals court in Washington on Wednesday, the lawyers said. The committee sued McGahn in August to try to enforce the subpoena. Source: 95kqds.com

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