Jurors tend to look past a criminal defendant’s reputation, no matter how odious, to render verdicts based on fact and law, lawyers said after former presidential candidate John Edwards won an acquittal and mistrial last week.
Whirlpool Corp., the world’s largest appliance maker, said it won a six-month stay of litigation in a refrigerator-technology patent infringement lawsuit brought in Trenton, New Jersey, by South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc.
Florida prosecutors seeking to convict a neighborhood watch volunteer of murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager may be hamstrung by the state’s own laws in a case defense lawyers said will also hinge on physical evidence and emergency call recordings.
Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and their partners won court permission to buy the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks Corp. for $4.5 billion. The group outbid Google Inc. in the biggest patent auction in history, covering more than 6,000 patents and applications related to wireless and Internet technology.
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on the bipartisan debt-ceiling talks in late June, all of Washington professed shock. For some cable news addicts, it rivaled the Casey Anthony trial in its titillation factor.
It’s hard to believe that less than six months ago President Barack Obama was talking about a “Sputnik moment.” In his State of the Union address he proposed huge investments in infrastructure, innovation and education to help us “win the future.”
If only we could turn the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case over to the writers of “Law & Order” to provide the order we crave. It violates our sense of justice to have one of our front-page dramas end without a finding of right and wrong.
Rebecca Black, whose song “Friday” inspired cheers -- and jeers -- on the Web, was the fastest rising search term globally on Google Inc. this year, according to the company’s annual review of popular queries.