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Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines

...judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier concluded that the London-based oil giant showed a "conscious disregard of known risks" during the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-04/ruling-against-bp-could-me
Across South Carolina

...longest-serving sheriff is set to go to trial early next year on bribery and conspiracy charges.Chief U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten says suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts' trial will begin Jan. 20. Wooten said Wednesday...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-03/across-south-carolina
Across the Region

...41, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two counts of mail fraud in the mailing of the fraudulent claims and Senior U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced her Friday in Dublin, where Smith had worked as a nurse at the Carl Vinson VA Medical...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-26/across-region
Ga. VA nurse gets federal prison term

...41, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two counts of mail fraud in the mailing of the fraudulent claims and Senior U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced her Friday in Dublin, where Smith had worked as a nurse at the Carl Vinson VA Medical...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-26/ga-va-nurse-gets-feder
Prison baseballs had drugs inside

...loaded with marijuana, tobacco and a cell phone intended for an inmate, an FBI agent testified before Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood. Antonio Marcellus Jones, 33, of Hampton, Va., pleaded guilty to a felony charge of providing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-09-03/prison-baseballs-had-drugs-i
SC sheriff indicted; January trial set

...longest-serving sheriff is set to go to trial early next year on bribery and conspiracy charges. Chief U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten says suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts' trial will begin Jan. 20. Wooten said Wednesday...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-09-03/sc-sheriff-indicted-january-
Running out the clock

...presidential elections.Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton last week said Department of Justice lawyers told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan the backup system containing the emails "would be too onerous to search.""Everything we've been...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-09-01/running-out-clock
Legal experts say challenging cap limit might be NCAA's best bet

...INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling might be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ? the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.Less than two weeks after the court decision opened...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2014-08-18/legal-experts-say-challen
Former peanut plant manager testimony dominates first 2 weeks of salmonella outbreak trial

...pleaded guilty to seven criminal counts in May and has become a key witness for the prosecution.Hearn told U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands on Wednesday that Lightsey's testimony was taking con siderably longer than he had anticipated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-15/former-peanut-plant-manager-t
Federal judge who was arrested on domestic violence charges continues receiving $200,000 salary

...Federal rules on judicial conduct and discipline don't include a provision for withholding the pay of U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller of Montgomery, and the court system can't quit paying a judge just because he was arrested, said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-08-15/federal-judge-who-was-arrested-dome