While Heston plays out—the plaintiffs are fighting for attorneys’ fees—Taser International still faces about 40 lawsuits against it alleging wrongful death or personal injury. Five of those have 2009 trial dates, the first beginning in March, according to Taser’s latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A brief summary of the upcoming cases: Bolander […]
As of Nov. 4, Taser International cited 206 studies on electronic control devices, commonly known as Tasers. Most are favorable to the company. Taser devices have been used on more than 1.3 million people, according to company estimates. And while Amnesty International counts more than 340 deaths since 2001 in North America following police use […]
An illustrated reenactment of Robert C. Heston’s death after he was allegedly shocked 25 times with a Taser device. The Hestons’ lawyers prepared this video for their closing argument.
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On August 2, 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California. Bailey was investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery, a once prominent Oakland African-American organization. The next day, Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was arrested during a raid for a separate kidnapping case. Police placed Bey and two associates involved in the case, his […]
Scott Bloch, the man responsible for protecting whistleblowers, under scrutiny again.
Four members of the Falun Gong filed this complaint in federal court against Bo Xilai, China’s former minister of commerce. They alleged that Bo—while serving as a provincial governor from 2001 to 2004—oversaw torture and executions at forced labor camps. The case was filed under the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Statute. […]
The Bush administration is trying to scuttle a federal human rights lawsuit that threatens to embarrass one of China’s top political leaders. The administration says the case could jeopardize trade and “has already had a chilling effect on U.S.-China relations,” documents show. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court, accuses Bo Xilai—a member […]
Nonproliferation regime Nuclear fuel cycle Raw uranium goes through a series of steps to become enriched uranium, used to fuel either in a nuclear power plant or in a bomb. Here is a step-by-step introduction to the “nuclear fuel cycle.” Timeline The International Atomic Energy Agency provides a detailed chronology of nonproliferation-related events, treaties and […]
Federal Circuit Court says Theresa Chambers’ comments were protected speech.
>> Read the story: “Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Raise Money, Get Clinton, McCain Meetings” >> Back to Web of Influence NOTE: A spokesman for Chorba’s firm said that Chorba’s activities on behalf of China do not constitute lobbying.